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Madhabika Nayak, PhD

Madhabika B. Nayak, PhD, has been an associate scientist at the Alcohol Research Group (ARG) since 2002. She has broad experience in women's health issues. Nayak's research focuses on alcohol use patterns and problems among women of childbearing age, including the impact of their partner's drinking. Her studies have examined alcohol use, victimization by interpersonal violence, and mental health, in epidemiological data and treatment settings. She has significant experience working internationally, particularly in India.

Nayak is part of a key group of ARG scientists working on its National Alcohol Survey and methodological studies. Previously, she served as consultant to the International Center for Research on Women for their studies on spousal violence in India, and the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies as an invited program deputy for their annual conferences.

Nayak has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University. She completed specialized clinical and research training in traumatic stress at the National Crime Victim's Research and Treatment Center (Medical University of South Carolina, 1993 to 1996) and a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism postdoctoral fellowship in alcohol studies at ARG in 2004. She is a licensed clinical psychologist.

Preparing a Computerized Tool for Preventing Prenatal Drinking for a Larger Trial

Heavy drinking by women of childbearing age increases risk for unplanned pregnancy, for drinking during pregnancy and for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in their infants. This research is studying a recently piloted, self-administered, computerized tool for reducing prenatal drinking that adds novel elements of drink size assessment and drink size feedback to traditional screening and brief intervention (SBI). Findings will help design a larger, rigorous trial of electronic SBI's efficacy for reducing prenatal alcohol use.