Juliet Lee, medical anthropologist at the Pacific
Research Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) and Victor Garcia,
Director of MARTI and Distinguished University Professor, have co-organized a
workshop for the 39th annual Research Society on Alcoholism Scientific Meeting. The meeting, which is scheduled for June 25–29, 2016, in New
Orleans, Louisiana, provides a meeting place for professionals from all over to
interact and present on their alcohol-related research.
The workshop “Health Disparities in Alcohol and Other Drug
Problems and Health Equity Approaches: Theories, Methods, and Applications” will
review scientific goals for research on disparities in problems related to use
and misuse of alcohol and other substances, provide frameworks for research and
prevention, and demonstrate means to address identified challenges.
The workshop will include presentations that come from both
established and emerging investigators representing basic science studies and
preventive interventions addressing disparities experienced by African
American, American Indian, Asian American, Latino, and LGBT communities. Speakers
of the workshop include: Eliseo Pérez-Stable, director of the National
Institute on Minority Health Disparities at NIH; Judith A. Arroyo, PhD, a
clinical psychologist and the Minority Health and Health Disparities
coordinator for the Office of the Director at the National Institute on Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism; and Joseph G. L. Lee, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor in
the Department of Health Education and Promotion at East Carolina University,
among others. Roundtable discussions after each session will help to enhance
interaction as well as foster sharing ideas and developing future research.
Those who are interested in participating in the workshop can
find additional information on the conference website. Registration information
and forms will be posted in March. Dates and deadlines for registration and
fees for the conference can be found at the following links: Registration and Fees
The Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) was established in
1976 to assist and encourage the application of research to the solution of
problems related to alcoholism. RSA was created to serve as a meeting ground
for professionals and an interdisciplinary crossroad for the understanding of
the causes of and potential cures for alcoholism and alcohol-related problems.
The purpose of RSA is to promote research that can lead the way toward
prevention and treatment of alcoholism.
One way that RSA serves as a meeting ground is through their
annual meeting. It allows the opportunity to meet people in various disciplines
that are doing alcohol-related research. The meeting also gives both members
and nonmembers the opportunity to present their latest alcohol-related research.
The 2016 RSA Scientific Meeting will be held June 25–29 in New Orleans,
Louisiana. The primary goal of the meeting is to provide a forum for alcohol
researchers to present their latest findings and learn about new research
developments in an environment that promotes interaction.
Juliet Lee, medical anthropologist and co-sponsor of the
“Health Disparities in Alcohol and Other Drug Problems and Health Equity
Approaches: Theories, Methods, and Applications” workshop, received her MA in
Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii and completed her PhD in
Anthropology at the University of Virginia. For her dissertation, she conducted
intensive ethnographic fieldwork on public policy and social change in eastern
Indonesia. She joined the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)
in 1999 as an NIAAA Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Prevention Research Center
(PRC), a center of PIRE. PIRE’s emphasis
on environmental prevention research led to the creation of the PRC in 1983,
one of 27 national centers funded by the National Institute of Alcohol and
Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA). The focus of PRC is on preventing alcohol and other drug
problems through understanding the social, cultural, and legal environments in
which people live.
Lee’s research focuses on social and environmental
aspects of substance use and misuse, while emphasizing participatory approaches
to research and prevention. Lee is currently the principal investigator on
a mixed-methods study of bar drinking, co-principal investigator on a Youth
Participatory Action Research project addressing tobacco environment for
Southeast Asian American youth, and co-investigator on projects aiming to
reduce and prevent drinking among Native American youth and smoking in tribal
owned casinos. Her recent publications include: “A Critical assessment of bias
in survey studies using location-based sampling to recruit patrons in bars” in Substance Use and Misuse; “Stigma among
California’s medical marijuana patients” in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs; and “Off-premise alcohol outlets on
and around tribal land: Risks for rural California Indian youth” in the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.