Dr. Tisha Wiley is a scientist interested in how individuals and families are both resilient and vulnerable to difficult experiences, and how society responds to meet the needs of people in challenging situations. At NIDA, she studies how the juvenile and criminal justice systems respond to addiction. Tisha grew up in rural Missouri in a town of fewer than 40 people and was the first in her family to go to college. More people lived in her Freshman hall than in her hometown, though thankfully, she has since learned to navigate large cities. In her free time, Tisha enjoys cooking, traveling, and assorted creative projects. She also enjoys spending time with her partner, teenage stepdaughter, two cats, and two dogs.