We have designed the NCANDA Administrative Resource to be the hub of core decision making for the NCANDA, to build collaborative effort and communication, to maximize efficiency, and to allow for ongoing creativity and rapid dissemination of findings to the scientific community and public. In particular, the NCANDA Administrative Resource provides the organizational framework for management, direction, and overall coordination of the consortium, including the Scientific Advisory Board, Steering Committee, National Community Advisory Board, Dispute Resolution Process, as well as subcommittees of these organizations. This Resource facilitates communication between Research Project sites (UCSD, Duke, SRI, Pittsburgh, OHSU) and Data Analysis Resource. The Administrative Resource coordinates protocol refinement, cross-site standardization, and reliability, including training and implementation of neuropsychological and clinical assessments, and ongoing reliability/integrity evaluation. A primary responsibility of the Resource is to assess and ensure progress towards consortium goals and facilitate decisions regarding future directions in collaboration with the Steering Committee and Program Advisory Board. Resource leadership designs and implements policies and procedures for access to collaborative project resources. In these ways, the NCANDA Administrative Resource ensures the quality of the science being conducted and the success of our efforts to understand the impact of alcohol on neurodevelopment of youth.


Sandra A. Brown, Ph.D. is the NCANDA Consortium Co-Director and Co-Principal Investigator for the NCANDA Administrative Resource. Dr. Brown is Vice Chancellor of Research and a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry & Psychology at UC San Diego.

Susan F. Tapert, Ph.D. is the NCANDA Consortium Co-Director, Co-Principal Investigator for the NCANDA Administrative Resource, and the Principal Investigator of the San Diego Research Project Site. Dr. Tapert is a Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs at UC San Diego.

Ty Brumback, Ph.D. is a Co-Investigator for the Administrative Resource of NCANDA and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Northern Kentucky University.

Duncan B. Clark, M.D., Ph.D. is the Pittsburgh site Principal Investigator and Associate Director for the Administrative Resource of NCANDA. Dr. Clark is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

Bonnie J. Nagel, Ph.D. is the Oregon site Principal Investigator and Associate Director for the Administrative Resource of NCANDA. Dr. Nagel is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University.

Marc Schuckit, M.D. is a Co-Investigator for the Administrative Resource of NCANDA and a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego.


The NCANDA Program Advisory Board (PAB) is comprised of 6 scientists. These senior scientists bring internationally recognized expertise in developmental neuroscience, addictions, neurocognition, child and adolescent mental health disorders (internalizing and externalizing disorders), behavioral genetics, multisystem and multisite data integration and harmonization, and longitudinal data analysis. These individuals, along with consultants for the Administrative Resource, provide external oversight and guidance in areas of adolescent alcohol use, mental health, neuroimaging, neuropsychological assessment, and cross site integration of data. Current members include:

John K. Hewitt, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Behavioral Genetics and Professor of Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.

Andrea Hussong, Ph.D., (PAB Chair), Professor and Director of Developmental Science, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Edythe London, Ph.D., Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, Semel Institute, UCLA; and Director, Laboratory of Molecular Neuroimaging.

John Schulenberg, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology; Research Professor, Institute for Social Research; Principal Investigator, Monitoring the Future Panel Study; University of Michigan.

Ken Sher, Ph.D., Curators’ Professor, University of Missouri.

María Luisa Zúñiga, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work, San Diego State University, Associate Adjunct Professor, Global Public Health & Department of Pediatrics, UC San Diego, and Co-Director of the SDSU-UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Research on Substance Use.


Michael Kalichman, Ph.D. is a Professor of Pathology and founding Director of the Research Ethics at UC San Diego.

Andrea Chiba, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego.


Kevin Cummins, Ph.D., Senior Statistician, Technology Coordinator

Sonja Eberson, M.A., Senior Administrator

Mailing Address:

Dr. Susan Tapert
Professor of Psychiatry
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive (0603)
La Jolla, CA 92093-0603

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Administrative Resource Contact:

Sonja Eberson, M.A.
Phone: 858-822-3685