Executive Board


Kathryn Stewart, PRESIDENT (USA)
Safety and Policy Analysis International

Kathryn Stewart is a founding partner in Safety and Policy Analysis International and serves as the Director for the Dissemination and Diffusion of Science-Based Prevention at the Prevention Research Center in Berkeley, California.  She has broad experience in research and evaluation related to the prevention of problems related to substance use, with a special emphasis on underage drinking, drug and alcohol impaired driving and alcohol policy.  She is the President-elect of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety and is the past Chair of the Committee on Alcohol, Other Drugs and Transportation of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences.




Kathryn Stewart

Jan Ramaekers, PRESIDENT ELECT (Netherlands) 

Maastricht University

Prof Jan Ramaekers work focuses on psychopharmacology and behavioral toxicology of medicinal drugs and drugs of abuse. His experimental research combines methods from psychopharmacology, forensic toxicology and cognitive neuroscience to determine drug induced changes in human performance and driving. He supervised a range of placebo controlled studies that have been conducted to assess drug induced driving impairment as determined in on-the-road driving tests. The work provides a strong scientific rationale for international harm classification systems of medicinal drug effects on driver safety and per se legislation for driving under the influence of drugs. He also conducted a large number of human drug trials to asses acute and long term effects of drugs of abuse (cannabis, cocaine, MDMA, psychedelics) on cognitive function and flexibility. More recently he has been involved  in predicting risks of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS). The aim of this work is to predict individual health risks from systematic, controlled NPS trials in humans and animals.




Mary Sheehan, PAST PRESIDENT (Australia)











James C. Fell, SECRETARY (USA)
Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)

James C. Fell is a Senior Research Scientist with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) in Calverton, MD.  He recently completed research on the effectiveness of graduated driver licensing laws under a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Huma

n Development (NICHHD), on enforcement intensity measures and impaired driving on the roads for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and studies on responsible beverage service, alcohol ignition interlock laws, high visibility enforcement and alcohol monitoring devices on impaired driving offenders for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). He is currently working on two grants from the NIAAA studying the effects of various underage drinking laws on underage drinking and driving and the length of license suspension on impaired driving recidivism in addition to a large demonstration project on high visibility enforcement of impaired driving.


Mr. Fell formerly worked at NHTSA from 1969 to 1999 and has 46 years of traffic safety and alcohol research experience.  He has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Human Factors

 Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Mr. Fell is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM), the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES).  He received the Widmark Award from ICADTS in 2013 for outstanding, sustained and meritorious contribution to the field of alcohol, drugs and traffic safety.



James C. Fell

Edward Ogden, ASSISTANT SECRETARY (Australia)


Professor Ogden is a medical practitioner consulting in forensic medicine and a specialist practitioner in addi ction medicine at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne. He is Deputy Director (Addiction and Forensic Medicine), Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, Swinburne University. His interest in road safety follows 33 years’ association with Victoria Police, including seven years as a full-time Forensic Physician and 17 years as Principal Medical Advisor.  


His research interests include the effects of alcohol and other drugs on human performance. He was instrumental in setting up the Swinburne Centre for Drugs and Driving. That research team has completed numerous simulated driving studies on the effects of drugs including cannabis, methamphetamine, dexamphetamine, MDMA (‘Ecstasy’), and temazepam 

alone and in combination with alcohol.  He was recently involved in a state-wide project matching toxicology with analysis of responsibility for non-fatal collision.


Richard Compton, TREASURER (USA)
Director Office of Behavioral Safety Research US Department of Transport/ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration








Richard Compton

Sjoerd Howing, ASSISTANT TREASURER (The Netherlands)


Dr. Sjoerd Houwing has been researcher at SWOV, the Dutch Road Safety Institute, for 15 years is currently researcher/ product manager at CBR, the Dutch Driver License Agency. In 2013, he 

obtained his PhD on estimating the risk of driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol and medicines. Furthermore, he is a member of several working groups in the field of drink and drug driving.


His research interests include characteristics of drink driving offenders, trends in drink and drug driving prevalence, clinical signs of drug driving impairment, alcohol interlock programs and educational measures to decrease recidivism rates of drink drivers. Furthermore, his personal objective as a board member is to stimulate the membership of young researchers and researchers from low and middle income countries. 




Flavio Pechansky, BOARD MEMBER (Brazil)

Flavio Pechansky is Tenured Full Professor and Director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Research affiliated with the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, and the Collaborating Center on Alcohol and Drugs inside the Hospital de Clinicas of Porto Alegre (HCPA), a large teaching hospital associated with the university.


Dr. Pechansky earned his specialty in Psychiatry, his Masters and Doctoral Degrees with honors in Medicine at UFRGS, and was trained as a NIDA-funded Hubert H. Humphrey fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He currently chairs the Addiction Psychiatry Services at HCPA, as well as the Professional Masters Program in Prevention and Treatment of Drug Users at HCPA. He has worked as an addiction psychiatrist for the last 31 years, and has trained hundreds of undergraduate, specialty and postgraduate students of medicine, psychology, odontology, and psychiatry.


Dr. Pechansky is with the Department of Psychiatry at UFRGS since 1995, and has associate visiting scientist positions at the Universities of Pennsylvania and Kentucky. He has an extensive career in training, consultancy and writing in the field, with more than 190 publications including books, book chapters, editorials and original papers in Brazilian and international scientific journals in the areas of epidemiology and treatment of alcoholism and drug abuse, adolescent drug and alcohol experimentation, risk behaviors for the transmission of HIV among drug users, and DUI-related issues. He has served as consultant for the Brazilian government and as chair/member of scientific committees of Brazilian and international institutions, as well as editor and member of editorial boards of Brazilian and international scientific journals.


Currently Dr. Pechansky is Assistant Regional Editor of the journal Addiction, Member-at-Large of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety, Member of the Drug and Alcohol Committee of the Transportation Research Board, and a reviewer of many important journals in the field. He has been awarded a number of prizes for papers published and presented throughout his career, and has an Award of Excellence in International Leadership by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.



Flavio Pechanski

Gordon Smith, BOARD MEMBER (USA)
Professor, Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Maryland

Dr. Smith is a Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and core faculty National Study Center for Trauma & EMS. He has a medical degree (MB,ChB –MD equivalent) from Otago University, New Zealand, and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. An internationally renowned scientist, he has received widespread recognition for his methodological expertise in injury research, especially in the development of injury surveillance systems, alcohol and injuries, and the use of databases for injury research.


He has a long history of working as part of interdisciplinary research teams including those with engineers (including civil engineering and biomechanics), ergonomists, biomechanics, clinicians and social scientists. He has worked and taught in a number of different countries over the years including Papua New Guinea, Suriname, Trinidad, Jamaica, South Africa, Russia, New Zealand and Australia.


He has also done extensive work in the occupational injury area, both nationally and internationally, and has published more than 148 peer-reviewed articles, as well as a book, Injury Prevention: An International Perspective. He has a long history of funded research including from NIH, CDC, and the Department of Defense (CDMRP) and has recently been funded by NIH for two 5 year studies titled: Alcohol Involvement in a Cohort of Trauma Patients: Trends and Future Mortality, and Hangovers and Traffic Injuries: Is Alcohols Influence Greater Than Expected? On November 9, 2010 he received the Excellence in Science Award from the American Public Health Association Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section.



Gordon Smith

Evelyn Vingilis, BOARD MEMBER (Canada)

Dr Evelyn Vingilis is Director of the Population and Community Health Unit and Professor with the Departments of Family Medicine, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario in Canada. Previously as Senior Scientist at the Addiction Research Foundation, she directed the Drinking Driving Research Program. She has published on alcohol, drugs and traffic safety. Her recent work has examined the effects of alcohol and medications on subsequent motor vehicle injuries among a representative sample of Canadians, ADHD and driving, and street racing and stunt driving.


In the 1980s she was a board member of ICADTS and most recently on the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals. She has been a member, advisor or consultant for many government departments and agencies, such as the Roadside Survey Planning Committee of Ontario; Premier of Ontario’s Task Force on Drinking Driving; New York State Task Force on Drinking and Driving; Committee on Alcohol, Other Drugs and Transportation, TRB. She has been on the organizing and/or scientific committees of various conferences, such as ICADTS; Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference; the Association for Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM); Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International Congress and Exposition for Alcohol, Accidents and Injuries. In 2010, she won the Widmark Award. Dr. Vingilis has also conducted research in other areas, such as criminal justice, at-risk youth, population health, mental health and medical services.



Evelyn Vingilis

Barry Watson, BOARD MEMBER (Australia)
Chief Executive Officer, Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP)

Dr Barry Watson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), which is hosted by the Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland. As the CEO of GRSP, Barry is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the organisation as well as the management of its activities in over 35 countries worldwide. Barry has worked in the road safety field for over 30 years in government and civil society organisations.


Most recently, Barry was the Director of the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety (CARRS-Q), based at the Queensland University of Technology, where he still holds an Adjunct Professor’s role. Barry has conducted research and policy development into a wide range of road user safety issues including drink driving, speeding, driver licensing, driver education, and traffic law enforcement, and developed and delivered road safety training programs in a wide range of countries.


Barry is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) and a member-at-large on the Executive Board of the International Council of Alcohol, Drugs & Traffic Safety (ICADTS).

Barry Watson