The National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary, HHS; the Director, NIH; and the Director, NIAAA; on research program and policy matters in the field of alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

The Council is comprised of 15 members appointed by the Secretary and 5 nonvoting ex-officio members: the HHS Secretary; the NIH Director; the NIAAA Director; the Chief Medical Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs; the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; and any additional officers or employees of the United States as the Secretary determines necessary for the Council to effectively carry out its functions. Of the 15 appointed members, 10 are required to be leaders in health and scientific disciplines relevant to the activities of the NIAAA. At least 2 of these 10 individuals must be leaders in the fields of public health and the behavioral or social sciences. Additionally, the Secretary appoints five members from among the fields of public policy, law, health policy, economics, and management.

The NIAAA Extramural Advisory Board is a subcommittee of the Council composed of Council Members and ad hoc experts who review various areas of research in the alcohol field and make recommendations on research priorities for the institute to consider.

  • Future Meeting Dates

    2016:  February 11-12   |  June 8-9  |  September 14-15
    2017:  February 9   |  May 2  |  September 14

2016:  February 11
2017:  May 3




Advisory Council Roster


(Terms end 10/31 of designated year)

George Koob, Ph.D. (16)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-9304


Casey, Carol A., Ph.D.  (16)
Departments of Internal Medicine
and Biochemistry
College of Medicine
University of Nebraska Omaha
Omaha, NE 68198

Chezem, Linda L., J.D.  (15)
Department of Youth Development and
Agriculture Education
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907 

Crews, Fulton T., Ph.D.  (15)
John Andrews Distinguished Professor
Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry
Director, Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies
School of Medicine
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

DiClemente, Carlo C, Ph.D. (18)
Director, Center for Community Collaboration
School of Medicine
University of Maryland
Baltimore MD 20125

Eberwine, James H., Ph.D. (18)
Elmer Holmes Bobst Professor of Pharmacology,
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Fleury, Marianne L.  (15)
President and Co-Founder
Community of Concern
Georgetown Preparatory School
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Flies-Away, Joseph Thomas, J.D., MPA (16) Associate Justice
Hualapai Nation Court of Appeals
Consultant, Tribal Law & Policy Institute
Peach Springs, AZ 86434

Gruenewald, Paul J., Ph.D. (16)
Senior Research Scientist
Prevention Research Center
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
Berkeley, CA 94704

Kenny, Paul J., Ph.D. (18)
Professor and Chairman
Department of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY 10029

Mattson Weller, Sarah N., Ph.D. (16)
Department of Psychology
Center for Behavioral Teratology
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92120


Updated March 24, 2015

McClain, Craig J., M.D.  (15)
Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
School of Medicine
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Messing, Robert O., M.D. (16)
Vice Provost for Biomedical Sciences
Henry M. Burlage Centennial Professor of Pharmacy
Associate Director, Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research
The University of Texas at Austin
College of Pharmacy, C0875
Austin, TX 78712-0125

Molina, Patricia E., M.D., Ph.D. (16)
Ashman Professor of Physiology
Department of Physiology
Louisiana State University Health
Sciences Center
New Orleans, LA 70112

Pfefferbaum, Adolf, M.D.  (17)
Neuroscience Program SRI International
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Sinha, Rajita, Ph.D.  (17)
Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
Yale Interdisciplinary Stress Center
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT 06519


Collins, Francis S., M.D., Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-0148

Kivlahan, Daniel R, M.D.
Acting Program Director
National Mental Health
Office of Mental Health Services
Department of Veterans Affairs
Puget Sound Healthcare System
Seattle, WA 98108

Col. Milliken, Charles S., M.D.
Principal Investigator
Department of Psychiatry
Division of Neuroscience
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20201 


Bautista, Abraham P. Ph.D.
Director, Office of Extramural Activities
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-9304