Alexandra Loukas research focuses on adolescent and young adult problem behavior development, and tobacco use and cessation. She has a special interest in examining how factors from multiple ecological levels (e.g., family, school, culture) interact to protect youth from negative health outcomes. Dr. Loukas is currently funded by NIH to examine the use of alternative tobacco products by adolescents and young adults. She is also funded by the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program at the Texas Department of State Health Services to conduct a variety of community-based program development and evaluation projects.
Loukas, A., Marti, C.N.., Harrell, M.B.., Pasch, K.E.. & Wilkinson, A.V.. (2022). Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) dependence among Texas young adults, 2014-2019: Increasing trajectory after the 2017 surge in vape pod popularity.. Drug & Alcohol Dependence. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2022.109700.
Loukas, A.., Marti, C.N.., Pasch, K.E.., Harrell, M.B.., Wilkinson, A.V.. & Perry, C.L.. (2021). Rising vape pod popularity disrupted declining use of electronic nicotine delivery systems among young adults in Texas, USA from 2014-2019.. Addiction, 117, 216–223. doi:doi:10.1111/add.15616.
Loukas, A.., Paddock, E.M.., Li, X.., Harrell, M.B.., Pasch, K.E.. & Perry, C.L.. (2019). Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Marketing and Initiation among Youth and Young Adults. Pediatrics, 144(3), e20183601. doi:https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2018-3601.
Loukas, A., Marti, CN., Cooper, M., Pasch, KE. & Perry, CL. (2018). Exclusive e-cigarette use predicts cigarette initiation among college students. Addictive Behaviors, 76, 343–347. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.08.023.
Hinds, JT., Loukas, A. & Perry, CL. (2018). Sexual and gender minority college students and tobacco use in Texas. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 20, 383–387. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntx095.
Agarwal, D., Loukas, A. & Perry, CL. (2017). Examining college students social environment, normative beliefs, and attitudes in subsequent initiation of electronic nicotine delivery systems.. Health Behavior & Education. doi:10.1177/1090198117739672.
Bandiera, FC., Loukas, A., Li, X., Wikinson, AV. & Perry, CL. (2017). Depressive symptoms predict current e-cigarette use among college students in Texas. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 19, 1102–1106. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntx014.
Loukas, A., Cance, JD. & Batanova, MD. (2016). Trajectories of school connectedness across the middle school years: Examining the roles of adolescents internalizing and externalizing problems. Youth and Society, 48(557-576).
Loukas, A., Batanova, MD., Fernandez, A. & Agarwal, D. (2015). Changes in use of cigarettes and non-cigarette alternative products among college students. Addictive Behaviors, 49(46-51).
Loukas, A., Batanova, M., Velasquez, C., Lang, W., Sneden, G., Pasch, K., Karn, S. & Robertson, T. (2012). Who uses snus? A study of Texas adolescents. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 14, 626–630.
Tobacco Use Prevention and Control
Texas Department of State Health Services. September 1, 2008 - August 31, 2021.
College Tobacco Initiative
Texas Department of State Health Services. September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2021.
ENDS Use Trajectories from Adolescence through Young Adulthood: A Longitudinal Study of Risk Factors and Profiles.
National Cancer Institute (1R01 CA239097-01); Melissa Harrell (PI), February 15, 2019 - January 31, 2024
Development and Evaluation of a Tobacco Cessation Healthcare Systems Change Model
Texas Department of State Health Services. October 1, 2012-September 30, 2021
Depressive Symptoms and Tobacco Use Trajectories and Transitions across Young Adulthood
National Cancer Institute (R01 CA24988301), May 1, 2020-April 30, 2023.
Social Media, Acculturation and E-cigarette Use among Mexican American College Students in South Texas
National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01 MD017280). July 25, 2022-March 31, 2027.
Dean's Distinguished Faculty Award, College of Education (2018)
Fellow, Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin, College of Education (2012 - 2014)
Cissy McDaniel Parker Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin, College of Education (2011 - 2012)
Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professorship for Educational Research and Development, The University of Texas at Austin, College of Education (2010 - 2011)
Fellow, Lee Hage Jamail Regents Chair in Education, The University of Texas at Austin, College of Education (2008 - 2010)