Staff: Samantha N. Cwalina, Ph.D.

Samantha N. Cwalina

Samantha N. Cwalina, Ph.D.

Current Fellow

Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
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Samantha (Sam) Cwalina, Ph.D., is a Cancer Research Training Award fellow in the Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB) of the Behavioral Research Program.

Dr. Cwalina earned her Ph.D. in Preventive Medicine from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Her dissertation work utilized population-based cohort data to investigate associations of anxiety symptoms with e-cigarette and combustible cigarette use among youth and young adults. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Cwalina earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she assisted with in-lab experiments that examined bio-behavioral responses to varying doses of nicotine among animal subjects and adult cigarette smokers. She also serves as a Co-Chair within the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Health Equity Network.

Current and/or past BRP mentors include Carolyn Reyes-Guzman and Margaret Mayer.

Research Areas

  • Tobacco product characteristics
  • Tobacco-related health disparities
  • Mental health
  • Young adult and military populations

Selected Publications and Presentations

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