Maria Cooper, PhD

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Faculty Associate
Maria.R.Cooper@uth.tmc.edu

Maria Cooper is a Faculty Associate at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin. She completed her PhD in Epidemiology from the same institution. She works in the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth and Young Adults which is conducting rapid response surveillance systems examining tobacco use and tobacco marketing exposure in Texas middle schools, high schools and colleges.

Her current research focuses on young populations' risk perceptions and patterns of use of new and emerging tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, as well as using novel methodologies, such as ecological momentary assessment, to measure risk factors and tobacco use behaviors in real-time.

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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

A longitudinal study of risk perceptions and e-cigarette initiation among college students: Interactions with smoking status

(Cooper M, Loukas A, Case KR, Marti CN, Perry CL; Drug Alcohol Depend; 2018)

E-cigarette use and cigarette smoking cessation among Texas college students

(Mantey D, Loukas A, Cooper MR, Perry CL; American Journal of Health Behavior; 2017)

Exclusive e-cigarette use predicts cigarette initiation among college students addictive behaviors

(Loukas A, Marti CN, Cooper M, Pasch K, Perry CL; Addict Behav.; 2017)

Social Norms, Perceptions and Dual/Poly Tobacco Use among Texas Youth

(Cooper M, Creamer MR, Ly C, Crook B, Harrell MB, Perry CL; Am J Health Behav; 2016)

E-Cigarette Marketing Exposure Is Associated With E-Cigarette Use Among US Youth

(Mantey DS, Cooper MR, Clendennen SL, Pasch KE, Perry CL; Journal of Adolescent Health; 2016)