Eric Soule, Ph.D.


Research Assistant Professor
VCU Center for the Study of Tobacco Products
1001 E Broad St
Suite 350A
(804) 827-3562

Research Assistant Professor
VCU Center for the Study of Tobacco Products

Ph.D. (2014), University of Florida
M.P.H. (2010), University of Florida

Research Interests

I am interested in substance use prevention among young adults. Most of my work has focused on the use of alternative tobacco products such as hookah smoking and electronic cigarette use. In addition to tobacco use, I am also interested in alcohol use among younger populations, including examining the relationship between alternative tobacco product use and alcohol use. I am also interested in understanding the appeals of new and alternative tobacco products and how these appeals impact individuals’ attitudes and beliefs surrounding new products. Currently, I am working in the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products on an FDA funded grant to evaluate electronic cigarettes. With a greater understanding of how young adults perceive these products, I hope to work towards developing more evidence-based tobacco and alternative product prevention interventions.

Select Publications

Soule, E. K., Barnett, T. E., & Moorhouse, M. D. (2015). The relationship between protective behavioral strategies, negative alcohol-related consequences, and social fraternity and sorority membership among U.S. college students. Journal of Substance Use, 20, 16-21.
Carroll, M. V., Chang, J., Sidani, J. E., Barnett, T. E., Soule, E. K., Balbach, E., & Primack, B. A. (2014). Reigniting tobacco ritual: Waterpipe tobacco smoking establishment culture in the United States. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16, 1549-1558.
Barnett, T. E., Smith, T., He, Y., Soule, E. K., Curbow, B. A., Tomar, S. L., & McCarty, C. (2013). Evidence of emerging hookah use among university students: A cross-sectional comparison between hookah and cigarette use. BMC Public Health13, 1-7.
Soule, E. K.. Barnett, T., & Curbow, B. (2012). Keeping the night going: the role of hookah bars in evening drinking behaviors. Public Health34, 1078-1081.
Barnett, T., Curbow, B., Soule, E. K., Tomar, S., & Thombs, D. (2011). Carbon monoxide levels of among patrons of hookah cafes. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 40, 324-328.


  • 2010-2014, Charlotte Liberty Foundation Recipient
  • 2010-2014, Shands Board of Directors Scholarship
  • 2013, John E. and Ella E. Muthard Fellowship in Rehabilitation Research
  • 2013, Student Poster Showcase Award for Tobacco Use Prevention, APHA National Conference
  • 2012, Outstanding Research Award, University of Florida