I am a psychologist who conducts research on problematic alcohol use from a psychological perspective. Recently I have developed an interest in approaching alcohol research from the perspective of epidemiology, a discipline with strong ties to the important area of public health. I am interested in research which is focused on reducing problematic alcohol use and the associated health-related and social problems through policy-based and community-based interventions. This type of epidemiologic research, which has a different orientation and uses different methods than psychological research, is exciting because of its focus on large-scale, as opposed to individual, interventions. I have developed plans to complete a meaningful and stimulating year-long sabbatical in which I will concentrate on alcohol epidemiology. Specifically, I will affiliate, as a visiting faculty member, with the Alcohol Epidemiology Program at the University of Minnesota, a program in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health within the School of Public Health. I will live in Minneapolis for the 2012-2013 academic year and, while there, I will work with faculty members in the Alcohol Epidemiology Program to complete research projects. I anticipate that my work on these projects will lead to two presentations at professional meetings and two research papers during the sabbatical year and to future collaborative projects. I also will gain a broad understanding of epidemiology and its methods by completing a two-semester course sequence in epidemiologic research methodology and by attending the many presentations and seminars offered in the School of Public Health.