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Dr. Allison Schmidt

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Allison Schmidt is a behavioral scientist and public health researcher with experience in tobacco use and substance abuse prevention, especially among young adults. She received her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her B.A. in Psychology from Scripps College. Dr. Schmidt’s research interests lie at the intersection of mental health, tobacco and substance use prevention, and federal and state regulation of tobacco and other substances.

At iRT, Dr. Schmidt joined the Drugged Driving Resources project to develop and evaluate a skill-building drugged driving prevention training designed for substance abuse prevention and highway safety professionals.

Selected Publications:

Schmidt, A. M., Golden, S. D., Gottfredson, N., C., Ennett, S. T., Aiello, A. E., & Ribisl, K. M. (in preparation). Psychological health and trajectories of smoking in young adulthood.


Schmidt, A. M., Golden, S. D., Gottfredson, N., C., Ribisl, K. M., Ennett, S. T., & Aiello, A. E. (in preparation). Responsiveness of young adults to state cigarette excise taxes by psychological health.


Schmidt, A.M., Jarman, K., Ranney, L.M., Queen, T., Noar, S.M., Ruel, L., Agans, R., Hannan, A., & Goldstein, A.O. (2017). Public knowledge and credibility perceptions of the FDA as a tobacco regulator. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntx215.


Kowitt, S.D, Schmidt, A.M., Hannan, A., Goldstein, A.O. (2017). Awareness of and trust in the FDA, CDC, and federal government: results from a national sample of adults and adolescents in the United States. PLOS ONE, 12(5): e0177546.


Schmidt, A. M., Ranney, L. M., Noar, S. M., & Goldstein, A. O. (2017). Development of the FDA Tobacco Credibility Scale (FDA-TCS). Tobacco Regulatory Science, 3(1): 47-55.


Schmidt, A. M., Ranney, L. M., Pepper, J. K., & Goldstein, A. O. (2016). Source credibility in tobacco control messaging. Tobacco Regulatory Science, 2(1): 31.-37.


Schmidt, A. M., Ranney, L. M., & Goldstein, A. O. (2014). Communicating program outcomes to encourage policymaker support for evidence-based state tobacco control. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(12):12562-12574.