Janani Prabhakar, NIDA
Janani Prabhakar, Ph.D.
HEALthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) Study
Division of Neuroscience and Behavior
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institutes of Health
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 5163
Bethesda, MD 20892-9589
Phone: (301) 827-4729
Dr. Prabhakar received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis. Her research career examined the neurocognitive mechanisms that underlie memory and future-oriented processes in early childhood. In 2017, she joined the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) as a Science and Technology Policy fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). At NIMH, she was a program officer in the Division of Translational Research within the Developmental Mechanisms and Trajectories of Psychopathology branch. Janani joined National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2021 to manage the HEALthy Baby and Child Development (HBCD) study as its program officer as well as develop a developmentally focused portfolio within the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience branch. She is actively involved in multiple trans-NIH initiatives focused on child development, including the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program and NIDA’s Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study.