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James D. Sargent, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Biomedical Data Science
Professor of Community and Family Medicine
Scott M. and Lisa G. Stuart Professor

Additional Titles/Positions/Affiliations:
Scott M. and Lisa G. Stuart Professor of Pediatric Oncology
Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Director, C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth
Geisel School of Medicine

Biomedical Data Science
Community and Family Medicine

Tufts University School of Medicine, MD 1984
University of Oregon, BS 1979

Children's Hospital At Dartmouth
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Quantitative Biomedical Sciences
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice


Contact Information:

Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Rubin 8
Lebanon NH 03756

Office: DHMC Lebanon, NH
Phone: 603-653-9025

Assistant: Jennifer Hebb
Asst. Phone: 603-653-6036
Asst. Email:

Professional Interests:

Adolescent Risk Behaviors
Media Influences
Prevention Studies
Tobacco Control
Early Onset Alcohol Use

Courses Taught:

Undergraduates Course Psych 53
Adolescent Risk Behaviors: Corporate and Environmental Influences
Psychological and Brain Sciences


My science aims to better understand how media and marketing influence health behaviors. For 20 years, I have conducted population based studies of adolescents and young adults, developing survey techniques to capture media and marketing exposures and examining their association with substance use (tobacco and alcohol), aggression and violence, and risky sexual practices. The translational aim of the research is to influence media and marketing exposures during childhood and adolescence by developing individual interventions and influencing policies.

Selected Publications:


Promotion of Meal Premiums in Child-Directed TV Advertising for Children's Fast-food Meals.
Emond JA, Utter H, Eschholz A, Chang V, Gottlieb MA, Sargent JD
Pediatrics. 2021 Jun;147(6) pii: e2020042994. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-042994. Epub 2021 May 10.
PMID: 33972379

Unhealthy Food Marketing on Commercial Educational Websites: Remote Learning and Gaps in Regulation.
Emond JA, Fleming-Milici F, McCarthy J, Ribakove S, Chester J, Golin J, Sargent JD, Gilbert-Diamond D, Polacsek M
Am J Prev Med. 2021 Apr;60(4):587-591. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2020.10.008. Epub 2020 Dec 10.
PMID: 33309448

Trends in the Age of Cigarette Smoking Initiation Among Young Adults in the US From 2002 to 2018.
Barrington-Trimis JL, Braymiller JL, Unger JB, McConnell R, Stokes A, Leventhal AM, Sargent JD, Samet JM, Goodwin RD
JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Oct 1;3(10):e2019022. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.19022. Epub 2020 Oct 1.
PMID: 33021650

Recommendations From the USPSTF for Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents.
Sargent JD, Unger JB, Leventhal AM
JAMA. 2020 Apr 28;323(16):1563-1564. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.22312.
PMID: 32343315

The Relationship Between Exposure to Alcohol Marketing and Underage Drinking Is Causal.
Sargent JD, Babor TF
J Stud Alcohol Drugs Suppl. 2020 Mar;Sup 19:113-124.
PMID: 32079567

Alcohol Marketing and Youth Drinking: Is There a Causal Relationship, and Why Does It Matter?
Sargent JD, Cukier S, Babor TF
J Stud Alcohol Drugs Suppl. 2020 Mar;Sup 19:5-12.
PMID: 32079558

Exposure to Alcohol Use in Movies and Problematic Use of Alcohol: A Longitudinal Study Among Latin American Adolescents.
Mejia R, Perez A, Morello P, Santillan EA, Braun S, Sargent JD, Thrasher JF
J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2019 Jan;80(1):69-76.
PMID: 30807277

Viewing images of alcohol use in PG-13-rated movies and alcohol initiation in Mexican-heritage youth.
Bigman G, Wilkinson AV, Vandewater EA, Daniel CR, Koehly LM, Spitz MR, Sargent JD
J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2020 Oct-Dec;19(4):521-536. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2018.1548319. Epub 2019 Jan 17.
PMID: 30652524

Impact of exposure to alcohol marketing and subsequent drinking patterns among youth and young adults.
Cukier S, Wettlaufer A, Jackson K, Minozzi S, Bartholow BD, Stoolmiller ML, Sargent JD
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018 Aug;2018(8) pii: CD013087. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD013087. Epub 2018 Aug 13.
PMID: 30636928

Mental Health Problems and Onset of Tobacco Use Among 12- to 24-Year-Olds in the PATH Study.
Green VR, Conway KP, Silveira ML, Kasza KA, Cohn A, Cummings KM, Stanton CA, Callahan-Lyon P, Slavit W, Sargent JD, Hilmi N, Niaura RS, Reissig CJ, Lambert E, Zandberg I, Brunette MF, Tanski SE, Borek N, Hyland AJ, Compton WM
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2018 Dec;57(12):944-954.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2018.06.029. Epub 2018 Oct 4.
PMID: 30522740

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