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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:


Exposure of 4-year to 24-year olds to tobacco imagery on prime-time Chilean television.
Peruga A, Urrejola O, Delgado I, Matute I, Castillo-Laborde C, Molina X, Hirmas M, Olea A, Gonzalez C, Aguilera X, Sargent JD
Tob Control. 2021 Oct 4; pii: tobaccocontrol-2021-056735. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2021-056735. Epub 2021 Oct 4.
PMID: 34607886

Waterpipe smoking and subsequent cigarette and e-cigarette use: a cohort study.
Hanewinkel R, Morgenstern M, Sargent JD, Goecke M, Isensee B
ERJ Open Res. 2021 Jul;7(3) pii: 00371-2021. doi: 10.1183/23120541.00371-2021. Epub 2021 Sep 27.
PMID: 34589538

Concurrent Use of E-cigarettes, Combustible Cigarettes, and Marijuana.
Wills TA, Leventhal AM, Sargent JD, Pagano I
Pediatrics. 2021 Oct;148(4) pii: e2021050749. doi: 10.1542/peds.2021-050749. Epub 2021 Sep 28.
PMID: 34584003

Validation of an Index for Functionally Important Respiratory Symptoms among Adults in the Nationally Representative Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study, 2014-2016.
Halenar MJ, Sargent JD, Edwards KC, Woloshin S, Schwartz L, Emond J, Tanski S, Pierce JP, Taylor KA, Lauten K, Goniewicz ML, Niaura R, Anic G, Chen Y, Callahan-Lyon P, Gardner LD, Thekkudan T, Borek N, Kimmel HL, Cummings KM, Hyland A, Brunette MF
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Sep 14;18(18) pii: 9688. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18189688. Epub 2021 Sep 14.
PMID: 34574610

First e-cigarette flavor and device type used: Associations with vaping persistence, frequency, and dependence in young adults.
Sargent JD, Stoolmiller M, Dai H, Barrington-Trimis JL, McConnell R, Audrain-McGovern J, Leventhal AM
Nicotine Tob Res. 2021 Aug 30; pii: ntab172. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntab172. Epub 2021 Aug 30.
PMID: 34460934

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

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