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Peter Nygaard, PhD
Research Scientist

Peter Nygaard received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000. He has worked as a researcher in the alcohol field since 1988. His first employment was with the Institute of Psychology at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and he continued his career at the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research at the University of Aarhus from 1991 – 1998. In January 2000 he joined the Prevention Research Center, Berkeley, CA as an Associate Research Scientist and was promoted to Research Scientist in November 2001. Dr. Nygaard attended the post-doctoral training in alcohol research at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley from 2000-2002. During this period his research focused on new methods in screening and brief interventions. Dr. Nygaard worked at the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research in Oslo from 2007 to 2009 during which period his research focused on the use of and barriers to use of screening and brief interventions in primary health care. Dr. Nygaard has extensive research experience in the alcohol field, primarily focusing on issues related to the prevention of alcohol-related problems. He has been engaged in community action research as well as projects focusing on prevention at the individual level. His special research interest is in intervention in social networks, and his future research will focus on approaches to intervene in these networks within the field of secondary prevention. Dr. Nygaard has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences. Dr. Nygaard obtained funding from NIAAA and was the P.I. on the project “Drinking Careers: The Role of Social Networks”. This project was a qualitative study of the influence of social networks on changes in drinking patterns over time. Presently, he is working on Dr. Robert Saltz’s SPF-SIG grant focusing on preventing harmful drinking among 12 – 25 year olds in 12 California communities. In addition, Dr. Nygaard has developed a training program for qualitative interviewers.

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