Learn more about the National Alcohol Research Center and other studies conducted at ARG. ARG's research emphasizes epidemiology of alcohol consumption and problems, including health services research and community responses, to inform public health practice and alcohol policy.

Center & Other Research

Current & Past Research

The following section provides a listing of all active and notable past projects at the Alcohol Research Group. Components of the NIAAA funded National Alcohol Research Center Grant, Epidemiology of Alcohol Problems, can be reached by clicking on that grant.

Principal funders of ARG research have included the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. ARG also collaborates with investigators at numerous universities and research institutes, including, for example, the University of California, San Francisco; University of North Dakota; the New England Research Institute; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Canada; Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD), in Stockholm, Sweden; the Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz in Mexico City.

Currently Funded Research Projects

Selection of Notable Prior Research

Currently Funded Research Projects

A clinician-free, computer-based screening and intervention for consumption of alcohol and sweetened beverages during pregnancy

Funding: NIAAA P30 AA05595
Principal Investigator: Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD, Study Director: Madhabika B. Nayak, PhD

Alcohol Use among Asian American Adolescents & Young Adults: Do Subgroups Differ?

Funding: NIAAA R03 AA019791
Principal Investigator: Won Kim Cook, PhD

Capacity Building Initiative for Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Services for At-Risk Racial/Ethnic Minority Young Adults

Funding: SAMHSA 1U79SP017379
Principal Investigator: Tooru Nemoto, PhD (PHI)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Doug Polcin , EdD

Effects of Disadvantage and Protective Resources on Alcohol-Related Disparities

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA020474
Principal Investigator: Sarah Zemore, PhD; Nina Mulia, DrPH

Effects of Spirits Privatization on Alcohol Prices and Alcohol-Related Harms

Funding: NIAAA RO1 AA021742
Principal Investigator: William Kerr, PhD

Enhancing Engagement and Retention in Quality HIV Care for Transgender Women of Color in Oakland, Alameda County

Funding: HRSA H97 HA24970
Principal Investigator: Tooru Nemoto, PhD (PHI)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Doug Polcin , EdD

Epidemiology of Alcohol Problems: National Alcohol Research Center

Funding: NIAAA P50 AA05595
Principal Investigator: Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD

Epidemiology of Drinking and Disorders in Border vs. Non-Border Contexts

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA018365
Principal Investigator: Cheryl Cherpitel, DrPH ; Guilherme Borges, DrSc.

Identifying Modifiable Influences on Alcohol Problems in High-Risk Neighborhoods

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA020328
Principal Investigator: Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, PhD

Intensive Motivational Interviewing for Methamphetamine Dependence

Funding: NIDA R01 DA024714
Principal Investigator: Douglas Polcin, EdD

Moderators of Motivation to Maintain Sobriety Over 18 Months

Funding: NIDA R03 DA034961
Principal Investigator: Douglas Polcin, EdD, MFT

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Graduate Research Training on Alcohol Problems

Funding: NIAAA T32 AA007240
Principal Investigator: Lee Ann Kaskutas, DrPH

Race/ethnicity, Socioeconomic Disadvantage, and Disparities in Alcohol Problems (A Research Component of ARGís Center Grant)

Funding: NIAAA P50 AA05595
Principal Investigator: Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD, Component Directors: Nina Mulia, DrPH and Sarah Zemore, PhD

Racial Disparities in Access to Appropriate Alcohol Treatment Services

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA017197
Principal Investigator: Nina Mulia, DrPH; Laura Schmidt, PhD (UCSF)

Reducing Offenders HIV Risk: MI Enhanced Case Management with Drug-Free Housing

Funding: NIDA RO1 DA034973
Principal Investigator: Douglas L. Polcin, EdD

Screening and Brief Intervention in the Emergency Department among Mexican-origin Young Adults

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA018119
Principal Investigator: Cheryl J. Cherpitel, DrPH; Robert Woolard, MD

Testing Medical Marijuanaís Unintended Consequences for Youth and Young Adults

Funding: NIDA R01 DA034091
Principal Investigator: Laura Schmidt, PhD (UCSF) and Joanne Spetz, PhD (UCSF)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Tammy W. Tam, PhD

Understanding Racial Disparities in Heavy Drinking over the Life Course

Funding: NIAAA R01
Principal Investigator: Nina Mulia, DrPH

What is Recovery?

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA017954
Principal Investigator: Lee Ann Kaskutas, DrPH

Selection of Notable Prior Research

A Web-Based Smoking Intervention for Cancer Survivors

Funding: NCI RO1 CA106914
Principal Investigator: Karen Emmons, PhD (Dana-Farber Cancer Center)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: E. Anne Lown, PhD

Acculturation and Alcohol among U.S. Latinas

Funding: NIAAA R21 AA015972
Principal Investigator: Sarah Zemore, PhD

Alcohol and Injury in Emergency Rooms in Poland

Funding: NIAAA R21 AA12889
Principal Investigator: Cheryl J. Cherpitel, DrPH

Alcohol and Mortality: Ethnic and Social Influences

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA10960
Principal Investigator: Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD

Alcohol Beverage Tax Rates

Funding: National Alcohol Beverage Control Association
Principal Investigator: William Kerr , PhD

Alcohol Consumption & Mortality in the US 1950-2000

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA014362
Principal Investigator: William C. Kerr, PhD

Alcohol Epidemiology: Welfare Client Longitudinal Study

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA10015
Principal Investigator: Constance Weisner, DrPH

Alcohol in Mexican-Origin Groups: U.S. and Mexican Surveys,

Funding: NIAAA R21 AA13739
Principal Investigator: Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD; Marjorie J. Robertson, PhD

Alcohol Problems & Service Dynamics after Welfare Reform

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA13136
Principal Investigator: Laura Schmidt, PhD, ARG Researcher: Denise Zabkiewicz, PhD

Alcohol- and Drug-Attributable Burden of Disease and Injury in the U.S.

Funding: NIAAA
Principal Investigator: Jurgen Rhem (CAMH)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD

Alcohol, Services, Treatment & Work in Homeless Adults

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA12019
Principal Investigator: Cheryl Zlotnick, PhD

An Evaluation of Sober Living Houses

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA014030
Principal Investigator: Douglas Polcin, EdD

Brief Intervention in the Emergency Room in Poland

Funding: NIAAA R21 AA016081
Principal Investigator: Cheryl J. Cherpitel, DrPH

Childrenís Oncology Group - Administrative Supplement to Increase Public Awareness of Pediatric Cancers

Funding: NCI - U01 CA98543-08S4
Principal Investigator: Reamon / Adamson
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: E. Anne Lown, DrPH

Coercion to enter Treatment from Probation Officers.

Funding: NIAAA R03 AA12358
Principal Investigator:

Community Impact on Adoption of Sober Living Houses

Funding: NIDA R21 DA025208
Principal Investigator: Douglas Polcin, EdD

Cost-effectiveness of HMO Residential & Outpatient Care

Funding: NIDA R01 DA12297
Principal Investigator: Lee Ann Kaskutas, DrPH

Cross-national Analysis of Alcohol and Injury

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA13750
Principal Investigator: Cheryl J. Cherpitel, DrPH

Developing a New Scale of Treatment Readiness

Funding: NIAAA R21 AA016578
Principal Investigator: Sarah Zemore, PhD

Drinking & Problem Epidemiology in Blacks & Hispanics

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA10013
Principal Investigator: Karen Trocki, PhD

Drinking Patterns & Ethnicity: Impact on Mortality Risks

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA016644
Principal Investigator: Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD

Drug Problems and Course of Homelessness

Funding: NIDA R01 DA09334
Principal Investigator: Marjorie J. Robertson, PhD

Epidemiology of Alcohol Problems: Risk of AIDS

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA08564
Principal Investigator: Karen Trocki, PhD

ER Screening for Alcohol Problems in the U.S. & Mexico

Funding: NIAAA R21 AA11503
Principal Investigator: Cheryl Cherpitel, DrPH

European & American Drinking Contexts: Comparative Study of Young Adults

Funding: Osservatorio Permanente sui Giovani e l'Alcool
Principal Investigator: Karen Trocki, PhD

Gender Differences in Problem Drinking Trajectories

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA015927
Principal Investigator: Constance Weisner (UCSF)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Lee Ann Kaskutas, DrPH

Gender, Alcohol, and Culture: Secondary Data Analysis

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA015775
Principal Investigator: Sharon Wilsnack, PhD (University of North Dakota)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD

Haight Ashbury Free Clinics Subcontract

Funding: NIDA 5U10DA13045
Principal Investigator: Walter Ling, MD
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Doug Polcin , EdD

Health Intervention Project for Transgender Women (HIPTW)

Funding: SAMHSA
Principal Investigator: Tooru Nemoto, PhD (PHI)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Doug Polcin , EdD

Helping as an Expression of Spirituality

Funding: Fetzer Institute
Principal Investigator: Lee Ann Kaskutas, DrPH

Hepatitis B and C among Homeless Adults,

Funding: NIDA R01 DA14294
Principal Investigator: Lillian Gelberg, MD (UCLA)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Marjorie J. Robertson, PhD

How Much Does She Drink? An HMO Intervention

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA12486
Principal Investigator: Mary Ann Armstrong, MPH (DOR/KFRI)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Lee Ann Kaskutas, DrPH

Impact of Alcoholic Beverage Warning Labels

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA08557
Principal Investigator: Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD

Impact of Services on Problem Drinking Trajectories

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA09750
Principal Investigator: Kevin Delucchi (UCSF)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Lee Ann Kaskutas, DrPH

Implementing Welfare Reform: Changing Strategies for Managing Substance Abuse at the Local Level

Funding: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 047653
Principal Investigator: Laura Schmidt, PhD

Improving Alcohol Consumption Self-report Measurement

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA013309
Principal Investigator: Thomas. K. Greenfield, PhD

Improving Measures of Alcohol Dependence for General Population Studies

Funding: NIAAA P50 AA05595
Principal Investigator: Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD, Study Director: Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, PhD

Life Course and Cost Trajectories of Alcohol Patients: a 15-year Study

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA010359
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Rene Mertens, PhD (KFRI)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Lee Ann Kaskutas, DrPH

Making Alcoholics Anonymous Easier: A Group TSF Approach

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA014688
Principal Investigator: Lee Ann Kaskutas, DrPH

Malt Liquor/Fortified Wine Use and Ethnicity in the U.S.

Funding: NIAAA R21 AA13532
Principal Investigator: Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD

Measuring Confrontation During Recovery

Funding: NIDA R21 DA023677
Principal Investigator: Douglas Polcin, EdD

Medical vs. Social Model Day Treatment: Outcome & Cost

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA11279
Principal Investigator: Lee Ann Kaskutas, DrPH

Methamphetamine Dependence and the Risk of HIV infection

Funding: NIDA R01 DA 10641
Principal Investigator: Gantt P. Galloway, PharmD
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Doug Polcin , EdD

Motivational Enhancement Therapy to Improve Treatment Utilization and Outcome in Pregnant Substance Abusers

Funding: NIDA CTN-0013
Principal Investigator: Theresa Winhusen, PhD
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Doug Polcin , EdD

Multi-level Analyses of the NESARC to Explain Treatment Gaps

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA016268
Principal Investigator: Mary Jo Larson, PhD (Brandeis University)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Tammy Tam, PhD

Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Alcohol Outcomes: Moderators and Mediators

Funding: NIAAA R21 AA018175
Principal Investigator: Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, PhD

Population Drinking Patterns & HIV Risk in Goa, India

Funding: NIAAA R21 AA014773
Principal Investigator: Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD

Public Sector Managed Care: A Comparative Evaluation

Funding: NIDA R01 DA11406
Principal Investigator: Martha Beattie, PhD

Quality Substitution Among Heavy and AUD Drinkers and Alcohol Tax Policy

Funding: NIAA R01 AA017890
Principal Investigator: Alison Snow Jones, PhD (Drexel University)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD

Race, Stressors, and Alcohol-related Disparities

Funding: NIAAA R21 AA015397
Principal Investigator: Nina Mulia, DrPh

Screening for Alcohol Problems in the Emergency Room

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA09271
Principal Investigator: Cheryl J. Cherpitel, DrPH

Serving Homeless Welfare Clients with ADM Problems

Funding: NIAAA R01 AA014918
Principal Investigator: Laura Schmidt, PhD (UCSF)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Jason Bond, PhD

Sexual Orientation and Correlates of Alcohol Problems

Funding: NIAAA R21 AA017947
Principal Investigator: Karen Trocki, PhD; Laurie Drabble, PhD (San José State University)

Substance Abuse & Service Dynamics among Welfare Clients

Funding: NIAAA R21 AA12159
Principal Investigator: Laura Schmidt, PhD

Substance abuse and HIV prevention for high risk API MSM in Alameda and San Francisco counties

Funding: SAMHSA 1U79SP015000-01
Principal Investigator: Tooru Nemoto, PhD (PHI)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Doug Polcin , EdD

Substance Use and HIV Risk among Thai Women

Funding: NIDA R21 DA026324
Principal Investigator: Tooru Nemoto, PhD (PHI)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Karen Trocki, PhD

Targeted Expansion Project for Outreach and Treatment (TEPOT) II

Funding: SAMHSA
Principal Investigator: Tooru Nemoto, PhD (PHI)
ARG Subcontract Principal Investigator: Doug Polcin , EdD

The Effects of Privatization of Alcohol Control Systems

Funding: NABCA
Principal Investigator: William Kerr, PhD

When Does Pressure Facilitate Help Seeking? 25 Year Trends and Correlates

Funding: NIAAA R21 AA018174
Principal Investigator: Doug Polcin , EdD

Women on Welfare: Violence, Alcohol Use, Service Use and Welfare Trajectory

Funding: NIAAA R21 AA016124
Principal Investigator: E. Anne Lown, PhD

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