Professor Alison Ritter is an internationally recognised drug policy scholar and the Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales. She is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow (2012 to 2017) leading a collaborative, multi-disciplinary program of research on drug policy. The goal of the work is to advance drug policy through improving the evidence-base, translating research and studying policy processes.
Professor Ritter worked as a clinical psychologist in the alcohol and drug treatment sector prior to commencing full-time research. She was the Deputy Director of Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre from 1995 to 2005. She has contributed significant policy and practice developments in the alcohol and drug sector over many years. She is the Immediate Past 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.
Professor Ritter has an extensive research grant track record. She has published widely in the field, including three edited books; multiple book chapters and more than 200 other publications.