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Adolescent Network Leadership
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Adolescent Network Leadership

Alexandra Loukas, PhD - Co-Chair



Alexandra Loukas is a Professor and Program Director of Health Behavior and Health Education in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She also serves as Principal Investigator of Project 2 on the Texas Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth and Young Adults. Her current program of research aims to understand changes in use of alternative tobacco products and exposure to tobacco marketing among 18-29 year old 2- and 4-year college students. She is also involved in various State-funded community-based projects focused on tobacco prevention and control. 
Amanda Quisenberry, PhD - Co-Chair


Amanda Quisenberry is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Public Health at the Ohio State University working in the Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science. She received her PhD in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University after being trained in Experimental Psychology at Western Illinois University. Her research interests include impulsivity and drug initiation in adolescents and young adults, specifically from a behavioral economic perspective.
Yvonne Prutzman, PhD 


Yvonne Hunt is a Program Director in the Tobacco Control Research Branch within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Hunt's research interests lie broadly in the prevention and treatment of tobacco use, with an emphasis on understanding the change processes associated with movement along the continuum of use, from initiation, to dependence, to cessation. Much of her current research focuses on the population-level dissemination of tobacco cessation interventions via internet and mobile platforms; in particular, she is interested in how digital technologies can improve the reach and efficacy of cessation interventions within youth and young adult populations. She currently serves as the co-lead for NCI’s  Smokefree Teen initiative.

Sharon Lipperman-Kreda, PhD


Sharon Lipperman-Kreda is a Senior Research Scientist and Study Director at the Prevention Research Center (PRC) of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. Her expertise is interdisciplinary and includes a Ph.D. in Criminology and a postdoctoral training in Prevention Science at PRC and the School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley. Her research is grounded in a socio-ecological framework that considers how young people interact with their physical, social, and situational environments and how these environments influence tobacco, alcohol and other substance use behaviors, perceptions, and problems.  She has been the principal investigator and a co-investigator on many quantitative and qualitative projects focusing on tobacco, alcohol, and other substance use among young people as well as minority populations including race/ethnic and sexual and gender minorities.

John Lee


Juhan Lee (John) is a 4th year Ph.D. student in the Department of Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida working with Drs. JeeWon Cheong and Ramzi Salloum.

His research interest is focused on statistical methodologies (e.g., structural equation modeling) on examining the patterns of tobacco use and cessation among (1) adolescents and young adults and (2) individuals with cancer or substance use disorders. He is currently conducting research on understanding the underlying mechanism of tobacco advertisement influences on transition to dual/poly tobacco use among adolescents.

Julia Chen-Sankey, PhD


 Julia is a postdoctoral fellow at NIMHD (National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities). She holds an M.P.P. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health. Her research is primarily focused on flavored tobacco products use among youth and young adults, and specifically on how flavored e-cigarette use reinforces and substitutes cigarette smoking among young adults over time. Her role at NIH is to conduct research projects related to youth and young adult tobacco use.

Erin Sutfin, PhD


 Erin Sutfin is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at Wake Forest School of Medicine and Associate Director of the Wake Forest Tobacco Control Center of Excellence. She earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Virginia. Her research is primarily focused on adolescent and young adult tobacco prevention with an emphasis on non-cigarette tobacco products, including waterpipe tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and cigar products. She is currently conducting research on health communication approaches to tobacco prevention, including communication campaigns and tobacco product warnings.

Deepti Agarwal, MSSW, MA


Deepti Agarwal is a doctoral candidate in Health Behavior and Health Education in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, at The University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Agarwal earned an MS in Community and Administrative Leadership in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin before entering the PhD program in Health Behavior and Health Education. Her research interests include alternate tobacco use among adolescents and young adults. She is currently affiliated with the Texas Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science.
Rachel Cassidy, PhD - Chair of the Communications Subcommittee

Rachel Cassidy is an Assistant Professor at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Florida in Psychology, and did her postdoctoral training in substance use at Brown University. Her work is focused on adolescent cigarette smoking and the potential for tobacco regulatory policy to impact youth tobacco product use, and the application of behavioral economic methods to understanding cigarette and e-cigarette use.


For a list of subcommittee members, click here.


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