It is an exciting time to be an early-career researcher interested in digital health and novel tobacco products. While e-cigarettes may be useful as a smoking cessation tool for some adult smokers, new evidence shows that it increases teens’ risk for smoking and exposes teens to carcinogens. Meanwhile, teens are spending more time on social media than ever before. Social norms around vaping are still being developed, likely with the involvement of social media. Drawing from my graduate research on social media and well-being, much of my current work is focused on adolescent e-cigarette use and the influence of social media on adolescents’ willingness to use e-cigarettes.
My other research interests include: 1) smoking and other health risk behaviors in the LGBTQ+ community, 2) co-occurring multiple health risk behaviors, and 3) digital health interventions for substance use.