Caroline Cobb, Ph.D.

Dr. Caroline Cobb

Assistant Professor
Health Psychology
808 W Franklin, rm 304
cobbco@vcu.edu
(804) 828-8687

Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Health Psychology 
Associate Editor, Tobacco Regulatory Science
Ph.D. (2012), Virginia Commonwealth University


Dr. Cobb is accepting applications from prospective graduate students for the 2018-19 school year.


Website

Behavioral Health Research Laboratory


Research Interests

My program of research generally addresses the role of novel and alternative tobacco products (e.g., hookah/waterpipe tobacco, little cigars/cigarillos, and electronic cigarettes) in the incidence of tobacco-related disease and death as well as the broader implications of the availability of these products for policy and public health. My approach includes use of clinical laboratory methodology, population-based surveys, qualitative inquiry, and tools from tobacco regulatory science. My current work is particularly focused on poly-tobacco use patterns such as the influence of concurrent use of electronic cigarettes or little cigars/cigarillos on conventional cigarette smoking behavior and relevant toxicant exposures.

Selected Publications

Soule, E. K., Maloney, S. F., Spindle, T. R., Rudy, A. K., Hiler, M. M., & Cobb, C. O. (2016). Electronic cigarette use and indoor air quality in a natural setting. Tobacco Control. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-052772
Cobb, C. O., Hendricks, P. S., & Eissenberg, T. (2015). Electronic cigarettes and nicotine dependence: Evolving products, evolving problems. BMC Medicine, 13, 119. doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0355-y
Cobb, C. O., Villanti, A. C., Graham, A. L., Pearson, J. L., Glasser, A. M., Rath, J. M., ... & Niaura, R. S. (2015). Markov modeling to estimate the population impact of emerging tobacco products: A proof-of-concept study. Tobacco Regulatory Science, 1, 129-141. doi: 10.18001/TRS.1.2.3
Cohn, A., Cobb, C. O., Niaura, R. S., & Richardson, A. (2015). The other combustible products: Prevalence and correlates of little cigar/cigarillo use among cigarette smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 17, 1473-1481. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntv02
Cobb, C. O., Sahmarani, K., Eissenberg, T., & Shihadeh, A. (2012). Acute toxicant exposure and cardiac autonomic dysfunction from smoking a single narghile waterpipe with tobacco and with a "healthy" tobacco-free alternative. Toxicology Letters, 215, 70-75. doi: 10.1016/j.toxlet.2012.09.026

Recent Courses

  • Physiological Psychology, undergraduate level

Recent Grants

Categorization and effects of e-cigarette advertising themes on tobacco related attitudes, intentions and behavior among youth. Co-Principal Investigator. July 2015-June 2018. Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Grants for Youth Tobacco Use Prevention Research. Annual Directs: $136,364.
Behavior and toxicant exposure among dual users of cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Principal Investigator. September 2014-August 2016. National Cancer Institute; National Institutes of Health. R21CA184634. Annual Directs: $143,804.
Center for the Study of Tobacco Products. Co-Investigator. September 2013-August 2018. National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health. P50DA036105. Annual Directs: $2,688,745.
Evaluating flavors in novel tobacco products: A transdisciplinary approach. Co-Investigator. December 2014-August 2016. National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health. Administrative Supplement to P50DA036105. $233,184.
Waterpipe tobacco smoking and cancer risk biomarkers. Co-Investigator. May 2015-April 2017. National Cancer Institute; National Institutes of Health. Administrative Supplement to 3P30CA016059. $104,855.
Investigating effects of regulating e-cigarette flavoring and modified risk messages on measure of abuse liability. Co-Principal Investigator. February 2015-July 2016. VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research Pilot Project. $50,000.
Nicotine deprivation and implicit motivational processes of drinking and smoking. Co-Investigator. April 2014-March 2016. National Cancer Institute; National Institutes of Health. Administrative Supplement to 1R03CA175870-01A1. $50,000.
Investigating effects of regulating e-cigarette flavoring and modified risk messages on measure of abuse liability. Co-Principal Investigator. December 2014-November 2015. VCU Massey Cancer Center. Pilot Project Award. $50,000.

Awards

  • VCU Department of Psychology’s Excellence in Research Award, 2015
  • Outstanding Biopsychology Student of the Year, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2010, 2012
  • Student Honoree, Center for Drug Abuse Research Translation Workshop on Statistical Methods in Drug Abuse and Health-Related Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, 2008