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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.

Danielle S. Bassett, Ph.D. [Pending]
Associate Professor
Department of Bioengineering
University of Pennsylvania

André A. Fenton, Ph.D. [Pending]
Center for Neural Science at the Neuroscience Institute
NYU Langone Medical Center

Nelson B. Freimer, M.D. [Pending]
Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science and Human Genetics, Maggie Gilbert Endowed Chair
Director, UCLA Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics
University of California, Los Angeles

Kelvin O. Lim, M.D. [Pending]
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Drs. T.J. and Ella M. Arneson Land Grant Chair in Human Behavior
University of Minnesota Medical School

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

Margaret M. McCarthy, Ph.D., Chair
Professor and Chair
Department of Pharmacology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Patricio O’Donnell, M.D., Ph.D.
Executive Medical Director
Clinical Translational Sciences – CNS
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Tatiana Pasternak, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Neuroscience, 
Brain & Cognitive Science, Biomedical Engineering,
and Center for Visual Science
University of Rochester Medical Center

John L. R. Rubenstein, M.D., Ph.D. 
Nina Ireland Distinguished Professor in Child Psychiatry
Nina Ireland Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology
Department of Psychiatry
UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

C. Daniel Salzman, M.D., Ph.D. [Pending]
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Co-Director, Mahoney Center for Brain and Behavior Research
Columbia University

Joseph S. Takahashi, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Loyd B. Sands Distinguished Chair in Neuroscience
Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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