Juliet Lee, PhD



Senior Research Scientist
Oakland, California
(510) 883-5772

Juliet P. Lee first arrived at PIRE in 1999 as an NIAAA Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Prevention Research Center. Dr. Lee's work at PRC has focused on social environmental aspects of substance use and misuse, with emphasis on participatory approaches to research and prevention. She is particularly interested in the social construction of drugs and drug use; mixed methods studies of space and place in relation to substance use and misuse; anthropological approaches to drug policy; and critique of methods. She is currently the Principal Investigator on a mixed-methods study of bar drinking; Co-Principal Investigator on a Youth Participatory Action Research project addressing the tobacco environment for Southeast Asian American youth; and co-investigator on projects aiming to reduce and prevent drinking among Native American youth and smoking in tribally-owned casinos. Past projects include mixed-methods and longitudinal studies of the social meanings of drugs, alcohol and tobacco for U.S. Southeast Asians; community-based participatory research to reduce health disparities experienced by U.S. Cambodians; ethnographic analysis of compliance with smokefree policies in California bars; and community-based preventive interventions to reduce alcohol-related problems in low-income and ethnic minority communities, including the Sacramento Neighborhood Alcohol Prevention Project (SNAPP). Prior to her work at PRC she conducted intensive ethnographic fieldwork for her dissertation on public policy and social change in eastern Indonesia; conducted community-based research on tobacco cessation, cancer, child and family welfare, and healthcare access in Virginia, New Mexico, California; and served as an analyst in the Office of the Speaker of the House of the New Mexico State Legislature. Dr. Lee received her MA in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii and her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Virginia.

The anexo in Northern California: An Alcoholics Anonymous-based recovery residence in Latino communities  Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery  (2017)

A pilot randomized trial of Motivational Interviewing compared to Psycho-Education for reducing and preventing underage drinking in American Indian adolescents  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment  (2017)

The reliability of naturalistic observations of social, physical and economic environments of bars  Addiction Research & Theory  (2016)

Relating off-premises alcohol outlet density to intentional and unintentional injuries  Addiction  (2016)

Sociopolitical contexts for addiction recovery: Anexos in U.S. Latino communities  The International Journal On Drug Policy  (2016)

Measuring indoor air quality and engaging California Indian stakeholders at the Win-River Resort and Casino: Collaborative smoke-free policy development  International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health  (2016)

Improving the health of Cambodian Americans: Grassroots approaches and root causes  Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action  (2016)

Off-premise alcohol outlets on and around tribal land: Risks for rural California Indian youth  Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse  (2015)

Are barroom and neighborhood characteristics independently related to local-area assaults?  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research  (2015)

A critical assessment of bias in survey studies using location-based sampling to recruit patrons in bars  Substance Use & Misuse  (2015)

Stigma among California's medical marijuana patients  Journal Of Psychoactive Drugs  (2015)


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Native American Tribe Alcohol Legalization, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (9/17/2014 - 11/30/2014)

Youth-led Tobacco Prevention among CA Southeast Asians, Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (8/1/2012 - 7/31/2015)

Community Alcohol Outlet Density, Drunken Driving and Violence: Core Group Theory, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (9/20/2011 - 6/30/2015)

Improving the Health of Cambodian American Women: A CBPR Approach, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (8/1/2009 - 7/31/2012)

Social Meanings of Drugs for Asian American Youth, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (4/1/2005 - 1/31/2010)

Environmental Contexts of Smoking for Southeast Asians, UC Office of the President Tobacco Related Disease Prevention Program (7/1/2004 - 6/30/2008)

Social Networks Among Drug-Using Ethnic Minority Youth, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (7/1/2002 - 12/31/2003)

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