October 2018: Drs. Cobb and Barnes visited our collaborators at Virginia Tech.
Drs. Cobb and Barnes met with our collaborators (Micky Koffarnus & Warren Bickel) at Virginia Tech in October to talk about behavioral economic methods to measure abuse liability of tobacco products. They also had a photo op with Virginia Tech’s HokieBird!
September 2018: New lab members!
The BHRL welcomes Jessica Presley to VCU. Jessica will serve as our new full-time research assistant on the U54’s Project 3. Jessica is from Florida, and she has previous research experience in the areas of industrial organizational psychology and counseling psychology with foci on organizational leadership development, sexual functioning, and bibliotherapy. Jessica aspires to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology and to spend her career contributing to research. She loves documentaries, concerts, podcasts, and talking.
The BHRL also welcomes a new baby! Rebecca, our full-time lab member, recently welcomed a new baby boy into her life. Congratulations, Rebecca!!
Summer 2018: New grants!
We received three new grant awards at the BHRL which are lead by Dr. Caroline Cobb and Dr. Andrew Barnes. The Massey Cancer Center pilot study will profile cancer risks associated with with cigar use in low SES communities with a mixed methods approach. The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth study profiles youth cigar use in low SES communities using a mixed method approach. U54 grant in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at VCU. The BHRL will conduct Project 3 which will use abuse liability data to test hpotheses about advanced-generation e-cigs and generate population-level predictions regarding potential regulatory action.
4/27/2018: Institute for Cannabis Research Conference in Pueblo, CO
Caroline and Aly traveled to Pueblo, Colorado to present their research at a cannabis conference. On the way, they stopped at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO. At the conference, they presented research from the BHRL, and they learned about all things cannabis!
4/24/2018 & 4/25/2018: Graduate and Undergraduate Research Symposia.
We presented lots of data this week at the graduate and undergraduate Research Symposia. One of our graduate students, Aly, presented some of her thesis data. Our three undergraduate interns presented their individual research projects as well.
4/20/2018: Butts Up!
We had an incredible time at the Butts Up cigarette clean up event! We collected 5,442 cigarette butts in only one hour. The total weight of all tobacco related trash equaled 4.2 pounds! We had a great turnout, and we raised awareness about tobacco trash during Earth Week.
2/28/2018: SRNT 2018 in Baltimore, MD!
It has been a busy four months at the BHRL! Last week, we attend the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s annual meeting in Baltimore, MD. We had a great time presenting posters, networking with fellow tobacco researchers, and of course, learning about all the new research in nicotine and tobacco! Highlights from SRNT included: the Surgeon General’s Keynote speech (check it out: here) and having dinner at LP Steamer’s with colleagues from USC and Syracuse.
10/31/2017: Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween from the BHRL! We have been hard at work this fall presenting our research. We had our fall Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) grantee meeting last week and our very own, Andrew Barnes, presented data from one of our current studies from the BHRL (see below).
Also at the TCORs meeting, a graduate student, Aly Rudy, presented work on ECIG user’s ability to accurately report ECIG device characteristics. See the published manuscript for this work here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28843084
Our PI, Caroline, hosted a Halloween party this year for the BHRL and the CSTP. There were lots of creative costumes and yummy treats! Our runner-up for the costume contest was the CSTP’s PI, Tom Eissenberg (aka James Dean), and our grand prize winner was a BHRL graduate student, Aly Rudy (aka Yzma from Emperor’s New Groove). Congrats to the winners!
4/24/2017: Spring Poster Presentations!
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s Annual Meeting took place in Florence, Italy this year between March 8th and 11th. Two graduate students and one of our partners from the BHRL presented posters at the meeting.
Andrew Barnes and two graduate students at SRNT in Florence.
20th Annual Graduate Research Symposium
Aly Rudy, a graduate student from the BHRL presented data on cannabis legalization opinions at the 20th Annual Graduate Research Symposium on April 18th in Richmond, VA.
2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium
Three undergraduate students, Destini Braxton, Jacquelyn Cogley, and Joseph Hunt, presented posters at the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 19th in Richmond, VA.
Caroline Cobb & Joseph Hunt
Jacquelyn Cogley & Destini Braxton
2/24/2017: Presentations, Awards, and Certificates, Oh My!
We’ve had a busy couple of weeks at the BHRL! Our very own lab manager, Rebecca, received a Sponsored Projects Administration Program Certificate.
Our former intern, Nancy, received an Undergraduate Black History in the Making Award for Psychology! Congratulations, Nancy!
Last, but not least, Cosima, one of our graduate students presented a 5 minute data blitz at the Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects Research Coalition Meeting on 2/21/2017!
1/9/2017: Dr. Cobb published an article with one of our former graduate research assistants, Megan Sutter. The article is titled “Associations between unhealthy dieting behaviors and tobacco use among adolescents.” Check out the summary below!
Smoking cigarettes in order to control weight has been reported frequently among youth. Indeed, smoking is a risk factor for unhealthy dieting behaviors, such as vomiting, using diet pills, and simply not eating. Until now, the links between other types of tobacco products like cigars and snuff have not been looked at in connection with unhealthy dieting behaviors. This study found that having ever smoked cigarettes, recent use of cigars, little cigars, or cigarillos, as well as perceived social benefits of smoking were linked to unhealthy dieting behaviors. These findings highlight the importance of tobacco use, including both cigarettes and various forms of cigars, in the role of weight control among youth and should be a focus for prevention interventions in the future.
3/7/2016: The BHRL team had a blast at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Annual Meeting held March 2-5th, 2016.
2/1/2016: The BHRL had 5 posters accepted to be presented at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 2016 Annual Meeting! Posters entitled “Subjective effects of dual use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes of among current dual users,” “Toxicant exposure and physiological effects of dual cigarette and electronic cigarette use,” “Effects of e-cigarette liquid flavors and modified risk messages on measures of abuse liability,” “Effects of e-cigarette liquid flavors and modified risk messages on perceptions of e-cigarettes,” and “Adolescent cigarette smoking and asthma: Influence of bullying, psychological, and health-related factors” will be presented.
10/17/2015: Posters entitled “Effects of E-cigarette Liquid Flavors and Modified Risk Messages on Abuse Liability” and “Behavior and toxicant exposure associated with dual use of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes” were presented at the 2015 Tobacco Centers for Regulatory Science (TCORS) Annual Meeting!
9/29/2015: The BHRL welcomes a new honorary lab member, Gracie! She loves peanut butter and playing with other dogs.
4/22/2015: Makeda Austin, research assistant in the BHRL, presented her findings from the Virginia Youth Tobacco Survey entitled, “Differences in tobacco use behaviors and beliefs among asthmatic and non-asthmatic adolescent cigarette smokers” at the VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity!
4/8/2015: Megan Sutter, a graduate research assistant in the BHRL presented a poster at The Future of Tobacco Control Conference. Her poster titled, “Disordered eating behaviors and tobacco use among adolescents” is available here.
1/30/2015: Center for Clinical and Translational Research Pilot Project Awarded! – Dr. Cobb Co-Principal Investigator- Title: “Investigating effects of regulating e-cigarette flavoring and modified risk messages on measures of abuse liability”
1/22/2015: Administrative Supplement to P50DA036105 Awarded! – Dr. Cobb Co-Investigator, Title: Evaluating Flavors in Novel Tobacco Products: A Trans-disciplinary Approach
12/13/2014: Fall 2014 Graduation was a blast! Congrats Psychology Graduates!
12/1/2014: Massey Cancer Pilot Project Awarded! “Investigating Effects of Regulating E-Cigarette Flavoring and Modified Risk Messages on Measures of Abuse Liability”
Andrew Barnes, Ph.D., Caroline Cobb, Ph.D. (co-prinicipal investigators) and Thomas Eissenberg, Ph.D (co-investigator)