Alison Ritter, University of New South Wales
director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP)
Alison Ritter is an NHMRC senior research fellow leading a multi-disciplinary program of research on drug policy, whose goal is to advance drug policy through improving the evidence-base, translating research, and studying policy processes. This internationally recognised drug policy scholar has contributed significant policy and practice developments across alcohol and drug policy over many years. Prior to commencing full-time research, she worked as a clinical psychologist in the alcohol and drug treatment sector. She also previously served as president of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, vice president of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Australia, and an editor for a number of journals, including Drug and Alcohol Review, and the International Journal of Drug Policy. Ritter has an extensive research grant track record of $31 million and has published widely in the field. She has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours 2020, for her distinguished service to education, to drug and alcohol research and social policy, and to professional medical societies.