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Cheryl Cherpitel, DrPH

Senior Scientist

Cheryl J. Cherpitel, PhD, is a senior scientist at PHI's Alcohol Research Group and associate director of the National Alcohol Research Center.

Her research includes the epidemiology of alcohol and injury in emergency room (ER) and primary care settings and in the general population, and the identification of alcohol use disorders and brief intervention in the ER. This work has resulted in the development of a brief screening instrument, the Rapid Alcohol Problems Screen (RAPS4) for problem drinking, and in the ongoing international collaboration, the Emergency Room Collaborative Alcohol Analysis Project (ERCAAP). The ERCAAP now includes nearly 100 ER sites in 30 countries, all using the same protocols and instrumentation, which she designed.

Cherpitel is an adjunct professor at the University of California (UC) at Berkeley's School of Public Health. She has consulted with the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization and the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). She has served on the NIAAA Initial Review Group Clinical and Treatment Subcommittee as well as the NIAAA National Advisory Council.

Cherpitel holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and a doctorate in epidemiology from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

Cross-National Analysis of Alcohol & Injury

This project continues the analysis of data from the 12-site World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborative Study on Alcohol and Injuries and the 33-site Emergency Room Collaborative Alcohol Analysis Project. Analysis will explore the association of alcohol and injury with contextual variables and gaps in this research identified at a WHO-sponsored international conference on alcohol and injury.

Epidemiology of Drinking and Disorders among Mexican-Origin Adults in Border and Non-Border Contexts

This research aims to describe and explain alcohol use patterns and related problems among Mexican-origin adults living in three pairs of sister metropolitan areas at the Texas-Mexico border, plus, as a contrast, in one adjacent non-border metropolitan area on each side of the border.

First Book on Alcohol-Related Injuries in the Americas (2013)

Alcohol Research Group (ARG) associate director Cheryl Cherpitel, DrPH, was chief editor on the first book to focus on alcohol and injuries in...

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Wet and Dry: Issues of Culture, Control, Consent and Country-to-Country Consumption (2011)

An ambitious research program led by PHI's Alcohol Research Group and joined by collaborators from around the world is providing new insights i...

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With more than 1,000 peer-reviewed studies, PHI’s highly regarded epidemiological research on substance abuse identifies gaps in knowledge an...

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