In addition to the Multiple Principal Investigators other international project researchers are:


Alcohol Research Group, PHI

Katherine J. Karriker-Jaffe, Ph.D., Co-Investigator, is a scientist at the Alcohol Research Group, a program of the Public Health Institute, where her work focuses on the contribution of the social context to alcohol and other drug use, misuse, social consequences and dependence. She co-directs the U.S. National Alcohol Survey Resources Core with Tom Greenfield, and also is Multiple-PI with Tom on the U.S. Alcohol’s Harm to Others project.

Libo Li, Ph.D., Project Statistician, is a biostatistician at the Alcohol Research Group, PHI, who specializes in the application of statistical methods to alcohol and drug abuse research, including longitudinal studies, treatment evaluation, measurement and psychometrics of inventories.

Won Kim Cook, Ph.D., Project Researcher, is a an associate scientist at the Alcohol Research group, PHI, whose works focuses on the  Influence of cultural conditions and socioeconomic disadvantage on Asian-American, adolescent, and young adult health, including alcohol use, obesity/overweight, and health care access.  She also has experience in the effects of alcohol policies on drinking, community-based participatory research to improve health of disadvantaged populations.

University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Richard W. Wilsnack, Ph.D., Co-Investigator, is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He served as Co-Principal Investigator of the 1980-2010 longitudinal study of U.S. women and as Co-Investigator on both NIH/NIAAA grants to the GENACIS Project.

Arlinda F. Kristjanson, Ph.D., Project Researcher, is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, School of Medicine & Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota. Since 1995 she has been part of the Wilsnack research team. She has also been the Project Manager and Data Analyst for the longitudinal study of U.S. women’s drinking and for the two NIH/NIAAA grants to the GENACIS Project. She has collaborated with Dr. Sharon Wilsnack on separately funded studies of drinking by pregnant Russian women and a 2010 GENACIS survey in Guyana.

Perry W. Benson, Ph.D., Project Statistician, holds graduate degrees in computer science, statistics, and English. He has served as statistician and database manager for the Wilsnack research team since 1993, and designed a comprehensive data archive for the 30-year, 5-wave longitudinal study of U.S. women’s drinking. He has worked with Co-Investigator Gerhard Gmel of the Addiction Switzerland Research Institute on a variety of data editing and data analysis tasks, using data from the integrated GENACIS database in Lausanne.

Addiction Switzerland Research Institute

Gerhard Gmel, PhD, is head of the epidemiology and statistics section at non-governmental, non-profit organization Addiction Switzerland, and senior researcher at the Alcohol Treatment Center of the University Hospital Lausanne, Switzerland. In addition to his positions in Switzerland, he is affiliate scientist at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada, and visiting professor at the University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom. His main research interest is in substance use epidemiology, particularly alcohol use. He holds leading roles in many multinational research projects. He is also adviser He is Senior Editor of the leading journal in the field Addiction.

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin’s Department for Biostatistics and Clinical Epidemiology

Ulrike Grittner, Dr. Phil., Project Statistician, holds a doctoral degree in education pedagogy and mathematics. She has served as statistician in Professor Bloomfield’s team since 2002 when she joined the European Union concerted action “Gender, Culture and Alcohol Problems: A Multi-National Study,” as a full-time data analyst. Since then she has served as statistician for the previous GENACIS grant, working with Co-Investigators Gerhard Gmel and Sandra Kunstche to prepare new country datasets for entry into the project database.

La Trobe University, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research

Robin Room, Ph.D., Co-Investigator, is Professor and Founding Director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) at La Trobe University. Professor Room is a sociologist who has directed alcohol and drug research centres in the United States, Canada and Sweden, and now in Australia, his native country. He has been an advisor for the World Health Organization since 1975, and has received awards for scientific contributions in the USA, Sweden and Australia including the Jellinek Memorial Award for Alcohol Studies, as well as the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Drug and Alcohol Endeavours. He has been part of many cross-national research projects, and is co-author of 30 books. He has been president of an international scientific society (Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol) and in 2006-2012 of the Australian national peak organisation of nongovernmental organisations in the field, the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA). He is Editor-in-Chief of Drug and Alcohol Review, an international, peer-reviewed journal.

Anne-Marie Laslett, Ph.D., Co-Investigator, is a social, epidemiological and public health Senior Research Fellow at the National Drug Research Institute and the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR). She currently directs the award-winning project on the Range and Magnitude of Alcohol’s Harm to Others at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research. Her research has examined harms from others’ drinking both as reported by general population survey respondents and as recorded in the caseloads of social and health response agencies. Dr. Laslett’s received a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship at the National Drug Research Institute to examine alcohol-related harms to children. She is also a co-investigator and technical advisor to the World Health Organization/Thai Health International Collaborative Research Project project on AHTO.

Sarah Callinan, Ph.D., Project Researcher, is the Director of the Australian arm of the International Alcohol Control Study and is co-ordinating the international database of survey research from nine countries for the World Health Organisation-Thai Health project on alcohol’s harm to others. Since starting in alcohol policy research in late 2011, she has made a significant contribution to the field, both in Australia and around the world. Her work has received attention in print, radio and online media.

Sandra Kuntsche, Ph.D., Co-Investigator, was Sub PI for Addiction Switzerland and has moved to La Trobe University CAPR, where she will continue to manage the GENACIS dataset. She has expertise in social psychology and social stratification, as well as gender roles in relation to alcohol consumption and associated problems.

Oliver Stanesby, M.Sc., Project Database Manager, is an early-career researcher with a background in quantitative analysis, data management and epidemiology. He has worked on a variety of Australian and international projects and with a range of data including the international database of Alcohol’s Harms to Others (GENAHTO), the Australian National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) database, the European Joint Action on Reducing Alcohol Related Harm (RARHA) database, and the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study (MCCS) database. His research interests include AHTO, trends in alcohol consumption, attitudes towards alcohol policy, and alcohol cultures including the relationship between gender and alcohol.

Centre on Addiction and Mental Health

Kathryn Graham, Ph.D., Co-Investigator, is a Senior Scientist Emeritus with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the Centre on Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Graham is also an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at Western University, Associate Professor (Status) in the Clinical Public Health Division of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Adjunct Professor at the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Psychology in the Faculty of Health at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. She is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research. As a co-investigator on the completed GENACIS Re-analysis Project, Dr. Graham led the analyses and was the lead editor of the book titled Unhappy Hours: Alcohol and Physical Partner Aggression in the Americas published by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), which describes the links between alcohol use and intimate partner violence in 10 countries in the Americas. Results have been directly linked to policy in Latin American countries. She has led key studies of alcohol use at the time of intimate partner aggression with severity of aggression and on gender and cross-cultural differences in the consequences from drinking.

Sharon Bernards, MA, Project Researcher, has been data analyst on the GENACIS project at CAMH since its inception, co-authored many of the publications from the international data set, and was co-editor of Unhappy Hours published by PAHO.