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. Much of Dr. Cunradi’s work aims to elucidate gender, racial/ethnic, and social class differences in alcohol-related problems, tobacco, and cannabis use, and the factors that underlie them.
Over the past 25+ 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 NIAAA-funded project, “Environmental Drinking Contexts & Intimate Partner Violence,” explored 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.
Most recently, Dr. Cunradi received funding from the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) for a pilot study aimed at uncovering factors linked with smokeless tobacco and nicotine pouch uptake among rural California firefighters. She has also led TRDRP-funded research studies on tobacco-related health disparities among urban transit workers, including barriers to cessation.
Dr. Cunradi 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. Over the course of her tenure at PRC, she has served as a mentor to numerous pre- and postdoctoral fellows. 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.