Faculty

Jennifer B Unger, PhD
Jennifer B Unger, PhD
Professor of Preventive Medicine
Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
SSB 302 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
Dr. Unger is a Professor of Preventive Medicine. Her research interests include psychological, social, and cultural influences on health-risk and health-protective behaviors in diverse populations.

University of Southern California: Southern California Studies Center Junior Faculty Award for Research on Southern California, 1998

Jacobs Institute of Women's Health: Ortho Pharmaceutical Scholar in Women's Health, 1997

Characterizing Swisher Little Cigar-Related Posts on Twitter in 2018: Text Analysis J Med Internet Res. 2019 Jul 19; 21(7):e14398. . View in PubMed

Cartoon-based e-cigarette marketing: Associations with susceptibility to use and perceived expectations of use Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 Jun 08; 201:109-114. . View in PubMed

Characterising KandyPens-related posts to Instagram: implications for nicotine and cannabis use Tob Control. 2019 May 30. . View in PubMed

A Software Tool Aimed at Automating the Generation, Distribution, and Assessment of Social Media Messages for Health Promotion and Education Research JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2019 May 07; 5(2):e11263. . View in PubMed

Acculturation and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among Hispanic adolescents: The moderating effect of impulsivity Appetite. 2019 Mar 01; 134:142-147. . View in PubMed

Alcohol initiation among recently immigrated Hispanic adolescents: Roles of acculturation and sociocultural stress Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2019 Jan 31. . View in PubMed

Cultural Stress, Emotional well-being, and Health Risk Behaviors among Recent Immigrant Latinx families: The Moderating Role of Perceived Neighborhood Characteristics J Youth Adolesc. 2019 Jan; 48(1):114-131. . View in PubMed

Acculturation and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among Hispanic adolescents: The moderating effect of impulsivity Appetite. 2018 Dec 19; 134:142-147. . View in PubMed

Delivering perinatal depression care in a rural obstetric setting: a mixed methods study of feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 2018 Dec; 39(4):273-280. . View in PubMed

Automated Identification of Hookahs (Waterpipes) on Instagram: An Application in Feature Extraction Using Convolutional Neural Network and Support Vector Machine Classification J Med Internet Res. 2018 Nov 21; 20(11):e10513. . View in PubMed

Cultural Stress, Emotional well-being, and Health Risk Behaviors among Recent Immigrant Latinx families: The Moderating Role of Perceived Neighborhood Characteristics J Youth Adolesc. 2018 Sep 01. . View in PubMed

Adolescent E-Cigarette, Hookah, and Conventional Cigarette Use and Subsequent Marijuana Use Pediatrics. 2018 Sep; 142(3). . View in PubMed

Adolescent E-Cigarette, Hookah, and Conventional Cigarette Use and Subsequent Marijuana Use Pediatrics. 2018 Aug 06. . View in PubMed

Adolescent tobacco coupon receipt, vulnerability characteristics and subsequent tobacco use: analysis of PATH Study, Waves 1 and 2 Tob Control. 2018 Jul; 27(e1):e50-e56. . View in PubMed

Childhood Cancer Survivorship and Substance Use Behaviors: A Matched Case-Control Study Among Hispanic Adolescents and Young Adults J Adolesc Health. 2018 Jul; 63(1):115-117. . View in PubMed

Characterizing JUUL-related posts on Twitter Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 Jun 23; 190:1-5. . View in PubMed

Depression and Alcohol Use in a National Sample of Hispanic Adolescents Subst Use Misuse. 2018 Apr 16; 53(5):716-723. . View in PubMed

Adolescent tobacco coupon receipt, vulnerability characteristics and subsequent tobacco use: analysis of PATH Study, Waves 1 and 2 Tob Control. 2018 Feb 22. . View in PubMed

A Descriptive Longitudinal Study of Changes in Vape Shop Characteristics and Store Policies in Anticipation of the 2016 FDA Regulations of Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Feb 11; 15(2). . View in PubMed

Cultural values associated with substance use among Hispanic emerging adults in Southern California Addict Behav. 2018 Feb; 77:267-271. . View in PubMed

Adolescent tobacco coupon receipt, vulnerability characteristics and subsequent tobacco use: analysis of PATH Study, Waves 1 and 2 Tob Control. 2018 07; 27(e1):e50-e56. . View in PubMed

Acculturation, Mental Health, and Quality of Life among Hispanic Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Latent Class Analysis Ethn Dis. 2018; 28(1):55-60. . View in PubMed

Depression and Alcohol Use in a National Sample of Hispanic Adolescents Subst Use Misuse. 2018 04 16; 53(5):716-723. . View in PubMed

A Descriptive Longitudinal Study of Changes in Vape Shop Characteristics and Store Policies in Anticipation of the 2016 FDA Regulations of Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 02 11; 15(2). . View in PubMed

Characterizing JUUL-related posts on Twitter Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 09 01; 190:1-5. . View in PubMed

Associations between anhedonia and marijuana use escalation across mid-adolescence Addiction. 2017 Dec; 112(12):2182-2190. . View in PubMed

Comparison of Measures of E-cigarette Advertising Exposure and Receptivity Tob Regul Sci. 2017 Oct; 3(4):424-434. . View in PubMed

Delivering perinatal depression care in a rural obstetric setting: a mixed methods study of feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 2017 Sep 07; 1-8. . View in PubMed

Association Between Initial Use of e-Cigarettes and Subsequent Cigarette Smoking Among Adolescents and Young Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis JAMA Pediatr. 2017 Aug 01; 171(8):788-797. . View in PubMed

Changes in the strength of peer influence and cultural factors on substance use initiation between late adolescence and emerging adulthood in a Hispanic sample J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2017 Apr-Jun; 16(2):137-154. . View in PubMed

Correlates of sun protection behaviors among Hispanic children residing in a high UVR environment Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed. 2017 Mar; 33(2):75-83. . View in PubMed

Campaigns and counter campaigns: reactions on Twitter to e-cigarette education Tob Control. 2017 03; 26(2):226-229. . View in PubMed

Association Between Initial Use of e-Cigarettes and Subsequent Cigarette Smoking Among Adolescents and Young Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis JAMA Pediatr. 2017 08 01; 171(8):788-797. . View in PubMed

Cultural buffering as a protective factor against electronic cigarette use among Hispanic emergency department patients Addict Behav. 2016 Dec; 63:155-60. . View in PubMed

A Longitudinal Test of the Parent-Adolescent Family Functioning Discrepancy Hypothesis: A Trend toward Increased HIV Risk Behaviors Among Immigrant Hispanic Adolescents J Youth Adolesc. 2016 Oct; 45(10):2164-77. . View in PubMed

Alcohol use among recent immigrant Latino/a youth: acculturation, gender, and the Theory of Reasoned Action Ethn Health. 2016 12; 21(6):609-27. . View in PubMed

Cultural buffering as a protective factor against electronic cigarette use among Hispanic emergency department patients Addict Behav. 2016 12; 63:155-60. . View in PubMed

A Longitudinal Test of the Parent-Adolescent Family Functioning Discrepancy Hypothesis: A Trend toward Increased HIV Risk Behaviors Among Immigrant Hispanic Adolescents J Youth Adolesc. 2016 10; 45(10):2164-77. . View in PubMed

Correlates of Perceived Smoking Prevalence Among Korean American Emerging Adults J Immigr Minor Health. 2016 10; 18(5):1183-9. . View in PubMed

Commentary: Forces That Drive the Vape Shop Industry and Implications for the Health Professions Eval Health Prof. 2016 09; 39(3):379-88. . View in PubMed

Developmental changes in genetic and environmental influences on Chinese child and adolescent anxiety and depression Psychol Med. 2016 07; 46(9):1829-38. . View in PubMed

Characteristics of emerging adulthood and e-cigarette use: Findings from a pilot study Addict Behav. 2015 Nov; 50:40-4. . View in PubMed

Diminished Alternative Reinforcement as a Mechanism Underlying Socioeconomic Disparities in Adolescent Substance Use Prev Med. 2015 Nov; 80:75-81. . View in PubMed

Adverse childhood experiences and substance use among Hispanic emerging adults in Southern California Addict Behav. 2015 Nov; 50:199-204. . View in PubMed

Determinants of Host Society Acculturation and Its Relationship with Health Behaviors and Outcomes: A New Research and Intervention Framework J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Oct; 17(5):1420-6. . View in PubMed

Association of Electronic Cigarette Use With Initiation of Combustible Tobacco Product Smoking in Early Adolescence JAMA. 2015 Aug 18; 314(7):700-7. . View in PubMed

Depressive symptoms and externalizing behaviors among Hispanic immigrant adolescents: Examining longitudinal effects of cultural stress J Adolesc. 2015 Jul; 42:31-9. . View in PubMed

Developmental trajectories of acculturation: links with family functioning and mental health in recent-immigrant Hispanic adolescents Child Dev. 2015 May-Jun; 86(3):726-48. . View in PubMed

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

Comparing the impact on Latinos of a depression brochure and an entertainment-education depression fotonovela Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Mar 01; 66(3):313-6. . View in PubMed

Cultural and social influences on adolescent smoking dissipate by emerging adulthood among Hispanics in Southern California J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Feb; 17(1):192-7. . View in PubMed

Diffusion of Messages from an Electronic Cigarette Brand to Potential Users through Twitter PLoS One. 2015; 10(12):e0145387. . View in PubMed

Bicultural stress, identity formation, and alcohol expectancies and misuse in Hispanic adolescents: a developmental approach J Youth Adolesc. 2014 Dec; 43(12):2054-68. . View in PubMed

Cultural measures associated with sexual risk behaviors among Latino youth in Southern California: a longitudinal study Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2014 Dec; 46(4):193-201. . View in PubMed

Association of acculturation with drinking games among Hispanic college students Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2014 Sep; 40(5):359-66. . View in PubMed

Acculturation and perceived discrimination: predictors of substance use trajectories from adolescence to emerging adulthood among Hispanics Addict Behav. 2014 Sep; 39(9):1293-6. . View in PubMed

Domains of acculturation and their effects on substance use and sexual behavior in recent Hispanic immigrant adolescents Prev Sci. 2014 Jun; 15(3):385-96. . View in PubMed

Associations between ethnic labels and substance use among Hispanic/Latino adolescents in Los Angeles Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Jun; 49(8):1007-16. . View in PubMed

Do adolescent drug use consequences predict externalizing and internalizing problems in emerging adulthood as well as traditional drug use measures in a Hispanic sample? Addict Behav. 2014 Mar; 39(3):644-51.. View in PubMed

Cultural Influences on Substance Use Among Hispanic Adolescents and Young Adults: Findings From Project RED Child Dev Perspect. 2014 Mar 01; 8(1):48-53. . View in PubMed

Consumers' perceptions of vape shops in Southern California: an analysis of online Yelp reviews Tob Induc Dis. 2014; 12(1):22. . View in PubMed

Developmental trajectories of acculturation in Hispanic adolescents: associations with family functioning and adolescent risk behavior Child Dev. 2013 Jul-Aug; 84(4):1355-72. . View in PubMed

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

A longitudinal analysis of Hispanic youth acculturation and cigarette smoking: the roles of gender, culture, family, and discrimination Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 May; 15(5):957-68. . View in PubMed

A comparison of peer influence measures as predictors of smoking among predominately hispanic/latino high school adolescents J Adolesc Health. 2013 Mar; 52(3):358-64. . View in PubMed

Bullying victimization as a mediator of associations between cultural/familial variables, substance use, and depressive symptoms among Hispanic youth Ethn Health. 2013; 18(4):415-32. . View in PubMed

Conceptual considerations in studies of cultural influences on health behaviors Prev Med. 2012 Nov; 55(5):353-5. . View in PubMed

Acculturation, enculturation, and symptoms of depression in Hispanic youth: the roles of gender, Hispanic cultural values, and family functioning J Youth Adolesc. 2012 Oct; 41(10):1350-65. . View in PubMed

A network method of measuring affiliation-based peer influence: assessing the influences of teammates' smoking on adolescent smoking Child Dev. 2012 Mar-Apr; 83(2):442-51. . View in PubMed

Boosting a teen substance use prevention program with motivational interviewing Subst Use Misuse. 2012 Mar; 47(4):418-28. . View in PubMed

Do cognitive attributions for smoking predict subsequent smoking development? Addict Behav. 2012 Mar; 37(3):273-9.. View in PubMed

A review of cancer in US. Hispanic populations. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2012 Feb; 5(2):150-63. . View in PubMed

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 03; 9(3):660-73. . View in PubMed

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

Acculturation, gender, depression, and cigarette smoking among US. Hispanic youth: the mediating role of perceived discrimination. J Youth Adolesc. 2011 Nov; 40(11):1519-33. . View in PubMed

Correlates of overweight status in Chinese youth: an East-West paradox Am J Health Behav. 2011 Jul; 35(4):496-506. . View in PubMed

Association of the calcyon neuron-specific vesicular protein gene (CALY) with adolescent smoking initiation in China and California Am J Epidemiol. 2011 May 01; 173(9):1039-48. . View in PubMed

Cultural values associated with substance use among Hispanic adolescents in southern California Subst Use Misuse. 2011; 46(10):1223-33. . View in PubMed

Development and validation of a scale to assess attitudes and beliefs about menthol cigarettes among african american smokers Eval Health Prof. 2010 Dec; 33(4):414-36. . View in PubMed

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

A further look at the intergenerational transmission of violence: witnessing interparental violence in emerging adulthood J Interpers Violence. 2010 Jun; 25(6):1022-42. . View in PubMed

Associations between family structure, family functioning, and substance use among Hispanic/Latino adolescents Psychol Addict Behav. 2010 Mar; 24(1):98-108. . View in PubMed

Hum Dev. 2010 Mar; 53(1):26-32. . View in PubMed

Cognitive attributions for smoking among adolescents in China Addict Behav. 2010 Feb; 35(2):95-101. . View in PubMed

Acculturation and sun-safe behaviors among US Latinos: findings from the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey Am J Public Health. 2009 Apr; 99(4):734-41. . View in PubMed

An ecological perspective on smoking among Asian American college students: the roles of social smoking and smoking motives Psychol Addict Behav. 2008 Dec; 22(4):514-23. . View in PubMed

Country prototypes and translation of health programs Eval Health Prof. 2008 Jun; 31(2):110-23. . View in PubMed

BMI as a moderator of perceived stress and emotional eating in adolescents Eat Behav. 2008 Apr; 9(2):238-46. . View in PubMed

An examination of trends in amount and type of cigarette advertising and sales promotions in California stores, 2002-2005 Tob Control. 2008 Apr; 17(2):93-8. . View in PubMed

A longitudinal analysis of stressful life events, smoking behaviors, and gender differences in a multicultural sample of adolescents Subst Use Misuse. 2008; 43(11):1521-43. . View in PubMed

Comorbidity between depression and smoking moderates the effect of a smoking prevention program among boys in China Nicotine Tob Res. 2007 Nov; 9 Suppl 4:S599-609. . View in PubMed

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

Dietary correlates of emotional eating in adolescence Appetite. 2007 Sep; 49(2):494-9. . View in PubMed

Age-related smoking progression among adolescents in China J Adolesc Health. 2006 Nov; 39(5):686-93. . View in PubMed

A randomized intervention of smoking for adolescents in urban Wuhan, China Prev Med. 2006 Apr; 42(4):280-5. . View in PubMed

Cultural/interpersonal values and smoking in an ethnically diverse sample of Southern California adolescents J Cult Divers. 2006; 13(1):55-63. . View in PubMed

J Adolesc Health. 2005 Oct; 37(4):323-9. . View in PubMed

Associations of the UCP2 gene locus with asymptomatic carotid atherosclerosis in middle-aged women Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2005 Mar; 25(3):604-10. . View in PubMed

A new measure of smoking initiation and progression among adolescents Am J Health Behav. 2005 Jan-Feb; 29(1):3-11. . View in PubMed

Acculturation, physical activity, and fast-food consumption among Asian-American and Hispanic adolescents J Community Health. 2004 Dec; 29(6):467-81. . View in PubMed

A family member's job loss as a risk factor for smoking among adolescents Health Psychol. 2004 May; 23(3):308-13. . View in PubMed

Characteristics of adolescents who provide neither parental consent nor refusal for participation in school-based survey research Eval Rev. 2004 Feb; 28(1):52-63. . View in PubMed

A "drug abuse" theoretical integration: a transdisciplinary speculation Subst Use Misuse. 2004; 39(10-12):2055-69. . View in PubMed

A cultural psychology approach to "drug abuse" prevention Subst Use Misuse. 2004; 39(10-12):1779-820. . View in PubMed

Authority-related conformity as a protective factor against adolescent health risk behaviors J Adolesc Health. 2003 Nov; 33(5):320-1. . View in PubMed

Are adolescents attempting to buy cigarettes on the internet? Tob Control. 2001 Dec; 10(4):360-3.. View in PubMed

Adolescent smoking in Wuhan, China: baseline data from the Wuhan Smoking Prevention Trial Am J Prev Med. 2001 Oct; 21(3):162-9. . View in PubMed

California adolescents offer a glimpse into the future of multi-ethnicity Am J Public Health. 2001 Jul; 91(7):1136-7. . View in PubMed

Acculturation and attitudes about contraceptive use among Latina women Health Care Women Int. 2000 Apr-May; 21(3):235-49. . View in PubMed

Attitudes toward anti-tobacco policy among California youth: associations with smoking status, psychosocial variables and advocacy actions Health Educ Res. 1999 Dec; 14(6):751-63. . View in PubMed

Contraceptive use among Latina women: social, cultural, and demographic correlates Womens Health Issues. 1998 Nov-Dec; 8(6):359-69. . View in PubMed

Desired family size and son preference among Hispanic women of low socioeconomic status Fam Plann Perspect. 1997 Nov-Dec; 29(6):284-7. . View in PubMed

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