Current Research Projects

Personal Automatic Cigarette Tracker (PACT) 2.0 Study

This study is investigating the use of a novel technology for assessing cigarette smoking in the natural environment. The PACT uses data gathered from respiration and hand movements to determine when an individual is smoking a cigarette. Additional data on smoking topography and location within the environment are also collected. Data collection for this project began in fall 2017 and is complete. Data analysis is ongoing and manuscripts are in progress. This project is funded by a R01 grant from NIDA/NIH.

E-Cigarette Clinical Observation (ECCO) Study

This is Ashley Dowd’s dissertation, which is looking at how e-cigarette users actually use their devices in the lab, while in a naturalistic setting. We are looking at a variety of variables that are collected using questionnaires, bio-markers, as well as ad-libitum use while the participant is in a comfortable room for four hours. Data collection for this project is ongoing. RAs on this project may have the opportunity to run participants recruited from the community, conduct phone screenings, flyer, enter data, and generally see how a clinical study session is run.

Dual User Observations (DUO) Study:

Jen Betts’s dissertation involves two studies: (1) an online cross-sectional survey of dual users of tobacco and e-cigarettes, and (2) an ecological momentary assessment study. This dissertation seeks to understand patterns of use of tobacco and e-cigarettes in dual users and which factors may distinguish between use of these products. Real-time assessment of use combined with concurrent examination of contextual and motivational factors that influence dual use will help us understanding why dual users choose to consume tobacco versus e-cigarettes. Data collection is ongoing remotely and is currently recruiting participants. Please contact us at 716-645-0245 or email the study at