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Maryann Pentz, PhD
Professor of Preventive Medicine
Sidney R. Garfield Chair in Health Sciences
Director, Institute For Prevention Research
Preventive Medicine
SSB 302H 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 8227


Kirkpatrick MG, Cruz TB, Goldenson NI, Allem JP, Chu KH, Pentz MA, Unger JB. Electronic cigarette retailers use Pokémon Go to market products. Tob Control. 2017 Jan 02. View in: PubMed

Shin HS, Black DS, Shonkoff ET, Riggs NR, Pentz MA. Associations among dispositional mindfulness, self-compassion, and executive function proficiency in early adolescents. Mindfulness (N Y). 2016 Dec; 7(6):1377-1384. View in: PubMed

Samet JM, Pentz MA, Unger JB. Flavoured tobacco products and the public's health: lessons from the TPSAC menthol report. Tob Control. 2016 Nov; 25(Suppl 2):ii103-ii105. View in: PubMed

Goldenson NI, Kirkpatrick MG, Barrington-Trimis JL, Pang RD, McBeth JF, Pentz MA, Samet JM, Leventhal AM. Effects of sweet flavorings and nicotine on the appeal and sensory properties of e-cigarettes among young adult vapers: Application of a novel methodology. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Nov 1; 168:176-180. View in: PubMed

Warren C, Riggs N, Pentz MA. Executive function mediates prospective relationships between sleep duration and sedentary behavior in children. Prev Med. 2016 Oct; 91:82-88. View in: PubMed

Black DS, Li MJ, Ihenacho U, Nguyen NT, de Fatima Reyes M, Milam J, Pentz MA, Figueiredo JC. Shared health characteristics in Hispanic colorectal cancer patients and their primary social support person following primary diagnosis. Psychooncology. 2016 Sep; 25(9):1028-35. View in: PubMed

Barrington-Trimis JL, Urman R, Berhane K, Unger JB, Cruz TB, Pentz MA, Samet JM, Leventhal AM, McConnell R. E-Cigarettes and Future Cigarette Use. Pediatrics. 2016 Jul; 138(1). View in: PubMed

Barrington-Trimis JL, Berhane K, Unger JB, Cruz TB, Urman R, Chou CP, Howland S, Wang K, Pentz MA, Gilreath TD, Huh J, Leventhal AM, Samet JM, McConnell R. The E-cigarette Social Environment, E-cigarette Use, and Susceptibility to Cigarette Smoking. J Adolesc Health. 2016 Jul; 59(1):75-80. View in: PubMed

Pentz MA, Riggs NR, Warren CM. Improving substance use prevention efforts with executive function training. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Jun 1; 163 Suppl 1:S54-9. View in: PubMed

Pickering TA, Huh J, Intille S, Liao Y, Pentz MA, Dunton GF. Physical Activity and Variation in Momentary Behavioral Cognitions: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study. J Phys Act Health. 2016 Mar; 13(3):344-51. View in: PubMed

Hassmiller Lich K, Frerichs L, Fishbein D, Bobashev G, Pentz MA. Translating research into prevention of high-risk behaviors in the presence of complex systems: definitions and systems frameworks. Transl Behav Med. 2016 Mar; 6(1):17-31. View in: PubMed

Gilreath TD, Leventhal A, Barrington-Trimis JL, Unger JB, Cruz TB, Berhane K, Huh J, Urman R, Wang K, Howland S, Pentz MA, Chou CP, McConnell R. Patterns of Alternative Tobacco Product Use: Emergence of Hookah and E-cigarettes as Preferred Products Amongst Youth. J Adolesc Health. 2016 Feb; 58(2):181-5. View in: PubMed

Barrington-Trimis JL, Berhane K, Unger JB, Cruz TB, Huh J, Leventhal AM, Urman R, Wang K, Howland S, Gilreath TD, Chou CP, Pentz MA, McConnell R. Psychosocial Factors Associated With Adolescent Electronic Cigarette and Cigarette Use. Pediatrics. 2015 Aug; 136(2):308-17. View in: PubMed

Riggs NR, Pentz MA. Inhibitory control and the onset of combustible cigarette, e-cigarette, and hookah use in early adolescence: The moderating role of socioeconomic status. Child Neuropsychol. 2015 Jun 22; 1-13. View in: PubMed

O'Reilly GA, Huh J, Schembre SM, Tate EB, Pentz MA, Dunton G. Association of usual self-reported dietary intake with ecological momentary measures of affective and physical feeling states in children. Appetite. 2015 May 29; 92:314-321. View in: PubMed

Tate EB, Spruijt-Metz D, Pickering TA, Pentz MA. Two facets of stress and indirect effects on child diet through emotion-driven eating. Eat Behav. 2015 May 8; 18:84-90. View in: PubMed

Economos CD, Hatfield DP, King AC, Ayala GX, Ann Pentz M. Food and physical activity environments: an energy balance approach for research and practice. Am J Prev Med. 2015 May; 48(5):620-9. View in: PubMed

Tate EB, Unger JB, Chou CP, Spruijt-Metz D, Pentz MA, Riggs NR. Children's Executive Function and High-Calorie, Low-Nutrient Food Intake: Mediating Effects of Child-Perceived Adult Fast Food Intake. Health Educ Behav. 2015 Apr; 42(2):163-70. View in: PubMed

Little MA, Riggs NR, Shin HS, Tate EB, Pentz MA. The effects of teacher fidelity of implementation of pathways to health on student outcomes. Eval Health Prof. 2015 Mar; 38(1):21-41. View in: PubMed

Pentz MA, Shin H, Riggs N, Unger JB, Collison KL, Chou CP. Parent, peer, and executive function relationships to early adolescent e-cigarette use: A substance use pathway? Addict Behav. 2015 Mar; 42:73-8. View in: PubMed

Tate EB, Shah A, Jones M, Pentz MA, Liao Y, Fridlund G. Toward a Better Understanding of the Link between Parent and Child Physical Activity Levels: The Moderating Role of Parental Encouragement. J Phys Act Health. 2014 Dec 10. View in: PubMed

Shen E, Chou CP, Pentz MA, Berhane K. Quantile Mediation Models: A Comparison of Methods for Assessing Mediation Across the Outcome Distribution. Multivariate Behav Res. 2014 Sep-Oct; 49(5):471-85. View in: PubMed

Huang GC, Unger JB, Soto D, Fujimoto K, Pentz MA, Jordan-Marsh M, Valente TW. Peer influences: the impact of online and offline friendship networks on adolescent smoking and alcohol use. J Adolesc Health. 2014 May; 54(5):508-14. View in: PubMed

Pentz MA. Integrating mindfulness into school-based substance use and other prevention programs. Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Apr; 49(5):617-9. View in: PubMed

Dunton GF, Huh J, Leventhal AM, Riggs N, Hedeker D, Spruijt-Metz D, Pentz MA. Momentary assessment of affect, physical feeling states, and physical activity in children. Health Psychol. 2014 Mar; 33(3):255-63. View in: PubMed

Liao Y, Intille S, Wolch J, Pentz MA, Dunton GF. Understanding the Physical and Social Contexts of Children's Nonschool Sedentary Behavior: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study. J Phys Act Health. 2014 Mar; 11(3):588-95. View in: PubMed

Shin HS, Valente TW, Riggs NR, Huh J, Spruijt-Metz D, Chou CP, Ann Pentz M. The interaction of social networks and child obesity prevention program effects: The pathways trial. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014 Feb 25. View in: PubMed

Dunton GF, Almanza E, Jerrett M, Wolch J, Pentz MA. Neighborhood park use by children: use of accelerometry and global positioning systems. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Feb; 46(2):136-42. View in: PubMed

Sussman S, Garcia R, Cruz TB, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Pentz MA, Unger JB. Consumers' perceptions of vape shops in Southern California: an analysis of online Yelp reviews. Tob Induc Dis. 2014; 12(1):22. View in: PubMed

Tate EB, Spruijt-Metz D, O'Reilly G, Jordan-Marsh M, Gotsis M, Pentz MA, Dunton GF. mHealth approaches to child obesity prevention: successes, unique challenges, and next directions. Transl Behav Med. 2013 Dec; 3(4):406-15. View in: PubMed

Riggs N, Tewari A, Stigler M, Rodrigues L, Arora M, Khubchandani J, Simmons R, Pentz MA. Indian students' perspectives on obesity and school-based obesity prevention: a qualitative examination. Health Promot Pract. 2013 Nov; 14(6):816-23. View in: PubMed

Huh J, Sami M, Abramova ZS, Spruijt-Metz D, Pentz MA. Cigarettes, culture, and Korean American emerging adults: an exploratory qualitative study. West J Nurs Res. 2013 Oct; 35(9):1205-21. View in: PubMed

Jerrett M, Almanza E, Davies M, Wolch J, Dunton G, Spruitj-Metz D, Ann Pentz M. Smart growth community design and physical activity in children. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Oct; 45(4):386-92. View in: PubMed

Huh J, Huang Z, Liao Y, Pentz M, Chou CP. Transitional life events and trajectories of cigarette and alcohol use during emerging adulthood: latent class analysis and growth mixture modeling. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2013 Sep; 74(5):727-35. 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

Liao Y, Huang Z, Huh J, Pentz MA, Chou CP. Changes in friends' and parental influences on cigarette smoking from early through late adolescence. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Jul; 53(1):132-8. View in: PubMed

Pentz MA, Riggs NR. Longitudinal relationships of executive cognitive function and parent influence to child substance use and physical activity. Prev Sci. 2013 Jun; 14(3):229-37. View in: PubMed

Riggs NR, Shin HS, Unger JB, Spruijt-Metz D, Pentz MA. Prospective Associations between Bilingualism and Executive Function in Latino Children: Sustained Effects While Controlling for Biculturalism. J Immigr Minor Health. 2013 Apr 30. View in: PubMed

Dunton GF, Liao Y, Almanza E, Jerrett M, Spruijt-Metz D, Pentz MA. Locations of joint physical activity in parent-child pairs based on accelerometer and GPS monitoring. Ann Behav Med. 2013 Feb; 45 Suppl 1:S162-72. View in: PubMed

Dunton GF, Intille SS, Wolch J, Pentz MA. Children's perceptions of physical activity environments captured through ecological momentary assessment: A validation study. Prev Med. 2012 Aug; 55(2):119-21. View in: PubMed

Dunton GF, Liao Y, Almanza E, Jerrett M, Spruijt-Metz D, Chou CP, Pentz MA. Joint physical activity and sedentary behavior in parent-child pairs. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012 Aug; 44(8):1473-80. View in: PubMed

Durand CP, Dunton GF, Spruijt-Metz D, Pentz MA. Does community type moderate the relationship between parent perceptions of the neighborhood and physical activity in children? Am J Health Promot. 2012 Jul; 26(6):371-80. View in: PubMed

Sakuma KL, Riggs NR, Pentz MA. Translating evidence based violence and drug use prevention to obesity prevention: development and construction of the Pathways program. Health Educ Res. 2012 Apr; 27(2):343-58. View in: PubMed

Riggs NR, Huh J, Chou CP, Spruijt-Metz D, Pentz MA. Executive function and latent classes of childhood obesity risk. J Behav Med. 2012 Jan 5. View in: PubMed

Dunton GF, Intille SS, Wolch J, Pentz MA. Investigating the impact of a smart growth community on the contexts of children's physical activity using Ecological Momentary Assessment. Health Place. 2012 Jan; 18(1):76-84. View in: PubMed

Dunton GF, Kawabata K, Intille S, Wolch J, Pentz MA. Assessing the Social and Physical Contexts of Children's Leisure-Time Physical Activity: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study. Am J Health Promot. 2012 Jan; 26(3):135-42. View in: PubMed

Almanza E, Jerrett M, Dunton G, Seto E, Ann Pentz M. A study of community design, greenness, and physical activity in children using satellite, GPS and accelerometer data. Health Place. 2012 Jan; 18(1):46-54. View in: PubMed

Riggs NR, Spruijt-Metz D, Chou CP, Pentz MA. Relationships between executive cognitive function and lifetime substance use and obesity-related behaviors in fourth grade youth. Child Neuropsychol. 2012 Jan; 18(1):1-11. View in: PubMed

Pentz MA, Spruijt-Metz D, Chou CP, Riggs NR. High calorie, low nutrient food/beverage intake and video gaming in children as potential signals for addictive behavior. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2011 Dec; 8(12):4406-24. View in: PubMed

McClain AD, Pentz MA, Nguyen-Rodriguez ST, Shin HS, Riggs NR, Spruijt-Metz D. Measuring the meanings of eating in minority youth. Eat Behav. 2011 Dec; 12(4):277-83. View in: PubMed

Weaver SR, Cheong J, MacKinnon DP, Pentz MA. Investigating ethnic differences in adolescent alcohol use and peer norms using semi-continuous latent growth models. Alcohol Alcohol. 2011 Sep-Oct; 46(5):620-6. View in: PubMed

Dunton GF, Liao Y, Intille SS, Spruijt-Metz D, Pentz M. Investigating children's physical activity and sedentary behavior using ecological momentary assessment with mobile phones. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 Jun; 19(6):1205-12. View in: PubMed

Rollins BY, Riggs NR, Spruijt-Metz D, McClain AD, Chou CP, Pentz MA. Psychometrics of the Eating in Emotional Situations Questionnaire (EESQ) among low-income Latino elementary-school children. Eat Behav. 2011 Apr; 12(2):156-9. View in: PubMed

Huh J, Riggs NR, Spruijt-Metz D, Chou CP, Huang Z, Pentz M. Identifying patterns of eating and physical activity in children: a latent class analysis of obesity risk. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 Mar; 19(3):652-8. View in: PubMed

Dunton GF, Liao Y, Intille S, Wolch J, Pentz MA. Physical and social contextual influences on children's leisure-time physical activity: an ecological momentary assessment study. J Phys Act Health. 2011 Jan; 8 Suppl 1:S103-8. View in: PubMed

Okamoto J, Johnson CA, Leventhal A, Milam J, Pentz MA, Schwartz D, Valente TW. Social Network Status and Depression among Adolescents: An Examination of Social Network Influences and Depressive Symptoms in a Chinese Sample. Res Hum Dev. 2011; 8(1):67-88. View in: PubMed

Chou CP, Chi F, Weisner C, Pentz M, Hser YI. Initial Status in Growth Curve Modeling for Randomized Trials. J Drug Issues. 2010 Dec; 40(1):155-172. View in: PubMed

Riggs NR, Spruijt-Metz D, Sakuma KL, Chou CP, Pentz MA. Executive cognitive function and food intake in children. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2010 Nov-Dec; 42(6):398-403. View in: PubMed

Leventhal AM, Mickens L, Dunton GF, Sussman S, Riggs NR, Pentz MA. Tobacco use moderates the association between major depression and obesity. Health Psychol. 2010 Sep; 29(5):521-8. View in: PubMed

Wagner KD, Unger JB, Bluthenthal RN, Andreeva VA, Pentz MA. Cognitive behavioral theories used to explain injection risk behavior among injection drug users: a review and suggestions for the integration of cognitive and environmental models. Health Educ Behav. 2010 Aug; 37(4):504-32. View in: PubMed

Riggs N, Chou CP, Spruijt-Metz D, Pentz MA. Executive cognitive function as a correlate and predictor of child food intake and physical activity. Child Neuropsychol. 2010; 16(3):279-92. View in: PubMed

Strachman A, Impett EA, Henson JM, Pentz MA. Early adolescent alcohol use and sexual experience by emerging adulthood: a 10-year longitudinal investigation. J Adolesc Health. 2009 Nov; 45(5):478-82. View in: PubMed

Riggs NR, Chou CP, Pentz MA. Preventing growth in amphetamine use: long-term effects of the Midwestern Prevention Project (MPP) from early adolescence to early adulthood. Addiction. 2009 Oct; 104(10):1691-9. View in: PubMed

Duan L, Chou CP, Andreeva VA, Pentz MA. Trajectories of peer social influences as long-term predictors of drug use from early through late adolescence. J Youth Adolesc. 2009 Mar; 38(3):454-65. View in: PubMed

Riggs NR, Chou CP, Pentz MA. Protecting against intergenerational problem behavior: mediational effects of prevented marijuana use on second-generation parent-child relationships and child impulsivity. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2009 Feb 1; 100(1-2):153-60. View in: PubMed

Riggs NR, Pentz MA. Long-term effects of adolescent marijuana use prevention on adult mental health services utilization: the midwestern prevention project. Subst Use Misuse. 2009; 44(5):616-31. View in: PubMed

Riggs NR, Nakawatase M, Pentz MA. Promoting community coalition functioning: effects of Project STEP. Prev Sci. 2008 Jun; 9(2):63-72. View in: PubMed

DiFranza JR, Riggs N, Ann Pentz M. Time to re-examine old definitions of nicotine dependence. Nicotine Tob Res. 2008 Jun; 10(6):1109-11. View in: PubMed

Jasuja GK, Chou CP, Riggs NR, Pentz MA. Early cigarette use and psychological distress as predictors of obesity risk in adulthood. Nicotine Tob Res. 2008 Feb; 10(2):325-35. View in: PubMed

Riggs NR, Chou CP, Li C, Pentz MA. Adolescent to emerging adulthood smoking trajectories: when do smoking trajectories diverge, and do they predict early adulthood nicotine dependence? Nicotine Tob Res. 2007 Nov; 9(11):1147-54. View in: PubMed

Andreeva VA, Unger JB, Pentz MA. Breast cancer among immigrants: a systematic review and new research directions. J Immigr Minor Health. 2007 Oct; 9(4):307-22. View in: PubMed

Riggs NR, Sakuma KL, Pentz MA. Preventing risk for obesity by promoting self-regulation and decision-making skills: pilot results from the PATHWAYS to health program (PATHWAYS). Eval Rev. 2007 Jun; 31(3):287-310. View in: PubMed

Valente TW, Chou CP, Pentz MA. Community coalitions as a system: effects of network change on adoption of evidence-based substance abuse prevention. Am J Public Health. 2007 May; 97(5):880-6. View in: PubMed

Guo Q, Johnson CA, Unger JB, Lee L, Xie B, Chou CP, Palmer PH, Sun P, Gallaher P, Pentz M. Utility of the theory of reasoned action and theory of planned behavior for predicting Chinese adolescent smoking. Addict Behav. 2007 May; 32(5):1066-81. View in: PubMed

Riggs NR, Elfenbaum P, Pentz MA. Parent program component analysis in a drug abuse prevention trial. J Adolesc Health. 2006 Jul; 39(1):66-72. 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

Riggs NR, Greenberg MT, Kusché CA, Pentz MA. The mediational role of neurocognition in the behavioral outcomes of a social-emotional prevention program in elementary school students: effects of the PATHS Curriculum. Prev Sci. 2006 Mar; 7(1):91-102. 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

Sussman S, Pentz MA, Spruijt-Metz D, Miller T. Misuse of "study drugs:" prevalence, consequences, and implications for policy. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2006; 1:15. View in: PubMed

Grenard JL, Ames SL, Pentz MA, Sussman S. Motivational interviewing with adolescents and young adults for drug-related problems. Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2006 Jan-Mar; 18(1):53-67. View in: PubMed

Pentz MA. Form follows function: designs for prevention effectiveness and diffusion research. Prev Sci. 2004 Mar; 5(1):23-9. View in: PubMed

Pentz MA. A critical unresolved issue in transdisciplinary prevention research. Subst Use Misuse. 2004; 39(10-12):2079-80. 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

Sussman S, Stacy AW, Johnson CA, Pentz MA, Robertson E. A transdisciplinary focus on drug abuse prevention: an introduction. Subst Use Misuse. 2004; 39(10-12):1441-56. View in: PubMed

Crawford AM, Pentz MA, Chou CP, Li C, Dwyer JH. Parallel developmental trajectories of sensation seeking and regular substance use in adolescents. Psychol Addict Behav. 2003 Sep; 17(3):179-92. View in: PubMed

Pentz MA. Evidence-based prevention: characteristics, impact, and future direction. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2003 May; 35 Suppl 1:143-52. View in: PubMed

Nezami E, Sussman S, Pentz MA. Motivation in tobacco use cessation research. Subst Use Misuse. 2003 Jan; 38(1):25-50. View in: PubMed

Li C, Pentz MA, Chou CP. Parental substance use as a modifier of adolescent substance use risk. Addiction. 2002 Dec; 97(12):1537-50. View in: PubMed

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