ARG, in partnership with the School of Public Health at the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley), offers a training program that provides support and training to both pre- and postdoctoral fellows engaged in alcohol- and drug-related research.
Our program is funded by a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) grant (T32AA007240), and since 1977 has supported over 230 trainees.
Fellowships at ARG provide research training in the study of alcohol and drug use and problems, and are oriented toward the pursuit of basic and applied socio-behavioral and epidemiological research. Training focuses specifically on study of the prevalence, distribution, etiology, and treatment (both formal and informal) of alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence, and alcohol-related problems. However, some focus is devoted to drug use and drug-related problems. Health disparities are a central theme of both our training program and ARG broadly.
- Fellowships are supported by NIAAA and are typically 2 years
- Postdocs receive $48,432—53,184 per year plus health benefits
- Supplemental research employment is often available
- Predocs receive $24,324 per year plus partial UC tuition & fees
- An annual travel allowance is offered for conferences & networking
- Grant writing workshops, seminars and course auditing available
Cheryl Cherpitel, DrPH in Epidemiology
SENIOR SCIENTIST; DIRECTOR, WHO COLLABORATING CENTRE ON ALCOHOL & INJURY
Dr. Cherpitel focuses primarily on the epidemiology of alcohol-related injuries and fatalities within emergency room (ER) populations and the general population, and she has led multiple studies on this topic nationally and internationally. Some of her work in the U.S. has focused especially on Mexican-origin populations, such as her large-scale study of the US-Mexico border.
Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD
SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR; SENIOR SCIENTIST
Dr. Greenfield’s research has addressed a wide range of issues in the alcohol field, including the epidemiology of alcohol use and problems; alcohol policy; the measurement of alcohol-related problems and consumption; drinking patterns and mortality; cultural and ethnic variations in drinking. He is currently contact PI on R01s on experiencing alcohol’s harm to others among US adults, and more recently a multinational counterpart in a 36-country collaboration.
Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, PhD
SCIENTIST; CO-DIRECTOR, NAS RESOURCES CORE
Dr. Karriker-Jaffe’s work centers on how community and cultural determinants, and especially neighborhood factors, create racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in alcohol and drug use and associated problems. She has also led studies addressing neighborhood influences on health risk behaviors and harms from others’ drinking using US survey data and Swedish population register data.
William C. Kerr, PhD
SENIOR SCIENTIST; DIRECTOR, NATIONAL ALCOHOL RESEARCH CENTER
Dr. Kerr is recognized for his studies of alcohol measurement methods; trends in drinking and age-period-cohort effects; alcohol-related mortality; and health outcomes of alcohol consumption. He also studies alcohol-related health disparities, economic conditions affecting alcohol use, and alcohol control policy and policy evaluation.
Nina Mulia, PhD
Dr. Mulia has published widely on racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in heavy drinking, alcohol problems, and alcohol services utilization. She has led numerous studies investigating alcohol-related disparities in large national data sets. Recent studies have targeted racial/ethnic disparities in heavy drinking over the life course.
Karen Trocki, PhD
Dr. Trocki’s research addresses alcohol and drug use in relation to sexual minority status and sexual risk behavior. She has also studied numerous psychosocial factors as they relate to alcohol use and problems, such as religion, drinking environments, social motivations, social norms, and temperament. Another interest is physiological approaches to treatment.
Sarah E. Zemore, PhD
SENIOR SCIENTIST; CENTER ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR; TRAINING GRANT DIRECTOR
Dr. Zemore has focused on psychological and social aspects of alcohol treatment and recovery, and she is particularly interested in alternatives to professional treatment, including 12-step groups, alternative mutual help groups, and peer-based approaches. She also has a line of research addressing racial/ethnic disparities in alcohol use, problems, and treatment, with emphasis on Latino populations.
Other mentors include faculty at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco in departments such as Health & Social Behavior, Psychiatry, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, Community Health, Human Development, Anthropology, and History and Social Medicine.