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James C. Fell, M.S.

Principal Research Scientist

Economics, Justice, and Society Department, NORC at the University of Chicago

Biographical Sketch

James "Jim" Fell is an accomplished leader in the field of traffic safety.  He had a lengthy career with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington, DC, where he led work on alcohol policy research experience.  Following his work for NHTSA, Jim went on to a Senior Research Scientist position at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) in Calverton, Maryland, where he worked on projects which included evaluating the effectiveness of enforcement programs, particularly highly visible, highly publicized and frequent sobriety checkpoints, in reducing impaired driving.  This included special emphasis on drivers arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), a project on increasing safety belt usage by teens, and developing various resource documents on sanctions for drivers convicted of DWI.  He currently conducts his research at NORC at the University of Chicago, where he is a Principal Research Scientist in the Economics, Justice, and Society department.

Given his expertise, we sought out consultation with Jim on the NRLC project Leveraging Transdermal Alcohol Monitoring to Reduce Drinking among DWI Defendants (R01-AA014988).  He has been an active contributor to this work, including co-presenting with us at our DWI symposia at the Research Society on Alcoholism and recent publications on contingency management interventions for DWI.


Year Degree Major Institution
1967 M.S. Human Factors Engineering State University of New York at Buffalo
1966 B.S. Industrial Engineering State University of New York at Buffalo


  • Impaired Driving Countermeasures
  • per se Alcohol Limits for Impaired Driving
  • Driver Safety Issues Posed by Legalization of Marijuana