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Welcome to the Epperson Lab!

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Using health behavior theory and a community-based approach, our lab focuses on the following:

  • Targeted health behavior interventions
  • Developing community-driven strategies
  • Social and cultural factors associated with health perceptions and behaviors
  • Underrepresented and/or vulnerable populations, with a focus on Native Americans, adolescents, and those living in rural communities
  • Vaccine decision-making
  • Substance use (e.g., commercial tobacco use)

Recent Publications

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Epperson, A.E., Carson, S., Garcia, A., Casillas, A., Castellon-Lopez, Y., Brown, A.F., & Garrison, N.A. (accepted). A qualitative study of COVID-19 vaccine decision making among urban Native Americans. Vaccine: X.

Epperson, A.E., & Prochaska, J.J. (accepted). Native Owned and Grown or Demeaning and Offensive? American Indian Adults’ Perspectives on Natural American Spirit Branded Cigarettes. Tobacco Control.

Temourian, A.A., Song, A.V., Halliday, D.M., Gonzalez, M., Epperson, A.E. (accepted). Why do smokers use e-cigarettes? A study on reasons among dual users. Preventive Medicine Reports.

Gaiha, S. M., Epperson, A. E., & Halpern-Felsher, B. (2022). Youth perceptions of e-cigarette-related risk of lung issues and association with e-cigarette use. Health Psychology, 41(6), 417–422. https://doi.org/10.1037/hea0001146