Lula A. Beatty, PhD, Joins APA to Work on Substance Abuse and Health Disparities

Psychologist Lula A. Beatty, PhD, of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), is working in APA's Public Interest Directorate on substance abuse and health disparities issues. Beatty, the director of NIDA's Special Populations Office in the Office of the Director, comes to APA on a temporary basis thanks to an "intergovernmental personnel act agreement," which allows for the temporary assignment of personnel between the federal government and state and local governments, colleges and universities, and other eligible organizations.

At NIDA, Beatty's responsibilities include: 

  • Developing racial/ethnic minority research and health disparities programs, 

  • Developing initiatives to encourage the increased participation of underrepresented scholars in drug abuse and addiction research, and 

  • Monitoring NIDA's support of diversity and health disparities research.

At APA, she will work on the APA Health Disparities Initiative plus additional areas of focus including: 

  • Addressing substance abuse research, prevention, treatment and education.

  • Examining the feasibility of a men and boys health disparities initiative. 

  • Exploring interest and opportunities for other potential future health disparities initiatives.