Darleen Peterson, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Practice
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Darleen Peterson served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine as well as the Assistant Director for the Master of Public Health program at the University of Southern California (USC). Her research interests include health communication, specifically the evaluation of statewide tobacco control campaigns and the assessment of pro-tobacco marketing activities. She received an M.A. in Communications Management from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication, an M.P.H. in Community Health Education from California State University, Northridge and a PhD in Preventive Medicine (Health Behavior Research) from USC. She is a certified health education specialist (CHES).
- University of Southern California, PhD, 2005
- California State University, Northridge, MPH, 1997
- University of Southern California, MA, 1994
Unger JB, Cruz TB, Schuster D, Flora JA, Johnson CA. (2001). Measuring exposure to pro- and anti-tobacco marketing among adolescents: Intercorrelations among measures and associations with smoking status. Journal of Health Communication, 6, 11-29.
Chen X, Cruz TB, Schuster DV, Unger JB, Anderson CA. (2002). Receptivity to protobacco media and its impact on cigarette smoking among ethnic minority youths in California. Journal of Health Communication, 7, 95-111.
Li C, Unger JB, Schuster DV, Rohrbach LA, Howard-Pitney B, Norman G. Youth’s exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS): Associations with health benefits and social pressure. (2003). Addictive Behaviors, 28, 39-52.
Unger JB, Schuster DV, Dent CW, Zogg J, Stacy AW. (2003). Alcohol advertising exposure and adolescent alcohol use: A comparison of exposure measures. Addiction Research and Theory, 11, 177-193.
Schuster DV, Valente TW, Skara SN, Wenten MR, Unger JB, Cruz TB, Rohrbach LA. Intermedia process in the adoption of tobacco control policies among California opinion leaders. (2006). Communication Theory, 16, 91-117.
Weiss JW, Cen S, Schuster DV, Unger JB, Johnson A, Moutappa M, Schreiner W, Cruz, TB. (2006). Longitudinal effects of pro-tobacco and anti-tobacco messages on adolescent smoking susceptibility. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 8, 455-465.