Susan Weiss is the Director, Division of Extramural Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which oversees extramural programs, research training activities, operations planning and trans-NIH initiatives, such as the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study.
Dr. Weiss also serves as a senior science advisor to the NIDA Director and as scientific liaison to other federal agencies. During her 13 years at NIDA, Dr. Weiss has served as Chief of the Science Policy Branch and Acting Director of the Office of Science Policy and Communications. Before joining NIDA, Dr. Weiss was Senior Director of Research at the National Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America) and previously directed a translational research program that studied the evolving nature of psychiatric and neurologic illnesses in the Biological Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Weiss has received multiple awards, including NIH Plain Language Awards, NIH and NIDA Director’s Awards and an Emmyfor her contributions to HBO’s Addiction Project. Dr. Weiss has published more than 150 scientific articles and book chapters. She graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and received her doctorate in psychology from the University of Maryland.