Contact Information

Research Scientist
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation ( P.I.R.E.)
Impaired Driving Center
11720 Beltsville Dr., Suite 900
Calverton, MD 20705 -3102
United States of America

Office 301-755-2724
Fax 301-755-2799

ROMANO@PIRE.ORG

Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2009

 

Eduardo O. Romano, Ph.D.

Eduardo  O. Romano, Ph.D.

Education

Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.S. University of Buenos Aires/INTA, Argentina

Research Statement

My main research interest focuses on health-related disparities involving the Latino population in the United States. Within this realm, I am particularly interested in mental health and substance use disorders. To this regard, most of my work has been done on smoking as well as on alcohol-related risks, with drinking and driving being the risk I have studied the most. Currently I am pursuing several lines of research. One of them involves expanding my previous research on Latinos and drinking and driving to include the risk Latinos face when driving under the influence of other drugs. To this regard, I’m currently the senior analysts of a extensive project funded by the Department of Transportation (DOT) that will produce, for the first time, estimates of crash risk by drugged drivers (of all racial and ethnic groups). While expectations about the findings this effort will produce are justifiable rising (i.e., current non-alcohol drug-related traffic laws are just merely zero-tolerance laws, for they are not based on crash risk information), I am particularly eager to take advantage of the data that will come from this effort to investigate how do Latinos stand regarding that risk, looking at both contributing and protective favors. The second line of research I am currently pursuing focuses on decision-making processes involving alcohol and other drug users, with special emphasis on elucidating decision-making differences between Latinos and other groups. More specifically, I am particularly interested in the development and/or application of models rooted both on psychology and economics theory (e.g., delay discounting processes). Also funded by the DOT, I am currently analyzing state-based traffic citation data to study the prevalence of seat belt non-use and impaired driving among recent immigrants.

About Me

Dr. Romano is an Associate Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. He has been a Research Scientist at Pacific Institute for 9 years, where he contributes to research projects as an Economist, Epidemiologist, and Statistician. His work has dealt with projects such as the evaluation of racial/ethnic and cultural determinants of motor vehicle crashes; the vulnerability to female drivers to those crashes; the evaluation of Mexican policies aimed to deter binge drinking by young American visitors in Tijuana (Mexico); the symsmoke project; the evaluation of the risk of introducing exotic pests into the country; and the estimation of incidence and cost of national and state intentional and unintentional injuries. His interest in special populations is currently applied to study binge-drinking problems in other border cities (El Paso/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico). He also participated in a Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco-based, NHTSA-funded intervention program against drinking and driving in San Antonio (TX), Durham (NC), and Las Cruces (NM), and served on the Advisory Committee for the Latino Traffic Safety Project (University of California at Berkeley). He has recently been awarded a R21 grant by the NIH to investigate the changing role of female drivers in the US. Dr. Romano is currently a senior analyst for the 2007 National Roadside Survey of Impaired Driving

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Recent Publications

Van Esso,M., Weyland,F.,Miranda, I.,& Romano, E.(2009). Una nota sobre ciencia, arte y creatividad (On science, art, and creativity; in Spanish). Ciencia Hoy; 19 (111):33-39.

Mumford, E., J. Gitchel, E. Romano, and T. Kelley-Baker(2010) The Party Crowd: Young Adults’ Excessive Drinking and Smoking Behavior in Tijuana. Substance Use and Misuse (accepted for publication, April 2010).

Kelley-Baker, T., and Romano, E. (2010) Female involvement in U.S. nonfatal crashes under a three-level hierarchical crash model. Accident Analysis and Prevention. Accid Anal Prev.;42(6):2007-12

Kelley-Baker, T.,and Romano, E.(2010) Female involvement in U.S. nonfatal crashes under a three-level hierarchical crash model. Accident Analysis and Prevention. Accid Anal Prev.;42(6):2007-12

Romano, E., Voas, R.B., and Lacey, J. (2011). Alcohol and Highway Safety 2006: A Review of the State of Knowledge – A Special Report on Race/Ethnicity and Impaired Driving. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. DTNH22-02-D-95121. Washington, DC.