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Effects of Parent Substance Abuse


Research Team


Principal Investigator: Lorey Wheeler

Funding Information

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Subcontract from: University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

Award Date: Sep 25, 2023

End Date: Jun 30, 2024


This project is funded by a subcontract from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

This project examines racial disparities in biomarkers of tobacco use by analyzing biomarker data. 

Researchers aim to link the biomarker data with the PATH adult surveys to identify the between-person and within-person differences in biomarker outcomes by use of different vaping products, flavors and transition between electronic cigarettes and combustible cigarettes. They will develop a composite risk index score to predict abstinence from cigarette smoking and relapse to cigarette use by using advanced machine learning algorithms. 

The central hypothesis is that the biomarkers of exposure in electronic cigarette use may differ by racial/ethnic groups, and these disparities may contribute to different transition patterns in electronic and combustable cigarette use.

Psychosocial Development & Social-Emotional Learning