Congratulations to Alison Ritter, Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) based at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, who has been appointed Vice President of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA).
The appointment finishes off a highly successful year for Alison who earlier this month was promoted to a full Professor of the University of New South Wales, commencing 1 January 2012. She was also awarded a $580,000 five year NHMRC senior research fellowship (2012 to 2016) in the recent funding rounds.
Alison joined NDARC in 2006 and established DPMP. She has worked in the drug and alcohol sector in clinical, policy and research roles since 1988 and has an international reputation in the field of drug policy and translation of research to policy and practice. Prior to joining NDARC from Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Victoria, Alison completed numerous clinical research projects including trials of new medications for the treatment of heroin dependence and managed epidemiological, health services research and evaluation. At DPMP her program of research focuses on the advancement of illicit drug policy through improving the evidence-base, developing new policy decision-making tools and studying policy processes.
Professor Ritter holds adjunct appointments with the Regulatory Institutions Network, The Australian National University and the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University.
Professor Ritter is President of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy and an Editor for a number of journals, including Drug and Alcohol Review, and the International Journal of Drug Policy. She reviews for a range of competitive funding bodies and international addiction journals.
Pictured: Alison Ritter.