MeLisa Creamer, PhD

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Assistant Professor, Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Dr. MeLisa Creamer is assistant professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health in Austin. Dr. Creamer’s research focuses on youth and tobacco use, with an emphasis on the co-variation of other behaviors with youth smoking.

Dr. Creamer worked closely with Drs. Cheryl Perry and Melissa Stigler on the 2012 Surgeon General’s Report on tobacco use among youth and young adults, and served as an author in the 2014 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report. Most recently, Dr. Creamer served as one of the four Senior Scientific Editors on the 2016 Surgeon General's Report: E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults. She is a Co-Investigator of the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth and Young Adults, funded as a P50 by the NCI/NIH. She received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from The University of Texas School of Public Health.

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Current Projects

Texas Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth & Young Adults

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The overall goal of the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) on Youth and Young Adults is to develop an integrated program of research and training to provide scientific evidence, and a career path for regulatory scientists, to support U.S. tobacco regulation.

Recent Publications

Measuring perceptions related to e-cigarettes: Important principles and next steps to enhance study validity

(Gibson LA, Creamer MR, Breland AB, Giachello AL, Kaufman A, Kong G, Pechacek TF, Pepper JK, Soule EK, Halpern-Felsher B; Addict Behav.; 2018)

Longitudinal predictors of cigarette use among students from 24 Texas colleges

(Creamer MR, Loukas A, Clendennen S, Mantey D, Pasch K, Marti CN, Perry CL; J Am Coll Health; 2018)

Positive outcome expectations and tobacco product use behaviors in youth

(Creamer MR, Delk J, Case K, Perry CL, Harrell M; Subst Use Misuse.; 2017)

The relationships between sensation seeking and a spectrum of e-cigarette use behaviors in Texas adolescents: Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses specific to Texas adolescents

(Case KR, Harrell MB, Pérez A, Loukas A, Creamer M, Wilkinson A, Springer A, Perry CL; Addict Behav.; 2017)

Weight status and cigarette and electronic cigarette use in adolescents

(Delk J, Creamer MR, Perry CL, Harrell M; Am J Prev Med.; 2017)

Recent News

UTSPH faculty and students take part in Surgeon General’s 2012 Tobacco Report

The Office of the Surgeon General will release the 2012 Report on Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults. Faculty at The University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH) took a lead role in developing the report. Dr. Cheryl Perry, professor and regional dean of the Austin Regional Campus, was Senior Scientific Editor and lead author on the report. Dr. Melissa Stigler, assistant professor at UTSPH , was Senior Associate Editor and UTSPH doctoral students MeLisa Creamer and Emily Neusel were listed as contributors on the report.