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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:


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. 2019 Jan 17;:1-16. 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

Metaanalysis of the relationship between violent video game play and physical aggression over time.
Prescott AT, Sargent JD, Hull JG
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Oct 2;115(40):9882-9888. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1611617114.
PMID: 30275306

Longitudinal associations between youth tobacco and substance use in waves 1 and 2 of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study.
Silveira ML, Conway KP, Green VR, Kasza KA, Sargent JD, Borek N, Stanton CA, Cohn A, Hilmi N, Cummings KM, Niaura RS, Lambert EY, Brunette MF, Zandberg I, Tanski SE, Reissig CJ, Callahan-Lyon P, Slavit WI, Hyland AJ, Compton WM
Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 Oct 1;191:25-36. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.06.018. Epub 2018 Jul 25.
PMID: 30077053

Exposure to tobacco in video games and smoking among gamers in Argentina.
Perez A, Thrasher J, Cabrera N, Forsyth S, Peña L, Sargent JD, Mejia R
Tob Control. 2019 Jul;28(4):427-433. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-053973. Epub 2018 Jul 20.
PMID: 30030410

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