Andrea Villanti, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, at the University of Vermont. She also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Villanti’s primary focus is on young adult tobacco use, including predictors and patterns of use and interventions to reduce tobacco use in young adults. She also has expertise in translational research to improve tobacco control policy and program decision-making, including tobacco regulatory science. Her work focuses on design, collection, and analysis of population survey data and conducting experiments and intervention trials in large, online samples.
The goal of the PACE Vermont Study is to inform substance use prevention in young Vermonters. Our online data collection system allows us to rapidly track changes in the environment that may impact substance use in young people. Our 2019 findings indicated that flavored cigarette and electronic vaping devices were a significant attraction for first-time users. Those findings coincided with concerns about the epidemic of vaping-related lung injury. This year, we are particularly concerned about the effects of COVID-19 on youth and young adults. We are grateful to be able to launch two studies to assess the impact of both on our young people.3 July 2021