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Sharon Wilsnack, Ph.D.
Sharon Carlson Wilsnack received her B.A. from Kansas State University, her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University, and studied as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Freiburg, Federal Republic of Germany. She is presently Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Dr. Wilsnack's background includes experience as a substance abuse therapist and treatment program director as well as in research and medical education. She has published extensively on issues related to substance abuse in women, and has addressed numerous national and international audiences. Her books include Alcohol Problems in Women: Antecedents, Consequences, and Intervention (with Linda Beckman, Guilford Press, 1984), Gender and Alcohol: Individual and Social Perspectives (with Richard Wilsnack, Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, 1997), and Unhappy Hours: Alcohol and Partner Aggression in the Americas (with Kathryn Graham, Sharon Bernards, and Myriam Munné, Pan American Health Organization, 2008). Her research has been funded continuously since 1980 by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/National Institutes of Health.
Sharon Wilsnack and Richard Wilsnack direct a 20-year longitudinal study of drinking behavior in U.S. women, and coordinate an international collaborative research project on gender and alcohol which involves researchers from more than 40 countries. Sharon Wilsnack is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She served as a member of the Institute of Medicine's Committee to Study Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, as a member of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/National Institutes of Health, and on numerous other boards and advisory groups concerned with alcohol abuse and women's health. She was a member and panel chair of the NIAAA Task Force on College Drinking and a member of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment's Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Consensus Panel on Special Needs of Women in Substance Abuse Treatment.
She is married to sociologist Richard Wilsnack. They have five adult children and six grandchildren.
Recent Books and Articles
Graham, K., Bernards, S., Munné, M., & Wilsnack, S. C. (Eds.) (2008). Unhappy Hours: Alcohol and Partner Aggression in the Americas. Washington, DC: Pan American Health Organization.
Wilsnack, S. C., Hughes, T. L., Johnson, T. P., Bostwick, W. B., Szalacha, L. A., Benson, P., Aranda, F., & Kinnison, K. E. (2008). Drinking and drinking-related problems among heterosexual and sexual minority women. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 69, 129-139.
Wilsnack, R. W., Wilsnack, S. C., Kristjanson, A. F., Vogeltanz-Holm, N. D., & Gmel, G. (2009). Gender and alcohol consumption: Patterns from the multinational GENACIS project. Addiction, 104, 1487-1500.
Bakhireva, L. N., Wilsnack, S. C., Kristjanson, A., Yevtushok, L., Onishenko, S., Wertelecki, W., & Chambers, C. D. (2011). Paternal drinking, intimate relationship quality, and alcohol consumption in pregnant Ukrainian women. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 72, 536-544.
Wilsnack, S. C. (2012). The GENACIS Project: A review of findings and some implications for global needs in women-focused substance abuse prevention and intervention. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, 2012:3 (Suppl I), 5-15.
Wilsnack, S. C., Kristjanson, A. F., Hughes, T. L., & Benson, P. W. (2012). Characteristics of childhood sexual abuse in lesbians and heterosexual women. Child Abuse and Neglect, 36, 260-265.
Wilsnack, R. W., & Wilsnack, S. C. (2013). Gender and alcohol: Consumption and consequences. In P. Boyle et al. (Eds.), Alcohol: Science, Policy, and Public Health (pp. 153-160). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Wilsnack, S. C., Wilsnack, R. W., & Kantor, L. W. (2013). Women and the costs of alcohol use. Alcohol Research: Current Reviews, 35(2), 219-228.
Roberts, S. C. M., Wilsnack, S. C., Foster, D. G., & DeLucchi, K. L. (2014). Alcohol use before and during unwanted pregnancy. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38, 2844-2852.
Greenfield, T. K., Karriker-Jaffe, K. J., Kaplan, L. M., Kerr, W.C., & Wilsnack, S. C. (2015). Trends in and co-occurrence of family-related alcohol’s harms to others: The four U.S. National Alcohol Surveys, 2000 to 2015. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 2015:9(S1) 1–9.
Wilsnack, R. W., & Wilsnack, S. C. (2016). Alcohol use and menopause. Menopause, in press.
Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science
University of North Dakota
School of Medicine & Health Sciences
P.O. Box 9037
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202-9037