Patrice A.C. Vaeth is a Research Scientist at the Prevention Research Center. She joined PRC in 2013. Dr. Vaeth received her M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Also while at Berkeley, she received pre-doctoral training in alcohol epidemiology through a combined Alcohol Research Group/Prevention Research Center training grant.
Following her graduation, she completed two years of post-doctoral training at UC Berkeley in cardiovascular epidemiology. Prior to joining PRC, Dr. Vaeth was with the University of Texas. First, from 1999 to 2005, she was with UT Southwestern Medical Center where she was an assistant professor of epidemiology and associate project director of the Dallas Heart Study, a large population-based study of cardiovascular risk factors in Dallas County. In 2005 Dr. Vaeth joined the faculty at the UT School of Public Health, Dallas Regional Campus where she held research track appointments in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences (primary) and Epidemiology.
Dr. Vaeth’s interests in research include health disparities and the social and behavioral determinants of chronic disease. Her work has focused on general population survey research.
Dr. Vaeth is co-component director of PRC’s current Center Grant study on drinking among Latinos on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. A recent NIAAA-funded project, on which she was PI, used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to examine the association between ethnicity, alcohol consumption, and diabetes self-care practices. Dr. Vaeth was also co-investigator on a study funded by NIAAA of alcohol epidemiology in Puerto Rico. She has also been co-investigator on NIAAA-funded studies of alcohol epidemiology among Mexican Americans residing in U.S.-Mexico border and non-border areas and alcohol epidemiology among U.S. Hispanic national groups.