Cheryl L. Perry, PhD

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The Rockwell Distinguished Chair in Society and Health
cheryl.l.perry@uth.tmc.edu

Dr. Perry is perhaps best known for her work in youth health promotion and tobacco use prevention research. She has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, multiple chapters and books, most of which focus on health promotion and prevention programs, and has been recognized as one of the Most Highly Cited Researchers (top 0.5%) in Social Sciences. She was senior scientific editor of the 1994, 2012, and 2016 Surgeon General’s Reports on Preventing Tobacco and E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.

Dr. Perry was an expert scientific witness for the state of Minnesota in the lawsuit against the tobacco companies in 1998; this lawsuit led to the Master Settlement Agreement and provided the nation with millions of tobacco industry documents. She was an investigator for the initial CATCH study and developed the school-based alcohol and tobacco prevention program, Project Northland. 

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Current Projects

Activate Ya

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The purpose of this study is to develop and test the efficacy of a multiple-component intervention to prevent tobacco use and promote physical activity for 7th-8th graders in Uruguay.

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

Examining hookah use as a predictor of future tobacco product use among Texas college students

(Case KR, Creamer MR, Cooper M, Loukas A, Perry CL; Addictive Behaviors; 2018)

Mobile phone text messaging for tobacco risk communication among young adult community college students: Protocol and baseline overview for a randomized trial

(Prokhorov AV, Khalil GE, Calabro KS, Machado TC, Russell SC, Czerniak KW, Botello GC, Chen M, Perez A, Vidrine DJ, Perry CL; JMIR Res Protoc; 2018

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)

Youth or young adults: Which group is at highest risk for tobacco use onset?

(Perry CL, Pérez A, Bluestein M, Garza N, Obinwa U, Jackson C, Clendennen SL, Loukas A, Harrell MB; J Adolesc Health ;2018)

Exploring physical activity engagement in secondary school students in Montevideo, Uruguay: A qualitative study

(Parobii, I, Springer, AE, Harrell, MB, Gomensoro, LM, Fresco, MT, Alers, N, Perry, CL, & Estol, D; Int J Child Adolesc health; 2018)

Recent News

More Young Adults Trying Smoking for the First Time

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Millennials living more dangerously and settling down later could be creating a new generation of addicted smokers, according to the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Researchers there have found greater numbers of new smokers and e-cigarette users among young adults compared to adolescents, reversing previous social norms.

Alarming trend shows first-time smoking among young adults

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Millennials living more dangerously and settling down later could be creating a new generation of addicted smokers and e-cigarette users, according to the surprising results of research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

UTHealth experts take part in U.S. Surgeon General’s first youth e-cigarette report

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Researchers from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health were the senior scientific editors for the first-ever U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults, released today.