Current Research projects
- Determinants and correlates of substance abuse and abuse liability: a secondary analyses of global de-identified public datasets. We will be performing a secondary analysis of de-identified publicly available data from the following datasources: the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the Behavioral risk factor surveillance system (BRFSS), the Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS), the Global School Personnel Survey (GSPS), the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS), the Global Adult Tobacco Survey and the Eurobarometer 385 survey amongst others.
- Linking cigarette design features with population outcomes. (PI: ConnollyR01CA087477-11). Aims: To determine the mechanisms and purposes of cigarette physical characteristics and design. To describe and evaluate how cigarette physical characteristics and design and their differences are incorporated into brands to affect individuals and targeted groups. To describe and evaluate the population outcomes of physical characteristics and design, and brand differences on initiation, deterrence to quitting and dependence.
Previous research projects
HEART, Hellenic Action through Research against Tobacco. (Role: Co-Investigator and Scientific Director) The major goal of this project is to make smoking history in Greece through the collaboration among the Harvard School of Public Health; the University of Athens; and the Hellenic Anti-Cancer Society. The long-term goals of the project are: 1) to have Greece adopt and successfully implement proven tobacco control policies, including taxation, clean indoor air laws, graphic warnings on cigarette packs, bans on tobacco advertising and promotions by implementing FCTC and European guidelines and 2) to develop comprehensive tobacco control programs which include mass-media, school/youth education and empowerment and social media tobacco control training and education. Funding period: 1/1/2010 – 12/31/2012. Total amount of the grant: $1.8 Million USD.
FETAL Fetal and infant exposure to secondhand smoke and its role in chronic disease development . (Role: co-Principal Investigator). The FETAL study was a prospective cohort study of 1600 pregnant women and their fetuses with the aim to assess the effect of maternal, paternal and postnatal exposure to tobacco smoke and its impact on acute and chronic disease development, including birth weight, neurodevelopment, DNA damage, carcinogen uptake and SIDS. Stratified analyses were performed for socially disadvantaged populations, immigrants and those of lower SES so as to identify the role of tobacco use and exposure on increasing health disparities. Funding period: 7/2008-7/2011, Total amount of the grant: $325,500 USD.