James Bjork, Ph.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. James Bjork is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Pharmacology, and Toxicology at Virginia Commonwealth University, with a joint appointment at the Richmond Veterans Administration Medical Center. His research focuses on the neurobiology of addiction, including pharmacological interventions, and individual or developmental differences in impulsivity and risk processing. Dr. Bjork received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas-Houston. From there, he spent several years at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, first as a postdoctoral researcher studying the neurobiology of impulsive behavior in alcoholics and their adolescent children, and later as a program official overseeing a grant portfolio in neuroimaging studies of addiction. Dr. Bjork earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Bachelor’s degree in Music from St. Olaf College in his native Minnesota. He lives with his wife and two ABCD-aged sons in Glen Allen, VA. When not studying the brain, he moonlights as a professional saxophonist and enjoys strategy board games.