Dikla (Dee) Shmueli-Blumberg

Scientific Project Leader

Why I joined Emmes

I completed my postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco, where I integrated my previous training in psychology and models of self-regulation and applied it to the field of tobacco dependence and other addictions. Several of the faculty at UCSF were investigators on NIDA-funded studies supported by Emmes as the coordinating center. I thought it would be exciting to learn all the ‘behind the scenes’ work that goes into the preparation, implementation and management of a trial, and am still impressed!

How do you describe Emmes to other people

Emmes is a global full service CRO that stands out in terms of the high quality of service it provides, and in the diverse multidisciplinary teams it is composed of, with dedicated staff that are passionate about the work they do.

A bit about me

I love to travel- whether it’s enjoying incredible wildlife, like the marine iguanas and sea lions at the Galapagos Islands, or absorbing the energy and vibrant colors, smells, and sounds of an old street market- the Chandni Chowk market in Delhi, or Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem- those are my happy places! Luckily, my husband and kids share this passion too!

How I chose my career

As a graduate and post-doctoral student I became interested in self-regulation and health behavior change and conducted several experiments related to substance use. My current position allows me to support a broad research portfolio including studies that enhance the efficiency of substance use disorder (SUD) clinical research and clinical care, addressing health disparities and promoting equity in care across high-need populations.

Best part about working at Emmes

Having the opportunity to work on critical public health issues. For example, we’ve been supporting several studies that are funded as part of the Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM Initiative (HEAL), which is a large-scale NIH effort to combat the national opioid public health crisis.

My background

I am a social psychologist by training and specialize in self-control and health behavior change. After graduate school I completed a NIDA-funded Postdoctoral Traineeship in Drug Abuse Treatment and Services Research, and then completed a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellowship in the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where I was involved in projects aimed to identify, investigate, and develop improved theories of health behavior in the context of cancer prevention and control. I joined Emmes in 2010 and since then have had progressively increasing responsibilities on the NIDA Clinical Coordinating Center project.


PhD, Social Psychology, University at Albany, SUNY
Postdoctoral Traineeship in Drug Abuse Treatment and Services Research, University of California, San Francisco

Associated projects

NIDA Clinical Coordinating Center
NIDA Data and Statistics Center