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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Office of the Scientific Director

Updated: 2023

David Lovinger

David Lovinger, Ph.D. Scientific Director

Mission Statement:

  1. Provides Scientific, program, and administrative leadership for the Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research;
  2. Promotes an environment conducive to productive research; and
  3. Coordinates activities, establishes priorities, and analyzes and evaluates progress.


Name Title E-Mail Phone
David Lovinger, PhD  Scientific Director 301-443-2445
Emily Surette Secretary



NIAAA Board of Scientific Counselors

The Board of Scientific Counselors is comprised of eminent scientists with expertise in alcohol research and related areas of scientific endeavor. Employed outside of NIH, they periodically convene to review the quality of NIAAA intramural science and scientists and advise the Scientific Director. NIAAA is most appreciative of their efforts.

 Board Members terms conclude June 30 in the year designated in brackets.



De Wit, Harriet, Ph.D. [2023]
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Director, UCLA Brain Research Institute
Pritzker School of Medicine
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637


Diehl, Anna Mae, M.D. [2024]
Florence McAlister Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham NC

Evans, Christopher, Ph.D. [2023]
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Director, UCLA Brain Research Institute
Stefan Hatos Endowed Chair, Director
Shirley and Stephan Hatos Center of Neuropharmacology
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Fair, Damien, Ph.D. [2025]
Redleaf Endowed Director, Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain
Professor, Institute of Child Development, College of Education and Human
Development and Department of Pediatrics
Medical School, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MD 55455

Hillard, Cecilia, Ph.D. [2025]
Associate Dean for Research
Professor, Director Neuroscience Research Center
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Grant, Kathleen, Ph.D. [2024]
Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
Chief, Division of Neuroscience, Oregon National Primate Center
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR

Szabo, Gyongyi, M.D., Ph.D. [2024]
Chief Academic Officer
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Beth Israel Lahey Health
Faculty Dean for Academic Affairs, Harvard Medical School
Editor-in-Chief, Hepatology Communications
Boston, MA

Janak, Patricia H, Ph.D. [2025]
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
and Department of Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD 21042


David Lovinger, PhD
Scientific Director
National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Rockville, MD

Updated on June 9, 2023

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