Office of the NIDA Director (OD)

What We Do:

NIDA's mission is to advance science on drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.
This involves:

  1. Strategically supporting and conducting basic and clinical research on drug use (including nicotine), its consequences, and the underlying neurobiological, behavioral, and social mechanisms involved.
  2. Ensuring the effective translation, implementation, and dissemination of scientific research findings to improve the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and enhance public awareness of addiction as a brain disorder.

Office Listings:

Office Staff:

  • Dr. Nora Volkow - Director
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  • Dr. Wilson Compton  Deputy Director
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  • Joellen Austin  - Deputy Director for Management
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  • Jennifer Hobin, Ph.D. - Director, OSPC
  • Hilda Schulke - Staff Assistant to the Director
  • Ernestine Lenteu - Staff Assistant to NIDA Deputy Director 
  • Ellie Johnson - Supervisory Staff Assistant
  • Marie Lafontant - Staff Assistant to the Associate Director for Management
  • Monglan Le - Correspondence Systems Coordinator

Mailing Address:

National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health
C/O NIH Mail Center
16071 Industrial Drive – Dock 11
Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (use 20892 for U.S. Postal Service)
Phone:  301-443-6697