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New evidence linking adolescent e-cigarette use with smoking initiation
9-1-2015 more >>>
In a study led by Adam Leventhal, Ph.D., Director of the USC Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory (, a team of researchers from the USC Department of Preventive Medicine and other universities found, for the first time, that using or “vaping” of electronic cigarettes is associated with a propensity to start smoking cigarettes or other, harmful tobacco products. Based on a survey of 2,530 14-year-olds at 10 public high schools in Los Angeles, the team found that teens who use e-cigarettes were more likely to transition to smokeable tobacco products. However, researchers cautioned that additional studies are needed to determine whether the association is causal. The findings were published on Aug. 18 in JAMA and the findings were covered by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Time, Reuters, and over a dozen other media outlets
New study published in Psycho-Oncology
8-25-2015 more >>>
Findings suggest that Hispanic colorectal cancer patients and their PSSP share a common health milieu in the years following a cancer diagnosis, offering opportunities for advancing interpersonal intervention approaches in cancer care.
Dr. Genevieve Dunton, Associate Professor, will lead NIH center program project on stress and maternal weight outcomes
8-25-2015 more >>>
Dr. Genevieve Dunton, together with an interdisciplinary team of USC environmental health researchers, were recently awarded an NIH grant to develop the Maternal and Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors (MADRES) Center. The goal of the center will study pregnant women and their infants over time in low-income, urban minority communities in Los Angeles that have both high obesity rates and wide-ranging exposure to psychosocial stress and environmental pollutants.
5-11-2015 more >>>
The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California seeks candidates for one- to three-year research fellowships.  Fellowships can begin as early as 8/1/15, pending final funding decisions.  Fellowship positions provide mentored training in research as well as protected time to participate in publishing, grant writing, and various other career development activities.  Fellows will have the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary group of faculty who conduct research on the determinants, epidemiology, and intervention/prevention of behavioral influences on cancer risk: (a) tobacco, alcohol, and drug use; (b) obesity, diet, and physical activity; (c) sexually-transmitted infections related to cancer (e.g., HPV infection); or (d) cancer survivorship. We seek candidates with backgrounds and interests that compliment existing strengths in: (1) health disparities and social/environmental influences on health behavior; (2) psychological influences on health behavior, (3) methodology (e.g., longitudinal data analysis, ecological momentary assessment, mobile health, social network modeling), (4) developmental processes and youth health behavior; and (5) psychoneuroimmunology.

The fellowship program is administered by the Division of Health Behavior Research within the Department of Preventive Medicine and provides an annual salary (based upon year doctorate received), health insurance, tuition, and conference travel support. This multi-disciplinary department of behavioral scientists, epidemiologists, environmental health scientists, and biostatisticians has a long history of conducting innovative externally-funded research and currently holds active research centers on tobacco, obesity, and other public health issues.  Many faculty members are also members of the USC/Norris Cancer Center, an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center with strong research programs in cancer control and epidemiology.  More information about can be found at and

Qualified individuals must have completed a PhD, MD or equivalent, and must be a US citizen or have permanent resident status.    

USC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Send curriculum vitae and statement of interest to: 
Marny Barovich,; or call 323-442-8299 for more information.
TCORS, Pilot Announcement - Round 3
4-21-2015 more >>>

The Pilot Program of the USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (USC TCORS) aims to support new and innovative science in the field of tobacco regulatory science research. Over the course of the TCORS, the program will provide up to $40,000 to as many as three investigators per year to conduct short-term (one year) pilot studies in USC TCORS's priority areas of research. 


Please note: Wednesday, April 30th at 5PM PDT:  ALL LETTERS OF INTENT ARE DUE.


We encourage all potential applicants to please read the 'Request for Proposal' in the announcement attached. Please feel free to pass this message along to any USC faculty or graduate student who would be interested in applying. 

Feel free to contact Cristina Jehle with any questions or concerns at or call 323-442-7222.

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