Dr. Carol Cunradi is a Senior Research Scientist at PIRE’s Prevention Research Center (PRC) in Berkeley, California. She joined PRC in 1999. Prior to that, she was an Associate Scientist at the Alcohol Research Group, now based in Emeryville, California, where she also completed a 1-year NIH predoctoral fellowship in Alcohol Epidemiology.
Over the past 20+ years, Dr. Cunradi has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for her research on substance use and intimate partner violence (IPV) in general population, occupational, and socially disadvantaged samples. Using a social-ecological framework, Dr. Cunradi has analyzed how environmental characteristics, such as neighborhood poverty and alcohol outlet density, contribute to risk for IPV.
Her most recent project, “Environmental Drinking Contexts & Intimate Partner Violence,” explores how alcohol consumption and drinking contexts affect likelihood for IPV among an at-risk, underserved population of men and women recruited from the Emergency Department (ED) of an urban safety-net hospital.
Much of Dr. Cunradi’s work aims to elucidate gender, racial/ethnic, and social class differences in substance use and IPV. Her research on tobacco-related health disparities among urban transit workers has been funded by the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program. Over the course of her tenure at PRC, Dr. Cunradi has served as a mentor to numerous pre- and postdoctoral fellows.
She completed her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology/Biostatistics in 1995, and her PhD in Epidemiology in 1999, both at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. Dr. Cunradi serves as an Editorial Board member of Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, and Partner Abuse.