Shannon Watkins, PhD

Title(s)Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute for Health & Aging
SchoolSchool of Nursing
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    Indiana UniversityPhD2015School of Public and Environmental Affairs
    University of PittsburghBPhil2009
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    California Tobacco Related Disease Research Program2018  - 2020Postdoctoral Fellowship (PI)
    University of California San Francisco2018  - 2019Dorothy Rice Fellow
    Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management2017Best Poster Award
    National Cancer Institute2016  - 2018Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Arboricultural Research and Education Academy (AREA)2014Travel Award
    University of Pittsburgh2009Graduated with honors
    University of Pittsburgh2009Summa Cum Laude
    University of Pittsburgh2009Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts honor society)
    U.S. Steel Foundation2009Research Fellowship (PI)
    University of Pittsburgh Honors College2008  - 2009Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship
    University of Pittsburgh2005  - 2009Dean's List

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    Shannon Lea Watkins is a scholar of public affairs whose work aims to illuminate social and structural barriers that individuals face in achieving their full health potential in order to inform efforts that promote health equity. Her current work investigates patterns of tobacco initiation, product change, and cessation among youth and young adults, with a particular focus on the role of additive flavors in tobacco initiation, use, and tobacco-related health disparities. Another thread of research has focused on urban environments, particularly understanding social and environmental impacts of citizen engagement in caring for urban environmental resources and evaluating evidence, determinants, and outcomes of urban forest inequity. She approaches her research with an interdisciplinary lens and employs a variety of methodological approaches, including econometric techniques, meta-analysis, spatial analysis, and qualitative methods. A core component of her research program is engagement with public and policy stakeholders and public dissemination of her work.

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    Flavored tobacco initiation among youth and young adults
    California Tobacco Related Disease Research Program Jul 1, 2018 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: PI

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    1. Watkins SL, Thrul J, Max W, Ling P. Cold Turkey and Hot Vapes? A national study of young adult cigarette cessation strategies. Nicotine Tob Res. 2018 Dec 26. PMID: 30590749.
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    2. Watkins SL, Glantz SA, Chaffee BW. Noncigarette Tobacco Products-Gateway or Diversion?-Reply. JAMA Pediatr. 2018 Aug 01; 172(8):784-785. PMID: 29868756.
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    3. Chaffee BW, Watkins SL, Glantz SA. Electronic Cigarette Use and Progression From Experimentation to Established Smoking. Pediatrics. 2018 Apr; 141(4). PMID: 29507167.
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    4. Watkins SL, Glantz SA, Chaffee BW. Association of Noncigarette Tobacco Product Use With Future Cigarette Smoking Among Youth in the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study, 2013-2015. JAMA Pediatr. 2018 Feb 01; 172(2):181-187. PMID: 29297010.
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    5. Watkins SL, Gerrish E. The relationship between urban forests and race: A meta-analysis. J Environ Manage. 2018 Mar 01; 209:152-168. PMID: 29289843.
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    6. Watkins, Shannon Lea Glantz, S.A. Chaffee, B.W.Non-cigarette tobacco product use and future cigarette smoking among youth in the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study 2013-2015. JAMA Pediatrics. 2018.
    7. Gerrish E, Watkins SL. The relationship between urban forests and income: A meta-analysis. Landsc Urban Plan. 2018 Feb; 170:293-308. PMID: 29249844.
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    8. SL Watkins, SK Mincey, J Vogt, S. Sweeney.Is planting equitable? An examination of the spatial distribution of nonprofit urban tree-planting programs by canopy cover, income, race, and ethnicity. Environment and Behavior. 2016; 1-31.
    9. JM Vogt, SL Watkins, SE Widney, BC Fischer.The need to standardize at-planting data. Arborist News. 2015.
    10. JM Vogt, SL Watkins, SK Mincey, M Patterson, BC Fischer.Explaining planted-tree survival and growth in urban neighborhoods using a social-ecological systems perspective: A study of recently-planted trees in Indianapolis. Landscape and Urban Planning. 2015; 136:130-143.
    11. JR Farmer, G Epstein, SL Watkins, SK Mincey.Organic farming in West Virginia: A behavioral approach. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 2014; 4(4):155-171.
    12. Watkins, S.L. Vogt, J Mincey, S.K. Fischer, B.C. Bergmann, R.A Widney, S.E. Westphal, L. Sweeney, S. .Does collaborative tree planting between nonprofits and neighborhood groups improve neighborhood community capacity?. Cities.