Anna Wilkinson, PhD

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Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Dr. Wilkinson’s research focuses on the primary prevention of obesity, smoking and alcohol use, and the promotion of physical activity among youth and young adults. She is interested in the relative role that individual-level factors (such as subjective and objective social status, sensation seeking tendencies), social factors (such as norms, family / peer behavior, and the built environment), and genetic factors may play in shaping these behaviors. In 2008, she received a Career Development award from the National Cancer Institute to study the interactions between, and relative influence of, non-genetic and genetic determinants of smoking initiation and physical activity.

Currently she is involved in the Texas-based evaluation of SNAP-ED, serves as a co-investigator on the Texas Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, and is working with Dr. Springer to complete a youth-focused needs assessment in the Del Valle and Montopolis neighborhoods of Austin.

Research Interests – Health disparities and immigrant health; tobacco prevention and cessation; promotion of physical activity and obesity prevention; bio-behavioral epidemiology.

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Current Projects

Texas SNAP-Ed Evaluation

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Texas SNAP-Ed Evaluation, is a two-year project to evaluate, on a statewide basis, the effectiveness of SNAP-Ed nutrition education and obesity prevention programming activities delivered by Implementing Agencies throughout the state of Texas.

Recent Publications

Exposure to E-cigarette marketing and product use among Mexican American young adults on the United States-Mexico border

(Herrera, A. L., Wilkinson, A. V., Cohn, E. A., Perry, C. L., Fisher-Hoch, S. P.; Cogent Medicine; 2018)

Understanding susceptibility to e-cigarettes: A comprehensive model of risk factors that influence the transition from non-susceptible to susceptible among e- cigarette naive adolescents

(Carey FR, Rogers SM, Cohn EA, Harrell MB, Wilkinson AV, Perry CL; Addict Behav. ;2018)

The time-varying relations between risk factors and smoking before and after a quit attempt

(Koslovsky MD, Hébert ET, Swartz MD, Chan W, Leon-Novelo L, Wilkinson AV, Kendzor DE, Businelle MS; Nicotine Tob Res.; 2018)

Measurement and predictive value of susceptibility to cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, and hookah among Texas adolescents

(Carey FR, Wilkinson AV, Harrell MB, Cohn EA, Perry CL; Addict Behav Rep. ;2018)

Body image dissatisfaction, obesity and their associations with breastfeeding duration among Mexican women: A cross-sectional study

(Bigman G, Wilkinson AV, Homedes N, Pérez A; Matern Child Health J. ;2018)