Associate Professor and Director of the PhD Program in Health Promotion Sciences
Dr. Trinidad's research examines the social, environmental, and individual factors relevant to racial/ethnic disparities in health and health behaviors. His main research project, funded by the American Cancer Society, involves the design and implementation of a culturally-tailored parenting intervention to prevent problem behaviors, including smoking, among Filipino adolescents in Southern California.
A second area of research focus for Dr. Trinidad is on racial/ethnic disparities in smoking. Dr. Trinidad’s research has identified racial/ethnic disparities in the effect of the California Tobacco Control Program on adult smoking prevalence. His research has also revealed important racial/ethnic disparities in the age of smoking initiation and successful smoking cessation. His more recent work has suggested that models of smoking cessation may need to be adapted for light and intermittent smokers, many of whom are racial/ethnic minorities.
A third area of Dr. Trinidad’s research focus is on the role of emotional intelligence (EI) on adolescent health behaviors. EI is defined as the identification, understanding and management of emotions in oneself and in others. His research has revealed a link between EI and adolescent alcohol and tobacco use, independent of demographic and cultural factors. This body of research may eventually augment existing smoking prevention programs for adolescents.
Dr. Trinidad received both his Ph.D. and MPH from the University of Southern California. He completed his post-doctoral training in Cancer Prevention and Control at the University of California at San Diego. He is a member of the national Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND) and is a past Co-Chair of the Tobacco Related Health Disparities Committee of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT).
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, BS in Psychology, 1991-1995
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, MPH with emphasis in Biometry/Epidemiology, 1999-2001
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, PhD in Preventive Medicine (Health Behavior Research), 1997-2002
University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA, Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Prevention and Control, 2002-2003
Member, Tobacco Research Network on Disparities National Cancer Institute and American Legacy Foundation, 2004-present
Co-Chair, Tobacco Related Health Disparities Committee Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 2006-2009
Trinidad DR, Johnson CA. The association between emotional intelligence and early adolescent tobacco and alcohol use. Personality and Individual Differences. 2002;32(1):95-105.
Trinidad DR, Unger JB, Chou CP, Azen SP, Johnson CA. Emotional intelligence and smoking risk factors in adolescents: Interactions on smoking intentions. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2004;34(1):46-55.
Trinidad DR, Gilpin EA, Lee L, Pierce JP. Do the majority of U.S. Asian and African American smokers start as adults? American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2004;26(2):156-8.
Trinidad DR, Gilpin EA, Lee L, Pierce JP. Has there been a delay in the age of regular smoking onset among African Americans? Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2004;28(3):152-7.
Trinidad DR, Gilpin EA, Pierce JP. Smoke-free school policies, compliance and support: California 1993-2002. Health Education Research. 2005;20(4): 466-75.
Trinidad DR, Gilpin EA, White MM, Pierce JP. Why does African American smoking prevalence in California remain higher than for Non-Hispanic Whites? Ethnicity and Disease. 2005;15(3):505-11.
Trinidad DR, Gilpin EA, Messer K, Pierce JP. Trends in smoking among Hispanic women in California: Relationship to English language use. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2006;31(3):257-60.
Trinidad DR, Messer K, Gilpin EA, Al-Delaimy, White MM, Pierce JP. The California Tobacco Control Program’s effect on adult smokers: (3) Similar effects for African Americans across states. Tobacco Control. 2007;16:96-100.
West JH, Romero RA, Trinidad DR. Adolescent receptivity to tobacco marketing across race/ethnic groups in California. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2007;33(2):121-3.
Messer K, Trinidad DR, Al-Delaimy WK, Pierce JP. Smoking cessation rates in the United States: a comparison of young adult and older smokers. American Journal of Public Health. 2008;98(2):317-22.
Romero RA, Messer K, West JH, White MM, Trinidad DR. Smoking trends among Filipino adults in California, 1990-2002. Preventive Medicine. 2008;46(4):336-9.
Pierce JP, James LE, Messer K, Myers MG, Williams RE, Trinidad DR. Telephone counseling to implement best parenting practices to prevent adolescent problem behaviors. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2008;29:324-34.
Trinidad DR, Pérez-Stable EJ, Emery SL, White MM, Grana RA, Messer K. Intermittent and light smoking across race/ethnic groups in the United States. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2009;11(2):203-10.
Myers MG, Doran NM, Trinidad DR, Klonoff EA, Wall TL. A prospective study of cigarette smoking initiation during college: Chinese and Korean American students. Health Psychology. 2009;28(4):448-56.
Trinidad DR, Pérez-Stable EJ, Messer K, White MM, Pierce JP. Menthol cigarettes and smoking cessation among racial/ethnic groups in the U.S. Addiction. 2010;105(Suppl. 1):84-94.
Trinidad DR, Pérez-Stable EJ, Emery SL, White MM, Messer K. A nationwide analysis of US racial/ethnic disparities in smoking behaviors, cessation and related factors. American Journal of Public Health. 2011;101(4):699-706.
Xiao L, Bechara A, Palmer PH, Trinidad DR, Wei Y, Jia Y, Johnson CA. Parent-child engagement in decision making and the development of adolescent affective decision capacity and binge drinking. Personality and Individual Differences. 2011;51(3):285-92. .
Gruder CL, Trinidad DR, Palmer PH, Xie B, Li L, Johnson CA. Tobacco smoking, quitting, and relapsing among adult males in mainland China: The China Seven Cities Study. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2013;15(1):223-30.
Blanco L, Garcia R, Pérez-Stable EJ, White MM, Messer K, Pierce JP, Trinidad DR. National trends in smoking behaviors among Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban men and women in the US. American Journal of Public Health. 2014;104(5):896-903.
Blanco L, Nydegger LA, Sakuma KL, Tong EK, White MM, Trinidad DR. Increases in Light and Intermittent Smoking among Asian Americans and Non-Hispanic Whites. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2014;16(6):904-8.