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College of Humanities & Sciences

Psychology Department

Alison Breland, Ph.D.

Dr. Alison Breland [View Image]

Associate Research Professor
Health Psychology
100 W Franklin St, rm 230
(804) 628-2300

Associate Research Professor

Health Psychology
Ph.D. (2005), Virginia Commonwealth University

Co-Director, Center for the Study of Tobacco Products

Research Interests

I am currently the Co-PI, along with Dr. Tom Eissenberg, of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products, as well as Project Director for Project 2: “Using User Behavior Data Collected in the Clinical Lab to Test Hypotheses about Advanced-Generation ECIGs and Generate Population-Level Predictions Regarding Potential Regulatory Action” (NIH/FDA funding), a Co-Investigator on a NIDA grant (PI: Dr. Kristin Ashford at the University of Kentucky) to study the impact of electronic cigarettes on perinatal immune responsiveness and birth outcomes, and Co-PI (with Dr. Randy Koch) of and the Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects (with funding from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth) to build a statewide program of research on the causes and prevention of youth tobacco use.

Select Publications

Breland, A., Soule, E., Lopez, A., Ramoa, C., El-Hellani, A., Eissenberg, T.  (2017). Electronic cigarettes: What are they and what do they do? Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences: Addiction Reviews, 1394(1), 5-30.
Koch, J.R. & Breland, A.B. (2017). Behavioral healthcare staff attitudes and practices regarding consumer tobacco cessation services. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 44(3), 399-413.
Ramoa, C. P., Hiler, M. M., Spindle, T. R., Lopez, A. A., Lipato, T., Naraoughlanian, N., Shihadeh, A., Breland, A. B., & Eissenberg, T. (2016). Electronic cigarette nicotine delivery can exceed that of combustible cigarettes: A preliminary report. Tobacco Control. Advance online publication. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-052447
Breland, A. B., Almond, L., Kienzle, J., Ondersma, S. J., Hart, A., Weaver, M., Dillon, P., & Svikis, D. (2014). Targeting tobacco in a community-based addiction recovery cohort: Results from a computerized, brief, randomized intervention trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 38, 113-120.
Breland, A. B., Nasim, A., Irons, J. G., & Koch, J. R. (2013). Tobacco use among African-American adolescents receiving behavioral health services. Journal of Behavioral Health and Services Research, 40, 88-96.

Recent Courses

  • Tobacco Regulation in the 21st Century: The Role of Tobacco Regulation and Regulatory Science, graduate level

Recent Grants

Center for the Study of Tobacco Products. Co-Principal Investigator (with Thomas Eissenberg), 2018-2023, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).  2U54, DA036105, Total costs: $19,775,769.

Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects Research Coalition Core. Co-Principal Investigator (with J. Randy Koch), 2018-2021, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Total costs: $450,000. 

Electronic Cigarette (e-cig) Use Behaviors, Prevalence, Perceptions and Biomarkers among Women of Childbearing Age in Appalachia. Co-Investigator (PI: Kristin Ashford), 2015-2019. National Institute Drug Abuse (NIDA). R01, DA040694, $2,450,343.

Women of Childbearing Age in Appalachia. Co-Investigator (PI: Kristin Ashford), 2015-2019. National Institute Drug Abuse (NIDA). R01, DA040694, $2,450,343.

Creating Profiles of Success for Healthy Communities Action Teams. Co-Principal Investigator (with Aashir Nasim), Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. 2015-2016. $71,468.

Human Laboratory Methods for MRTP Evaluation. Project Director for Project 2 of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products (PIs: Tom Eissenberg and Bob Balster), 2013-2018. Food and Drug Administration(FDA)/National Institute on Drug Abuse(NIDA). P50, DA036105). $18,113,426.


  • APA Prize for Interdisciplinary Team Research (as a team member of VCU’s Center for the Study of Tobacco Products), 2018
  • Grace E. Harris Leadership Development Program, 2015

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