Cheryl J. Cherpitel

Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Alcohol Epidemiology and Injury

Cheryl Cherpitel

Dr. Cherpitel has a B.S. degree in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco and a Dr. P.H. in epidemiology and bio-statistics from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. She is a senior scientist at the National Alcohol Research Center, Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, CA, adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Alcohol Epidemiology and Injury.

Dr. Cherpitel has been a scientist at the Alcohol Research Group for over 35 years, where her area of research has included the epidemiology of alcohol and injury in emergency room (ER) and primary care settings and in the general population, and the identification of alcohol use disorders and brief intervention in the ER. This work has resulted in the development of a brief screening instrument, the Rapid Alcohol Problems Screen (RAPS4), and in the on-going International Collaborative Alcohol and Injury Study (ICAIS) which now includes over 100 ER sites in more than 30 countries. The ICAIS has been a leading data source for refining the alcohol attributable fraction of injury morbidity in estimates of the Global Burden of Disease, informing safe drinking guidelines and informing development of both the DSM5 and reformulation of the ICD-11 diagnostic classifications.  

She has consulted with WHO, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the U.S. National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and has served on the NIAAA Initial Review Group Clinical and Treatment Subcommittee, and the NIAAA National Advisory Council. Among many scientific publications she is lead editor of a book, Alcohol and Injuries: Emergency Department Studies in an International Perspective, published by WHO in 2010, and Prevention of Alcohol-related Injuries in the Americas: From Evidence to Policy Action, published by PAHO in 2013.eryl