College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S)–Amphitheater 1 [630 W. 168th Street - First Floor]
Lunch served at 11:30am - Formal presentation at 12:00pm
Title: “A Few Steps Forward in the Systems Science of Prevention: Quantifying Risks for Drinking and Drunken Driving”
Details: Dr. Paul Gruenewald is the Scientific Director and a Senior Research Scientist at Prevention Research Center in Oakland, California. He is an expert in social ecological studies of alcohol use and has been active in the development and application of systems dynamic, dynamic systems, and agent-based models to the explication of human social behaviors related to alcohol use. In his presentation, he will briefly discuss three examples of these approaches, show how each serves to focus empirical research on social mechanisms relevant to specific problem outcomes, and present a research program intended to support future models of the social dynamics of drinking and drunken driving in community settings. He will argue that a sustained dialog between social ecological research and systems theory will lead to the development of effective prevention programs for the reduction of alcohol related problems.