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Role of Childhood Cumulative Risk in Substance Misuse and Co-occurring Problems-Year 3

a PSC Research Project

Investigators:   Jukka Savolainen, Andria Bernacchi Eisman

Dr. Jukka Savolainen at the University of Michigan and Dr. W. Alex Mason at Boys Town are both PI?s on a multiple PI project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Mason is the Contact PI.

Dr. Jukka Savolainen serves as a PI/PD at the University of Michigan. He is the director of the National Data Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) at the Inter-university Consortium of Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan. Dr. Savolainen has primary responsibility for formulating research questions, directing data-analysis, performing literature reviews, and writing manuscripts. Dr. Savolainen is the key contact between the research team and the Finnish research group responsible for the NFBC data. During this final year of the project, Dr. Savolainen will focus on linking newly released data from the Finnish population registries to the cohort study used in the analysis.

Dr. Andria Eisman, who joined the project as a co-Investigator last year, continues in that role this year. Dr. Eisman is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. Her primary expertise is in adolescent development with a focus on promotive factors and resilience against risk. These are key strengths for our project as we, consistent with project Aims 2a and 2b, turn our attention to questions regarding buffering moderation in the link between cumulative risk and substance misuse outcomes. Dr. Eisman has been trained by, and continues to work with, Dr. Marc Zimmerman, the director of Prevention Research Center at the University of Michigan. She will be a lead author in one or more papers this year.

To complete the process of supplementing the existing research file with updated data obtained from Finnish population registries, Dr. Savolainen will travel to Finland this summer using funds from year 2. He will meet with the Finnish consultant, Dr. Gissler and the Finnish co-authors from the Northern Finland Birth Cohort Study. As a new destination, Dr. Savolainen will visit the Criminological Research Institute at the University of Helsinki in an effort to gain access to updated data on criminal records.

Funding Period: 08/01/2015 to 05/31/2018

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