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Research interests

Dr. Sue Grigson’s research focuses on substance abuse and addiction. She has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for more than 28 years and is the recipient of an NIH MERIT award, which recognizes the top tier of research funded by the NIH.

She is the inaugural director of Penn State Addiction Center for Translation.

Teaching and educational interests

Dr. Sue Grigson directed the Neuroscience PhD Program at Penn State College of Medicine for three years. She is a driving force behind Penn State’s annual addiction symposium, which began in 2015 and each year brings together nearly 150 physicians, scientists, students, postdoctoral fellows, directors from treatment centers and community members. The goal is to advance knowledge and retool treatment options so that people with addictions can break a potentially life-ending cycle.

Dr. Grigson has received the College of Medicine's Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and has mentored eight graduate students and two postdoctoral fellows in successful National Research Service Awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Penn State College of Medicine

Psychology, PhD, Rutgers University


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