Genevieve M. Ames, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist

Medical Anthropology

Assessing risk and protective factors related to substance abuse in the physical and cultural context of the workplace, military, family, women, and among youth, leading to guidelines for public health approach to prevention and intervention.

Melina Bersamin, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist

Human Development

Investigating ecological, social, and psychological correlates and predictors of adolescent risky behavior, including alcohol and substance use and risky sexual behaviors.

Raul Caetano, MD, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist


Health disparities; Ethnicity and drinking patterns; Intimate Partner Violence.

Carol B. Cunradi, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist

Public Health; Epidemiology

Intimate Partner Violence and alcohol

Joel W. Grube, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist

Social Psychology

Adolescent risk behaviors, prevention and etiology.

Paul J. Gruenewald, Ph.D.
Scientific Director, Senior Research Scientist

Experimental Psychology/Cognition

Social ecological models of alcohol and drug availability and use; geospatial analyses of health risks; quantitative dose-response models of substance use and related risks.

Juliet P. Lee, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist

Cultural Anthropology

Social and cultural aspects of substance use and misuse, particularly drug use among youth and young adults; Asian Americans; community-based participatory research; ethnography.

Brenda A. Miller, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist

Criminal Justice

Etiology, prevention and intervention of adolescent and young adult risky behaviors (alcohol intoxication, drug use, aggression, sexual risk taking) both internationally (Thailand) and within the U.S.; environmental strategies for clubs to prevent risky behaviors; social drinking group club interventions; health promotion research including family-based strategies.

Roland S. Moore, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist

Applied Anthropology

Environmental prevention of problems related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in indigenous populations and occupational cultures.

Mallie J. Paschall, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist

Health Behavior and Health Education

Prevention of adolescent and adult risk behaviors, particularly alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.

Robert F. Saltz, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist


Community Prevention Interventions; College Student Drinking; Translational Research (Science to/from Practice).

Secondary Mentors

Jennifer Ahern, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, U.C. Berkeley


Neighborhood characteristics and health; traumatic events; substance use; population health; health impacts of policies and programs.

Bridget Freisthler, Ph.D.
Research Scientist

Social Welfare

Understanding social ecology of child maltreatment, particularly as it relates to alcohol and drugs and examining how locations of social services may affect development of social problems in neighborhood areas.

Denise Herd, Ph.D.
Medical Anthropology

Ethnic differences; media; community mobilization

Dr. Herd's research interests focus on images of alcohol and violence in rap music, activism in African American communities, drinking and drug use patterns and problems, and social movements.

Sharon Lipperman-Kreda, Ph.D.
Research Scientist


Prevention of youth risk behaviors, particularly tobacco and alcohol.

Peter Nygaard, Ph.D.
Research Scientist


Screening and Brief Intervention; Community-based Interventions; Social Network Studies.

Emily J. Ozer, Ph.D.
Professor, Community Health & Human Development, U.C. Berkeley

School and community-based interventions; adolescent health; violence prevention; trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Marcia Russell, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist

Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Interactions between alcohol and drug use, hepatitis C virus infection, and obesity related to chronic liver disease. Intimate partner violence, consequences and prevention.

Patrice Vaeth, Dr.PH.
Research Scientist

Public Health (Behavioral Sciences)

Health disparities; Hispanic drinking patterns and problems; Chronic health problems and drinking.