Alcohol Use Behaviors across Countries and Cultures (2021-2022)

A complex web of biopsychosocial factors underlies predisposition towards harmful alcohol use and alcohol use disorder (AUD). With the growing AUD burden in low- and middle-income countries, it is important to systematically measure alcohol use and AUD risk using valid and reliable tools that are empirically justified and interpretable across diverse cultures.

This team worked to create the Alcohol Use Behavioral Phenotyping Test (AUBPT), a computer-based dimensional assessment that can be culturally adapted to assess alcohol use behaviors across countries. AUBPT includes gamified versions of behavioral paradigms that can evaluate the transdiagnostic biopsychological constructs behind the disorder. The team partnered with the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, Tanzania to translate, culturally adapt and validate AUBPT for use by Tanzanian patients.

Learn more about this project team by viewing the team's video.


Summer 2021 –Summer 2022 

Team Outputs

Tools to Assess Alcohol Use Risk Across Cultures (2022 Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase)

Predicting Alcohol Use Disorder Through Games: Alcohol Use and Behavior Phenotyping Test (AUBPT) (poster by Alexis Mandell, Isabella Swigart, Phineas Brauer, Karan Desai, Michael Dieu, Anthony Hinton, Sanjana Jha, Brendan Kelleher, Rushil Knagaram, Amaya Mitchell, Matthew Murray, Preetha Ramachandran, Yishan Yu, Joao Ricardo Nickenig Vissoci, Catherine Staton and Siddhesh Zadey, presented at Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Showcase, Duke University, April 13, 2022)


Brendan Kelleher

This Team in the News

Meet the Members of the 2022-2023 Student Advisory Council

Alumni Spotlight: Siddhesh Zadey MS’21

See related team, Gamifying Risk Identification for Alcohol Use Behaviors Across Countries and Cultures (2022-2023), and Data+ summer project, Gamifying Risk Identification for Alcohol Use Behaviors (2022).


Image: Sake wall, by Rick, licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Team Leaders

  • Catherine Staton, School of Medicine-Surgery
  • Joao Vissoci, School of Medicine-Surgery: Emergency Medicine
  • Siddhesh Zadey, School of Medicine-Surgery

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Alexis Mandell, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Christina (Yishan) Yu, Computer Science (BS)
  • Isabella Swigart, Statistical Science (BS)
  • Preetha Ramachandran, Cultural Anthropology (AB)
  • Matthew Murray, Statistical Science (BS)
  • Rushil Knagaram, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Brendan Kelleher, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Sanjana Jha, Robertson Scholarship - UNC
  • Anthony Hinton, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Michael Dieu, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • /undergraduate
  • Phineas Brauer, Psychology (BS)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Eric Green, Duke Global Health Institute
  • Ashley Phillips, School of Medicine-Surgery: Emergency Medicine
  • Eve Puffer, Arts & Sciences-Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Thiago Rocha, School of Medicine-Surgery: Emergency Medicine
  • Anna Tupetz, School of Medicine-Surgery: Emergency Medicine

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Judith Bosche, Kilamanjaro Region, Tanzania
  • Blandina Mmbaga, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre