Lauren Dutra

Social Scientist


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California San Francisco
  • ScD, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health
  • MA, Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine, Boston University
  • BA, Psychology and Spanish, University of Texas at Austin

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Lauren Dutra focuses on health policy and tobacco research. She assists in primary data collection; writes data analysis plans; analyzes data and directs data analyses; and synthesizes the results of these analyses into presentations, reports, and peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Dutra’s current projects include an evaluation of the ability of national tobacco education media campaigns to reach vulnerable populations, research on the impact of e-cigarette regulation on patterns of youth e-cigarette use and cigarette smoking, evaluations of campaigns for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), and research on the tobacco retail environment. Dr. Dutra has completed research on precursors to the modern e-cigarette, the impact of e-cigarettes on youth smoking behavior, and longitudinal trajectories of cigarette smoking. Her previous research focused on the psychosocial determinants of smoking behavior, health disparities in tobacco control, and the impact of tobacco control policies on patterns of tobacco use and resulted in the first national analysis of the relationship between e-cigarette use and cigarette smoking among U.S. adolescents.