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Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, PhD, MS

Associate Scientist, Alcohol Research Group

Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, PhD, is a scientist at PHI's Alcohol Research Group. She examines how community and cultural determinants contribute to racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in alcohol and drug use and consequences. More broadly, Karriker-Jaffe's work focuses on understanding the role of neighborhood, family and individual psychosocial factors on the development of health risk behaviors.

Karriker-Jaffe completed her doctorate in health behavior and health education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a Master of Science in communication from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of Delta Omega, the public health honor society.

Alcohol's Harms to Others Among US Adults: Individual and Contextual Effects

This survey project would be the first to assess comprehensively the types and seriousness of harms from others’ drinking in the US national adult population. By studying how relationships of victims and perpetrators, neighborhood social and economic factors, and state alcohol policies may add to or reduce risks of heavy drinkers’ harms to families, friends, and strangers, the research will inform prevention planning and generate findings relevant for developing evidence-informed alcohol policies.

Individual and Community Influences on Alcohol Use Disorders and Other Mental Health Behaviors in Mexican Americans

The objective of this project is to develop a multilevel, bio-psychosocial-ecological model of risk and protective factors for binge drinking, alcohol use disorders (AUDs), and other mental health behaviors (MHBs) in Mexican-American young adults. This is a collaborative project led by Dr. Cindy Ehlers at the Scripps Research Institute, in La Jolla, CA.

National Alcohol Survey Resources

The aims of this core project of the National Alcohol Research Center include conducting and managing the National Alcohol Survey (NAS) undertaken every five years, with highly similar questions over the past 30 years. The 2009-10 NAS was the 12th in the series, a dual-frame landline and cell phone survey of nearly 8,000 US adults. The 13th in the series is currently being planned; it is scheduled for 2014-15.  The NAS data are vital for tracking US alcohol intake patterns and problems.


Trends in Alcohol’s Harms to Others (AHTO) and Co-occurrence of Family-Related AHTO: The Four US National Alcohol Surveys, 2000–2015 (2015)

PHI Alcohol Research Group researchers Thomas K. Greenfield, Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, Lauren Kaplan and William C. Kerr, along with Sharon C. Wils...

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Community Health

Many local environments—especially in low-income communities—limit access to healthy foods and provide few opportunities for physi...

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Research - Quantitative

To make an effective impact on community health, public health practices, programs and policies must be informed by accurate research and analysis....

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Research - Survey

The Public Health Institute believes in fostering health and well-being through rigorous quantitative and qualitative research, guided by the princ...

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