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Juliet P. Lee, PhD
Senior Research Scientist

Juliet P. Lee first arrived at PIRE in 1999 as an NIAAA Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Prevention Research Center. Dr. Lee's work at PRC has focused on social environmental aspects of substance use and misuse, with emphasis on participatory approaches to research and prevention. She is particularly interested in the social construction of drugs and drug use; mixed methods studies of space and place in relation to substance use and misuse; anthropological approaches to drug policy; and critique of methods. She is currently the Principal Investigator on a mixed-methods study of bar drinking; Co-Principal Investigator on a Youth Participatory Action Research project addressing the 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 tribally-owned casinos. Past projects include mixed-methods and longitudinal studies of the social meanings of drugs, alcohol and tobacco for U.S. Southeast Asians; community-based participatory research to reduce health disparities experienced by U.S. Cambodians; ethnographic analysis of compliance with smokefree policies in California bars; and community-based preventive interventions to reduce alcohol-related problems in low-income and ethnic minority communities, including the Sacramento Neighborhood Alcohol Prevention Project (SNAPP). Prior to her work at PRC she conducted intensive ethnographic fieldwork for her dissertation on public policy and social change in eastern Indonesia; conducted community-based research on tobacco cessation, cancer, child and family welfare, and healthcare access in Virginia, New Mexico, California; and served as an analyst in the Office of the Speaker of the House of the New Mexico State Legislature. Dr. Lee received her MA in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii and her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Virginia.

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