Faculty Research Interests

Our faculty’s diverse research interests include emergency preparedness, health disparities, judgment and decision making, families at high risk of disease, substance abuse and tobacco use.

Research Interests

Cognitive and behavioral approaches to the conceptualization, prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors, particularly among emerging and young adults; drinking restraint; ecological momentary assessment; commonalities among addictive behaviors; psychosocial issues (e.g., gender, socio-economic status) related to addictions.

Research Interests

Population research on patterns, determinants and control of tobacco use in adolescents and adults using state, national and international surveys; suboptimal nutrition as a risk factor for the development and maintenance of nicotine addiction; adverse childhood experiences, and nicotine dependence and smoking cessation; lifestyle and environmental factors in health and disease.

Research Interests

Substance use and misuse including social network influences (i.e., adult intimate partners, peers and family) on changes in substance use (alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use) and the impact of substance use on family functioning and health; public health emergency preparedness including preparation, coordination and training of disaster response teams and mitigation of the impact of disaster response on the health of first responders.

Research Interests

Better understanding of how individuals think about and make decisions about their health behaviors; developing more effective ways of encouraging behavior change; role of affective associations in health decision making; how attitudes about health behaviors influence processing of health information; social cognitive processes involved in considering changes in health behaviors; role of mood in responses to threatening health diagnoses.

Research Interests

Addiction and recreational drug use; use of tobacco and nicotine products; ethical and policy issues related to substance use; applications of moral psychology to substance use; addictive behaviors; public health ethics; health communication; harm reduction.

Research Interests

Environmental, community, organizational and behavioral interventions to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and encourage appropriate cancer screening; health disparities; food access and local food systems; obesity and cancer prevention.

Research Interests

Advance understanding of the causes of Black-White and other racial-ethnic disparities in health and identify ways to eliminate these disparities; expand understanding of family and community adaptation to environmental hazards; encourage screening, prevention and self-care in families with a shared risk for disease.

Research Interests

Primary and secondary prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, impact of substance use on sexual risk behavior and medication adherence, nonmedical prescription drug use, patient-provider communication, community-based participatory research.

Research Interests

Predictors of weight change in adolescents, including motivation to eat healthy and unhealthy food, physical activity, impulsivity, and psychosocial risk factors; relationship between caffeine use and risk taking behavior in children and adolescents; individuals difference variables that related to difference in weight status in adults.