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Recent Publications

Psychol Addict Behav. 2016 Jun;30(4):475-483.
Authors: Hertel AW, Mermelstein RJ.

Adolescents who smoke are more likely to escalate their smoking frequency if they believe smoking is self-defining. Knowing factors that are associated with development of a smoker identity among... more

Prev Chronic Dis. 2016 Jun 16;13:E79.
Authors: Asada Y, Chriqui J, Chavez N, Odoms-Young A, Handler A.

Introduction: The Smart Snacks in Schools interim final rule was promulgated by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as authorized by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (PL 111-296) and implementation commenced beginning July 1, 2014; however, in the years leading up to this deadline, national studies suggested that most schools were far from meeting the... more

SSM Popul Health. 2016 Dec;2:24-31. 
Authors: Glanz K, Handy SL, Henderson KE, Slater SJ, Davis EL, Powell LM

Context: As obesity has become increasingly widespread, scientists seek better ways to assess and modify built and social environments to positively impact health. The applicable methods and concepts draw on multiple disciplines and require collaboration and cross-learning. This paper describes the results of an expert team's analysis... more

Front Pub Health. 3 June 2016. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2016.00113
Authors: Thrun E, Leider J, Chriqui JF.

The abstract of the accepted manuscript:

Background: In response to traditional zoning codes that contribute to car-dependent, sprawling, and disconnected neighborhoods, communities are reforming their land use laws to create pedestrian-friendly areas that promote physical activity. One such reform is the adoption of transit-oriented developments or districts (TODs). TODs are higher-density... more

Biol Psychol. 2016 May 25. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Crane NA, Gorka SM, Giedgowd GE, Conrad M, Langenecker SA, Mermelstein RJ, Kassel JD.

INTRODUCTION: Vulnerability factors like respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) may help identify adolescents at risk for nicotine dependence. We examined if resting RSA and the acute effects of smoking on RSA was associated with... more

Am J Epidemiol. 2016;183(10):884-893.
Authors: Rauscher GH, Campbell RT, Wiley EL, Hoskins K, Stolley MR, Warnecke RB.

Hispanic and non-Hispanic black breast cancer patients are more likely than non-Hispanic white patients to be diagnosed with breast cancer that is negative for estrogen and progesterone receptors (ER/PR-negative). This disparity might be transmitted through socioeconomic and... more

Front Public Health. 2016 May 9;4:89. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2016.00089
Authors: Slater SJ, Nicholson L, Abu Zayd H, Chriqui JF.

BACKGROUND: Environmental and policy factors play an important role in influencing people's lifestyles, physical activity (PA), and risks for developing obesity. Research suggests that more walkable communities are needed to sustain lifelong PA behavior, but there is a need to determine what local... more

Curr Obes Rep. 2016 Apr 20. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Odoms-Young A, Singleton CR, Springfield S, McNabb L, Thompson T.

Increasing attention has been given to the role of retail food environments in shaping dietary behavior and obesity risk. Studies have generally shown an association between living in a neighborhood with or in close proximity to certain types of food outlets and/or the availability of healthy food options and better dietary quality, higher fruit/vegetable intakes, and a lower risk of overweight, even after controlling for individual/family level... more

J Med Internet Res. 2016 Mar 18;18(3):e67.
Authors: Huang J, Kornfield R, Emery SL.

BACKGROUND: The video-sharing website, YouTube, has become an important avenue for product marketing, including tobacco products. It may also serve as an important medium for promoting electronic cigarettes, which have rapidly increased in popularity and are heavily marketed online. While a few studies have examined a limited subset of tobacco-related videos on YouTube, none has... more

Prev Chronic Dis. 2016 Mar 17;13:E39.
Authors: Turner L, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Powell L, Chaloupka FJ.

INTRODUCTION: Children consume much of their daily energy intake at school. School district policies, state laws, and national policies, such as revisions to the US Department of Agriculture's school meals standards, may affect the types of foods and beverages offered in school lunches over time. METHODS: This study evaluated changes and... more