Paul Scott, Ph.D.

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Paul Scott
Office of Science Policy & Planning
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Dr. Paul A. Scott serves as the Director of the Office of Science Policy and Planning (OSPP) at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at NIH, a position he has held since 2005.  OSPP coordinates Institute activities and interactions with Congress, coordinates Institute strategic planning and evaluation efforts, provides policy support and policy/portfolio analysis to senior Institute leadership, and represents the Institute on trans-NIH and trans-agency working groups and committee.  Dr. Scott joined the NINDS in 1998 as a science policy analyst in the NINDS Science Policy and Analysis Branch (the precursor to OSPP), after having served as a American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research from 1996-98.

Prior to coming to NIH, Dr. Scott performed postdoctoral research on the mechanism of action of novel anxiolytic/antidepressants in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry, the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit of the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, and performed circadian rhythm biology research in the Biological Rhythms and Integrative Neuroscience Lab at Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.  Dr. Scott earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Duke University where he studied the neural mechanisms of depression.  He received his B.A. in biology/psychology from Lasalle University, Philadelphia, PA.