Research public health analyst
- PhD, Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- BA, Psychology, Yale University
Jessica Pepper, a social scientist with RTI’s Center for Health Policy Science and Tobacco Research, studies e-cigarettes and other electronic vapor products. She authored some of the first studies on risk beliefs and reasons for use of e-cigarettes, including the first systematic review of e-cigarette awareness, use, and perceptions, published in the journal Tobacco Control. She currently works on RTI’s Grand Challenge project, a multidisciplinary initiative to advance scientific research on e-cigarettes in the context of health, public policy, pharmacology, toxicology, aerosol technology, and health communications.
Dr. Pepper also studies multiple tobacco product use, cigarette warning labels, and risk perceptions of tobacco products. She has expertise in e-cigarette measurement issues and has contributed to survey design and development for studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health, among others.
Dr. Pepper joined RTI in 2016. Previously, she was a doctoral student and postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina, where she received multiple awards for her work, including the Royster Society’s Pogue Fellowship.