François Beck, a holder of the Ph.D. degree, is currently the Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the French National Institute for Prevention and Health Education (INPES), Paris, France. Ten full-time scientists work in this department, most of them engaged in research projects related to alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use. After completing an M.S. degree in statistics, he obtained a Ph.D. degree in sociology at the Sorbonne University (Paris V) where he is a Researcher of the Laboratory “Psychotrops, Mental Health and Society” (Cermes3 - CESAMES), related to the Paris Descartes university of La Sorbonne Paris Cité, the National Scientific Research Center (CNRS), and the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM). His research activities, leaning on an epistemological reflection on the quantification of sanitary and social questions, have focused on addictive behaviours, drug-related social factors, sleep, social inequalities, and mental health, with a special emphasis on methodological issues, gender, risk perception, and cross-cultural comparisons. Since 1997, he has developed and implemented the general population surveys on alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use in France. He has been involved as principal investigator in several surveys both in the adult and adolescent general populations. Furthermore, he is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Demography Institute of Paris I University and of the Editorial Board for two French journals: Psychotropes and La santé en action.
Biography Updated on 23 June 2013