Dr. Bridget Freisthler, Principal Investigator UCLA Department of Social Welfare and California Center for Population Research firstname.lastname@example.org http://publicaffairs.ucla.edu/bridget-freisthler
Dr. Freisthler is an expert in the application of population-based geospatial research methods to the exploration of relationships between drug distribution systems, alcohol and drug abuse, and child abuse and neglect. She has extensive experience studying how changes in alcohol outlet densities affect various social problems, including child maltreatment, violence, and juvenile delinquency. The MMD project extends her expertise in understanding the effects of the substance use environment to the distribution of marijuana through dispensaries. Her expertise includes the development of geographic information systems (GIS), and applications of spatial statistics and spatial econometrics to (1) understanding how social problems vary across geographic areas, such as neighborhoods, (2) identifying those areas in a community which are at risk for developing or already experiencing high levels of social problems related to specific social and environmental exposures, and (3) examining how locations of social service facilities may ameliorate the growth of problems in neighborhood areas. She is applying her expertise in these areas in the current project to aid in the assessments of the impacts of marijuana dispensaries upon neighborhood conditions.
Dr. Paul J. Gruenewald, Co-Investigator Prevention Research Center email@example.com http://www.prev.org/aboutprc_staffandfellows1.asp?curid=239
Dr. Gruenewald has more than two decades of experience (1) conducting population studies of drinking, drug use, and problems associated with alcohol outlets and related policies, (2) fielding surveys and analyzing survey data from studies of risks associated with multiple contexts, (3) formulating theoretical models of community systems and their relationships to alcohol and drug problems, (4) advancing methods for spatial and multilevel statistical analyses of ecological and survey data, and (5) directing, as PI, an NIAAA P60 Research Center grant examining ecological correlates of drinking risks across 50 communities in California. On the MMD project, Dr. Gruenewald assists in the management of all survey activities with Dr. Freisthler, guides development of project geographic information systems and spatial descriptive analyses, and assists in the production of presentations, manuscripts and reports from the project.
Crystal Thomas, Graduate Student Researcher California Center for Population Research
Crystal Thomas received her BA in International Development Studies from UCLA in 2007 and she received her MSW from UCLA in 2011. As an undergraduate student, Crystal worked at the UCLA Sloan Research Center on Everyday Lives of Families where she assisted in research on working middle-class family life. Post-graduation, she re-located to New York City where she worked in the Mayor’s Office under the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services first as a New York Urban Fellow and, subsequently, as Special Assistant to the Deputy Mayor. Her current research interests involve examination of the environments in which at-risk youth succeed academically.
Ashleigh Scinta, Graduate Student Researcher California Center for Population Research
Ashleigh Scinta received her B.A. in History at the University of Houston and her M.S.W. at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work. During the course of her MSW studies, she was an intern at Communities in Schools- Houston, the Ethnic Minority Services department at the SK HKS Lady MacLehose Centre in Hong Kong, and the Community Education department at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. Ashleigh has volunteered extensively with non-profit agencies that provide services to survivors of intimate partner violence and child sexual abuse as well as adolescent males in the juvenile justice system. Her research interests include culturally responsive prevention and intervention for intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, and reproductive health. Additionally, she is interested in the development of empowerment programs and fatherhood initiatives for young men of color.