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Priscilla Martinez, PhD, MPhil

Priscilla Martinez is a postdoctoral fellow with the Alcohol Research Group and the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Her current research focuses on observing and examining the relationship between immune function, alcohol use disorders and psychological distress among Norwegian alcohol and drug users in treatment, the temporal relationship between alcohol use and depression in Ghana using SAGE data, and the impact of socioeconomic status on the association between alcohol use and depression in the general Norwegian population using national registry data.

Her research interests include alcohol use and abuse in resource-poor settings, alcohol use among women, older adults and people living with HIV/AIDS, alcohol use disorder comorbidity with depression and anxiety, the immunological underpinnings of alcohol use disorder comorbidity with depression and anxiety, social and environmental moderators of these immunological mechanisms, and alcohol-related health disparities.

Martinez received a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Oslo in Norway and a bachelor's in biochemistry and molecular biology from Mills College.

National Alcohol Research Center Pilot Studies: Pilot 3: Alcohol Use Disorders, Psychological Distress and Immune Function

This National Alcohol Research Center pilot study observes and examines the associations between immune function, alcohol use disorders and psychological distress in a sample of alcohol and drug abusers in treatment in Norway. Results will improve our understanding of the biological links between alcohol use disorders and psychological distress. Sarah Zemore is pilot mentor.