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Luanne Rohrbach, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine
Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
SSB 302V 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 8237

Overview

Dr. Rohrbach is Assistant Professor of Research in Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Rohrbach conducts research on school- and community-based tobacco, alcohol, and other drug abuse prevention interventions, prediction of substance use behaviors, and theory-based evaluation of health promotion programs. Her current projects include 1) an evaluation of the California Tobacco Control Prevention and Education Program, 2) a study of gender differences in predictors of adolescent substance abuse, and 3) a study of HIV risk and protective behaviors among young women who are intravenous drug users. In the past, she has conducted research on coalitions and other community-based drug abuse prevention interventions, as well as the diffusion of effective prevention approaches. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University, her M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health and Health Education from the University California, Los Angeles, and her Ph.D. in Health Behavior from the University of Southern California.

Publications

Aelion CM, Airhihenbuwa CO, Alemagno S, Amler RW, Arnett DK, Balas A, Bertozzi S, Blakely CH, Boerwinkle E, Brandt-Rauf P, Buekens PM, Chandler GT, Chang RW, Clark JE, Cleary PD, Curran JW, Curry SJ, Diez Roux AV, Dittus R, Ellerbeck EF, El-Mohandes A, Eriksen MP, Erwin PC, Evans G, Finnegan JR, Fried LP, Frumkin H, Galea S, Goff DC, Goldman LR, Guilarte TR, Rivera-Gutiérrez R, Halverson PK, Hand GA, Harris CM, Healton CG, Hennig N, Heymann J, Hunter D, Hwang W, Jones RM, Klag MJ, Klesges LM, Lahey T, Lawlor EF, Maddock J, Martin WJ, Mazzaschi AJ, Michael M, Mohammed SD, Nasca PC, Nash D, Ogunseitan OA, Perez RA, Perri M, Petersen DJ, Peterson DV, Philbert M, Pinto-Martin J, Raczynski JM, Raskob GE, Rimer BK, Rohrbach LA, Rudkin LL, Siminoff L, Szapocznik J, Thombs D, Torabi MR, Weiler RM, Wetle TF, Williams PL, Wykoff R, Ying J. The US Cancer Moonshot initiative. Lancet Oncol. 2016 May; 17(5):e178-80. View in: PubMed

Rohrbach LA, Berglas NF, Jerman P, Angulo-Olaiz F, Chou CP, Constantine NA. A Rights-Based Sexuality Education Curriculum for Adolescents: 1-Year Outcomes From a Cluster-Randomized Trial. J Adolesc Health. 2015 Oct; 57(4):399-406. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Pokhrel P, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Spruijt-Metz D. Prevalence and co-occurrence of addictive behaviors among former alternative high school youth: A longitudinal follow-up study. J Behav Addict. 2015 Sep; 4(3):189-94. View in: PubMed

Arpawong TE, Sussman S, Milam JE, Unger JB, Land H, Sun P, Rohrbach LA. Post-traumatic growth, stressful life events, and relationships with substance use behaviors among alternative high school students: A prospective study. Psychol Health. 2015 Apr; 30(4):475-94. View in: PubMed

Nguyen-Rodriguez ST, Lisha NE, Spruijt-Metz D, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Sussman S. Coping mediates the effects of depressive symptoms on sleep problems. Am J Health Behav. 2015 Mar; 39(2):183-90. View in: PubMed

El-Shahawy O, Sun P, Tsai JY, Rohrbach LA, Sussman S. Sense of coherence and tobacco use myths among adolescents as predictors of at-risk youth cigarette use. Subst Use Misuse. 2015 Jan 2; 50(1):8-14. View in: PubMed

Constantine NA, Jerman P, Berglas NF, Angulo-Olaiz F, Chou CP, Rohrbach LA. Short-term effects of a rights-based sexuality education curriculum for high-school students: a cluster-randomized trial. BMC Public Health. 2015; 15(1):293. View in: PubMed

Little MA, Pokhrel P, Sussman S, Rohrbach LA. The Process of Adoption of Evidence-based Tobacco Use Prevention Programs in California Schools. Prev Sci. 2015 Jan; 16(1):80-9. View in: PubMed

Barnett E, Spruijt-Metz D, Moyers TB, Smith C, Rohrbach LA, Sun P, Sussman S. Bidirectional relationships between client and counselor speech: The importance of reframing. Psychol Addict Behav. 2014 Dec; 28(4):1212-9. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Valente TW, Rohrbach LA, Dent CW, Sun P. Commentary-project towards no drug abuse: an evidence-based drug abuse prevention program. J Prim Prev. 2014 Aug; 35(4):233-7. View in: PubMed

Cook LT, O'Reilly GA, Derosa CJ, Rohrbach LA, Spruijt-Metz D. Association between home availability and vegetable consumption in youth: a review. Public Health Nutr. 2014 May 1; 1-9. View in: PubMed

Barnett E, Moyers TB, Sussman S, Smith C, Rohrbach LA, Sun P, Spruijt-Metz D. From counselor skill to decreased marijuana use: Does change talk matter? J Subst Abuse Treat. 2014 Apr; 46(4):498-505. View in: PubMed

Pokhrel P, Herzog TA, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Sussman S. Acculturation, social self-control, and substance use among Hispanic adolescents. Psychol Addict Behav. 2013 Sep; 27(3):674-86. View in: PubMed

Spoth R, Rohrbach LA, Greenberg M, Leaf P, Brown CH, Fagan A, Catalano RF, Pentz MA, Sloboda Z, Hawkins JD. Addressing core challenges for the next generation of type 2 translation research and systems: the translation science to population impact (TSci Impact) framework. Prev Sci. 2013 Aug; 14(4):319-51. View in: PubMed

Barnett E, Spruijt-Metz D, Unger JB, Rohrbach LA, Sun P, Sussman S. Bidirectional associations between future time perspective and substance use among continuation high-school students. Subst Use Misuse. 2013 Jun; 48(8):574-80. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Levy D, Lich KH, Cené CW, Kim MM, Rohrbach LA, Chaloupka FJ. Comparing effects of tobacco use prevention modalities: need for complex system models. Tob Induc Dis. 2013; 11(1):2. View in: PubMed

Little MA, Spruijt-Metz D, Pokhrel P, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Sussman S. Predicting Self-Initiated Marijuana Use Cessation among Youth at Continuation High Schools. Front Psychiatry. 2013; 4:69. View in: PubMed

Barnett E, Sussman S, Smith C, Rohrbach LA, Spruijt-Metz D. Motivational Interviewing for adolescent substance use: A review of the literature. Addict Behav. 2012 Dec; 37(12):1325-34. View in: PubMed

Lisha NE, Grana R, Sun P, Rohrbach L, Spruijt-Metz D, Reifman A, Sussman S. Evaluation of the Psychometric Properties of the Revised Inventory of the Dimensions of Emerging Adulthood (IDEA-R) in a Sample of Continuation High School Students. Eval Health Prof. 2012 Jul 11; 37(2):156-177. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Spruijt-Metz D. One-year outcomes of a drug abuse prevention program for older teens and emerging adults: Evaluating a motivational interviewing booster component. Health Psychol. 2012 Jul; 31(4):476-85. View in: PubMed

Sun P, Johnson CA, Palmer P, Arpawong TE, Unger JB, Xie B, Rohrbach LA, Spruijt-Metz D, Sussman S. Concurrent and predictive relationships between compulsive internet use and substance use: findings from vocational high school students in china and the USA. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2012 Mar; 9(3):660-73. View in: PubMed

Barnett E, Spruijt-Metz D, Unger JB, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Sussman S. Boosting a teen substance use prevention program with motivational interviewing. Subst Use Misuse. 2012 Mar; 47(4):418-28. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Rohrbach LA, Spruijt-Metz D, Barnett E, Lisha N, Sun P. One-year prediction of pain killer use among at-risk older teens and emerging adults. J Drug Educ. 2012; 42(2):195-210. View in: PubMed

Lisha NE, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Spruijt-Metz D, Unger JB, Sussman S. An evaluation of immediate outcomes and fidelity of a drug abuse prevention program in continuation high schools: project towards no drug abuse (TND). J Drug Educ. 2012; 42(1):33-57. View in: PubMed

Ringwalt C, Hanley S, Ennett ST, Vincus AA, Bowling JM, Haws SW, Rohrbach LA. The effects of No Child Left Behind on the prevalence of evidence-based drug prevention curricula in the nation's middle schools. J Sch Health. 2011 May; 81(5):265-72. View in: PubMed

Black DS, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Sussman S. Decision-making style and gender moderation of the self-efficacy-condom use link among adolescents and young adults: informing targeted STI/HIV prevention programs. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 Apr; 165(4):320-5. View in: PubMed

Rohrbach LA, Gunning M, Grana R, Gunning G, Sussman S. Dissemination of Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND): findings from a survey of program adopters. Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Dec; 45(14):2551-66. View in: PubMed

Black DS, Grenard JL, Sussman S, Rohrbach LA. The influence of school-based natural mentoring relationships on school attachment and subsequent adolescent risk behaviors. Health Educ Res. 2010 Oct; 25(5):892-902. View in: PubMed

Rohrbach LA, Sun P, Sussman S. One-year follow-up evaluation of the Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND) dissemination trial. Prev Med. 2010 Sep-Oct; 51(3-4):313-9. View in: PubMed

Grana RA, Black D, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Gunning M, Sussman S. School disrepair and substance use among regular and alternative high school students. J Sch Health. 2010 Aug; 80(8):387-93. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Grana R, Pokhrel P, Rohrbach LA, Sun P. Forbidden fruit and the prediction of cigarette smoking. Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Aug; 45(10):1683-93. View in: PubMed

Rohrbach LA, Gunning M, Sun P, Sussman S. The Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND) dissemination trial: implementation fidelity and immediate outcomes. Prev Sci. 2010 Mar; 11(1):77-88. View in: PubMed

Hanley SM, Ringwalt C, Ennett ST, Vincus AA, Bowling JM, Haws SW, Rohrbach LA. The prevalence of evidence-based substance use prevention curricula in the nation's elementary schools. J Drug Educ. 2010; 40(1):51-60. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Black DS, Rohrbach LA. A concise history of school-based smoking prevention research: a pendulum effect case study. J Drug Educ. 2010; 40(3):217-26. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Moran MB, Sun P, Pokhrel P, Gunning M, Rohrbach LA, Kniazev V, Masagutov R. Peer group self-identification in samples of Russian and U. S. adolescents. J Drug Educ. 2010; 40(2):203-15. View in: PubMed

Ringwalt C, Vincus AA, Ennett ST, Hanley S, Bowling JM, Yacoubian GS, Rohrbach LA. Responses to positive results from suspicionless random drug tests in US public school districts. J Sch Health. 2009 Apr; 79(4):177-83. View in: PubMed

Ringwalt C, Vincus AA, Hanley S, Ennett ST, Bowling JM, Rohrbach LA. The prevalence of evidence-based drug use prevention curricula in U. S. middle schools in 2005. Prev Sci. 2009 Mar; 10(1):33-40. View in: PubMed

Rohrbach LA, Grana R, Vernberg E, Sussman S, Sun P. Impact of hurricane Rita on adolescent substance use. Psychiatry. 2009; 72(3):222-37. View in: PubMed

Gunning M, Sussman S, Rohrbach LA, Kniazev V, Masagutov R. Concurrent predictors of cigarette and alcohol use among U. S. and Russian adolescents. J Drug Educ. 2009; 39(4):385-400. View in: PubMed

Hanley S, Ringwalt C, Vincus AA, Ennett ST, Bowling JM, Haws SW, Rohrbach LA. Implementing evidence-based substance use prevention curricula with fidelity: the role of teacher training. J Drug Educ. 2009; 39(1):39-58. View in: PubMed

Ringwalt C, Hanley S, Vincus AA, Ennett ST, Rohrbach LA, Bowling JM. The prevalence of effective substance use prevention curricula in the nation's high schools. J Prim Prev. 2008 Nov; 29(6):479-88. View in: PubMed

Sun P, Sussman S, Dent CW, Rohrbach LA. One-year follow-up evaluation of Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND-4). Prev Med. 2008 Oct; 47(4):438-42. View in: PubMed

Ringwalt C, Vincus AA, Ennett ST, Hanley S, Bowling JM, Yacoubian GS, Rohrbach LA. Random drug testing in US public school districts. Am J Public Health. 2008 May; 98(5):826-8. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Miyano J, Rohrbach LA, Dent CW, Sun P. Six-month and one-year effects of project EX-4: a classroom-based smoking prevention and cessation intervention program. Addict Behav. 2007 Dec; 32(12):3005-14. View in: PubMed

Rohrbach LA, Dent CW, Skara S, Sun P, Sussman S. Fidelity of implementation in Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND): a comparison of classroom teachers and program specialists. Prev Sci. 2007 Jun; 8(2):125-32. View in: PubMed

Sun P, Miyano J, Rohrbach LA, Dent CW, Sussman S. Short-term effects of Project EX-4: a classroom-based smoking prevention and cessation intervention program. Addict Behav. 2007 Feb; 32(2):342-50. View in: PubMed

Pokhrel P, Sussman S, Rohrbach LA, Sun P. Prospective associations of social self-control with drug use among youth from regular and alternative high schools. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2007; 2:22. View in: PubMed

Rohrbach LA, Grana R, Sussman S, Valente TW. Type II translation: transporting prevention interventions from research to real-world settings. Eval Health Prof. 2006 Sep; 29(3):302-33. View in: PubMed

Pentz MA, Jasuja GK, Rohrbach LA, Sussman S, Bardo MT. Translation in tobacco and drug abuse prevention research. Eval Health Prof. 2006 Jun; 29(2):246-71. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Valente TW, Rohrbach LA, Skara S, Pentz MA. Translation in the health professions: converting science into action. Eval Health Prof. 2006 Mar; 29(1):7-32. View in: PubMed

Rohrbach LA, Ringwalt CL, Ennett ST, Vincus AA. Factors associated with adoption of evidence-based substance use prevention curricula in US school districts. Health Educ Res. 2005 Oct; 20(5):514-26. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Unger J, Rohrbach LA, Johnson CA. School-based smoking prevention research. J Adolesc Health. 2005 Jul; 37(1):4; author reply 6-8. View in: PubMed

Skara S, Rohrbach LA, Sun P, Sussman S. An evaluation of the fidelity of implementation of a school-based drug abuse prevention program: project toward no drug abuse (TND). J Drug Educ. 2005; 35(4):305-29. View in: PubMed

Biglan M, Gilpin EA, Rohrbach LA, Pierce JP. Is there a simple correction factor for comparing adolescent tobacco-use estimates from school- and home-based surveys? Nicotine Tob Res. 2004 Jun; 6(3):427-37. View in: PubMed

Ringwalt CL, Vincus A, Ennett S, Johnson R, Rohrbach LA. Reasons for teachers' adaptation of substance use prevention curricula in schools with non-white student populations. Prev Sci. 2004 Mar; 5(1):61-7. View in: PubMed

Pentz MA, Mares D, Schinke S, Rohrbach LA. Political science, public policy, and drug use prevention. Subst Use Misuse. 2004; 39(10-12):1821-65. View in: PubMed

Mouttapa M, Valente T, Gallaher P, Rohrbach LA, Unger JB. Social network predictors of bullying and victimization. Adolescence. 2004; 39(154):315-35. View in: PubMed

Ringwalt C, Ennett ST, Vincus AA, Rohrbach LA, Simons-Rudolph A. Who's calling the shots? Decision-makers and the adoption of effective school-based substance use prevention curricula. J Drug Educ. 2004; 34(1):19-31. View in: PubMed

Unger JB, Shakib S, Cruz TB, Hoffman BR, Pitney BH, Rohrbach LA. Smoking behavior among urban and rural Native American adolescents in California. Am J Prev Med. 2003 Oct; 25(3):251-4. View in: PubMed

Ringwalt CL, Ennett S, Johnson R, Rohrbach LA, Simons-Rudolph A, Vincus A, Thorne J. Factors associated with fidelity to substance use prevention curriculum guides in the nation's middle schools. Health Educ Behav. 2003 Jun; 30(3):375-91. View in: PubMed

Simons-Rudolph AP, Ennett ST, Ringwalt CL, Rohrbach LA, Vincus AA, Johnson RE. The principles of effectiveness: early awareness and plans for implementation in a national sample of public schools and their districts. J Sch Health. 2003 May; 73(5):181-5. View in: PubMed

Ennett ST, Ringwalt CL, Thorne J, Rohrbach LA, Vincus A, Simons-Rudolph A, Jones S. A comparison of current practice in school-based substance use prevention programs with meta-analysis findings. Prev Sci. 2003 Mar; 4(1):1-14. View in: PubMed

Harvey SM, Bird ST, De Rosa CJ, Montgomery SB, Rohrbach LA. Sexual decision making and safer sex behavior among young female injection drug users and female partners of IDUs. J Sex Res. 2003 Feb; 40(1):50-60. View in: PubMed

Li C, Unger JB, Schuster D, Rohrbach LA, Howard-Pitney B, Norman G. Youths' exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS): associations with health beliefs and social pressure. Addict Behav. 2003 Jan-Feb; 28(1):39-53. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Rohrbach LA, Patel R, Holiday K. A look at an interactive classroom-based drug abuse prevention program: interactive contents and suggestions for research. J Drug Educ. 2003; 33(4):355-68. View in: PubMed

Ringwalt CL, Ennett S, Vincus A, Thorne J, Rohrbach LA, Simons-Rudolph A. The prevalence of effective substance use prevention curricula in U. S. middle schools. Prev Sci. 2002 Dec; 3(4):257-65. View in: PubMed

Rohrbach LA, Howard-Pitney B, Unger JB, Dent CW, Howard KA, Cruz TB, Ribisl KM, Norman GJ, Fishbein H, Johnson CA. Independent evaluation of the California Tobacco Control Program: relationships between program exposure and outcomes, 1996-1998. Am J Public Health. 2002 Jun; 92(6):975-83. View in: PubMed

Unger JB, Yan L, Shakib S, Rohrbach LA, Chen X, Qian G, Chou CP, Jianguo S, Azen S, Zheng H, Johnson CA. Peer influences and access to cigarettes as correlates of adolescent smoking: a cross-cultural comparison of Wuhan, China, and California. Prev Med. 2002 Apr; 34(4):476-84. View in: PubMed

Montgomery SB, Hyde J, De Rosa CJ, Rohrbach LA, Ennett S, Harvey SM, Clatts M, Iverson E, Kipke MD. Gender differences in HIV risk behaviors among young injectors and their social network members. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2002; 28(3):453-75. View in: PubMed

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