Administrative Core: William C. Kerr, Director
The Administrative Core facilitates Center integration, synergy and success, training, dissemination and collaboration. It supports and responds to a rich diversity of approaches and compelling public health questions, and stands to inform future research in the disparities arena with conceptual, measurement and analytical innovations.
Dr. Kerr is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the National Alcohol Research Center as a whole. In addition to Director William C. Kerr, the Center’s senior leaders include Associate Director Nina Mulia. Dr. Mulia also directs the Alcohol Services project and assists Dr. Kerr in Center administrative duties.
Statistical and Data Services (SDS) Core: Director Thomas K. Greenfield
The Center’s determination to adopt the most effective cutting-edge techniques led to the development of this Core supported in the current grant. This core project plays a crucial role in the Center by intensifying, coordinating and focusing statistical and analytic functions, needed by all components, and by developing new statistical techniques needed for our analyses. Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD, leads the Core aided by biostatisticians Libo Li, PhD and Yu Ye, MA.
The SDS Core provides biostatistical consulting, analysis, and data management support for the Center’s other core and research components and participates actively in Pilot Projects. The SDS Core also involves training activities to enhance statistical capacities of scientific staff at all levels. The Core undertakes data archiving and documentation of measures, to increase data value and access, as well as helping assure that appropriate analysis, database storage, and integrity procedures are followed. A series of statistical methodology seminars for staff will increase sophistication in using newer techniques. Experience with cutting-edge statistical methodologies benefits all Center components and simultaneously helps train the next generation of alcohol researchers, improving their effectiveness.