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Marsha Bates
Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair of Research
Area: Alcohol and Drug Use, Neurocognition, Psychophysiology
End Degree: Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology
Office: Smithers 225, Busch Campus
Phone: 848-445-3559
Specialization: Effects of alcohol and drugs on cognition, cardiovascular processes, and the brain; bio-behavioral interventions
Laboratory : Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory
Lab Location: Smithers 107, Busch Campus

Educational/Research Interests

  • Acute and chronic alcohol and drug effects on cognition and neuropsychological processes
  • The effects of neurocognitive deficits and recovery on treatment processes and outcomes
  • The role of heart rate variability and the baroreflex mechanism in behavioral flexibility
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and cardiovascular assessment as tools to understand substance-related and emotional cue reactivity, craving, and behavioral flexibility
  • Translation of basic knowledge about neurocardiac signaling to develop bio-behavioral interventions for substance use disorders that can be used in daily life
  • Collaborative research with computational modelers and systems analysts to build ‘body-brain’ precision medicine models of addiction treatment efficacy and prognosis
  • Collaborative research with neuroscientists, physiologists, exercise scientists, and community providers to examine the real world utility of our translational science models

Awards and Achievements

Principle Investigator: R01AA023667. Project IMPACT: In-the-Moment Protection from Automatic Capture by Triggers. National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), (Multi-PI J. Buckman) 2015-2019

Principal Investigator: K24 AA021778, The Baroreflex Mechanism: Translation to AUD Treatment and Prognostic Models, NIH, NIAAA, 2013-2018

Senior Member: Brain Health Institute, Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences, 2017-ongoing

President: Board of Trustees, Alcohol Research Documentation, Inc., the not-for-profit corporation managing the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 2016-2017

Acting Director: Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, 2016-2017

Rutgers Institutional Review Board (IRB) Advisory Board Subcommittee, 2016-ongoing

Director, Research Division: Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, 2015-2016

Distinguished Service Award: American Psychological Association (APA), Society of Addiction Psychology, Division 50, 2014

Principal Investigator: R21AA022748, fMRI and Integrated Neurocardiac Control of Alcohol Cue Reactivity. NIH, NIAAA, 2014-2017 (NCE)

Editorial Board: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 2014-ongoing

Principal Investigator: R03 DA031060, Marijuana Cues, Arousal and the Central Autonomic Network, NIH, National Institutes of Drug Abuse (NIDA), I/START Neuroimaging Transition Award. 2011-2014 (NCE)

Rutgers 2014 Strategic Plan Working Group, Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drugs

Rutgers 2013 Strategic Planning Committee, Improving health & wellness of individuals and populations

Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, APA, Society of Addiction Psychologists, 2011

Psychosocial Program Chair: Annual Research Society on Alcoholism Meeting (RSA), 2012

Social & Behavioral Research Council, Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation, 2011 – 2014

Principal Investigator: HHSN275201000003C, Multi-scale Neurophysiological Control Systems of Mechanisms of Behavior Change Initiation, NIH, NIAAA, 2010-2013 (NCE)

Editorial Board: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors & Disorders, Vol.1: Principles of Addiction; Vol.2: Biological Research on Addiction; Vol.3: Interventions for Addictions, Academic Press, 2010 – 2013  

Neuroscience Section Editor: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors & Disorders, Vol.2 Biological Research on Addiction, Academic Press, 2010 – 2013

Vice President: Board of Trustees, Alcohol Research Documentation, Inc., JSAD, 2009-2015          

Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year Nomination, Rutgers University, 2009 

Vice Chair: Rutgers Arts and Sciences IRB for the Protection of Human Subjects, 2008-ongoing     

Neuroscience (A4) Study Section standing member: NIH, NIAAA, 2008-2012          

Neuroscience Teacher Recognition Award, IES Brain Research Foundation, Sparta NJ, 2007

Consultant to NIAAA Mechanisms of Behavior Change Initiative, 2007-ongoing       

Principal Investigator: K02 AA000325, Novel Mechanisms of Behavior Change in Alcoholism Treatment, NIH, NIAAA, 2007-2013 (NCE)

Fellow, American Psychological Association, 2006-ongoing

Planning committee: Annual RSA/NIAAA Satellite Meeting on Mechanisms of Behavior Change, 2006-ongoing    

President-Elect, President, Past President, American Psychological Association, Society of Addiction Psychologists, Division 50, 2005 - 2007     

Chair Finance Committee, APA Division 50, Society of Addiction Psychology, 2005-ongoing        

Consulting Editor - Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 2005 – 2011

Principal Investigator: R01 AA015248, Alcohol, memory and affective regulation., NIH, NIAAA, 2004-2010

Conference Program Committee: Annual Meeting of the RSA, 2004, 2008, 2011     

Beta Site Collaborator: Mayo Clinic, Analyze Brain Imaging Software, 2004 – 2008

Principal Investigator: Memory processes, emotional regulation, and developmental stage of drug exposure. NIH, NIDA, Basic Research Component 3 of P20 DA017552-Specialized Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center – Drug abuse prevention during developmental transitions (Center PI: R. Pandina) 2003-2009

Director, Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory, Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, 2003–ongoing       

Award for Excellence in Scientific Presentation, APA, Clinical Neuropsychology, Division 40, 2002

Principal Investigator: K02 AA00325, Complex Brain Behavior Relations in Alcohol Studies, NIH, NIAAA, 2001-2006

Program Chair: American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Division 50, 2000 - 2001        

Associate Editor: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 2000 - 2004   

Consulting Editor: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 1999 - 2000 

Travel Award - National Institute of Mental Health, 1998                  

Ad hoc and Special Emphasis Pane Grant Review, National Institutes of Health,1997-ongoing

Principal Investigator: R01 AA011594, Neurocognitive Impairment and alcohol use disorders. NIH, NIAAA, 1997-2005

Associate Editor: Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 1996 - 1998      

Editorial Board: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 1992-ongoing     

Principal Investigator: Neuropsychological Functioning and Pattern of Recovery Over Time as Predictors of Treatment Outcome. NIH, NIAAA, Research Component 7 of a Specialized Research Center P50AA008747-Alcohol treatment: Integrating basic and applied research (Center PI: B McCrady), 1991-1995

Public Service Award – Criminal Justice Alcoholism Coalition of NJ, 1987

Selected Publications

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1. Buckman, J.F., Vaschillo, E.G. Fonoberova, M. Mezic, I. & Bates, M.E. (in press). The Translational Value of Psychophysiology Methods and Mechanisms: Multi-Level, Dynamic, Personalized. Special Section on Novel Approaches to the Study of Mechanisms of Behavior Change in Alcohol and Drug Use Disorders, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

2. Shors, T.J., Olson, R.L., Bates, M.E., Selby, E.A., & Alderman, B.L. (2014). Mental and Physical (MAP) Training: A Neurogenesis-Inspired Intervention that Enhances Health in Humans. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 115, 3-9.  PMCID: PMC4535923

3. Fonoberova, M. Mezić, I., Buckman, J.F. Fonoberov, V., Mezić, A., Vaschillo, E.G., Mun, E-Y, Vaschillo, B., & Bates, M.E. (2014). A Computational Physiology Approach to Personalized Treatment Models: The Beneficial Effects of Slow Breathing on the Human Cardiovascular System. American Journal of Physiology – Heart & Circulation, 307, H1073-H1091.  PMCID: PMC4187074

4. Bates, M.E., Buckman, J.F., *Voelbel, G. *Eddie, D., & *Freeman, J. (2013). The mean and the individual: Integrating variable-centered and person-centered analyses of cognitive recovery in patients with substance use disorders. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 4, 177. PMCID: PMC3870950

5. Bates, M.E., Buckman, J.F., & *Nguyen, T.T. (2013). A Role for Cognitive Rehabilitation in Increasing the Effectiveness of Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders. Neuropsychology Review. 23, 27-47. PMCID: PMC3610413

6. Voelbel, G., Bates, M.E., Buckman, J.F., Pandina, G., & Hendren, R. (2006). Caudate nucleus volume and cognitive performance: Are they related in childhood psychopathology? Biological Psychiatry, 60, 942-950. PMC2947855

7. Bates, M.E., Pawlak, A.T., Tonigan, J.S., & Buckman, J.F. (2006). Cognitive impairment influences drinking outcome by altering therapeutic mechanisms of change. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 20, 241-253. PMCID: PMC2965453

8. Bates, M.E., Bowden, S.C., & Barry D. (2002). Neurocognitive impairment associated with alcohol use disorders: Implications for treatment. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 10, 193-212.

9. Bates, M.E. & Labouvie, E.W. (1997). Adolescent risk factors and the prediction of persistent alcohol and drug use into adulthood. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 21, 944-950.

10. Bates, M.E. & Labouvie, E.W. (1995). Personality-Environment constellations and alcohol use: A process-oriented study of intra-individual change during adolescence. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 9, 23-35.