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Thomas K. Greenfield
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Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD

Center Director and Scientific Director; Senior Scientist
Phone: 510-597-3440; Cell: 510-326-1555


PhD Clinical Psychology, The University of Michigan
SM Space Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS (Hons) Astronomy, California Institute of Technology

Primary Research Area:

The epidemiology of alcohol use and problems, alcohol policy studies, alcohol-related problem and consumption measurement, drinking patterns and mortality, cultural and ethnic variations in drinking behavior; US and cross-national population studies; services research and consumer satisfaction; alcohol’s harm to others.

Current Projects:

Recently/Selected Completed Projects:

Awards & Activities:

  • Member, Extramural Advisory Board, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2004-2012)
  • American Public Health Association, Governing Council Member (2007- 2011); ATOD Section Leadership Award (2008)
  • Assistant Editor: Addiction (1998- Present.)
  • Editorial Board Member: Health & Quality of Life Outcomes (2002- Present); Alcohol Research & Health (2002-2006)
  • Field Editor, Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research (ACER) (2011-Present)
  • Member, External Review Group, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2006)
  • Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol: Vice President (2001-2003), Secretary (2003-2006), Member (1990-Present)
  • Editorial Advisory Board: American Journal of Public Health (2011-2015)
  • Associate Editor:  Alcohol & Alcoholism (2012 - Present)

Selected Research Publications:

Pillai A., Nayak M.B., Greenfield T.K., Bond J.C., Hasin DS, Patel V  (In Press) Adolescent drinking onset and its adult consequences among men: a population based study from India. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Bond JC, Greenfield TK, Patterson D, Kerr WC (In Press) Adjustments for drink size and ethanol content: new results from a self-report diary and trans-dermal sensor validation study. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
Cherpitel CJ, Ye Y, Bond J, Zemore SE, Borges G, Greenfield TK (In Press) Border effects on DSM-5 alcohol use disorders on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Greenfield TK, Bond J, Kerr WC (In Press) Biomonitoring for improving alcohol consumption surveys: the new gold standard. Alcohol Research: Current Reviews.
Greenfield TK, Kerr W (In Press) Physicians’ prescription for lifetime abstainers aged 40 to 50 to take a drink a day are not yet justified. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
Greenfield TK, Nayak MB, Bond J, Kerr WC, Ye Y (In Press) Test-retest reliability and validity of life-course alcohol consumption measures: the 2005 National Alcohol Survey follow-up. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
Karriker-Jaffe KJ, Witbrodt J, Greenfield TK (In Press) Refining measures of alcohol problems for general population surveys. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
Kerr W.C., Greenfield T.K. (In Press) Racial/ethnic disparities in the self-reported number of drinks in 2 hours before driving becomes impaired. American Journal of Public Health.
Skolarus T.A,. Dunn R.L., Sanda M.G., Chang P., Greenfield T.K, Litwin M.S, et al (In Press) Minimally important difference for the Expanded Prostate Cancer Index Composite Short Form. Urology.
Cook, W.K., Bond, J., & Greenfield, T. (2014) Are Alcohol Policies Associated with Alcohol Consumption in Low- and Middle-Income Countries?. Addiction, 109(7), 1081-1090.
Greenfield T.K., Karriker-Jaffe K.J., Giesbrecht N., Kerr W.C., Ye Y., Bond J. (2014) Second-hand drinking may increase support for alcohol policies: new results from the 2010 National Alcohol Survey. Drug & Alcohol Review, 33(3), 259-267.
Greenfield T.K., Ye Y., Bond J., Kerr W.C., Nayak M.B., Kaskutas L.A., Anton, R.E., Litten, R.Z., Kranzler, H.R. (2014) Risks of alcohol use disorders related to drinking patterns in the US general population. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75(2), 319-327.
Karriker-Jaffe, K.J. & Greenfield, T.K. (2014) Gender differences in alcohol’s harms to others in disadvantaged U.S. neighborhoods. Drug & Alcohol Review, 33(3), 296-303.
Kerr, W.C., Greenfield, T.K., Ye, Y., Bond, J., & Rehm, J. (2013) Are the 1976-1985 birth cohorts heavier drinkers? Age-period-cohort analyses of the National Alcohol Surveys 1979-2010. Addiction, 108(6), 1038-1048.
Nelson, D.E., Jarman, D.W., Rehm, J., Greenfield, T.K., Rey, G., Kerr, W.C., Miller, P., Shield, K.D., Ye, Y., & Naimi, T.S. (2013) Alcohol-attributable cancer deaths and years of potential life lost in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 103(4), 641-648.
Greenfield, T.K., Ye, Y., Nayak, M.B., Bond, J., Kerr, W.C, & Trocki, K. (2011) Heaviest drinking locations and the most drunk there predict the likelihood of fighting and being assaulted: results from the 2000 US National Alcohol Survey. Contemporary Drug Problems, 38(Summer), 213-236.
Greenfield, T.K., Nayak, M.B., Bond, J., Patel, V., Trocki, K. & Pillai, A. (2010) Validating alcohol use measures among male drinkers in Goa: implications for research on alcohol, sexual risk, and HIV in India. AIDS and Behavior, 14, S84-93.
Greenfield, T. K., Harford, T C, Tam, T. W. (2009) Modeling cognitive influences on drinking and alcohol problems. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70(1), 78-86.
Greenfield, T.K., Yu, Y., Kerr, W.C., Bond, J., Rehm, J., and Giesbrecht, N. (2009) Externalities from alcohol consumption in the 2005 US National Alcohol Survey: Implications for policy. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 6(12), 3205-3224.
Greenfield, T. K., Kerr, W. C. (2008) Alcohol measurement methodology in epidemiology: recent advances and opportunities. Addiction, 103(7), 1082-99.

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