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PACIFIC INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND EVALUATION

Brenda Miller, PhD


Senior Research Scientist
Oakland, California
bmiller@prev.org
(510) 883-5768


Since 2002, Brenda A. Miller, Ph.D., has been conducting research as a Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation at the Prevention Research Center (PRC) in California. She is currently funded by National Institute of Drug Abuse and National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, at the National Institutes of Health, as the Principal Investigator to conduct the following research studies: 1) Prevention of Young Adult Drug Use in Club Settings (R01DA018770)—which focuses on the development, implementation, and testing of environmental strategies to reduce drug use and increase safety in night clubs that attract young adults; 2) Web-based Family Prevention of Alcohol and Risky Sex for Older Teens (R01AA020977)— which is an interactive family based approach for engaging older teens and their parents to improve communication and to develop safety strategies around these types of high risk behaviors. She has engaged in research studies in Thailand, India, and Brazil that focus on family-based strategies to reduce adolescent use of alcohol and drugs, and risky sex. She is also serving as the Chair of the Society for Prevention Research’s (SPR), International Task Force. This task force organizes the yearly International Networking Forum at the SPR Annual Meetings, collaborates with external organizations to improve networking and communication among international colleagues interested in prevention science, and actively identifies opportunities for supporting the research to practice to policy nexus with scientifically based findings and research. She actively participates as a mentor in the PRC post-doctoral program. She has published extensively in these areas of research.

Prior work has also included studies on violence and victimization, drinking and driving, and crime/social justice, environmental strategies and group-based prevention efforts Prior to 2002, She was the Janet B. Wattles Endowed Professor and Director of the Center for Research on Urban Social Work Practice at the University at Buffalo (1998-2002). From 1996-1998, she served in as Director at the Research Institute on Addictions in Buffalo, New York, where she was also was also Deputy Director (1988-1998) and Senior Scientist (1981-1998). She is a member of the American Society of Criminology, the Prevention Research Society, and the Research Society on Alcoholism. She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Albany.

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Social drinking groups and risk experience in nightclubs: Latent class analysis  Health, Risk & Society  (2017)

Using panel vendors for recruitment into a web-based family prevention program: Methodological considerations  Evaluation & the Health Professions  (2017)

Night club patrons who feel safe will return: Evidence to encourage management to address club aggression  Journal of Safety Research  (2016)

Brief report: Using global positioning system (GPS) enabled cell phones to examine adolescent travel patterns and time in proximity to alcohol outlets  Journal of Adolescence  (2016)

Method of transportation and drinking among club patrons  Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour  (2015)

Clubbing with familiar social groups: Relaxed vigilance and implications for risk  Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs  (2015)

Experiencing aggression in clubs: Social group and individual level predictors  Prevention Science  (2015)

Experiencing aggression in clubs: Social group and individual level predictors  Prevention Science  (2015)

Indicators of club management practices and biological measurements of patrons’ drug and alcohol use  Substance Use & Misuse  (2014)

Indicators of club management practices and biological measurements of patrons’ drug and alcohol use  Substance Use & Misuse  (2014)

Building a conceptual framework to culturally adapt health promotion and prevention programs at the deep structural level  Health Promotion Practice  (2014)

 

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Group-based Intervention for Alcohol, Drugs and Aggression among Club Patrons, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (7/15/2014 - 5/31/2019)

Web-based Family Prevention of Alcohol and Risky Sex for Older Teens, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (9/5/2012 - 6/30/2017)

Drinking Patterns at Clubs: Using Oral Assays and Portal Methodology, NIAAA (9/1/2009 - 8/31/2012)

Family Strengths in Preventing Adolescent Drug Use, NIAAA (9/1/2006 - 12/31/2010)

Prevention of Young Adult Drug Use in Club Settings, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (5/10/2005 - 4/30/2014)

Adolescent Family-based Alcohol Prevention, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) (4/20/2005 - 6/30/2011)

 

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