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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
Co-Director, Cancer Control Research Program
Norris Cotton Cancer Center

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

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:

Cancer Control Research Program
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Rubin 8
Lebanon NH 03756

Office: DHMC Lebanon, NH
Phone: 603-653-9025
Email: James.Sargent@Dartmouth.edu

Assistant: Cindy Patch
Asst. Phone: 603-653-6036
Asst. Email: cindy.patch@dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests:

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

Grant Information:

Project Title: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act National Longitudinal Study
Awarding Agency: Food & Drug Administration
Amount: $2,345,791, Project Period: 09/19/11-09/18/16
Principal Investigator: James D. Sargent, MD

Project Title: Alcohol Marketing and Underage Drinking
Awarding Agency: National Institutes of Health
Amount: $2,938,090, Project Period: 12/15/12-11/30/2017
Principal Investigator: James Sargent, MD and Todd Heatherton, PhD

Project Title: Cinema Smoking and Youth Smoking in Latin America
Awarding Agency: National Institutes of Health
Amount: $1,650,085, Project Period: 08/01/2012-07/31/2017
Principal Investigator: James D. Sargent, MD

Project Title: Visual Media Influences on Adolescent Smoking Behavior (renewal)
Awarding Agency: National Institutes of Health
Amount: $3,401,428 Project Period: 05/01/07-04/30/13
Principal Investigator: James D. Sargent, MD

Project Title: Media Influences on Early Onset Alcohol Use
Awarding Agency: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Amount: $1,114,213, Project Period: 05/01/05-07/31/13
Principal Investigator: James D. Sargent, MD

Project Title: Assessment of Causality Between Exposure To Tobacco Use In Bollywood Movies And Tobacco Use Among Indian Adolescents
Awarding Agency: Fogarty International Center
Amount: $107,000 Project Period: 07/01/11-06/30/13
Principal Investigator: Monika Aurora PhD
Role in study: Co-investigator, unfunded

Project Title: Self-Control as a Moderator for Effects of Mass Media on Adolescent Substance Use, R01 CA153154-01
Awarding Agency: National Institutes of Health--NCI
Amount: $232,191, Project Period: 07/01/10-06/30/15
Principal Investigator: Thomas Wills, PhD
Role in study: Co-investigator, 8% effort

Courses Taught:

Undergraduates Course Psych 53
Adolescent Risk Behaviors
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:


Quantifying population-level health benefits and harms of e-cigarette use in the United States.
Soneji SS, Sung HY, Primack BA, Pierce JP, Sargent JD
PLoS One. 2018;13(3):e0193328. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193328. Epub 2018 Mar 14.
PMID: 29538396

Predictive validity of the tobacco marketing receptivity index among non-smoking youth.
Braun S, Abad-Vivero EN, Mejia R, Barrientos I, Sargent JD, Thrasher JF
Addict Behav. 2018 Feb 2;80:150-153. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.01.020. Epub 2018 Feb 2.
PMID: 29407686

Flavour capsule cigarette use among US adult cigarette smokers.
Emond JA, Soneji S, Brunette MF, Sargent JD
Tob Control. 2018 Jan 23; pii: tobaccocontrol-2017-054198. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-054198. Epub 2018 Jan 23.
PMID: 29363609

Peer Norms and Susceptibility Mediate the Effect of Movie Alcohol Exposure on Alcohol Initiation in Adolescents.
Janssen T, Cox MJ, Merrill JE, Barnett NP, Sargent JD, Jackson KM
Psychol Addict Behav. 2017 Dec 18; doi: 10.1037/adb0000338. Epub 2017 Dec 18.
PMID: 29251950

Initiation of Traditional Cigarette Smoking after Electronic Cigarette Use Among Tobacco-Naive US Young Adults.
Primack BA, Shensa A, Sidani JE, Hoffman BL, Soneji S, Sargent JD, Hoffman RM, Fine MJ
Am J Med. 2017 Dec 11; pii: S0002-9343(17)31185-3. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2017.11.005. Epub 2017 Dec 11.
PMID: 29242110

Brain Reward Responses Are Behaviorally Relevant: The Authors Respond.
Courtney AL, Rapuano KM, Sargent JD, Heatherton TF, Kelley WM
J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2018 Jan;79(1):41-42.
PMID: 29227229

Reward System Activation in Response to Alcohol Advertisements Predicts College Drinking.
Courtney AL, Rapuano KM, Sargent JD, Heatherton TF, Kelley WM
J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2018 Jan;79(1):29-38.
PMID: 29227227

A longitudinal study of electronic cigarette use and onset of conventional cigarette smoking and marijuana use among Mexican adolescents.
Lozano P, Barrientos-Gutierrez I, Arillo-Santillan E, Morello P, Mejia R, Sargent JD, Thrasher JF
Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 Nov 1;180:427-430. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.09.001. Epub 2017 Sep 28.
PMID: 28988005

Co-occurrence of tobacco product use, substance use, and mental health problems among youth: Findings from wave 1 (2013-2014) of the population assessment of tobacco and health (PATH) study.
Conway KP, Green VR, Kasza KA, Silveira ML, Borek N, Kimmel HL, Sargent JD, Stanton CA, Lambert E, Hilmi N, Reissig CJ, Jackson KJ, Tanski SE, Maklan D, Hyland AJ, Compton WM
Addict Behav. 2018 Jan;76:208-217. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.08.009. Epub 2017 Aug 18.
PMID: 28846942

U.S. cannabis legalization and use of vaping and edible products among youth.
Borodovsky JT, Lee DC, Crosier BS, Gabrielli JL, Sargent JD, Budney AJ
Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 Aug 1;177:299-306. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.02.017. Epub 2017 Jun 9.
PMID: 28662974