Behavioral & Social Advisory Council

The Behavioral and Social Advisory Council is responsible for advising the Foundation regarding research in the behavioral and social sciences. Its members are internationally recognized authorities in the fields of epidemiology, sociology, psychological sciences, and public health.

The research supported in this area consists of studying factors associated with drinking patterns across the life span from adolescence through retirement and old age, cultural and transnational drinking practices, highway safety, and life-style influences on health. The result of this line of research is intended for developing strategies to prevent the misuse and abuse of alcohol.


Kim Fromme, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Director, Studies on Alcohol, Health and Risky Activities Lab

The University of Texas at Austin


Dr. Fromme's research focuses on the etiology and prevention of alcohol abuse and associated negative consequences among adolescents and young adults. The university’s SAHARA (Studies on Alcohol, Health and Risky Activities) Lab is one of six simulated barroom facilities in the U.S. Dr. Fromme has served on the Research Society on Alcoholism board of directors (2005-2009). 


Marsha Bates, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Department of Psychiatry

Center of Alcohol Studies
Rutgers State University


Dr. Bates' research 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.


Kent E. Hutchison, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Chief Science Officer, MIND Research Network
University of Colorado, Boulder


Dr. Hutchison's research focuses on the development of more effective pharmacotherapies that target the basic neurobiological and behavioral mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of addiction. He has served on several review committees for National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction. 

Edward P. Riley, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Department of Psychology
Director, Center for Behavioral Teratology 
San Diego State University


Dr. Riley's research focuses on how alcohol can affect the developing embryo and fetus and importantly can cause alterations in the normal development of brain and behavior. He currently serves as president of the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism and on the Expert Panel for the SAMHSA Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence.


Dan J. Stein, Ph.D.


Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health
Director of the Medical Research Council

University of Cape Town, South Africa


Dr. Stein’s research focuses on the psychobiology and management of the anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Dr. Stein has authored or edited over 25 volumes, including Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience of Mood and Anxiety Disorders and The Philosophy of Psychopharmacology: Smart Pills, Happy Pills, Pep Pills.