The National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary, HHS; the Director, NIH; and the Director, NIAAA; on research program and policy matters in the field of alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

The Council is comprised of 15 members appointed by the Secretary and 5 nonvoting ex-officio members: the HHS Secretary; the NIH Director; the NIAAA Director; the Chief Medical Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs; the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; and any additional officers or employees of the United States as the Secretary determines necessary for the Council to effectively carry out its functions. Of the 15 appointed members, 10 are required to be leaders in health and scientific disciplines relevant to the activities of the NIAAA. At least 2 of these 10 individuals must be leaders in the fields of public health and the behavioral or social sciences. Additionally, the Secretary appoints five members from among the fields of public policy, law, health policy, economics, and management.

The NIAAA Extramural Advisory Board is a subcommittee of the Council composed of Council Members and ad hoc experts who review various areas of research in the alcohol field and make recommendations on research priorities for the institute to consider.

2017:  May 3
2018:  May 16 



Advisory Council Roster

(Terms end 10/31 of designated year)


Koob, George F., PhD 
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-9304

Council Members

Albizu-Garcia, Carmen E., MD (19)
Professor, Department of Health Services Administration
Center for Evaluation and Sociomedical Research Health Systems Evaluation and 
Research Department of Health Services Administration University of Puerto Rico
San Juan, PR 00936-5067

Casey, Carol A, PhD (16)
Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Biochemistry
College of Medicine
University of Nebraska Omaha, NE 68198

Di Clemente, Carlo C., PhD (18)
Director, Center for Community Collaboration, Capacity Building for HIV Agencies
Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD 21250

Donaldson, Tom (19)
President and CEO
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Washington, DC 20007

Eberwine, James H., PhD (18)
Elmer Holmes Bobst Professor of Pharmacology
Department of Systems Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 
School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Flies-Away, Joseph Thomas, JD, MPA (18)
Chief Justice
Hualapai Nation Court of Appeals
Consultant, Tribal Law & Policy Institute
Peach Springs, AZ 86434

Foroud, Tatiana M., PhD (19)
Chancellor's Professor, Director
Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics
Division of Hereditary Genomics
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Gruenewald, Paul J, PhD (16)
Senior Research Scientist
Prevention Research Center
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
Oakland, CA 94704 

Kenny, Paul J, PhD (18)
Ward-Coleman Professor and Chairman
Laboratory of Behavioral & Molecular Neuroscience
Department of Pharmacology & Systems Therapeutics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY 10029-6574

Martinez, Joe L. JR, PhD (19)
Department of Psychology
The University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607 

Mattson Weller, Sarah N., PhD (16)
Department of Psychology
Center for Behavioral Teratology
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92120

Messing, Robert O., MD (16)
Vice Provost for Biomedical Sciences
Henry M. Burlage Centennial Professor of Pharmacy
Associate Director, Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712

Molina, Patricia E, MD, PhD (16)
Ashman Professor of Physiology
Department of Physiology
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, LA 70112 

Pfefferbaum, Adolf, MD (17)
Neuroscience Program
SRI International
Menlo Park, CA 94025 

Sanyal, Arun J., MBBS, MD (19)
Charles Caravati Professor of Medicine
Professor, Department of Physiology
Professor, Department of Molecular Pathology
Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Medical College of Virginia - VCU Medical Center
Richmond, VA 23298-0341

Sinha, Rajita, PhD (17)
Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
Yale Interdisciplinary Stress Center
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT 06519

Sloan, Frank A., PhD (19)
J. Alexander McMahon Professor of Health Policy and Management and Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

Weisner, Constance M., DRPH (19) 
Department of Psychiatry
Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute
University of California, San Francisco 
San Francisco, CA 94143-0984


Executive Secretary

Bautista, Abraham P., Ph.D.
Executive Secretary
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892  

Ex Officio

Milliken, Charles S., MD
Principal Investigator
Department of Psychiatry Division of Neuroscience
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Drexler, Karen, MD
Deputy National Mental Health Program Director
Mental Health Services
Department of Veterans Affairs
Decatur, GA 30033

Burwell, Sylvia M.
Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20201

Collins, Francis S., MD, PhD 
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892




Update: May 5, 2016