Kathryn Graham

Contact Information
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Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Suite 200, 100 Collip Circle
N6G 4X8
Current DLSPH Academic & Administrative Appointments
Current Position: 
Associate Professor
SGS Status: 
Associate Member
Appointment Status: 
Status Only
Administrative Positions: 
Education & Training History

 1973 Teaching Certificate, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.

 1976  B.A. (Psychology), Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.

 1978  M.A. (Psychology), Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.

1988  Ph.D. (Psychology), University of Western Ontario (Western University), London, Ontario

Other Affiliations

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia

Research Interests

alcohol & violence

barroom violence

intimate partner violence

gender issues

health systems



Professional Summary and Appointments

Senior Scientist, Social, and Community Interventions and Policy Research, Social and Epidemiological Research Dept., Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Adjunct Research Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

Professor (Adjunct), National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia

Honours and Awards

Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research (2011 to present)

President, Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol (2009-2011)

Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (2007 to 2012):

  • Expert Group Core member in the Alcohol Use Expert group
  • Expert Group Corresponding Member in the Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence Expert Group

Expert Panel Meeting: Translating Research to Practice Overcoming Barriers to Implementing Effective Alcohol Abuse Prevention. Hosted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention, Phoenix, Arizona, January, 2012

Expert Panel on Women and Alcohol formed by Echo: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario. May, 2011

Chair of the international planning committee for a conference entitled International Meeting on Alcohol and Policy. (conference held November 2010, Kampala, Uganda).

Recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)



Current Research Projects

Miller, P.G., Chikritzhs, T., Kypri, K., Graham, K.  Does risk-based licensing of alcohol sales reduce alcohol-related harm? Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant (DP150100441), 2014-2018, $457,200A

George, J., Wells, S., Spence, N., Graham, K. Acting locally to address a national problem: A participatory action approach to addressing First Nations boys’ and men’s mental health. Movember Mental Health Award (MH006), November 1, 2013 – October 31, 2016, $348,624

Five views on a journey: Developing a systems model of treatment and care for mental health, substance use and violence problems. CIHR Partnerships for Health Systems Improvement Grant (267416), 2012 – 2016

The Ontario communities project: Using a mobile research laboratory to improve understanding, treatment and prevention of addiction and mental illness co-morbidities at the individual and community level. CIHR Emerging Team Grant: Co-morbidity of brain disorders and other health problems (CBG -101926), 2010-2015


Representative Publications

Dumas, T.M., Graham, K. & Wells, S. (In press). The company they keep: The relationship of drinking group attitudes and behaviors with male bar aggression. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Dumas, T.M., Graham, K., Maxwell, M., & Wells, S. (In press). Being cool is risky business: Young men’s within-peer-group status, heavy alcohol consumption and aggression in bars. Addiction Research and Theory.

Wells, S., Dumas, T. M., Bernards, S., Kuntsche, E., Labhart, F., Graham, K. (In press). Predrinking, alcohol use and breath alcohol concentration: A study of young adult bar-goers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Devries, K. M., Child, J. C., Bacchus, L. J., Mak, J., Falder, G., Graham, K., Watts, C., Heise, L. (2014). Intimate partner violence victimization and alcohol consumption in women: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Addiction, 109, 379-391.

Dumas, T. M., Graham, K., Bernards, S., & Wells, S. (2014). Drinking to reach the top: Young adults’ drinking patterns as a predictor of status within natural drinking groups. Addictive Behaviors, 39, 1510-1515..

Dumas, T. M., Wells, S., Flynn, A., Lange, J., & Graham, K. (2014). The influence of status on group drinking by young adults: A survey of natural drinking groups on their way to and from bars. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38 (4), 1100-1107.

Graham, K., Bernards, S., Clapp, J.D., Dumas, T., Kelley-Baker, T., Miller P. & Wells, S. (2014). Street intercept method: An innovative approach to recruiting young adult high risk drinkers. Drug and Alcohol Review, 33, 449-455.

Graham, K., Bernards, S., Abbey, A., Dumas, T., & Wells, S. (2014). Young women’s risk of sexual aggression in bars: The role of intoxication and peer social status. Drug and Alcohol Review, 33, 393-400.

Graham, K., Bernards, S., Osgood, D. W., Abbey, A., Parks, M., Flynn, A., Dumas, T., & Wells, S. (2014). “Blurred lines?” Sexual aggression and barroom culture. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38(5), 1416-1424. DOI: 10.1111/acer.12356 PMCID: PMC3999249

Graham, K., Miller, P., Chikritzhs, T., Bellis, M. A., Clapp, J. D., Hughes, K., Toomey, T. L., & Wells, S. (2014). Reducing intoxication among bar patrons: Some lessons from prevention of drinking and driving, Addiction, 109, 693-698.

Graham, K., Miller, P., Chikritzhs, T., Bellis, M. A., Clapp, J. D., Hughes, K., Toomey, T. L., & Wells, S. (2014). Response to commentaries, Addiction, 109, 703-703.

Graham, K., Miller, P., Chikritzhs, T., Bellis, M. A., Clapp, J. D., Hughes, K., Toomey, T. L., & Wells, S. (2014). Response to letter from Barry and Dennis, Addiction, 109, 853-854.

Holmila, M., Beccaria, F., Ibanga, A., Graham, K., Hettige, S., Magri, R., Munné, M., Plant, M., Rolando, S., & Tumwesegye, N. (2014). Gender, alcohol and intimate partner violence: Qualitative comparative study. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 21(5), 398-407. DOI: 10.3109/09687637.2014.911245.

Labhart, F., Wells, S. Graham, K. Kuntsche, E. (2014). Do individual and situational factors explain the link between predrinking and heavier alcohol consumption? An event-level study of types of beverage consumed and social context. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 49(3), 327-335.

Miller, P., Wells, S., Hobbs, R., Zinkiewicz, L., Curtis, A., Graham, K. (2014). Alcohol, masculinity, honour and male barroom aggression in an Australian sample. Drug and Alcohol Review, 33, 136-143.

Spence, N., Wells, S., George, J. & Graham, K. (2014). An examination of marijuana use among a vulnerable population in Canada. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities DOI 10.1007/s40615-014-0031-5. Published online July 12, 2014

Wells, S., Flynn, A., Tremblay, P.F., Dumas, T., Miller, P., Graham, K. (2014). Linking masculinity to negative drinking consequences: The mediating role of heavy episodic drinking and alcohol expectancies. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75(3), 510-519.

Wells, S., Tremblay, P. F., Flynn, A., Russell, E., Kennedy, J., Rehm, J., Van Uum, S., Koren, G., & Graham, K. (2014). Associations of hair cortisol concentration with self-reported measures of stress and mental health-related factors in a pooled database of diverse community samples. Stress, 17(4), 334-342.

Wilson, I. M., Graham, K., & Taft, A. (2014). Alcohol interventions, alcohol policy and intimate partner violence: A systematic review. BioMed Central Public Health, 14, 881. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-881.

Bernards, S., & Graham, K. (2013). Does the association between marital status and physical aggression between intimate partners vary by country? Journal of Family Violence, 28(4), 403-418.

Dumas, T. M., Wells, S., Tremblay, P., & Graham, K. (2013). Teasing apart the roles of gender and alcohol in drinking consequences using an event-level analysis. Contemporary Drug Problems, 40(3), 321-349.

Graham, K., Bernards, S., Osgood, D. W., Parks, M., Abbey, A., Felson, R. B., Saltz, R. F., Wells, S. (2013). Apparent motives for aggression in the social context of the bar. Psychology of Violence, 3(3), 218-232. PMCID: PMC3819235.

Labhart , F., Graham, K., Wells, S., Kuntsche, E. (2013). Drinking before going to licensed premises: An event level analysis of pre-drinking, alcohol consumption and adverse consequences. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37, 284-291.

Parks, M. J., Osgood, D. W., Felson, R. B., Wells, S., Graham, K. (2013). Third party involvement in barroom conflicts. Aggressive Behavior, 39, 257-268.  PMCID: PMC3939823 

Rehm, J., Borges, G., Gmel, G., Graham, K., Grant, B., Parry, C., Poznyak, V., Room, R. (2013). The Comparative Risk Assessment for alcohol as part of the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study: what changed from the last study? International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research, 2(1),  1-5. (Editorial)

Wells, S., Tremblay, P. F., & Graham, K. (2013). Understanding men’s aggression in bars: Development of the Beliefs and Attitudes toward Male Alcohol-Related Aggression (BAMARA) Inventory. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37, S1, E260-E270.

Grittner, U., Kuntsche, S., Graham, K., & Bloomfield, K. (2012). Social inequalities and gender differences in the experience of alcohol-related problems. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 47, 597-605.

Lim, S. S., Vos, T., Flaxman, A. D., Danaei, G., Shibuya, H., …Graham, K….(multiple additional authors) (2012). A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet, 380, 2224-60.

Graham, K., Bernards, S., Flynn, A., Tremblay, P. F., & Wells, S. (2012). Does the relationship between depression and intimate partner aggression vary by gender, victim-perpetrator role and aggression severity? Violence and Victims, 27(5), 730-743.

Graham, K., Bernards, S., Osgood, D. W., & Wells, S. (2012). “Hotspots” for aggression in licensed drinking venues, Drug and Alcohol Review, 31, 277-284.

Graham, K., Bernards, S., Knibbe, R., Kairouz, S., Kuntche, S., Wilsnack, S. C, Greenfield, T. F., Dietze, P., Obot, I., & Gmel, G. (2011). Alcohol-related negative consequences among drinkers around the world. Addiction (monograph series), 106, 1391-1405.

Graham, K., Bernards, S., Wells, S., Osgood, D. W., Abbey, A., Felson, R. B., & Saltz, R. F. (2011). Behavioural Indicators of Motives for Barroom Aggression: Implications for Preventing Bar Violence. Drug and Alcohol Review, 30, 544-563.

Graham, K., Bernards, K., Wilsnack, S.C., & Gmel, G. (2011). Alcohol may not cause partner violence but it seems to make it worse: A cross national comparison of the relationship between alcohol and severity of partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(8), 1503-1523.

Graham, K., & Livingston, M. (2011). The relationship between alcohol and violence – population, contextual and individual research approaches. Drug and Alcohol Review, 30, 453-457.

Flynn, A., & Graham, K. (2010). “Why did it happen?” A review and conceptual framework for research on perpetrators’ and victims’ explanations for intimate partner violence. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 15, 239-251.

Graham, K., & Homel, R. (2008) Raising the bar: Preventing aggression in and around bars, pubs and clubs. Cullompton Devon, UK: Willan Publishing (296 pages).

Graham, K., Bernards, S. Munné, M., & Wilsnack, S. C. (Eds.), (2008). Unhappy Hours: Alcohol and Physical Partner Aggression in the Americas. Washington, DC: Pan American Health Organization (252 pages).
Babor, T, Caetano, R, Casswell, S, Edwards, G., Giesbrecht, N, Graham, K., Grube, Hill, L., Holder, H., Homel, R., Livingston, M., Ősterberg, E., Rehm, J., & Room, R., & Rossow, I. (2010). Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity, Oxford University Press (360 pages).
Graham, K. (2009).They fight because we let them! Applying a situational crime prevention model for barroom violence. Alcohol and Drug Review, 28, 103-109.
Graham, K., Massak, A. (2007). Alcohol consumption and use of antidepressants. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 176(5), 633-637.
Graham, K., Massak, A., Demers, A, & Rehm, J. (2007) Does the association between alcohol consumption and depression depend on how they are measured? Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 31, 78-88.
Graham, K., Bernards, S., Osgood, D. W., & Wells, S. (2006). Bad nights or bad bars? Multilevel analysis of environmental predictors of aggression in late-night large-capacity bars and clubs. Addiction, 101, 1569-1580.
Graham, K., Osgood, D. W., Zibrowski, E., Purcell, J., Gliksman, L., Leonard, K, Pernanen, K., Saltz, R. F., & Toomey, T. L. (2004). The effect of the Safer Bars programme on physical aggression in bars: Results of a randomized controlled trial, Drug and Alcohol Review, 23(1), 31-41.