Erin Mead, PhD

Instructor, Medicine, UConn Health (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My national and global research interests focus on the multilevel risk factors for tobacco use in high-risk populations, such as young adults, with an emphasis on polytobacco and alternative tobacco product use. These factors include product characteristics that promote use and addiction (such as flavorings and packaging), intrapersonal factors, up to environmental factors. I work at the intersection of social and behavioral sciences, health communication, health disparities, and tobacco regulatory science. My methods include mixed methods, qualitative research, survey research, and mobile phone-based ecological momentary assessment (EMA). The goal is to inform prevention/cessation programs and tobacco control/regulatory policy. I am working on a mixed methods EMA pilot study to describe the motivations and characterize the patterns of dual use of cigarettes and cigars in African American young adults. Future projects include a behavioral economic study of the addictive potential of flavored little cigars/cigarillos in young adult dual users, and a study of warning label perceptions in adults with medical morbidities. Previous projects include a qualitative study of graphic warning label perceptions in low-income smokers, effects of smoke-free policy on acute myocardial infarction by race/ethnicity, and evaluation of compliance with tobacco control policy aimed at preventing youth initiation in India


PhD, 2014, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
MHS, 2009, International Health – Social and Behavioral Interventions, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
BA, 2005, Anthropology and Archaeology, Dickinson College

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressUConn Health
263 Farmington Ave
Farmington, CT 06030