Calverton Center

The mission of PIRE’s Calverton Center is to advance knowledge about alcohol, drugs, and traffic safety policies and their implications; develop and evaluate implementation strategies for effective policies; and provide science-based public health solutions to address public health concerns through the promotion of environmental prevention practices, proven enforcement approaches, and state-of-the-art evaluation services, especially for programs related to high-risk and underserved populations.

PIRE’s Calverton Center has personnel in Calverton, Maryland; Felton and San Diego, California; Shepherdstown, West Virginia; and in other parts of the country as well. The Calverton Center blends staff expertise in legal and enforcement issues, policy, and advocacy skills with substantial research and policy capabilities. This combined expertise creates a broad capability to tackle large and complex research and then science-to-practice initiatives. Calverton is the only PIRE Center with legal researchers on staff which broadens social science and public policy analyses of real-world public health issues. Currently, the Calverton Center houses several major projects: the technical assistance provision to States engaged in the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention's (CSAP) Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grants and Epidemiological Workgroup Development; the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC); and the 2013 National Roadside Survey (NRS). Our multi-dimensional expertise brings a critical perspective to the creation, assessment, and implementation of policies designed to improve the health of both U.S. citizens and citizens of the world.

Areas of Expertise

  • Substance Abuse
  • Impaired Driving
  • Adolescent Health
  • Impaired driving intervention design and evaluation
  • College drinking intervention
  • Cross-border drinking and drug use research
  • Underage drinking incidence and consequences
  • Long-term consequences of prenatal cocaine exposure
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Underage substance abuse, violence, and other health-risk behaviors
  • Injury epidemiology
  • Econometric and cost-benefit analysis
  • Motorcycle safety
  • Motor vehicle occupant restraint
  • Web-based health education
  • Special education
  • Randomized controlled trials
  • Case-control and case-crossover analyses
  • Focus group research
  • Survey research
  • Portal survey methods
  • Sophisticated statistical modeling
  • Roadside surveys
  • Driver performance testing and observation
  • Technical assistance
  • Quick-turnaround policy analysis
  • Legal analysis of alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) statutes, regulations
  • Best practices analysis of ATOD legal provisions and enforcement practices
  • Model law development
  • Social science analyses of ATOD laws and enforcement practices
  • Efficacy field studies of legal and enforcement strategies related to prevention of ATOD problems
  • Training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies regarding effective enforcement strategies to prevent alcohol-related problems
  • Technical assistance and consultations to organizations developing ATOD prevention strategies
  • Comparative studies of international ATOD policies and enforcement strategies
  • Tobacco, illegal drugs and recovery/ treatment issues
  • Underage drinking prevention training and technical assistance
  • Impaired driving in Hispanic-Latino population
  • Technical assistance to substance abuse prevention Block Grant recipients
  • Media advocacy and policy adoption
  • Community mobilization
  • Alcohol and Tobacco policies
  • Prevention of alcohol and other drug problems
  • College drinking intervention
  • Law enforcement training, support and technical assistance
  • Web-based training
  • Rural community mobilization
  • Residential advisor training
  • Environmental Strategies implementation
  • Data analysis and evaluation
  • GIS Mapping
  • Cultural competence
  • Prevention Planning
  • Research to practice document development


11720 Beltsville Drive
Suite 900
Calverton, MD 20705
Tel: (301) 755-2700
Fax: (301) 755-2799
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