Collaborator Spotlight: Dr. Randall Starling

Julia Berteletti - Friday, 12 August 2016 02:53

Dr. Randall Starling is a Senior Research Scientist in the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA), a multidisciplinary research center at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He has a Ph.D. in Health Education from the University of New Mexico.


Dr. Starling’s areas of expertise include college alcohol and drug use, DWI prevention, sexually-transmitted diseases, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder prevention, internet-based research, minority populations, and responsible beverage server training research. He has extensive experience in the development and delivery of web-based health education projects, particularly related to the prevention of binge drinking and alcohol abuse. He is currently a Co-Investigator on a research project with the Prevention Research Center at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) (AA020977, Brenda Miller, PI) that is developing and testing a multimedia web-based intervention for older teens to reduce substance use and risky sexual behavior. He is also an expert of the development and management of pseudo-patron (alcohol buyer) assessment protocols and is working with KB investigators in this area.

Dr. Starling is a frequent collaborator on Klein Buendel’s (KB) research projects and is currently contributing his scientific expertise to five projects at KB as a Co-Investigator or Consultant. The research projects are:

  • Smartphone Technology for Parents and Teens: Improving Vaccination Uptake (HD082901, Gill Woodall, PI)
  • Web App Technology for Boys and Parents: Improving HPV Vaccine Uptake (CA210125, Gill Woodall, PI)
  • Intervening to Prevent Youth Access to Marijuana (DA038933, David Buller, PI)
  • Smartphone Help for DWI Offenders and their Families: A B-SMART App (AA022850, Gill Woodall PI)
  • Way To Serve Español: A Culturally-Appropriate Online Responsible Beverage Service Training for Spanish-speaking Servers (Gill Woodall, PI)

CASAA has been Dr. Starling’s academic home for 14 years, where he has worked with Dr. Barbara McCrady and Dr. Gill Woodall, among others. CASAA investigators are supported by research grants from the National Institutes of Health, other federal agencies, private foundations, the State of New Mexico, and the University of New Mexico.

CASAA’s Vision UNMlogo

“At CASAA our first priority is to reduce suffering caused by substance use and other addictive behaviors. We do this by generating high quality prevention and treatment research. We settle for nothing less than the highest standards of scientific integrity in our research and applied programs. Attention to human diversity strengthens our science and makes it relevant to our larger society. We do our best work by collaborating with colleagues and working across disciplines, which helps us answer more important questions about substance abuse than we otherwise could. At CASAA we are committed to sharing our knowledge with fellow scientists, practitioners and individuals who are directly impacted by substance use. It matters to us that our work makes an impact both here in our state and in our larger community.”

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