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