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The Newsletter of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation OCTOBER 2017  



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Contributors to this Issue
  • Katie Carr
  • Elinam Dellor
  • Laura Finan
  • Elise Trott Jaramillo
  • Diane McKnight
  • Ted Miller
  • Roland Moore
  • Bernie Murphy
  • Julie Murphy
  • Eduardo Romano
  • Sue Thomas
  • Rebecca Yau



Reviewing 40 Years of Alcohol and Pregnancy Policies

by Sue Thomas

The following Alcohol and Alcoholism article is the first published from Sue Thomas and Ryan Treffers’ (Calverton) partnership with UCSF’s Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, and Alcohol Research Group. Several more articles are in the works. Project: 1R01AA023267. Funded by: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Upcoming Report on Child Endangerment Driving Laws

by Eduardo Romano

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are working on a report on child endangerment driving laws (i.e., laws that place tougher sanctions on those who drive while impaired with a child in the vehicle). MADD is developing the report with experts; NHTSA is funding the project.

MADD has convened a panel of experts including Ralph Hingson (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism [NIAAA]); Rob Turrisi (Penn State); Tara Kelley-Baker (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety); Eduardo Romano (PIRE); and Kyran Quinlan (Rush University Medical Center). Prosecutors and judges, as well as MADD and NHTSA staff, are also represented in the panel.

The report is scheduled to be made public around June 2018 and will be accompanied by media event.

PRC Post-Docs Update

Elinam Dellor
Research Associate I

Elinam continues to focus her research on alcohol and substance use behavior among youth with a history of childhood trauma.  She recently submitted a TRDRP grant proposal to investigate the social and physical availability of tobacco and nicotine products among older youth living in the Los Angeles County foster care system.

Laura Finan
Research Associate II

Dr. Finan’s is continuing her work on the social and contextual influences on adolescent alcohol use. In addition to contributing to projects with Drs Grube, Lipperman-Kreda, and Bersamin, she is currently conducting a pilot study on adolescent social relationships, emotional well-being, and drinking using an intensive longitudinal design.

Rebecca Yau
Associate Research Scientist

Dr. Yau is focusing her research on the role of alcohol and firearm policies and availability in suicides in the United States.