January 30, 2011

Dr. David Shurtleff was recently named acting deputy director of NIDA. Dr. Shurtleff, who has been director of the Institute’s Division of Basic Neuroscience and Behavioral Research (DBNBR), will assist in developing, implementing, and managing NIDA’s programs, priorities, resources, policies, and research dissemination efforts.

Before becoming director of DBNBR, Dr. Shurtleff served as the deputy director for the Division and as a health scientist administrator in the Behavioral Sciences Research Branch within the Division where he supported extramural research in the basic behavioral sciences, including research in the cognitive sciences, behavioral economics, decision theory, human and animal models of impulsivity, risk taking, and other aspects of drug addiction. Before coming to NIDA, Dr. Shurtleff was a research psychologist at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, following a research fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, in the Department of Medical Neurosciences.

Dr. Shurtleff replaces Dr. Timothy P. Condon, Ph.D., who now serves as a science policy advisor for the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy.