Director, Center of Clinical Trials Network
NIDA, NIH, HHS
Betty Tai, PhD, is a member of the NIH Senior Scientific Executive Group and a senior staff of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). She is the founding Director of NIDA’s National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN), which she has led for the past twenty years. The CTN advances research on issues of substance use disorders (SUDs) to produce and disseminate findings relevant to real-world practice, thereby raising the overall standard of treatment services for individuals with SUDs. Under Dr. Tai’s leadership, the CTN has been recognized in national and international venues for its contributions to the improvement of pharmacotherapy and behavioral treatments for SUDs and translation of research-tested services into practice to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Tai is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Meritorious Research Service Commendation and the J. Michael Morrison Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. Her efforts have also been recognized with several NIH Director’s Awards in recognition of her scientific accomplishments and for her dedication to advancing NIDA’s mission. She is also a member of the Trans-NIH Scientific Team on the Help to End Addiction Long Term (HEAL) initiative.
Dr. Tai and NIDA colleagues have strengthened the role of the CTN as a flexible platform to coordinate research efforts utilizing Big Data from the healthcare domain applied in studies of SUD issues. The rapidly evolving CTN data science portfolio accelerates development of new, reliable evidence about phenomena related to prevention and treatment of SUDs, and these CTN efforts also help blend SUD science and mainstream medical practice. Dr. Tai consistently encourages testing and implementation of innovations to exploit cutting-edge information technology and digital technologies to increase the efficient delivery of effective treatments that improve patient outcomes.
Friday, April 3
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Tuesday, April 14
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM