The ARG is governed by an Executive Committee comprised of all Senior Scientists, the Scientific Director, the Executive Director, Administrative Services Manager, and two other elected scientists who serve as at-large members. The Scientific and Executive Directors are appointed by the committee to serve renewable two year terms. Members represent the breadth of research interests, administrative knowledge and leadership experience necessary to ensure the mission, strategic direction and goals of the organization are met. All staff are encouraged to participate on a variety of sub committees that advise the Executive Committee.
Dominique Lampert, MSPH, serves as chair of the Executive Committee. As Executive Director, she provides administrative and financial oversight of ARG. Ms. Lampert has a long career in public health research, including coordination of a major urban health study at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. At the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, she worked on numerous health services-related research projects. For over twenty years, she has been involved in both pre and post award grant management at a number of institutes, including the Division of Research, the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, and at the Public Health Institute/ARG. Ms. Lampert received her masters of science in public health (epidemiology) from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health and is a member of the Society of Research Administrators.
Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD, is the Scientific Director and Senior Scientist. He also serves as the Center Director of the National Alcohol Research Center, one of 18 now funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). In addition, Greenfield serves as a clinical faculty member of the clinical services research training program at the University of California San Francisco’s department of psychiatry. Greenfield received his PhD in clinical psychology from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He conducted research for eight years at Washington State University, and then served as Associate Director for Research at the Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems before coming to ARG. He has served as vice president and secretary of the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Study of Alcohol. For NIAAA he served on the Initial Review Group on Health Services Research (AA2) and served on the Extramural Advisory Board. In November 2008 he received the ATOD Section of the American Public Health Association’s Leadership Award, and also serves on the Governing Council of APHA. With regard to research, he oversees the Center’s 5-year National Alcohol Surveys (NAS) and serves as Principal Investigator for several grants associated with the NAS. Greenfield’s other research interests include: the epidemiology of alcohol use and problems, alcohol policy studies, consumer satisfaction, drinking patterns and mortality, and services research.
Jason C. Bond, PhD, is Senior Biostatistician and has served as component director of the Statistical Core component on the ARG National Alcohol Research Center Grant since 2005. He has also served as the lead biostatistician on a wide range of NIAAA- and NIDA-funded grants over the past 15 years. His areas of interest include statistical methodology associated with the measurement of alcohol use, the design and analysis of clustered and longitudinal data, and the application of latent variable methods to survey data. He has also been active in mentorship and training of pre- and post-doctoral candidates at ARG. Dr. Bond received his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000.
Cheryl J. Cherpitel, Dr.PH, Senior Scientist at ARG, an adjunct professor at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Public Health, and Director of the World Health Organization Collaboration Centre on Alcohol Epidemiology and Injury. Between November 2004 and 2008 she served on NIAAA’s National Advisory Council. In addition, she has served as a consultant for the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, and the Pan American Health Organization. She has also served on the Initial Review Group of the NIAAA’s Clinical and Treatment Subcommittee. Dr. Cherpitel’s research areas of interest include: alcohol-related casualties and violence-related injuries in emergency room (ER) populations internationally; the validity of self-reported alcohol consumption based on breathalyzer readings in the ER; and screening for alcohol problems in health care settings and in the general population. Cherpitel holds a bachelor’s in nursing from the University of California at San Francisco and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Public Health.
Debbie Gill is the Manager of Administrative Services and has worked at ARG since 2000. She is the administrative liaison to ARG’s parent organization, the Public Health Institute. She is responsible for direct oversight of the ARG Front Office, Library and IT departments, manages facility operations, and site HR functions. She is a member of ARG’s Executive, Policy and Space committees. Debbie’s previous experience included working in administrative support positions in elementary and college institutions. She worked for the Contra Costa Community College District in the San Francisco Bay Area for 6 years from 1980-1986. Prior to starting her work at ARG she worked 12 years for the Santa Rita Union School District in Monterey County. She was executive assistant to both the District and Assistant Superintendents.
William Kerr, PhD, is a Senior Scientist and Director of ARG’s National Alcohol Research Center. Dr. Kerr received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California-Davis (1997). From 1997 to 2001 Dr. Kerr served as the Project Director of the Collaborative Alcohol Related Longitudinal Project in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences at UCSF before joining ARG. He is recognized for his studies of alcohol measurement methods, age-period-cohort studies on drinking pattern trends, and mortality studies. He conducted detailed studies of home and bar drinks in the 2006-10 Center’s Methodological Studies Component and is leading analyses on trends, subjective impairment, injury risk and other topics in the current Center’s Epidemiological Analyses of the NAS component. He is currently the PI of multiple NIH funded R01 grants including a study of the privatization of the Washington state liquor monopoly in 2012, which will also investigate the impacts of marijuana legalization, and a study of life-course alcohol use patterns and health outcomes, which builds on his program of alcohol-related health outcome studies emphasizing the importance of detailed alcohol pattern measurement. He also is a collaborator on a number of other grants including a study examining the impact of the 2008-9 recession on alcohol-related suicides and disparities in such effects. Dr. Kerr is an Assistant Editor of Addiction, serves on the editorial board of Contemporary Drug Problems and on the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) Public Health Advisory Board.
Douglas L. Polcin, Ed.D., is a Senior Scientist with primary research interests in the areas of peer helping, motivational enhancement therapy, criminal justice mandated treatment, the roles of coercion and confrontation in treatment outcome, bridging treatment and research, and spirituality. He is the PI of several large NIH funded R01 grants that test the effectiveness of Intensive Motivational Interviewing (IMI) as a new intervention for drug and alcohol problems. Prior grants assessed outcomes for individuals living in recovery homes for substance use disorders known as “Sober Living Houses.” Dr. Polcin has also been a PI and Co-Investigator on a variety of smaller grants assessing HIV risk, supportive confrontation, and community influences on Sober Living Houses. Dr. Polcin served as a grant reviewer on the Behavioral and Social Sciences Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS (BSPH), Center for Scientific Review and as an ad hoc reviewer on a variety of other NIH grant review committees. He is currently on the editorial Board of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. Dr. Polcin received his Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology at Boston’s Northeastern University. In addition to his research activities, he has held clinical positions in treatment programs affiliated with the Cambridge Hospital Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Francisco. He has been an instructor and adjunct faculty at a number of institutions, including the University of California, Berkeley-Extension, John F. Kennedy University, and Pacific Graduate School of Psychology.
Sarah E. Zemore, PhD, is Associate Director, Co-Director of Training, and Senior Scientist. She is Dual Principal Investigator of the NIAAA Training Grant “Graduate Research Training on Alcohol Problems” at the School of Public Health, University of California (UC) Berkeley, as well as Associate Adjunct Professor in the same department at UC Berkeley, where she teaches. She currently serves on the Initial Review Group on Epidemiology, Prevention, & Behavior Research (AA-2) at NIAAA, and was a recipient of an NIAAA Loan Repayment Award. Dr. Zemore has led and collaborated on several large NIAAA-funded grants addressing her research interests, which concern 1) health disparities (and especially race/ethnicity, socioeconomic stress, and gender in relation to alcohol use, problems, and treatment) and 2) treatment seeking and efficacy (with a focus on mutual help groups and peer helping). She has been particularly active in mentorship and training at ARG. Dr. Zemore received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.