Cheryl Cherpitel, DrPH
Cheryl J. Cherpitel, PhD, is a senior scientist at PHI's Alcohol Research Group and associate director of the National Alcohol Research Center.
Her research includes the epidemiology of alcohol and injury in emergency room (ER) and primary care settings and in the general population, and the identification of alcohol use disorders and brief intervention in the ER. This work has resulted in the development of a brief screening instrument, the Rapid Alcohol Problems Screen (RAPS4) for problem drinking, and in the ongoing international collaboration, the Emergency Room Collaborative Alcohol Analysis Project (ERCAAP). The ERCAAP now includes nearly 100 ER sites in 30 countries, all using the same protocols and instrumentation, which she designed.
Cherpitel is an adjunct professor at the University of California (UC) at Berkeley's School of Public Health. She has consulted with the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization and the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). She has served on the NIAAA Initial Review Group Clinical and Treatment Subcommittee as well as the NIAAA National Advisory Council.
Cherpitel holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and a doctorate in epidemiology from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
Cross-National Analysis of Alcohol & Injury
This project continues the analysis of data from the 12-site World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborative Study on Alcohol and Injuries and the 33-site Emergency Room Collaborative Alcohol Analysis Project. Analysis will explore the association of alcohol and injury with contextual variables and gaps in this research identified at a WHO-sponsored international conference on alcohol and injury.
Epidemiology of Drinking and Disorders among Mexican-Origin Adults in Border and Non-Border Contexts
This research aims to describe and explain alcohol use patterns and related problems among Mexican-origin adults living in three pairs of sister metropolitan areas at the Texas-Mexico border, plus, as a contrast, in one adjacent non-border metropolitan area on each side of the border.
This research component involves three distinct and innovative methodological sub-studies. (See descriptions for each.)
Methodological Studies: Study 2
This study focuses on analysis of biases from case-crossover studies on the relative risk of injury and alcohol and alcohol-attributable fraction (AAF) in cross-national emergency room studies. Innovative methods are being pioneered to improve alcohol-injury estimates, addressing key confounders.
Screening and Brief Intervention in the Emergency Department among Mexican-origin Young Adults
This project aims to 1) examine the effectiveness of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) among Mexican-origin young adults in Emergency Departments at the U.S.-Mexico border and 2) identify variables that are related to the effectiveness of the intervention and that predict successful treatment outcomes.
Wet and Dry (2011)
An article about the issues of culture, control, consent and country-to-country consumption raised by the Cross-National Analysis of Alcohol and Injury.| Download