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Meenakshi Subbaraman, PhD, MS

Meenakshi Sabina Subbaraman, PhD, is a Biostatistician and Co-Director of Statistical and Data Services at PHI's Alcohol Research Group. Her primary research interests are statistical methods for understanding causal mechanisms, treatment and recovery from substance use disorders, and how drug and alcohol policies affect substance use. Dr. Subbaraman's current work focuses on cannabis and alcohol co-use, substitution of cannabis and alcohol, and the impacts of alcohol and cannabis availability and taxes on subsequent substance use.

Dr. Subbaraman received the Society for Epidemiologic Research's first-ever award for Methodological Advances from the Next Generation of Epidemiologists in 2011. She was also awarded the Research Society on Alcoholism's Junior Investigator Award in 2013 and 2016.

Dr. Subbaraman completed her Master of Science degree in statistics at Stanford University and her doctorate in epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in statistics and applied probability and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, both from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

National Alcohol Research Center Pilot Studies: Study 6: Measurement of Cannabis and Alcohol Co-Use

Currently, no validated instrument for measuring cannabis and alcohol co-use exists. This will be the first study to develop a co-use measurement instrument and to collect detailed co-use data from cannabis users in a legal recreational environment. The primary aims of this study are 1) to expand the DFAQ-CU to measure alcohol and cannabis co-use; 2) collect co-use, demographic, purchasing (and receipts), and cannabis and alcohol-related problems and harms data from 100 cannabis and alcohol users recruited from legal cannabis retail stores in California; and 3) provide descriptive data regarding co-use patterns. Pilot data will lead to a larger R01 focused on instrument validation and co-use typologies.

National Alcohol Research Center Statistical and Data Services

The SDS Core provides biostatistical consulting, analysis, and data management support for the Center’s other core and research components and participates actively in Pilot Projects. The SDS Core also involves training activities to enhance statistical capacities of scientific staff at all levels. The Core undertakes data archiving and documentation of measures, to increase data value and access, as well as helping assure that appropriate analysis, database storage, and integrity procedures are followed. A series of statistical methodology seminars for staff will increase sophistication in using newer techniques. Experience with cutting-edge statistical methodologies benefits all Center components and simultaneously helps train the next generation of alcohol researchers, improving their effectiveness.

National Alcohol Research Center Statistical and Data Services Core (A Center Core Component)

The SDS Core provides biostatistical consulting, analysis, and data management support for the Center’s other core and research components and participates actively in Pilot Projects. The SDS Core also involves training activities to enhance statistical capacities of scientific staff at all levels.

The Core also undertakes data archiving and documentation of measures, to increase data value and access, as well as helping assure that appropriate analysis, database storage, and integrity procedures are followed. A series of statistical methodology seminars for staff will increase sophistication in using newer techniques. Experience with cutting-edge statistical methodologies benefits all Center components and simultaneously helps train the next generation of alcohol researchers, improving their effectiveness.

Statistical and Data Services Core

The SDS Core provides biostatistical consulting, analysis, and data management support for the Center’s other core and research components and participates actively in Pilot Projects. The SDS Core also involves training activities to enhance statistical capacities of scientific staff at all levels. The Core undertakes data archiving and documentation of measures, to increase data value and access, as well as helping assure that appropriate analysis, database storage, and integrity procedures are followed. A series of statistical methodology seminars for staff will increase sophistication in using newer techniques. Experience with cutting-edge statistical methodologies benefits all Center components and simultaneously helps train the next generation of alcohol researchers, improving their effectiveness.

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