Dr. Eduardo Romano, Senior Scientist/Statistician, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation Dr. Romano has been a Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation for 14 years. An economist by training, Dr. Romano’s research interests have focused on risk-related behaviors as well as on the analyses of risk-reducing and risk-managing policies. His interest in injuries and risk-related policies motivated Dr. Romano to join Dr. Robert Voas’ traffic safety research team. It is under Dr. Voas’ mentorship that Dr. Romano’s career began to concentrate on the risks associated with impaired driving. Dr. Romano’s specific areas of research focused on the traffic-related risks faced by specific population groups: minorities, women and youth. His interest in the evaluation of racial/ethnic and cultural determinants of motor vehicle crashes led Dr. Romano to examine Californian and Mexican policies aimed to deter binge drinking by young American visitors in Tijuana, Mexico. He served on the Advisory Committee for the Latino Traffic Safety Project (University of California at Berkeley). His interest in Latino issues has involved the evaluation of community-based, NHTSA-funded programs such as a Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco intervention program against drinking and driving in San Antonio (Texas), Durham (North Carolina) and Las Cruces (New Mexico). As a principal investigator (PI), Dr. Romano has been funded by NHTSA to analyze state-based traffic citation data to study the prevalence of seat belt non-use and impaired driving among recent immigrants, as well as to evaluate a program promoting seat belt use among recent Latino immigrants to Los Angeles and Miami. He has been awarded grants by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate the role of race/ethnicity in alcohol-related fatal crashes (funded by NIAAA), as well as the changing role of female drivers in the U.S. (funded by NICHD). He is also a co-PI in another NIAAA-funded study of the role of acculturation on drinking norms among young Californians (Dr. Mark Johnson, PI). Dr. Romano has also been involved in the analysis of the 2007 National Roadside Survey (Lacey, PI), the design and analysis of the 2011-2012 Drug Crash Risk study (Lacey, PI), and is currently involved in the preparations for the 2013 NRS (Lacey, PI). Dr. Romano, as principal investigator, is currently working on two NIAAA- funded studies: one that examines the role passengers play in shaping the vulnerability of drivers in impaired driving, another that quantifies the risk alcohol imposes on drinking drivers. With Jim Fell, Dr. Romano has published on the impact of Graduated Driving License laws on reducing crashes among teenagers. With Dr. Kelley-Baker, Dr. Romano is currently researching the effectiveness of child endangerment laws to promote safety among children riding with drinking drivers. He has also been studying and publishing on the role that drugs other than alcohol play in shaping crash risk.
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