RTI Global Gender Center Presents: Impact of Alcohol on Women: Current Evidence

October 27, 2023 12:00pm


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Join the RTI Global Gender Center for an event on Friday, October 27th from 12:00 to 1:00 PM ET featuring leading researchers studying women and alcohol! Alcohol is the most widely abused drug in the world, and the impacts of alcohol consumption on women are often overlooked. From evidence of increasing alcohol-related deaths among women, to how alcohol control policies can impact the lives of women and children, we are excited to hear from a panel of distinguished guests. Registration in advance.


  • Deidra Roach, MD, is a general internist with more than 35 years of experience in addiction treatment.  Prior to starting her federal career at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), she served as the Administrator and Medical Director for all government-funded addiction prevention and treatment programs in Washington, D.C., collectively known as the Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration (APRA).  She currently serves as a Program Director in the Division of Treatment, Health Services, and Recovery at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, where, among other responsibilities, she manages research portfolios addressing the treatment of co-occurring mental health and alcohol use disorder and alcohol-related HIV/AIDS among women. She also serves on the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, the NIH Coordinating Committee for Research on Women’s Health, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders, among many other committee memberships.  
  • Ibraheem Karaye, MD, MPH, DrPH, CPH, a physician-epidemiologist, is an Assistant Professor of Population Health and Director of the Health Science Program at Hofstra University. His research is focused on understanding the physical, mental, and environmental health impacts of disasters and mass trauma on socially vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minorities and older adults. In addition, he investigates health disparities and the distribution of health outcomes globally and within the United States, utilizing large secondary datasets and novel statistical and spatial analytic methods to study social variables.
  • Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, PhD directs the Center for Health Behavior and Implementation Science in RTI’s Health Practice Area. Dr. Karriker-Jaffe’s research focuses on understanding how neighborhood and community contexts influence alcohol problems, substance use, and mental health outcomes, with an emphasis on health equity for groups historically marginalized based on race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or a combination of these. Her NIH-funded grants include studies developing bio-psychosocial-ecological models of developmental pathways to alcohol use disorders (AUD) and alcohol-related suicide. She also has extensive experience designing and conducting national surveys, including the 2015 and 2020 US National Alcohol Surveys, which collected representative data on alcohol use and determinants of drinking patterns and problems, and the 2015 US National Alcohol’s Harm to Others Survey and the upcoming 2023 US National Alcohol & Drug Harm to Others Survey, which document secondhand harms caused by alcohol and/or other drugs.