Gamifying Risk Identification for Alcohol Use Behaviors Across Countries and Cultures (2022-2023)

Alcohol use is the seventh global risk factor for premature mortality and life-long disability. Predisposition towards harmful alcohol use is a result of a complex web of biopsychosocial factors, such as genetics and neural circuits, while social isolation, unemployment and socioenvironmental factors all contribute to increased alcohol consumption and risks of alcohol-related disorders. 

Current assessments of alcohol use disorders rely on self-reports of consumption and harm, which poses difficulties for transcultural and translingual interpretation in global health settings. With the growing burden of alcohol-related disorders in low- and middle-income countries, it is crucial to develop valid and reliable tools that allow systematic and comprehensive study of factors that can enhance our understanding of alcohol use and improve patient diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. 

This project team built on the work of the 2021-2022 team to develop the Alcohol Use Behavioral Phenotyping Test (AUBPT), a computer-based dimensional assessment that can be culturally adapted to assess alcohol use behaviors across countries. The AUBPT includes gamified versions of the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) paradigm created by the National Institute of Mental Health to evaluate the transdiagnostic biopsychological constructs behind the disorder. 

Four student-led subteams were tasked with app development, data extraction, literature review and cultural adaptation. The team partnered with the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Tanzania and Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil to culturally adapt and validate AUBPT for use by Tanzanian and Brazilian patients. 


Fall 2022 – Summer 2023 

Team Outputs

An App to Assess Alcohol Use (2023 Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase)

Gamifying Risk Identification for Alcohol Use Behaviors Across Countries and Cultures (poster by Anna Seaman, Rushil Knagaram, Chloe Schaefgen, Kayal Parthiban, Faraan Rahim, Mike Dieu, Sanjana Jha, Brendan Kelleher, Anthony Hinton, Josh Manto, Marisol Mata Nevarez, Joseph Lu, Ayush Jain, Jaelyn Cuellar, Matt Goldberg, Jerry Xin, Othmane Bahraoui, Haley Dion, Jacqueline Wright, Maya Montgomery, Paige O'Leary, Joao Ricardo Nickenig Vissoci, Catherine Staton and Siddhesh Zadey, presented at Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Showcase, Duke University, April 19, 2023)

Mobile application 


Brendan Kelleher

This Team in the News

Meet the Members of the 2022-2023 Student Advisory Council

Graduate and Professional Student Spotlight: Reflections from the Class of 2023

See related teams, Alcohol Use Behavioral Phenotyping Test for Global Populations (2023-2024) and Alcohol Use Behaviors Across Countries and Cultures (2021-2022), and Data+ summer project, Gamifying Risk Identification for Alcohol Use Behaviors (2022).


Image: Drinks in Paraty, by Chaval Brasil, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Bar in Brazil.

Team Leaders

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

/graduate Team Members

  • Kayalvizhi Parthiban, Theology and Health Care (C)

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Rushil Knagaram, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Christina (Yishan) Yu, Computer Science (BS)
  • Weitian Xue, DKU Interdisciplinary Studies (BS)
  • Mutian Xin, Statistical Science (BS)
  • Jacqueline Wright, Neuroscience (AB)
  • Anna Seaman, Robertson Scholarship - UNC
  • Chloe Schaefgen, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Faraan Rahim, Chemistry (BS)
  • Maya Montgomery, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Marisol Mata Nevarez, Computer Science (BS)
  • Josh Malcolm Manto, DKU Interdisciplinary Studies (BS)
  • Joseph Lu, Computer Science (BS)
  • Othmane Bahraoui, DKU Interdisciplinary Studies (BS)
  • Brendan Kelleher, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Sanjana Jha, Robertson Scholarship - UNC
  • Ayush Jain, Computer Science (BS)
  • Anthony Hinton, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Matthew Goldberg, Statistical Science (BS)
  • Haley Dion, Int Comparative Studies (AB)
  • Michael Dieu, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Jaelyn Cuellar, Computer Science (BS)
  • Yun-Yu Chen, DKU Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)
  • Naol Basaye, DKU Interdisciplinary Studies (BS)

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Leonardo Oliveira, University of Sao Paulo, Maringa Campus, Brazil
  • Association for Socially Applicable Research (ASAR)
  • Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Tanzania