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Richard Nakamura
Center for Scientific Review, Room 2204
6701 Rockledge Dr. Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone Number: 301-435-8984

Dr. Richard Nakamura retired as Director of the NIH Center for Scientific Review in April 2018. He is now a volunteer at the Center, where he is working to help CSR complete and publish research related to CSR reviews.

On December 3, 2012, Dr. Richard Nakamura was named Director of the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He leads CSR’s 450 scientists and administrative staff, overseeing their efforts to manage 80,000 incoming NIH grant applications a year and review the majority of them in CSR peer review groups. CSR holds about 1,500 review meetings a year, involving about 16,000 reviewers from the scientific community.

Dr. Nakamura has had a 32-year tenure at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), where he has served as both Scientific Director and Deputy Director of the institute, and he served as Acting Director from 2001 to 2002. During his time at NIMH, he received a number of leadership awards, including the Presidential Rank Award for outstanding leadership.

He came to NIMH in 1976 as a postdoctoral fellow. In the mid-80’s he coordinated NIMH’s Biobehavioral Program and later was Chief of its Integrative Neuroscience Research Branch. Between 1997 and 2007, he served as the institute’s Deputy Director. From 2007 to 2011 he has been institute Scientific Director. While at NIMH, he also has held other positions, including Associate Director for Science Policy and Program Planning; Chief, Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience Research Branch; and Coordinator, ADAMHA Office of Animal Research Issues.

Dr. Nakamura attended the Bronx High School of Science and earned his B.A. in psychology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the State University of New York in Stony Brook. Dr. Nakamura has expertise in a number of areas, including cognitive and comparative neuroscience, science policy/funding and ethics in science. He has published 30 peer reviewed scientific journal articles, most related to neurocognition in primates.


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