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


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