Keck School Faculty

Sabrina L. Smiley
Sabrina L. Smiley
Assistant Professor of Research Preventive Medicine
Preventive Medicine
2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
Dr. Sabrina L. Smiley, Ph.D., M.P.H., MCHES, is an Assistant Professor of Research in the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research at the Keck School of Medicine. Her research employs qualitative and quantitative research methods to examine the connections between risk behaviors, socio-environmental conditions, disease prevalence, and health disparities. Major foci of her work include: (1) tobacco marketing in neighborhoods by race/ethnicity; (2) tobacco use among key population groups (e.g., African Americans, American Indian/Alaska Natives, LGBT, low socioeconomic status, youth); (3) tobacco regulatory science and policy; and (4) leveraging technology to identify substance use and HIV risk behaviors.

Her research has been published in numerous journals such as Tobacco Control, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Tobacco Induced Diseases, Tobacco Regulatory Science, and Addictive Behavior Reports and has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Science Foundation. She was recently awarded funding from the National Cancer Institute to investigate vape shop marketing practices in multiple racial/ethnic neighborhoods and vape shop employee opinions about potential federal regulations on the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of electronic nicotine device systems. She has been the recipient of several awards from professional societies for early-career scientific contributions to the fields of HIV/AIDS, tobacco control, and cancer health disparities. She has also worked abroad with the United States Agency for International Development in Malawi and Tanzania. Moreover, she has a strong interest in the course (HP365: Culture, Lifestyle, and Health) she teaches and she is committed to mentoring students in research.

Dr. Smiley was born and raised in Selma, Alabama – a historic civil rights city that has greatly influenced her interest in health disparities. She has dedicated her career to engaging historically marginalized populations in research aimed at eliminating health disparities and advancing health equity. She received her B.S. in biology from Alabama A&M University, her M.P.H. in health behavior from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Howard University. She completed postdoctoral training at the USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science and the Florida-California Cancer Research, Education & Engagement Center.

Disparities in retail marketing for little cigars and cigarillos in Los Angeles, California Addict Behav Rep. 2019 Jun; 9:100149. . View in PubMed

Point-of-sale marketing of little cigars and cigarillos on and near California Tribal lands Tob Control. 2018 Nov 01. . View in PubMed

Tob Regul Sci. 2018 Jul; 4(4):41-49. . View in PubMed

Tobacco regulatory compliance with STAKE Act age-of-sale signage among licensed tobacco retailers across diverse neighborhoods in Southern California Tob Induc Dis. 2018 Jun; 16. . View in PubMed

Mobile Phone Ownership Is Not a Serious Barrier to Participation in Studies: Descriptive Study JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 Feb 19; 6(2):e21. . View in PubMed

The relationship between past-month marijuana, cigarette, and cigar use among older adults in the United States Tobacco Prevention & Cessation. 2018; 4(6):1-6. . View in PubMed

Comparison of E-Cigarette Use among Menthol and Non-Menthol Smokers: Findings from a Community Based Sample Ethn Dis. 2018; 28(3):153-160. . View in PubMed

Tobacco Regulatory Science. 2018; 4(4):41-49. . View in PubMed

An exploratory analysis of adult daily smokers’ experiences using e-cigarettes in smoke-free places Tobacco Induced Diseases. 2018; 16(November). . View in PubMed

Early Subjective Sensory Experiences with "Cigalike" E-cigarettes Among African American Menthol Smokers: A Qualitative Study Nicotine Tob Res. 2018 08 14; 20(9):1069-1075. . View in PubMed

Sociodemographic correlates of intention to quit smoking for good among US. adult menthol and non-menthol smokers: Evidence from the 2013–2014 National Adult Tobacco Survey. Tobacco Prevention & Cessation. 2018; 4(22):1-7. . View in PubMed

Metadata Correction: Mobile Phone Ownership Is Not a Serious Barrier to Participation in Studies: Descriptive Study JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 04 25; 6(4):e10403. . View in PubMed

Tobacco regulatory compliance with STAKE Act age-of-sale signage among licensed tobacco retailers across diverse neighborhoods in Southern California Tobacco Induced Diseases. 2018; 16(30):1-8. . View in PubMed

An exploratory analysis of adult daily smokers' experiences using e-cigarettes in smoke-free places Tob Induc Dis. 2018; 16:54. . View in PubMed

Comparison of Ecological Momentary Assessment Versus Direct Measurement of E-Cigarette Use With a Bluetooth-Enabled E-Cigarette: A Pilot Study JMIR Res Protoc. 2017 May 29; 6(5):e84. . View in PubMed

Feasibility of Ecological Momentary Assessment of Daily Sexting and Substance Use Among Young Adult African American Gay and Bisexual Men: A Pilot Study JMIR Res Protoc. 2017 Feb 02; 6(2):e9. . View in PubMed

Physician tobacco screening and advice to quit among US. adolescents - National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2013. Tob Induc Dis. 2017; 15:2. . View in PubMed

The Moment Study: protocol for a mixed method observational cohort study of the Alternative Nicotine Delivery Systems (ANDS) initiation process among adult cigarette smokers BMJ Open. 2016 Apr 22; 6(4):e011717. . View in PubMed

Navigating the health care system: a view from the urban medically underserved WMJ. 2008 Dec; 107(8):374-9. . View in PubMed

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