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Women & Sex/Gender Differences Research Group

What We Do:

The mission of the Women and Sex/Gender Research Group is to promote the conduct, translation, and dissemination of drug abuse research on sex/gender differences and topics specific to women.  Members are from all of NIDA’s divisions, centers, and offices, and are listed below along with their drug abuse interests and contact information.  Membership is ongoing and new members are welcome.  Meetings are held approximately monthly on third Wednesdays at 11am-noon in Room 3103.  More information is available from the Women & Sex/Gender Differences Research Program.


Center for the Clinical Trials Network (CCTN)

  • Carmen L. Rosa, M.S. - (301) 443-9830 - clinical research/clinical trials; regulatory affairs; health disparities/ethnic populations; women's health; and criminal justice
  • Betty Tai, Ph.D. - (301) 443-6697 - clinical pharmacology; clinical trials relevant to clinical practice

Division of Basic Neuroscience & Behavioral Research (DBNBR)

  • Beth Babecki, M.A. - (301) 435-0899 - training and career development
  • Kris Bough, Ph.D., 301-443-9800 - smoking cessation treatment, clinical drug development, neuroscience
  • Vishnudutt Purohit, DVM, Ph.D. - (301) 594-5753 - prenatal and perinatal exposure of drugs; HIV/AIDS and HCV basic research; cardiovascular and hepatotoxicity; oxidative stress, inflammation, and apoptosis; epithelial and endothelial barriers, including blood brain barrier
  • Joni Rutter, Ph.D. - (301) 443-1887 - genetics
  • Shelley Su, Ph.D. -  (301) 402-3869 - negative affect, operant conditioning, cognition

Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research (DCNBR)

  • Joe Frascella, Ph.D. - (301) 443-4877 - clinical neurobiology; human neuroscience
  • Mary Kautz, Ph.D., - 301-443-3206 - Neuropsychopharmacology, Human Behavioral Psychopharmacology, Smoking
  • Samia Noursi, Ph.D. - (301) 594-5622 - sex/gender differences; women's health; children's social and emotional development; child maltreatment; domestic violence
  • Karen Sirocco, Ph.D. - (301) 451-8661- clinical neuropsychology; comorbid mental health disorders; consequences of youth drug use/abuse
  • Cora Lee Wetherington, Ph.D. - (301) 435-1319 - basic behavioral laboratory research (animals and humans); prenatal drug exposure; sex/gender differences; vulnerability

Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research (DESPR)

  • Dionne J. Jones, Ph.D. - (301) 402-1984 - interventions and treatment services for HIV/AIDS; gender differences; co-occurring disorders; ethnic populations (african american)
  • Elizabeth Lambert, M.Sc. - (301) 402-1933 - natural history and epidemiology of HIV/AIDS among drug users; HIV/AIDS and drug abuse; clinical epidemiology and HIV disease
  • Jacqueline Lloyd, Ph.D. - (301) 443-8892 - drug abuse prevention interventions; HIV prevention in at risk populations; peer and social network prevention interventions; role of family and peer factors on adolescent drug use
  • Marsha Lopez, Ph.D. - (301) 443-6504 - epidemiology of drug use and disorder; comorbidity of drug and other psychiatric disorders; national studies examining the patterns of drug use and disorder across the life course; research training

Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse (DPMCDA)

Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC)

  • Elizabeth Davis, M.P.H. - (301) 594-6317 - adolescent behavior; community-based research; public health
  • Carol Krause, M.A. - (301) 594-6148 - public education and outreach; media; web content; social marketing

Office of the Director

  • Katherine Davenny, M.P.H. - (301) 443-2146 - HIV/AIDS & other infectious diseases; medical consequences; medical/prevention interventions; mother-infant transmission; cross-NIH collaborations
  • Lynda Erinoff, Ph.D. - (301) 402-1972 - pharmacology; neuroscience; AIDS
  • Dale Weiss - (301) 443-6036 - international research collaboration; international research training; international research funding
  • Susan Weiss, Ph.D. - (301) 443-6071 - science policy and research; training


Any questions or concerns regarding the Women and Gender Research Group please contact Cora Lee Wetherington, Ph.D. (301) 435-1319 or wetherington@nih.gov and/or Samia Dawud Noursi, Ph.D. (301) 594-5622.

This page was last updated September 2015