James C. Fell, PRESIDENT (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 54 years of traffic safety and alcohol policy research experience. He has authored over 170 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.

Jan Ramaekers, Past 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.

Flavio Pechansky, President Elect (Brazil)

University of Rio Grande do Sul

Flavio Pechansky is Full Professor of Psychiatry, Founder and Director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Research affiliated with the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Brazil, and of the Collaborating Center on Alcohol and Drugs of the Hospital de Clinicas of Porto Alegre (HCPA), a large teaching hospital associated with that same university. Dr. Pechansky earned his specialty in Psychiatry, his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Medicine with honors at UFRGS and was trained as a NIDA-funded Hubert H. Humphrey fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, in the Department of Mental Hygiene. He founded and chaired the Addiction Psychiatry Services at HCPA for 8 years and currently is the Chair of the Professional Master’s Program in Mental Health and Addictive Disorders at HCPA.

He has worked as an addiction psychiatrist for 34 years, and has trained hundreds of undergraduate, specialty and postgraduate students of medicine, psychology, odontology, biomedicine, and psychiatry. Dr. Pechansky is with the Department of Psychiatry at UFRGS since 1995, was an Associate Visiting Scientist at the University of Kentucky, University of Delaware, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also a member of the Impairment in Transportation Committee of the Transportation Research Board, and Member-at-Large of the Board of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety - ICADTS. He has an extensive career in training, consultancy and writing in the field, with more than 200 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 drunk/drugged driving. He has served and is currently a consultant for the Brazilian government and has been a chair/member of more than ten scientific committees of Brazilian and international institutions, as well as editor and member of editorial boards of Brazilian and international scientific journals – among them the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry and Addiction – of which he was assistant regional editor for 10 years.

Currently, Dr. Pechansky is member of the Consulting Group of the National Council on Drug Policies in Brazil, President-Elect of ICADTS, and member of the World Health Organization Technical Advisory Group on Alcohol and Drug Epidemiology, as well as local and Brazilian scientific associations affiliated with psychiatry and drug addiction treatment and research. He has been awarded several 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.

Hallvard Gjerde, Treasurer (Norway)

Oslo University Hospital

Dr. Gjerde is senior researcher at the Department of Forensic Sciences of Oslo University Hospital (Oslo, Norway). His research has focused 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 110 peer-reviewed articles in international scientific journals (about 60 on alcohol, drugs and traffic safety), as well as about 70 reports, book chapters and popular scientific articles in local and international magazines. He received the Widmark Award from ICADTS in 2019.

Evelyn Vingilis, Secretary (Canada)

University of Western Ontario

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.

Amie Hayley, Assistant Treasurer (Australia)

Swinburne University

Dr Amie Hayley is a Rebecca L. Cooper Al & Val Rosenstrauss Fellow at the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology at Swinburne University. She has extensive experience in conducting large-scale psychoactive drug intervention trials, and has expertise in the design, implementation and analysis of driving simulator research with simultaneous eye-monitoring procedures. Her program of work focuses on delineating a novel biochemical-physiological-behavioural pathways relevant to oculomotor function, visual-attentional performance and information processing capabilities under drug conditions to quantify the effect on neurobehaviour. She is currently working with a range of industry partners to develop new technologies capable of detecting and monitoring driver state in real-time to reduce the impact of drug-affected driving. In addition to her role as Assistant Treasurer as part of the International Council on Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS), she is the Founding Chair and leader of the Working Group for Driver State Monitoring Systems (DSMS), and currently manages one of the ICADTS social media channels (Twitter, @Icadtsint).


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

Queensland University of Technology 



Dr Mark King is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) at the Queensland University of Technology. He joined CARRS-Q in 2004, and had been active in road safety research, management, strategy and policy for many years before then. 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 (former ICADTS President) and facilitated State Government support of the Under the Limit Program as a sentencing option for convicted drink drivers. This has ultimately led to a program that has now been mandated by the Queensland Government for convicted drink drivers.

Mark’s main current interests are the advancement of road safety in low and middle income countries through capacity building informed by research and best practice, and the safety of vulnerable road users.  He supervises PhD and Masters students conducting research across a broad range of road safety topics, including drink driving practices and enforcement, and driving with prescribed opiates.

Mark is also the National Treasurer of the Australasian College of Road Safety, a member of its Executive Committee and Management Sub-Committee, and Chair of the Queensland Chapter of the College. He is an Associate Editor of Accident Analysis and Prevention and serves on the scientific Committees of several major conferences.

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

Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra

Fátima Pereira da Silva has a path of dedication of 30 years to traffic psychology, human factors, quality and safety in mobility scenarios.

Since 2018 she honourably integrates the ICADTS Board as Member at Large. In this path of professional life stands out her close connection as Board Member of the European Workplace Drug Testing Society (EWDST)  and integral member of different international organizations; Traffic Psychology International - TPI; German Society for Traffic Psychology (DGVP); International Cooperation on Theories and Concepts in Traffic Safety (ICTCT); Asian Institute of Research (Education Quarterly Reviews- Editorial Board); representative and coordinator in Portugal of the International Association of Road Safety Professionals (AIPSEV),  consultant at Fenasdetram (Brazil) and Gestão de Sucesso- RH (Brazil).

In Portugal, she is part of the Board of Directors of the Commercial, Services and Industrial Association of Alcobaça and Leiria Region (ACSIA), Director of Projects and Ideas of InOutCister, Lda and President of the Association - World Association for Connecting People (WACP).

She was a Member of the Technical Committee for NP Adaptation. ISO 39001: 2017 (Portugal) - Member CTA, by the invitation of the National Road Safety Authority and is currently part of Technical Committee CT 148 (Road Safety). She also integrates the Working Group on Traffic Psychology issues, at the Portuguese Psychologists Association.

Her professional activity is essentially based on two pillars: consultancy in the context of safety, quality and mobility in the road scenario and teaching activity, as Guest Adjunct Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (Escola Superior de Educação and Coimbra Business School). In the field of Consultancy, she is most involved in themes related to alcohol, drugs and road safety, being a collaborator of the organization Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety, inc. (ACTS)​, ​U.S.A., as an international consultant for the implementation of the Research Program: Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS).

Organizer of several international conferences, she has been a speaker, chairperson, a reviewer at conferences (e.g. ITS) and international journals and researcher in the RoboCorp Lab (Institute for Applied Research (i2a) of the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra/Portugal. She is also cooperating as a researcher in the team coordinated by Prof. Dr Jorge Dias in the project: Contributions for Portugal in the World Happiness Report.

She integrated by invitation the 3rd Interministerial Conference on Road Safety (Achieving Global Goals 2030) in Stockholm (Sweden) in February 2020 and was a Member of the Organizing Committee of several International Conferences:

Highlight awards:

Winner of the 2019 Woman Entrepreneur Europe/Africa​ Award​  and Citizenship Award in Alcobaça/ Portugal

Mentor of one of the four European Projects winners of the Award: Best Practices in Road Safety/2019, awarded by the European Commission & European Road Safety Charter (representing InOutCister, Lda)

Mentor of the winning film of the 2nd place (Silver Award) in the Short Video category at the world event: The International Safety Media Awards (Australia) - Virtual Pre-Conference Global Injury Prevention Showcase, 2021.

Fátima Pereira da Silva has a degree in Advanced Studies in Psychology, corresponding to a PhD in Psychology, speciality in Work Organizations Psychology and Human Resources of the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences - University of Coimbra/Portugal. She is currently attending the International Doctoral Programme in Work and Organizational Psychology and Traffic Psychology at Palacký University in Olomouc (Czech Republic)- 2021/2026.

Christine Wickens, Board Member-at-Large (Canada)

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Dr. Christine Wickens is an Independent Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and holds an appointment as Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. Through experimental studies, analysis of population-level survey data, and qualitative analysis of interviews and archival data, Dr. Wickens has contributed to knowledge of topics including alcohol- and drug-impaired driving, driver anger and aggression, distracted driving, street racing, and the impact of mental health on driving. Among her current projects, she leads clinical trials examining the effects of cannabis on simulated driving and explores epidemiological data to assess the road safety impact of alcohol, cannabis, prescription opioids, and other drug use. She has published more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and 9 book chapters, and has presented her work at conferences nationally and internationally, including invited presentations to the Parachute Vision Zero Network, Arrive Alive, and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators. Her research presentations at the annual Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) conference have been twice recognized with the Dr. Charles Miller award for the top research or evaluation paper. Dr. Wickens consults with domestic and international stakeholders regarding road safety research and policy including the reduction of harms associated with alcohol- and drug-impaired driving. She has also served on the CARSP Board of Directors since 2015.

Denis Cusack, Board Member-at-Large (Ireland)

Medical Bureau of Road Safety

Denis Cusack qualified as a medical doctor from University College Dublin, Ireland and trained in postgraduate clinical medicine in General Internal Medicine & Diabetes / Endocrinology in hospitals in Ireland and Boston, USA. He then qualified as Barrister-at-Law (Advocate) from the Kings Inns, Dublin and practised in the Irish Courts as Barrister, particularly in the area of medical and healthcare law. He also continued in clinical practice in Internal Medicine and developed and continued his medical specialty practice and training in Forensic and Legal Medicine.

He is Director (Head) of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety, the national forensic intoxicant laboratory for Ireland and Senior Coroner (Death Investigation Judicial Officer) for the District of Kildare in Ireland. He was Lecturer and then Full Professor of Forensic & Legal Medicine at the School of Medicine, University College Dublin 1992 to 2017 and at Penang Medical College, Malaysia 2000 to 2017 and remains as Full Professor Emeritus of Forensic & Legal Medicine at UCD involved in postgraduate teaching and research.

He currently serves as President of the European Council of Legal Medicine and Vice-President of the International Academy of Legal Medicine. He serves on a number of expert committees on Road Safety and Forensic Medicine including the National Office for Traffic Medicine and Medical Fitness to Drive Working Group at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Medical Advisory Panel on Alcohol and Drugs for the DVLA in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the International Criminal Court. He is Founding Consultant Editor of the MedicoLegal Journal of Ireland; a Past President of the Coroners Society of Ireland; and Past President of the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland. He continues on the Councils of both of those bodies. He is a reviewer for a number of international forensic and other medical journals. His specialist and research interests and publications include forensic medicine, intoxicated driving, road traffic medicine, forensic death investigation, medico-legal issues in healthcare practice and medical ethics and professionalism. Qualifications and most recent relevant published research: MB BCh BAO (Hons.): University College Dublin; FRCPI: Fellow of the Royal College Physicians of Ireland; FFFLM; Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians London; FCLM: Fellow of the (American) College of Legal Medicine; FCIArb; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London; and Barrister-at-Law (Hons.): Kings Inns, Dublin. 

Edward Ogden, Website Manager (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.

He has previously been secretary of ICADTS.

Kathryn Steward, Editor of ICADTS Reporter (USA)

Safety and Policy Analysis International

Kathryn Stewart is a founding partner in Safety and Policy Analysis International. Previously, she served 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 a past president of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety and currently is a co-editor of the ICADTS Reporter, the quarterly newsletter of ICADTS.

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