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Office of the DESPR Director (OD)

What We Do:

The mission of the Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research is to improve the nation's public health by promoting integrated approaches to understand and address interactions between individuals and environments that contribute to the continuum of problems related to drug use. We will develop scientific knowledge with clear applications to practice and public policy.

Staff Biographies for the Office of the Director:

  • Carlos Blanco, Ph.D. - Division Director
    (301) 443-8768
    Carlos Blanco, M.D., Ph.D., M.S. is the Director of the Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Blanco is a national known expert in the epidemiology and treatment of addictive disorders with and without comorbid disorders. His accomplishments include, among others, a detailed examination of the course and stages of substance use disorders, the development of methods to quantify the generalizability of clinical trials, the development and testing of interventions that combine motivational interviewing with cognitive-behavioral therapy to improve retention and outcome in individuals with addictive disorders, and the creation of a virtual map of psychiatric disorders, based on empirical data, to guide research into the causes of mental disorders. Prior to joining NIDA, Dr. Blanco was Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and a Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He is a graduate of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) and completed his psychiatry residency at Columbia University, where he also completed a research fellowship. Dr. Blanco has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications.
  • Kevin P. Conway, Ph.D. - Deputy Director
    (301) 443-6504
    Dr. Conway is the Deputy Director of the Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Before assuming this position in 2007, he served as Associate Director of the Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research at NIDA, and Deputy Branch Chief and Program Director for the Epidemiology Research Branch at NIDA. Prior to joining NIDA in 2001, Dr. Conway was a research faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Conway earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Temple University in 1998, and has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters focusing on the epidemiology of drug abuse, co-occurring psychiatric disorders, and violence. Dr. Conway is the recipient of many awards for his scholarship and leadership in research, and is a fellow of the American Psychopathological Association.
  • Meyer D. Glantz, Ph.D. - Associate Director for Science
    (301) 443-6504
    Dr. Glantz is currently the Associate Director for Science of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research (DESPR) the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health and the Chief of the Analytic Unit. At NIDA, Dr. Glantz previously served as the Acting Deputy Director of DESPR and the Chief of the Epidemiology Research Branch and the Director of the Etiology Research Program. Prior to coming to NIDA he worked as a researcher and clinician at the Veterans Administration Clinic in Boston. Dr. Glantz is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and serves as a consultant to and board member of a variety of scientific and professional organizations and publications. He is the author of numerous articles and chapters on substance abuse, drug abuse etiology, cognitive therapy, prevention, and the elderly and has authored several volumes including Vulnerability to Drug Abuse, Biobehavioral Research Approaches to Drug Abuse Etiology, Resilience and Development: Positive Life Adaptations, and Drug Abuse: Origins and Interventions. In addition, he maintains a private clinical practice in the Washington D.C. area, supervises other clinicians, is a lecturer for the Montgomery County Adult Education program and has taught at several area universities. Dr. Glantz received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1979.
  • Marc D. Brodsky, M.Sc. - Statistician
    (301) 402-1849
    Mr. Brodsky is a statistician with the DESPR Analytic Unit. He was trained in Sociology at the University of Rochester and Quality Control Statistics at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Brodsky also has experience in Operations Research for Department of the Army and the National Institute of Mental Health,(NIMH) prior to coming to NIDA. He also holds a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. In his career at NIDA, Mr. Brodsky has been involved with a number of analyses, including development of estimates incidence of initial drug use based on retrospective reports.
  • Matthew Finger - Public Health Analyst
    (301) 402-0263
    Mr. Finger serves as the public health analyst for NIDA's Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research (DESPR). Prior to entering this role in 2012, he was a scientific editor for DESPR and at the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases' Office of Extramural Activities. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Denver, where he studied international security and humanitarian assistance, and in particular drug-driven conflicts in Latin America. He also he earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Linda Moore - Extramural Support Assistant
    (301) 443-8769
    Mrs. Moore serves as the administrative assistant for the Office of the Director at the Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention research. Prior to entry into government she worked in the private sector as an Assistant General Manager, and Project Manager in retail and distribution services environments.. She has several ungraduated credits that she received from Norfolk State University. She currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Management from the University of Phoenix, and will receive her Master’s Degree in Psychology in spring 2014.
  • Syreeta EvansOffice of Director Support Assistant
    (301) 443-8662
    Syreeta Evans joined the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2008.  Ms. Evans serves as an Office of Director Support  Assistant for the Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research.   Ms. Evans received her undergraduate Associates degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2012 and will receive her Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Accounting in the fall of 2016 from DeVry University.   She manages various administrative duties, such as processing travel authorizations, payment vouchers, coordinating meetings and scheduling program activities.   Since joining NIDA, Ms. Evans has been appointed Population Tracking POC for the DESPR division, monitoring and tracking grant population tracking records.  She is involved in the planning and coordination of meeting and activities as well as handling logistical actions for the branch.  Prior to coming to the government, Ms. Evans worked in the private sector as a Title Processing Manager in the Real Estate environment.

This page was last updated June 2015