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Board of Scientific Counselors

The Board of Scientific Counselors provides scientific oversight for the NIMH Intramural Research Program. They conduct regular reviews of NIMH laboratories to evaluate the quality of ongoing and proposed research activities. For questions about the Board, please contact Jennifer E. Mehren, Ph.D. at 301-451-3810. For an overview of the NIH Review Process, see this step-by-step guide .

Edwin Abel, Ph.D., Chair
Professor, Departments of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Psychiatry, and Biochemistry
Director, Iowa Neuroscience Institute
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Anissa Abi-Dargham, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Vice Chair of Research
Department of Psychiatry
Stony Brook University

Joseph Thomas Coyle, B.A., M.D.
Eben S. Draper Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
McLean Hospital/Harvard University Medical School

Nancy Kanwisher, Ph.D.
Walter A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Department of Brain and Cognitive Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joan Luby, M.D.
Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Child Psychiatry
Director, Early Emotional Development Program
Washington University School of Medicine

Beatriz Luna, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh

Peter R. MacLeish, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Neuroscience Institute
Morehouse University School of Medicine

Tirin Moore, Ph.D.
Howard Hughes Investigator and Associate Professor
Department of Neurobiology
Stanford University School of Medicine

Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D.
James and Patricia Poitras Chair in Psychiatry
Chief, Division of Depression & Anxiety Disorders
Chief Scientific Officer, McLean Hospital
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Matthew State, M.D., Ph.D.
Oberndorf Family Distinguished Professor
Chair, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Director, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute and Hospital

Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D.
McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair
University of Minnesota Medical School

David Van Essen, Ph.D.
Alumni Endowed Professor of Neurobiology
Washington University School of Medicine