Julia Cen Chen-Sankey, Ph.D., M.P.P.

Dr. Priscah Mujura

Division of Intramural Research
Email: Julia.Chen-Sankey@nih.gov
Phone: 301-827-0343

Dr. Julia Chen-Sankey is a post-doctoral fellow at the Intramural Program of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Her research broadly involves investigating the influence of flavored tobacco use and tobacco marketing exposure among tobacco-naïve youth and young adults as well as cigar use disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations. Her first-authored papers and commentaries on tobacco-related topics were featured in prominent media outlets, including CNN, Baltimore Sun, and Second German Television.

Dr. Chen-Sankey is currently serving as an advisory committee member for the Adolescent Network of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT). She previously worked as a research analyst at the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Maryland Department of Health. Dr. Chen-Sankey received her Master of Public Policy degree in 2012 from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. degree in Behavioral and Community Health in 2018 from the School of Public Health, University of Maryland. In 2020, Dr. Chen-Sankey received the William G. Coleman Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award, SRNT Health Disparities Travel Scholarship, and NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors Early Stage Investigator Paper Award. She is also a two-time recipient (2019 and 2020) of the NIH Summer Research Mentor Award.

Selected Publications

  • Chen-Sankey, JC., Unger, J., Bansal-Travers, M., Niederdeppe, J., Bernat E., Choi, K. (2019). The Association Between Marketing Exposure and Subsequent E-cigarette Experimentation Among Youth and Young Adult Never Tobacco Users. Pediatrics.144(5). pii: e20191119.
  • Chen-Sankey, JC., Choi, K. Kirchner T., Butler J., Feldman R., Mead, EL. (2019). Flavored Cigar Smoking Among African American Young Adult Dual Users: An Ecological Momentary Assessment. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 196: 79–85.
  • Chen, JC., Green KM., Arria, AM., Borzekowski, DLG. (2018). Prospective Predictors of Flavored E-cigarette Use: A One-Year Longitudinal Study of Young Adults in the U.S. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 191: 279-285.
  • Chen, JC. (2018). Flavored E-cigarette Use and Past-Year Cigarette Smoking Reduction and Cessation Among U.S. Young Adults. Substance Use and Misuse. 2018 Apr 6:1-15.
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