Shirley Simson

Shirley Simson works in NIDA’s press office, answering questions every day from reporters about drug abuse and addiction, scheduling interviews with scientists, and writing press releases to deliver messages about substance abuse through television and radio stations, newspapers, magazines and news websites. Born and raised in Maryland, Shirley has a degree in communication from the University of Michigan and struggles with who to root for during the Maryland/Michigan Big Ten games. She lives with her husband and three children in Rockville. In her spare time, Shirley reads, goes on walks in her neighborhood, and chauffeurs her three kids to their cross country meets, lacrosse tournaments, and baseball games.