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Dr. Marsha Bates

Distinguished Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health, School of Arts and Sciences

Office: SMH 225

Email: mebates@smithers.rutgers.edu

Phone: 848-445-3559

Curriculum Vitae:

  • Bio
  • Current Research
  • Grants
  • Selected Publications
  • Education
  • Recent Awards


Marsha Bates, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health, School of Arts and Sciences and directs the Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory at the Center of Alcohol and Substance Use Studies, 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. Her multi-institution research program is a component of the NIAAA Mechanism of Behavior Change Interdisciplinary Research Consortium (MIRC) which seeks to build novel approaches to alcohol-related problems via mechanism-based strategies.

Faculty Website

Cardiac Neuroscience Lab Site

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


NIH/NIAAA (R21 AA029604) (2021 – 2023) (Alderman MPI) Afferent neurocardiac signals, cue reactivity, and cognitive control. The goal is to use EEG and ECG to examine the impact of resonance breathing on the attentional and cognitive control processes of binge drinkers exposed to alcohol cues. ($426,343)


NIH/NIAAA (T32 AA028254) (2019-2024) Sarkar (Jones MPI) Molecular Neuroscience of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Training. The goal is to promote the development of promising postdoctoral research fellows as independent investigators of the pathogenesis of alcoholism and drug abuse. ($1,447,645)


NIH/NIAAA (F31 AA027147) (2019 – 2021) Lesnewich (PI) Neural and Autonomic Markers of Alcohol Use Behavior Change in Emerging Adulthood: Prospective Study. The goals are to examine the predictive value of two neurobiological markers of alcohol use behavior change during emerging adulthood and provide training in longitudinal neurobiological research. ($76,248)


NIH/NIDA (R34 DA043751) (2018 – 2022) Leyro (PI) Development and Pilot Investigation of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback for Smoking Cessation. The goal is to develop and assess the feasibility and potential effectiveness of a heart rate variability biofeedback treatment adjunct for smokers with elevated emotional distress. ($697,500)


NIH/NIAAA (R01 AA027017) (2018 – 2023) Buckman, Vaschillo (MPI) Changes in cardiovascular control mechanisms related to binge drinking during college. The goal is to identify quantitative cardiovascular biomarkers of early drinking-related injury. ($2,438,170)

Selected Publications

Nguyen-Louie, T.T., Buckman, J.F., Ray, S. & Bates, M.E. (2016). Drinkers’ memory bias for alcohol picture cues in explicit and implicit memory tasks. Drug and Alcohol Dependence160, 90-6. PMC4855832

Eddie, D. & Bates, M. E. (2016). Toward Validation of a Borderline Personality Disorder-Relevant Picture Set. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment. PMC4972694

Buckman, J. F., Eddie, D., Vaschillo, E. G., Vaschillo, B., Garcia, A., & Bates, M. E. (2015). Immediate and complex cardiovascular adaptation to an acute alcohol dose. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39, 2334-2344. PMC4971776

Mann, S.L., Selby, E.A., Bates, M.E. & Contrada, R. J. (2015). Integrating affective and cognitive correlates of heart rate variability: A structural equation modeling approach. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 98, 76-86. PMC4980075

Alderman, B.L., Olson, R.L., Bates, M.E., Selby, E.A., Buckman, J.F., Brush, C.J., Panza, E.A., Kranzler, A., Eddie, D. & Shors, T.J. (2015). Rumination in major depressive disorder is associated with impaired neural activation during conflict monitoring. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9:269. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00269 PMC4428129

Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., Buckman, J.F., Nguyen-Louie, T., Heiss, S., Pandina, R. J. & Bates, M.E. (2015). The effects of sighing on the cardiovascular system. Biological Psychology, 106, 86-95. PMC4386588

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. PMC4535923

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. PMC4221295

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.PMC418074

Ray, S., Pandina, R.J., & 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. PMC3854952

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 as a 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 Systems and 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. PMC3874391

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.


1982 Post Doctoral, Rutgers University, Addiction
1980 PhD, Rutgers University, Cognitive Psychology
1978 MS, Rutgers University, Experimental Psychology


Recent Awards

Bates, M., (2018). Humanitarian of the Year, Empowering Futures, Transforming Communities. Center for Great Expectations, New Brunswick NJ.
Bates, M., (2018, 2019, 2021). Faculty Academic Merit Awards – Rutgers University , New Brunswick, NJ