Executive Board

Jan Ramaekers, PRESIDENT (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.

 

Kathryn Stewart, PAST-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

 

 

James C. Fell, PRESIDENT-ELECT (USA)
National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago

Mr. Fell is currently a Principal Research Scientist with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago in the Bethesda, Maryland office, in the United States. From 2001 to 2015 he was a Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation (PIRE) in Calverton, Maryland. Before that, Mr. Fell worked at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington, DC, from 1969 to 1999 and has 51 years of traffic safety and alcohol policy research experience. He has authored over 150 publications in book chapters, scientific journals and conference proceedings. 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 was awarded the prestigious Widmark award from ICADTS in 2013 and in 2015, Mr. Fell received the James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) for sustained outstanding leadership in endeavors that significantly improve highway safety. Mr. Fell is married to Kimberly Fell and has three sons, Todd, Brandon and Donde. He resides in Annandale, Virginia, USA.

 

 

 

Edward Ogden, SECRETARY (Australia)

Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Ogden is a medical practitioner consulting in forensic medicine and a specialist practitioner in addiction medicine at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne and Goulburn Valley Health in rural Victoria. 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.  his current research interest involves assessing drivers with substance misuse history to return to driving.

 

 

 

Sjoerd Howing, 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. 

 

Tara Kelley-Baker, Assistant Scretary (USA)

Tara Kelley-Baker, PhD, is the Data and Information Group Leader at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

As a scientist in the field of public health and transportation, Dr. Kelley-Baker has developed, evaluated, and directed a multitude of research projects in the field of traffic safety.  She has a particular interest in vulnerable population’s including issues affecting senior and young drivers, as well as women and young passengers.  She also has significant expertise in the area of impaired driving and is currently Chair to the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety committee, and serves as a Research Advisor on the National Board of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and serves as the Assistant Secretary on the International Council on Alcohol and Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS),

 

Dr. Kelley-Baker attended Boston University where she received her Master of Social Work in Community Organization, Management, and Planning, and the University of Maryland at College Park where she received her Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development.

 

Hallvard Gjerde, Assistant Treasurer, Norway

Dr. Gjerde is senior researcher at the Department of Forensic Sciences of Oslo University Hospital (Oslo, Norway). His research has focussed on the impact of alcohol and drug use on traffic safety, and the use of oral fluid testing in forensic toxicology and in population studies of alcohol and drug use.

 

Dr. Gjerde obtained his M.Sc. degree in biochemistry from the University of Oslo (Norway) in 1983 and a Ph.D on driving under the influence of alcohol from the Faculty of Medicine of the same university in 1988. He worked as a researcher for the former National Institute of Forensic Toxicology (Oslo, Norway) from 1983 to 1992. After working for a pharmaceutical company for a period, he has been conducting research on alcohol and drug use since 2007. He has authored/co-authored about 85 peer-reviewed articles in international scientific journals (about 50 on alcohol, drugs and traffic safety), as well as about 60 reports, book chapters and popular scientific articles in local and international magazines.

 

Flavio Pechansky, BOARD MEMBER AT LARGE (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

 

 

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

Mark King, Board Member-at-Large, Australia, 

 
 

Dr Mark King has been active in road safety research, management, 

strategy and policy for many years.  The first part of his career was spent working in government road safety roles, including policy and evaluation work on drink driving topics including:  the doubling of random breath testing in South Australia and its evaluation via roadside breath alcohol surveys;  laboratory and field testing of the Drunk Driving Warning System;  and development of requirements for an Alcohol Ignition Interlock program.  During this time Mark was a  member of the Austroads Drug Driving Working Group and contributed to its recommendations regarding drug driving legislation and enforcement;  he was also a member of the Under the Limit Steering Committee chaired by Prof Mary Sheehan;  and facilitated State Government support of the Under the Limit Program as a sentencing option for convicted drink drivers.

 

Since 2004 Mark has been working at the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q)at the Queensland University of Technology.  His main current interest is the advancement of road safety in low and middle income countries through capacity building informed by research and best practice.  He supervises PhD and Masters students conducting research in low and middle income countries, and has undertaken capacity building programs in several countries. 

 

Maria de Fátima Pereira da Silva, Board Member-at-Large, Portugal

Fátima Pereira da Silva has a Diploma of advanced studies in Psychology corresponding to PhD in - Psychology of Labor Organizations and Human Resources - with the defense of the seminar work on:  “Knowledge Shared, Cooperation Network and Partnership for National Road Safety Strategy” and a master degree in Pedagogical Psychology both in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of University of Coimbra.  She has a higher specialized qualification in Executive Program in Public Management of the Road (PONS Seguridad Vial and Rey Juan Carlos University).

 

She is acknowledged by the Portuguese Psychologist Association as a specialist in the field of Labour, Social and Organizational Psychology.  She has been professor in the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra-Higher Education School (IPC/ESEC) for eighteen years. She is coordinator and  researcher of the Project on Human Factors and Road Safety  (IPC/ROBOCORP / ESEC Lab - UNICID / ASSERT) and developed researches  related to the study of human factors, alcohol and drugs behavior, driver training and fitness to drive.

 

Dr. Fátima Pereira da Silva  is an integrated member of the following International Organisms: European Workplace Drugs Testing Society – EWDTS (Executive Board and Network Committee);  Traffic Psychology International – TPI (Department Coordinator of Public Relations); German Society for Traffic Psychology (DGVP); Consortium of Adolescent Road Safety (CADROSA); International Cooperation on Theories and Concepts in Traffic Safety (ICTCT);  Union of Exporters of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (UE_CPLP); Asian Institute of Research (Education Quarterly Reviews- Editorial Board) and  ICADTS.

 

Fatima is President of the non-profit association World Association for Connecting People (WACP) and Treasurer of a Commercial and Industrial Association in Portugal.  She recently took over the role of Member of the Technical Commission for Adaptation of NP. ISO 39001: 2017 (Portugal) - Vowel CTA - National Authority for Road Safety.

 

As an international specialist, she focuses the work on the study of quality/workplace and driving; driving, autonomus vehicles and mental workload; driver assessment models; risk factors for young drivers; new technologies within vehicles and their relationship with alcohol and drug use.