What We Do:
The Public Information and Liaison Branch is responsible for NIDA’s information dissemination activities:
- Conducts NIDA's media outreach activities
- Responds to information inquiries from the public
- Leads NIDA’s public information activities and public education campaigns, including National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week
- Coordinates content development and review of all NIDA science-based messaging disseminated to the public
- Assesses needs and designs materials for specific populations
- Collaborates with other Federal agencies to promote dissemination and application of NIDA research
- Manages the development and dissemination of NIDA publications
- Provides graphic support services to Institute staff to enhance dissemination of the science.
- Publishes NIDA Notes newsletter about NIDA-supported research activities.
- Carol Krause, M.A., Branch Chief, PILB
Ms. Krause joined the Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC) in 2006 as the Chief of the Public Information and Liaison Branch (PILB), where she has launched several innovative programs, including National Drug Facts Week, the first Addiction Science Awards at the annual INTEL Science and Engineering Fair, and the National Centers of Excellence for Physician Information. As Chief, PILB, Ms. Krause oversees a staff of communications professionals with expertise in Web, media, publications, and health education campaigns. In other government service, Ms. Krause was selected to be the first Communications Director of the HHS Office on Women’s Health (HHS OWH) in 1997 and launched the National Women’s Health Information Center, the government’s premiere health Web site for women, which won a designation as one of the Top Ten government Web sites in the year 2000, and soon after achieved the highest grade of all government web sites rated by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Ms. Krause has more than 25 years’ experience in health education in the public and private sector. She began her career as an Emmy Award winning television journalist covering medical and political issues, and has written a nationally published book on family medical histories. Carol has a B.A. in Political Science from the George Washington University and an M.A. in Communications and Public Affairs from American University.
- David Anderson, Public Health Advisor
Mr. Anderson joined the Public Information and Liaison Branch in the Office of Science Policy in February 1999 and assumed the editorship of NIDA Notes. In 2002 he founded NIDA’s peer reviewed journal Science & Practice Perspectives (subsequently renamed Addiction Science & Clinical Practice; AS&CP), and edited both publications until 2011, when Evans Medical Foundation and Biomed Central acquired AS&CP. Mr. Anderson has been Senior Editor of RN, a journal for nurses, and Contemporary Internal Medicine, for primary care physicians. He has also served as founding editor of CV Nurse and contributing editor to Patient Care and Business & Health magazines. Mr. Anderson has a master's degree in Population and International Health from Harvard School of Public Health, and has written original research and policy monographs on international issues in abortion, AIDS, male fertility, and Russian mortality for the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. Other health-related organizations he has worked with include the Pan American Health Organization, Pathfinder International, Data for Decision-Making, and the Harvard Center for Population and Development.
- Michelle Corbin - Public Health Analyst
Ms. Corbin joined the Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC) in January 2017 to manage and coordinate NIDA’s outreach program to clinicians (NIDAMED.) She works with clinical groups and other stakeholders to ensure NIDA’s science based information on drug use and health is integrated into medical education, including information on screening for opioid misuse. Ms. Corbin was a long time Public Health Analyst at HRSA, coordinating communications and recruitment efforts for the National Health Service Corps (including the NURSE Corps), which recruits and provides clinicians to the most underserved communities in the United States. Michelle has a great deal of experience with outreach to all varieties of clinicians; has helped to grow NHSC numbers; is skilled in building partnerships; has experience in legislative affairs; and has many years of experience developing and testing audience specific communication materials. She has also worked closely with program officials who manage HRSA’s Federally Qualified Health Centers. Michelle has an MBA with a marketing specialty from American University.
- Kimberly DiFonzo, Deputy Press Officer
Ms. DiFonzo joined the Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC) in April 2008 with over 20 years of public relations experience working for trade associations, non-profit organizations and public relations firms. Her experience combines a broad knowledge of healthcare communications and media relations, as well as educational program development and execution. Kim is a member of the NIDA press team and responds daily to inquiries from national, local and social media on a wide variety of issues related to drug addiction research. She prepares spokespeople for media interviews, assists with the implementation of media outreach campaigns and events, and writes and edits various press materials. Prior to NIDA, Kim worked in the public relations office at the American Psychological Association, wrote public relations materials on behalf of the President of the American Nurses Association, served as a national spokesperson for the blood services program at the American Red Cross, and managed the Campaign on Clinical Depression while at Burson-Marsteller. Kim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA.
- Emily Howell, M.P.H. – Content Support (Contractor)
Ms. Emily Howell is the project task lead (contractor) for NIDA’s communications contract. She manages the production of NIDA’s consumer publications, including writing, editing, and process tracking. Ms. Howell joined the Office of Science and Policy (OSPC) Public Information and Liaison Branch (PILB) in August 2017. Prior to joining OSPC, she supported communications and health promotion efforts for various federal clients, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She also managed youth and young adult mental health programming for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master’s of Public Health from George Washington University.
- Jinhee Lee, Pharm.D., Director of Content Management
Dr. Jinhee Lee arrived at NIDA in February 2017. She serves as NIDA’s Content Management Director in the Public Information and Liaison Branch (PILB ) within the Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC). Dr. Lee works with NIDA’s communications and digital staffers, the OSPC scientific team and other NIDA experts to ensure scientific accuracy of our public facing science based materials. She also coordinates efforts to disseminate NIDA’s scientific findings to a broad variety of public and professional audiences through Web and printed materials. Dr. Lee previously worked at the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) where she was the Managing Editor of the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health. Prior to her six years at SAMHSA, Dr. Lee was at the FDA for close to ten years. She holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Illinois and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, as well as an Executive Patient Safety Fellowship from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Lee is a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
- Alexa Lopez, M.P.A., M.A., Media Relations Specialist (Contractor)
Ms. Alexa Lopez joined the Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC) in March 2017 as a contractor for the press office. She supports the press team in responding to reporter requests for interviews with NIDA spokespeople about a variety of drug use and addiction topics and is responsible for facilitating and preparing spokespeople for media interviews. She also processes research papers for press outreach consideration, assists the press team with outreach campaigns and events, and writes submissions for internal and external publications. Alexa most recently served as the press secretary for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but also has several years of public, media relations and governmental affairs experience. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English/Political Science from Indiana University and her Master of Public Affairs/Master of Art in Arts Administration from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
- Brian Marquis, Program Analyst
Mr. Marquis joined the Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC) in January 2002 as the Information Center Manager for the Public Information and Liaison Branch. He is now the NIDA Public Liaison Officer and connects with organizations across the country with the help of NIDA publications and Web sites. Prior to joining OSPC, Mr. Marquis worked at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Publications Clearinghouse and as a contractor at National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. He has a B.S. in Family Studies from University of Maryland, College Park.
- Shirley Simson, Press Officer
Ms. Simson joined the Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC) in March of 2006. She has almost 20 years of experience developing, managing, and implementing successful public relations programs, with an emphasis on health communication and social marketing. Shirley has worked on behalf of a number of federal clients, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Food and Drug Administration; and the U.S. Department of Transportation. She also spent two years as a media spokesperson for the national headquarters of the American Red Cross. As a member of the NIDA press team, her responsibilities include responding to daily inquiries from national and local media on a wide variety of issues related to drug addiction research; scheduling and preparing NIDA spokespeople for press interviews; conducting proactive media outreach activities in support of NIDA press events and meetings; and writing and editing press materials. Shirley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.