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Caroline Cobb, Ph.D

Massey Cancer Center research program membership

Cancer Prevention and Control

Affiliated leadership roles

Co-Director, VCU Center for the Study of Tobacco Products

Department affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Sciences


PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University (2012)
MS, Virginia Commonwealth University (2009)

Research description

My program of research consists of several overlapping areas, including clinical laboratory evaluation of tobacco products, population patterns of tobacco use, and tobacco regulatory science. A primary focus has been investigating the influence of novel and/or alternative tobacco products, such as waterpipes, little cigars/cigarillos, and electronic cigarettes on individual and population health. My past work involved applying clinical laboratory methods and survey-based analyses to understand the effects of waterpipe tobacco (hookah) smoking. Most recently, I have focused on informing tobacco regulatory strategies concerning electronic cigarette advertising and product characteristics including device features and liquid flavors. Two recent projects focus on cigar smoking-related health effects among vulnerable populations.

Disease focus of research

Head & neck, Respiratory/lung

Research keywords

Addiction,Biomarkers,Cancer disparities,Cancer risk behaviors,Community health,Health outcomes,Prevention/population health

Published research (during tenure as a Massey Cancer Center member)

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