Projects & Cores
The initial studies conducted by the TTAURC between 1999 and 2004 focused on characterizing the role of culture in tobacco use behavior and prevention. The research from those studies indicated that cultural context and individual disposition have potentially important moderator effects on prevention programs. The PR TTAURC extends this program of research with three projects and four cores.
A study of 600 adolescent twin pairs in Southern California and another 600 twin pairs in Qingdao, China, that quantifies the nature of environmental influences and the extent to which they interact with genetic sources of variation in smoking-related behaviors.
An investigation of the effects that social, genetic, and neurocognitive underpinnings of dispositional characteristics -- particularly hostility and depression -- have on substance use uptake and progression, and how that moderates prevention and cessation program effects.
A study focusing on genetic factors responsible for hostility, depression, and other dispositional attributes. It hypothesizes that these factors may have a significant influence on an individual’s progression toward increased smoking and on his or her responsiveness to tobacco control intervention and prevention programs.
Assists projects by researching, developing, and validating measures to assess tobacco use and its psychosocial correlates.
Provides data management and statistical support for all projects.
Provides a variety of training opportunities to support the development of the next generation of transdisciplinary scientists to advance our knowledge of the complex social, cultural, biological, and environmental determinants of tobacco use and alcohol co-morbidity.
Provides the scientific and administrative leadership key to the efficient and productive operation of the center.