Heather Kimmel

Heather Kimmel has a PhD in Neuroscience and spent the first part of her career trying to understand how drugs of abuse, such as cocaine, affect the brain and behavior. At NIDA, she helps researchers all over the country conduct epidemiological studies to understand patterns of drug use and their impacts on physical and mental health. When she is not at work, Heather enjoys spending time with her family (husband, two kids, and two cats!), exploring this country’s national parks, SCUBA diving, and running.