Principal Investigator: Sarah Nelson, PhD
Funder: Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
Timeline: 2021 – 2022

Since 2011, the Division and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) have engaged in an ambitious clinical software development and research agenda. This engagement has produced the Computerized Assessment & Referral System (CARS) and its variants, numerous conference presentations, training events, research reports, editorials & special series, and peer reviewed papers. The Division is using existing data from CARS to examine the relationship between the symptoms and disorders identified by the CARS screener and criminal recidivism, using criminal records. Outcomes of interest are any kind of re-offense and DUI-specific re-offense within 5 years after baseline. This paper will extend our previous work prior to CARS by examining actual symptom clusters identified by the CARS screener and how they interact to predict re-offense. This work will be able to identify any key items in the CARS screener that are predictive of re-offense and other DUI-related outcomes, and also examine whether there are item clusters that are particularly good at identifying first-time DUI offenders who recidivate.