Current Projects

CURRENT PROJECTS

 

The Effects of Changes in Local Alcohol Policies and Enforcement on Alcohol Use and Impaired Driving

Principal Investigator: Toben Nelson, ScD
Co-Investigators: Darin Erickson, PhD; Rhonda Jones-Webb, PhD; Traci Toomey, PhD
Funding Agency: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Goals: A five-year, longitudinal study to assess how changes in local alcohol policy and enforcement are associated with excessive alcohol use and alcohol-impaired driving. Results from this study may inform decisions among policy makers about effective strategies to prevent and reduce health and social harms that result from excessive drinking and impaired driving.


Assessing How Local-Level Law Enforcement Strategies, Both Specific and in the Aggregate, Influence Binge Drinking and Alcohol-Impaired Driving in Communities Across the U.S.

Principal Investigator: Traci Toomey, PhD
Co-Investigators: Darin Erickson, PhD; Toben Nelson, ScD
Funding Agency: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Goals: Drunk driving is still a significant public health problem. More research is needed to help law enforcement agencies select and use strategies that are effective in preventing and reducing drunk driving. The goal of study are to evaluate how different types of law enforcement strategies are related to heavy alcohol use and drunk driving in communities across the U.S.


Mediators and Moderators of a Neighborhood Experiment on Alcohol Use

Principal Investigator: Theresa Osypuk, SD
Co-Investigators: Toben Nelson, ScD; Maria Glymour, ScD; David Rehkopf, ScD
Funding Agency: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Goals: This project will test mediation and moderation of a social experiment of housing and neighborhood relocation on alcohol use, excessive drinking, and alcohol dependence, among adolescents and their mothers to probe whether, why, and among whom neighborhood context earlier in life is a cause of alcohol use across 15 years. This knowledge will inform the next generation of alcohol prevention policies. Because of its experimental design, results will inform causal pathways and potential intervention points, including during childhood, by which to reduce the population burden of alcohol use.

Publications:

Osypuk TL, Joshi S, Schmidt NM, Glymour MM, Nelson TF. Effects of a federal housing voucher experiment on adolescent binge drinking: a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Addiction, EarlyView doi:10.1111/add.14379
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Development of an Alcohol Risk Management Program for College Fraternities

Principal Investigator: Toben Nelson, ScD
Co-Investigators: Darin Erickson, PhD; Traci Toomey, PhD
Funding Agency: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Goals: The project goals include developing and evaluating a training program for college leaders and administrators to adopt and implement feasible policies and procedures to reduce binge drinking and related risks for college students in the Greek system.


State and Local Alcohol Policies: The Case of Malt Liquor

Principal Investigator: Rhonda Jones-Webb, DrPH
Co-Investigators: Traci Toomey, PhD; Darin Erickson, PhD; Toben Nelson, ScD
Funding Agency:  National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Goals: The main goals of this project are: (1) Develop new measures of the restrictiveness of malt liquor policies and other local alcohol policies. (2) Evaluate the effectiveness of malt liquor policies in reducing crime associated with malt liquor consumption in 19 U.S. cities using an interrupted time-series design with control group. (3) Assess whether the effects of malt liquor policies on crime vary by the state alcohol policy environment using panel regression models or pooled time-series.

Publications:

McKee P, Erickson DJ, Toomey T, Nelson T, Less EL, Joshi S, Jones-Webb R. The impact of single-container malt liquor sales restrictions on urban crime. Journal of Urban Health, 94(2):289-300, 2017. (Request publication here)


Evaluation of a Hybrid In-person and Online Alcohol Service Training Program

Principal Investigator: Traci Toomey, PhD
Co-Investigators: Darin Erickson, PhD; Keith Horvath, PhD; Toben Nelson, ScD
Funding Agency: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Goals: The goal of this study is to develop, implement and evaluate an alcohol training program for general managers of bars and restaurants. The training program encourages managers  to adopt and implement alcohol service policies in their establishment with the goal of promoting responsible alcohol service.

Publications:

Page TF, Nederhoff DM, Ecklund AM, Horvath KJ, Nelson TF, Erickson DJ, Toomey TL. A cost analysis of web-enhanced training to reduce alcohol sales to intoxicated bar patrons. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education. Aug 59(2):25-42, 2015. (Request publication here).

Toomey TL, Lenk KM, Nederhoff DM, Nelson TF, Ecklund AM, Horvath KJ, Erickson DJ. Can obviously intoxicated patrons still easily buy alcohol at on-premise establishments? Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40(3):616-622, 2016. (Request publication here).

Toomey TL, Lenk KM, Erickson DJ, Horvath KJ, Ecklund AM, Nederhoff DM, Hunt SL, Nelson TF. Effects of a hybrid online and in-person-training program designed to reduce alcohol sales to obviously intoxicated patrons. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78(2):268-275, 2017. (Request publication here).