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James D. Sargent, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Community and Family Medicine
Scott M. and Lisa G. Stuart Professor of Pediatric Oncology
Co-Director, Cancer Control Research Program
Norris Cotton Cancer Center

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:


Recall, appeal and willingness to try cigarettes with flavour capsules: assessing the impact of a tobacco product innovation among early adolescents.
Abad-Vivero EN, Thrasher JF, Arillo-Santillan E, Perez-Hernandez R, Barrientos-Gutierrez I, Kollath-Cattano C, Mejia R, Sargent JD
Tob Control. 2016 Apr 8; pii: tobaccocontrol-2015-052805. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-052805. Epub 2016 Apr 8.
PMID: 27060099

Smoking, vaping, eating: Is legalization impacting the way people use cannabis?
Borodovsky JT, Crosier BS, Lee DC, Sargent JD, Budney AJ
Int J Drug Policy. 2016 Mar 2; pii: S0955-3959(16)30054-8. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.02.022. Epub 2016 Mar 2.
PMID: 26992484

Prevalence and Correlates of E-Cigarette Perceptions and Trial Among Early Adolescents in Mexico.
Thrasher JF, Abad-Vivero EN, Barrientos-Gutierrez I, Perez-Hernandez R, Reynales-Shigematsu LM, Mejia R, Arillo-Santillan E, Hernandez-Ávila M, Sargent JD
J Adolesc Health. 2016 Mar;58(3):358-65. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.11.008.
PMID: 26903433

Exposure to Alcohol Use in Motion Pictures and Teen Drinking in Latin America.
Mejia R, Perez A, Abad-Vivero EN, Kollath-Cattano C, Barrientos-Gutierrez I, Thrasher JF, Sargent JD
Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2016 Mar;40(3):631-7. doi: 10.1111/acer.12986. Epub 2016 Feb 9.
PMID: 26857804

Relationship between early symptoms of alcohol craving and binge drinking 2.5 years later.
Morgenstern M, DiFranza JR, Wellman RJ, Sargent JD, Hanewinkel R
Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Mar 1;160:183-9. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.01.008. Epub 2016 Jan 22.
PMID: 26832933

Did limits on payments for tobacco placements in US movies affect how movies are made?
Morgenstern M, Stoolmiller M, Bergamini E, Sargent JD
Tob Control. 2016 Jan 28; pii: tobaccocontrol-2015-052400. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-052400. Epub 2016 Jan 28.
PMID: 26822189

Longitudinal study of e-cigarette use and onset of cigarette smoking among high school students in Hawaii.
Wills TA, Knight R, Sargent JD, Gibbons FX, Pagano I, Williams RJ
Tob Control. 2016 Jan 25; pii: tobaccocontrol-2015-052705. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-052705. Epub 2016 Jan 25.
PMID: 26811353

Online survey characterizing vaporizer use among cannabis users.
Lee DC, Crosier BS, Borodovsky JT, Sargent JD, Budney AJ
Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Feb 1;159:227-33. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.12.020. Epub 2015 Dec 30.
PMID: 26774946

Internet Alcohol Marketing and Underage Alcohol Use.
McClure AC, Tanski SE, Li Z, Jackson K, Morgenstern M, Li Z, Sargent JD
Pediatrics. 2016 Feb;137(2):1-8. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-2149. Epub 2016 Jan 6.
PMID: 26738886

Parental Restriction of Mature-rated Media and Its Association With Substance Use Among Argentinean Adolescents.
Mejia R, Perez A, Peña L, Morello P, Kollath-Cattano C, Braun S, Thrasher JF, Sargent JD
Acad Pediatr. 2016 Apr;16(3):282-9. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2015.11.004. Epub 2015 Nov 22.
PMID: 26615087