David Shurtleff, PhD
Dr. Shurtleff is responsible for providing leadership in the development, implementation, and management of NIDA’s research portfolio and strategic priorities. He also assists the director of NIDA in supporting and conducting research to improve prevention and treatment of substance use, abuse, and addiction. Prior to his current role, he served as the director of the Division of Basic Neuroscience and Behavioral Research and oversaw the scientific direction of the Division to support basic biomedical and behavioral science research. Before joining the NIH, he worked as a research psychologist at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, where he peformed basic behavioral, electrophysiological, cognitive, and field research on a variety of issues related to cognitive performance, environmental stress, and peripheral neuropathy. In 2007, Dr. Shurtleff received the NIH Director’s Award for outstanding contributions to the development and advancement of diverse programs in basic neuroscience and behavioral research.
- Acting Deputy Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- PhD, 1989, American University, Experimental Psychology
- Purohit, V., Rapaka, R., & Shurtleff, D. (2011). Drugs of abuse, dopamine, and HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders/HIV-aossciated dementia. Molecular Neurobiology, 44(1), 102-110.
- Pollock, J., Koustava, E., Hoffman, A., Shurtleff, D., & Volkow, N. D. (2009). Treatments for nicotine addiction should be a top priority. The Lancet, 374(9689), 513-514.
- Rapaka, R., Schnur, P., & Shurtleff, D. (2008). Obesity and addiction: Common neurological mechanisms and drug development. Physiology & Behavior, 95(1-2), 2-9.
- Singh, H. H., Rapaka, R. S., Shurtleff, D., & De La Garza, R. (2008). NIDA drug supply & analytical services program: Providing research resources and tools to the scientific community. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 95(1-2), 182-186.
- Schnur, P., & Shurtleff, D. (2008). Social neuroscience: Applications to addiction. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 94(1-3), 285-290.
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