Marsha E. Bates, Ph.D.

Research Professor I of Psychology, Rutgers, Center of Alcohol Studies
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Office: BAS Room 225
Tel: (732) 445-3559
Fax: (732) 445-3500
Current Research
  • Acute alcohol and placebo effects on memory and psychophysiological modulation of emotional arousal
  • Implicit and explicit memory for emotional and appetitive word and picture cues
  • Memory and psychophysiological arousal in high risk and substance use disordered samples
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of emotional response and memory
  • Development of novel treatment approaches such as resonance HRV biofeedback
  • Mechanisms of behavioral change
  • Translational science
Recent NIH Grants and Contracts
  • Principal Investigator: Multi-scale Neurophysiological Control Systems of MOBCI (mechanisms of behavior change initiation), NIH, NIAAA, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, HHSN275201000003C, 2/1/10 to 1/31/13.
  • Principal Investigator: Novel Mechanisms of Behavior Change in Alcoholism Treatment, K02AA000325, NIH, NIAAA, 07/05/07 to 06/30/12.
  • Principal Investigator: Alcohol, memory and affective regulation. R01 AA015248, NIH, NIAAA, 7/1/04 to 6/30/10.
  • Principal Investigator: Alcohol, memory and affective regulation. R01 AA015248, ARRA Administrative Supplement.
  • Principal Investigator: Memory processes, emotional regulation, and developmental stage of drug exposure. NIH, NIDA, 91/03 to 8/31/09 (A component of a Specialized Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center – Drug abuse prevention during developmental transitions, PI: R. Pandina)
  • Co-Investigator: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Understanding Mechanisms of Behavior Change in Alcohol: Facilitating Research Across Disciplines and Institutions. U13, NIH, NIAAA, 2008-2009. (PI: J. Morgenstern).
  • Co-Investigator: A Legacy of Learning in Alcohol Research, R13, NIH, NIAAA, 2007-2009. (PI: J. Buckman; renewal pending).
Recent Awards

2011 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, Society of Addiction Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 50
2007 Teacher Recognition in Neuroscience, IES Brain Research Foundation, Sparta, NJ
2006 Fellow: American Psychological Association
2002 Award for Excellence in Scientific Presentation, American Psychological Association, Division 40: Clinical Neuropsychology

Awards to Students and Junior Faculty Mentored since 2001

Recent Publications

Recent Professional Service

  Ph.D Rutgers Cognitive Psychology 1980
  M.S. Rutgers Human Experimental Psychology 1978


Dr. Bates joined the Center in 1981 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Research areas have included acute and chronic alcohol and drug effects on neuropsychological and cognitive functioning, and the study neurocognitive impairment and recovery in clinical samples in relation to therapeutic changes processes and treatment outcome. Her current research program focuses on further understanding neurobiological and neurocognitive processes that subserve emotional regulation and act to support or hinder adaptive behavioral change. She is the director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory that promotes translation between basic human behavioral and clinical science to characterize novel mechanisms of behavioral change.
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