|Albert Avila, Ph.D.||Director, ODHD||301-496-8804|
|Pamela Goodlow||Public Health Analyst||301-435-0925|
|Julie Cross-Huffman||Extramural Support Specialist||301-443-9798|
Albert Avila, Ph.D.
Dr. Albert Avila became the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Office of Diversity and Health Disparities (ODHD) in June 2013. As Director, Dr. Avila oversees the health disparities and outreach efforts for the ODHD and provides guidance to the NIDA Director on matters pertaining to diversity and health disparities research as they relate to substance abuse. His primary mission for the ODHD is to increase the number of independent underrepresented scientists conducting drug abuse research and receiving grant funding, as well as to enhance the research addressing minority/health disparity populations. Dr. Avila received his doctorate from Georgetown University studying the effects of cocaine, withdrawal, and stress on the neuroimmune response. Following postdoctoral training in pain neurotransmission at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), he became an Intramural Training Director, leading programs for pre- and post-doctoral trainees at the NIH. Prior to joining the NIDA, Dr. Avila was a Program Officer for NIDCR directing extramural research training and career development research programs. At NIDA, Dr. Avila served as a Program Officer in the Division of Basic Neuroscience and Behavioral Research and managed a grant portfolio in the areas of neuroimmunology, psychopharmacology, and HIV as they relate to drug abuse. He also managed a robust research training and career development grant portfolio for early career investigators.
Pamela Goodlow has served as a public health analyst in NIDA’s Office of Diversity and Health Disparities since 1994. She is the expert coordinator for the Institute’s Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Diversity Supplements) program, and is the Institute’s contact for the Diversity-promoting Institutions Drug Abuse Research Program (DIDARP). In addition, she chairs NIDA’s internal workgroup on minority issues, the NIDA Consortium on Minority Affairs. Until recently, Ms. Goodlow coordinated NIDA’s Special Populations Research Development Seminar Series. Prior to coming to the Office of Diversity and Health Disparities, Ms. Goodlow served as Public Affairs Specialist in the former Community and Professional Education Branch (OSPC) at NIDA.
Julie Huffman joined the NIDA Office of Diversity and Health Disparities (ODHD) in July 2013. Prior to joining the ODHD she was in the NIDA Division of Basic Neuroscience and Behavioral Research. She brings over 20 years of government experience to the ODHD and has served in multiple DHHS agencies. Mrs. Huffman’s primary responsibilities include maintaining the ODHD participant databases for the diversity supplement, seminar series, and summer internship programs, tracking program participants’ NIH grant and application records, as well as handling logistical actions for the Office. She also assists the ODHD Acting Director with the summer research with NIDA program which includes pre- and post-program activities and communication with participants and Principal Investigators.
Charlotte Annan joined the Office of Diversity and Health Disparities in 2002. Ms. Annan handles all of the office’s administrative needs, which include scheduling program activities for the ODHD, maintaining files of ODHD programs, arranging all staff travel, assisting with the coordination of diversity supplement application reviews, and the activities of the Summer Research with NIDA program. She brings over 35 years of administrative experience, including 20 years in the Federal government, to the ODHD.
ODHD/Lead Program Coordinating (LPC) Task Force
This Task Force is comprised of ODHD staff (above), and NIDA program and review staff and has a major role in shaping, coordinating and implementing research training and promoting and conducting health disparities research. The Task Force also identifies research opportunities and gaps aimed at improving health diversity and health disparities research and research training programs across all of NIDA.
NIDA Consortium on Diversity Affairs
This Consortium serves as the review committee for the Diversity Supplement Program.