The proposal reflects the continuation and evolution of an alcohol training program in operation since 1971, which has provided 253 fellows with training and support. Its chief goal is to continue to support a program designed to embark trainees on a path of active research in alcohol studies, by offering applicants with substantial backgrounds in epidemiology, health, social or policy sciences the opportunity to carry out their own research immersed in a collegial and interactive environment of researchers and faculty actively working in epidemiological and health services research on alcohol. The essence of the program lies in each fellow's opportunity to learn from an intensive period of residence and involvement in the research training, research staffs, and research activities of Training Program Faculty at the two primary collaborating institutions: the Alcohol Research Group (a National Alcohol Research Center) and the School of Public Health (at UC Berkeley). ARG has as its foci of research the social epidemiology of alcohol problems and the conduct of alcohol-related health services research. Training Grant Faculty from nearby secondary collaborating institutions (UCSF Dept. of Psychiatry, Kaiser Division of Research, and UCSF Institute for Health Policy) provide additional educational, mentorship, and research opportunities that complement and extend those at ARG and UC Berkeley. A group of 4 postdoctoral and 3 pre-doctoral fellows are supported by this program each year, with most in residence for 2 years. Pre-doctoral fellows complete an alcohol-related dissertation and postdoctoral fellows conduct a publishable research project. Fellows are advised and actively mentored by Training Grant Faculty. All trainees attend and contribute to a weekly Advanced Alcohol Research Seminar that is part of the fall and spring curriculum at the School of Public Health and includes instruction in the responsible conduct of research. Other program components include graduate courses at UC Berkeley, topic- specific working groups at ARG, and a grantwriting seminar for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows. Research topics reflect our Training Program's focus on the incidence, prevalence and etiology of alcohol use disorders and alcohol-related problems - their distribution (by gender and by ethnicity), their behavioral antecedents, their identification and handling by health services (formal and informal), and their public health and policy implications.

Public Health Relevance

The Graduate Research Training on Alcohol Problems has been in operation since 1971, and has provided research training in critical areas of alcohol studies to 253 fellows with backgrounds in epidemiology, health, and social sciences. Because of its complexity and interrelationships with so many aspects of society and domains of study, the field of alcohol research is challenging for the typical student entering a doctoral program, and for the recent doctoral graduate with expressed interest. The present proposal describes a coherent, rigorous program of training in the alcohol field that fills this gap, particularly in regard to research on social epidemiology, alcohol health services, health disparities, public health and alcohol policy.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Institutional National Research Service Award (T32)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZAA1-HH (01))
Program Officer
Breslow, Rosalind
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
University of California Berkeley
Public Health & Prev Medicine
Schools of Public Health
United States
Zip Code
Lui, Camillia K; Kerr, William C; Mulia, Nina et al. (2018) Educational differences in alcohol consumption and heavy drinking: An age-period-cohort perspective. Drug Alcohol Depend 186:36-43
Kaplan, Lauren M; Greenfield, Thomas K; Karriker-Jaffe, Katherine J (2018) Examination of associations between early life victimisation and alcohol's harm from others. Drug Alcohol Rev 37:365-374
Bensley, Kara M; Seelig, Amber D; Armenta, Richard F et al. (2018) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Association With Subsequent Risky and Problem Drinking Initiation. J Addict Med 12:353-362
Castillo-Mancilla, Jose R; Morrow, Mary; Boum, Yap et al. (2018) Brief Report: Higher ART Adherence Is Associated With Lower Systemic Inflammation in Treatment-Naive Ugandans Who Achieve Virologic Suppression. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 77:507-513
Jacobs, Leah A; Giordano, Sequoia N J (2018) ""It's Not Like Therapy"": Patient-Inmate Perspectives on Jail Psychiatric Services. Adm Policy Ment Health 45:265-275
Yette, Emily M; Ahern, Jennifer (2018) Health-related Quality of Life Among Black Sexual Minority Women. Am J Prev Med 55:281-289
McGeough, Briana L; Sterzing, Paul R (2018) A Systematic Review of Family Victimization Experiences Among Sexual Minority Youth. J Prim Prev :
Seelig, Amber D; Bensley, Kara M; Williams, Emily C et al. (2018) Longitudinal Examination of the Influence of Individual Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Clusters of Symptoms on the Initiation of Cigarette Smoking. J Addict Med 12:363-372
Matson, Theresa E; McGinnis, Kathleen A; Rubinsky, Anna D et al. (2018) Gender and alcohol use: influences on HIV care continuum in a national cohort of patients with HIV. AIDS 32:2247-2253
Arayasirikul, Sean; Pomart, W Andres; Raymond, H Fisher et al. (2018) Unevenness in Health at the Intersection of Gender and Sexuality: Sexual Minority Disparities in Alcohol and Drug Use Among Transwomen in the San Francisco Bay Area. J Homosex 65:66-79

Showing the most recent 10 out of 144 publications