Marsha Bates

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Research Professor I, Associate Director, Center of Alcohol Studies
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Office: 
SMH 225
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848-445-3559
Curriculum Vitae: 
About: 

Dr. Bates is the Associate Director of CAS and director of the Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory, which promotes translation between basic human experimental and clinical science. Her transdisciplinary research program seeks to build novel intervention and prevention approaches to alcohol and drug related problems based on neurocognitive and neurocardiac mechanisms of behavior change. Dr. Bates is Vice-Chair of the Rutgers Institutional Review Board, a member of the Behavioral and Social Advisory Council of ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research, and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Alcohol Research Documentation, Inc. She is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, and Consulting Editor of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Dr. Bates is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), previously served as President of APA Division 50, the Society of Addiction Psychologists (SoAP), and received SoAP’s 2011 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award.

Current Research: 
  • The role of heart rate variability and the baroreflex mechanism in behavioral flexibility
  • Acute and chronic alcohol and drug effects on cognitive and neuropsychological functioning
  • The role of neurocognitive deficits and recovery of function in addiction treatment outcomes
  • Translation of basic knowledge about neurocardiac signaling to develop novel interventions to interrupt craving and negative affective states that promote relapse
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and cardiovascular assessment as tools to understand cue reactivity and craving
  • Collaborative research with systems analysts and computational modelers to build personalized medicine and prognostic models
  • Collaborative research with neuroscientists, physiologists, exercise scientists, and a community partner/treatment provider, The Center for Great Expectations (Somerset, NJ) to examine the real world utility of our translational science models
Recent Grants: 
R21AA022748 Principal Investigator 02/2014–01/2016
fMRI and Integrated Neurocardiac Control of Alcohol Cue Reactivity. National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
K24 AA021778 Principal Investigator 09/2013–08/2018
The Baroreflex Mechanism: Translation to AUD Treatment and Prognostic Models, NIH, NIAAA
R03 DA031060 Principal Investigator 07/2011–06/2014 (NCE)
Marijuana Cues, Arousal and the Central Autonomic Network, NIH, National Institutes of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
HHSN275201000003C Principal Investigator 04/2010–07/2013 (NCE)
Multi-scale Neurophysiological Control Systems of MOBCI (mechanisms of behavior change initiation), NIH, NIAAA
Recent Publications (past 10 years): 

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.

Eddie, D., Kim, C., Lehrer, P., Deneke, E., & Bates, M.E. (2014). A Pilot Study of Brief Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback to Reduce Craving in Young Adult Men Receiving Inpatient Treatment for Substance Use Disorders. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 39, 181-192.

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.

*Ray, S., Pandina, & Bates, M.E. (2014). Memory for Drug Related Visual Stimuli in Young Adult, Cocaine Dependent Polydrug Users. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 40, 170-175.

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. PMC3870950

Bates, M.E., Buckman, J.F., and Bates-Krakoff, J. (2013). Treatment of addictions and effects of neuropsychological impairment on mechanisms of behavior change. In D. N. Allen & S.P. Woods (Eds.), Neuropsychological Aspects of Substance Use Disorders: Evidence-Based Perspectives, Oxford University Press, 82-102.

Lehrer, P., Buckman, J.F., Mun, E-Y, Vaschillo, E.G.,  Vaschillo, B., *Udo, T., *Ngyen, T., & Bates, M.E. (2013). Negative mood and alcohol problems are related to respiratory dynamics in young adults. Applied Psychophysiologyand Biofeedback, 38, 273-284.

Udo, T., Buckman, J.F., Mun, E. Y., Vaschillo, E. G., Vaschillo, B., & Bates, M. E. (2013). Potential Side Effects of Unhealthy Lifestyle Choices and Health Risks on Basal and Reactive Heart Rate Variability in College Drinkers. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 74, 787-796.

*Eddie, D., Buckman, J.F., Mun, E.Y., Vaschillo, B., Vaschillo, E., Udo, T., Lehrer, P., and Bates, M.E. (2013). Different Associations of Alcohol Cue Reactivity with Negative Alcohol Expectancies in Mandated and Inpatient Samples of Young Adults. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 2040-2043.

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

Bates, M.E. & Buckman, J.F. (2013, March). Integrating Body and Brain Systems in Addiction Neuroscience. In P. Miller (Ed.) Biological Research on Addiction: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders, Volume 2, New York: Academic Press.

Ray, S., Mun, E.Y., Buckman, J., *Udo, T. & Bates, M.E. (2012). Memory for emotional picture cues during acute alcohol intoxication. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.73, 718-25. PMC3410939

Vaschillo, E.G., Vaschillo, B., Buckman, J. F., Pandina, R. J., and Bates, M.E. (2012). Measurement of Vascular tone and stroke volume baroreflex gain. Psychophysiology, 49, 193-197. PMC3366428

Bates, M.E. & Buckman, J.F. (2012). Emotional dysregulation in the moment: Why some college students may not mature out of hazardous alcohol and drug use. In D. Rabiner and H. R. White (Eds.), College Student Drinking and Drug Use: Multiple Perspectives on a Complex Problem, NY: Guilford Press, 83-101.

Bates, M.E., Buckman, J.F., Vaschillo, E., Fonoberov, V.A., Fonoberova, M., Vaschillo, B., Mun E.Y., Mezic, A., & Mezic, I. (2011). The redistribution of power: Neurocardiac signaling, alcohol and gender. PLoS ONE 6(12): e28281. PMC3229550

Vaschillo, E.G., Vaschillo, B., Pandina, R. J., and Bates, M.E. (2011).Resonances in the Cardiovascular System Caused by Rhythmical Muscle Tension. Psychophysiology, 48. 927-936. PMC3094735

White, H.R., Marmorstein, N.R., Crews, F.T., Bates, M.E., Mun, E.Y., & Loeber, R. (2011). Associations between Heavy Drinking and Changes in Impulsive Behavior among Adolescent Males. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 35, 1-9. PMC3058919

Lagos, L. Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., Lehrer, P., Bates, M.E., & Pandina, R. (2011). Virtual reality-assisted heart rate variability biofeedback asa strategy to improve golf performance: A case study. Biofeedback, 39, 15-20.

Vaschillo, E.G., Vaschillo, B., Buckman, J.F., Pandina, R. J., and Bates,M.E. (2011). The Investigation and Clinical Significance of Resonance in the Heart Rate and Vascular Tone Baroreflexes. Biomedical Engineering Systemsand Technologies Communications in Computer and Information Science, 127, 224-237.

Ray, S., Hanson, S., Hanson, C., & Bates, M.E. (2010). fMRI bold response in high risk college students (Part 1):  During exposure to alcohol, marijuana, polydrug and emotional picture cues. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 45, 437-443. PMC2930251

Ray, S., Hanson, S., Hanson, C., *Rahman, R. & Bates, M.E. (2010). fMRI bold response in high risk college students (Part 2):  During memory priming of alcohol, marijuana, polydrug and emotional picture cues. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 45, 444-448. PMC2930252

Buckman, J.F., White, H.R. & Bates, M.E. (2010). Psychophysiological Reactivity to Emotional Picture Cues Two Years after College Students Were Mandated for Alcohol Interventions. Addictive Behaviors, 35, 786-790, PMC2872043

Mun, E.Y., Bates, M.E. & Vaschillo, E. (2010). Closing the gap between person-oriented theory and methods. Development and Psychopathology,22, 261-271. doi: 10.1017/S0954579410000039

Weissman, A. & Bates, M. E.  (2010). Increased clinical and neurocognitive impairment in children with autism spectrum disorders and comorbid bipolar disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4, 670-680.

Vaschillo, E.G., Vaschillo, B., Buckman, J.F., Pandina, R. J. and Bates, M.E. (2010). Resonances in the Cardiovascular System: Investigation and Clinical Applications. BIOSIGNALS INSTICC Press, 21-28.

Recent Awards: 
Distinguished Service Award Society of Addiction Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 50 2014
Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award Society of Addiction Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 50 2011
Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year Nomination Rutgers University 2009
One of 26 selected articles on addictive behaviors from APA journals from 1997-2006: Bates et al., “Risk factors and neuropsychological recovery in clients with alcohol use disorders who were exposed to different treatments,” APA Reprint Reader on Addictive Behaviors. Originally published in JCCP, 2004. 2008
Neuroscience Teacher Recognition Award IES Brain Research Foundation, Sparta NJ 2007
Fellow American Psychological Association, Divisions 50 (Addictions) and 28 (Psychopharmacology) 2006
Faculty Academic Merit Awards Rutgers University 1993–2013
Awards to Students and Junior Faculty Mentored: 
David Eddie NIAAA Travel Award to the Second International Congress on Alcoholism and Stress, Volterra, Italy (2014)
David Eddie American Psychological Association 2014 Interdivisional Mentoring Award from the Science Directorate
Richard Wille Aresty Undergraduate Scholar Research Award (2013)
Richard Wille Cooper Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) (2013) for the research project, “Differential heart rate variability reactivity to negative affect picture cues”
David Eddie Research Society on Alcoholism Student Merit Award (2013) for the 2013 RSA Scientific meeting, supported by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Ryan Holland John A. Carpenter Memorial Award (2013) for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
David Eddie Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences Scholarship (2013)
David Eddie NIDA Travel Award (2012) to attend the Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (JMATE) April 10-12, 2012 in Washington, DC
David Eddie American Psychological Association (APA) Division 50 Award (2011) supported by NIAAA to present at the 119th annual meeting for the APA, Washington DC
Suchismita Ray K01 Award, NIDA, NIH (2011) “Cocaine, Appetitive Memory and Neural Connectivity”
Tomoko Udo Society for Prevention Research (2010) Student Award
Hareema Mela Cooper Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) (2010) for the research project, “Gender Differences in Heart Rate Variability at the Beginning of Addiction Treatment”
Tomoko Udo Leon H. Greenberg Memorial Award (2010) for Outstanding Graduate Student, Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University
Jennifer Buckman K01 Award, NIAAA, NIH (2009) "Polymorphisms, Glutamate and Risk Factors for Alcoholism”
Kristen Howell Henry Rutgers Scholars Award (2009) for outstanding independent research 
Kristen Howell Charles Flaherty Award for Most Outstanding Psychology Student (2009), Rutgers University
Kristen Howell Aresty Undergraduate Scholar Travel Award (2009) to present at the UCLA Undergraduate Research Conference, Los Angeles, CA
Kristen Howell Undergraduate Research Spotlight Video Series (2008) Aresty Research Center and Office of Instructional and Research Technology, Rutgers University
Adam Weissman New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation "Research into Causes and/or Treatment of Social Problems"  Dissertation Research Award (2008)
Adam Weissman Association for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ABCT) Student Travel Award, (2008) for the Annual Meeting, November
Adam Weissman American Psychological Association (APA) Division 50 Award (2008) supported by NIAAA to present at the 116th annual meeting for the APA, Boston
Kristen Howell American Psychological Association (APA) Divisions 50 Award (2008) supported by NIAAA to present at the 116th annual meeting for the APA, Boston
Gianna Locasio Leon H. Greenberg Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Research (2008)
Tomoko Udo RSA Student Merit Meeting Award (2008) RSA/ISBRA Joint Meeting, Washington, DC, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Kristen Howell Aresty Undergraduate Scholar Travel Award (2008) to present at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston
Kristen Howell Aresty Undergraduate Scholar Travel Award (2008) to present at the Salisbury University Undergraduate Research Conference, CT
Suchismita Ray Junior Investigator Award (2008) for the 2nd International Conference on Applications of Neuroimaging to Alcoholism (ICANA-2), Yale University
Tomoko Udo ECPN Travel Award (2007) to the 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research
Tomoko Udo NIDA Women & Gender Junior Investigator Travel Award (2007) to the 69th Annual Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence
Catherine Rha John A. Carpenter Memorial Award (2005) for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
Catherine Rha Bela Julesz Psi Chi Scholarship (2005) for Undergraduate Research
Catherine Rha Henry Rutgers Research Scholar (2005)
Lisa Dipuzzo George S. Cooke Scholar (2005)
Purvi Patel Summer Research Fellowship (2005) from the Foundation of UMDNJ and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Gerald Voelbel Leon H. Greenberg Memorial Award (2004) for Excellence in Graduate Student Research
Nishant Patel John A. Carpenter Memorial Award (2004) for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
Chaityana Desai Summer Research Fellowship (2004) from the Foundation of UMDNJ and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School