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Howard Spivak, MD, NIJ Acting Director (Biography)

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The NIJ Director

The Director is appointed by the President to lead the National Institute of Justice and establish the agency's objectives, guided​ by the needs of the field and the priorities of the ​U.S. Department of Justice.

The current Acting Director is Howard Spivak.

Follow the NIJ Director through her entries from the "Director's Corner" below. You also may

Director's Corner


February 6, 2017 — Supporting Research With Relevance, Reach, and Impact: NIJ’s Fiscal Year 2017 Solicitations

I am honored to serve as the Acting Director of NIJ. In this, my first message from the Director’s Corner, I want to discuss our current funding opportunities with a focus on relevance, reach, and impact.

NIJ is committed to bring together the best minds from across scientific disciplines and justice professions to address the many issues faced by the criminal justice system. Read Dr. Spivaks's message.

Date Modified: January 23, 2017