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Staff Profile: Redonna Chandler

Redonna K. Chandler, Ph.D.

Deputy Director

Division of Clinical Innovation

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Redonna Chandler joined NCATS as the deputy director of the Division of Clinical Innovation (DCI) in April 2015. She brings extensive scientific and organizational leadership and will support coordination, collaboration, and communication for DCI and the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program.

Chandler earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Kentucky and is a licensed psychologist. As a clinician, she has treated those struggling with addiction, serious mental health issues and infertility. She has been at NIH since 2002, serving in positions of increasing responsibility and leadership at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Prior to joining NCATS, Chandler served as the acting deputy director for the Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research and as the chief of the Services Research Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She worked for the Department of Justice from 1996 to 2002, directing large drug treatment programs.

Research Topics

Chandler’s areas of expertise include conducting research of individuals involved with the criminal justice system, overseeing clinical trials, improving adherence to drug abuse treatment and HIV care, and implementing evidence-based treatments into routine practice settings. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters.

Selected Publications

  1. Risk and resistance perspectives in translation-oriented etiology research.
  2. Data Collection and Harmonization in HIV Research: The Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain Initiative at the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  3. Implementing Effective Substance Abuse Treatments in General Medical Settings: Mapping the Research Terrain.
  4. How health care reform can transform the health of criminal justice-involved individuals.
  5. Treating drug abuse and addiction in the criminal justice system: improving public health and safety.