William Kerr, PhD
William C. Kerr, PhD, is a senior scientist at the Alcohol Research Group (ARG).
Since joining ARG in 2001, Kerr has pursued research in the areas of alcohol policy; the methodology of alcohol use pattern measurement; the decomposition of trends in U.S. alcohol consumption with a focus on age, period and cohort modeling; and the relationship between alcohol use patterns and health and mortality outcomes. His research utilizes both individual-level data from surveys and aggregate-level data from sales and mortality statistics.
Kerr also conducted a review and completed an annotated bibliography covering key areas in alcohol policy and regulation. He was the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 project focused on population relationships between alcohol consumption and mortality causes in the U.S., which was completed in 2010. He is currently an assistant editor for the journal Addiction and a member of the editorial board of the journal Contemporary Drug Problems.
From 1997 to 2001, Kerr served as the project director of the Collaborative Alcohol Related Longitudinal Project in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.
Kerr received his PhD in economics from the University of California at Davis in 1997.
Alcohol and Pregnancy: Do State-Level Punitive and Supportive Policies Matter?
The Alcohol Research Group will support UCSF’s study by: 1) Prepare complex survey and vital statistics data for analysis, including strategies for variable coding to account for changes in question wording, measurement, and sampling that occurred over the thirty to forty years of data collection; 2) Prepare datasets for analysis and conduct preliminary analyses; 3) Conduct data analysis and provide guidance to Dr. Roberts on data analysis; 4) Collaborate closely with Dr. Roberts to interpret findings and 5) Contribute as co-authors on manuscripts for publication as well as conference presentations.
Effects of Spirits Privatization on Alcohol Prices and Alcohol-Related Harms
This project will track implementation of regulations, revenues and prices and use state-representative surveys of Washington drinkers and residents to evaluate changes in drinking, purchasing, problems, attitudes and experiences following privatization and other subsequent changes. Results will inform debates on government control of alcohol sales, relevant to 18 remaining control states, and on the three-tier system and alcohol taxation relevant to all US states.
Epidemiological Analyses of the National Alcohol Survey
This National Alcohol Research Center project conducts analyses of National Alcohol Survey data that provide new findings of great public health significance on risk factors for numerous alcohol-related social and health harms such as alcohol dependence, injuries, drunk driving and alcohol’s harm to others besides the drinker. We are now analyzing geo-referenced contextual data to reveal roles of culture, socio-economic conditions and neigborhood factors.
Epidemiology of Alcohol Problems: Alcohol-related Disparities
The grant supports four core components and three research projects that focus on addressing alcohol-related health disparities in order to identify and reduce the effects of economic or social disadvantage on public health outcomes. It also supports the National Alcohol Research Resources Core which enables researchers to conduct the National Alcohol Survey (NAS), a cross-sectional alcohol-epidemiological survey every five years and undergirds Center research projects. With a future wave scheduled to begin in 2018, the NAS will celebrate forty years of monitoring our nation’s drinking patterns and its associated problems in various sub-populations.