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Sharon Lipperman-Kreda, 
Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Sharon Lipperman-Kreda is a Senior Research Scientist at the Prevention Research Center (PRC). She received her Ph.D. in Criminology and was a postdoctoral research fellow at PRC and the School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, from 2007-2009. She has conducted research on youth substance use including tobacco, alcohol and blunts (i.e., marijuana cigars), and the influences of policies, enforcement, and other environmental factors to reduce access and use of these substances among youths. Dr. Lipperman-Kreda has experience in developing, piloting and testing of survey measures for research on adolescent substance use and in quantitative data analyses including multilevel analyses and structural equations modeling. She is Co-Component Director on a project funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to study the role of drinking contexts in alcohol-related problems among youths. A recent administrative supplement to this study allows also investigating the contribution of drinking locations and setting characteristics to drug comorbidity among these youths. This research project includes ecological momentary assessment (EMA), interviews and a longitudinal youth survey to address the study aims. Dr. Lipperman-Kreda was also the Principal Investigator on a recent project funded by the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (19CA-016, Lipperman-Kreda, PI) to study local retailer compliance rates with underage tobacco sales laws and local cigarette prices in 50 California communities and their relationship to smoking by youths.

Selected Recent Publications:

1. Lipperman-Kreda, S., Mair, C., Bersamin, M., Gruenewald, P. J., & Grube, J.W. (in press). Who Drinks Where: Youth Selection of Drinking Contexts. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. PMC Journal-In Process

2. Freisthler, B., Lipperman-Kreda, S., Bersamin, M., & Gruenewald, P. J. (in press). Integrating ecological momentary assessment and geospatial data to examine risk for alcohol-related consequences. Alcohol Research: Current Reviews. PMC Journal-In Process

3. Lipperman-Kreda, S., Lee, J., Morrison, C., & Freisthler, B. (2014). Availability of tobacco products associated with use of marijuana cigars (blunts). Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 143, 337-342. PMCID: PMC3883305.

4. Lipperman-Kreda, S., Grube, J.W., & Friend, K.B. (2014). Contextual and community factors associated with youth access to cigarettes through commercial sources. Tobacco Control, 23, 39-44. PMCID:PMC3578042

5. Lipperman-Kreda, S., Mair, C., Grube, J.W. Friend, K.B., Jackson, P., & Watson, D. (2014). Density and proximity of tobacco outlets to homes and schools: Relations with youth cigarette smoking. Prevention Science, 15, 738-744. PMCID: PMC4029873

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