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Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, PhD, MS

Associate Scientist, Alcohol Research Group

Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, PhD, is an associate scientist at PHI's Alcohol Research Group. She examines how community and cultural determinants create racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in alcohol and drug use and consequences. More broadly, Karriker-Jaffe's work focuses on understanding the role of neighborhood, family and individual psychosocial factors on the development of health risk behaviors.

Karriker-Jaffe is also a lecturer in the Division of Community Health and Human Development at the University of California at Berkeley's School of Public Health, where she teaches Introduction to Survey Research Methods.

She received the Research Society on Alcoholism's Junior Investigator Award (2010) and is a member of Delta Omega, the public health honor society.

Karriker-Jaffe completed her doctorate in health behavior and health education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a Master of Science in communication from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Oklahoma.

Alcohol's Harms to Others Among US Adults: Individual and Contextual Effects

This survey project would be the first to assess comprehensively the types and seriousness of harms from others’ drinking in the US national adult population. By studying how relationships of victims and perpetrators, neighborhood social and economic factors, and state alcohol policies may add to or reduce risks of heavy drinkers’ harms to families, friends, and strangers, the research will inform prevention planning and generate findings relevant for developing evidence-informed alcohol policies.

Identifying Modifiable Influences on Alcohol Problems in High-Risk Neighborhoods

This study develops and tests a socioecological model of relapse and recovery from alcohol problems to describe how neighborhood, social network and individual factors independently and interactively predict relapse and recovery from alcohol problems and dependence.

National Alcohol Research Center Pilot Studies: Pilot 2: Improving Measures of Alcohol Dependence for General Population Studies

This National Alcohol Research Center pilot study is examining symptom frequency, severity and impact to improve validity of dependence classification for young heavy drinkers, which will benefit screening and referral to services and help guide interventions.  Tom Greenfield is pilot mentor.


Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Alcohol Outcomes: Moderators and Mediators

The study conducts a secondary analysis of data from the 2000 and 2005 National Alcohol Surveys (conducted by the Alcohol Research Group) linked with data from the 2000 US Census to examine whether, for whom and how neighborhood socioeconomic status is associated with alcohol use and alcohol problems.

Social, Developmental, and Genetic Epidemiology in Alcohol Use

The Alcohol Research Group will participate in Virginia Commonwealth University’s study by providing feedback on conceptual, methodological and analytical issues.  The study seeks to clarify how environmental adversity at the individual, family and community level and genetic risk jointly contribute to the development of alcohol use disorders. To accomplish this goal, advanced statistical methods will be applied to a unique set of epidemiological resources available in the country of Sweden. The findings will be relevant to the US and other developed countries, with potential impacts on prevention, treatment and policy.

Trends in Alcohol’s Harms to Others (AHTO) and Co-occurrence of Family-Related AHTO: The Four US National Alcohol Surveys, 2000–2015 (2015)

PHI Alcohol Research Group researchers Thomas K. Greenfield, Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, Lauren Kaplan and William C. Kerr, along with Sharon C. Wils...

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Research - Quantitative

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