OU Medicine

Amy Cohn, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, OU College of Medicine

Amy Cohn, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She also is an affiliate member of the OU PRIME (Psychological Research on Information and Media Effects) Lab, which is hosted by the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication in the Center for Applied Social Research.


Cohn’s research program focuses on tobacco regulatory science and smoking cessation interventions, among groups that are disproportionately affected by tobacco use outcomes, including young tobacco users, minority populations, and smokers with mental health and substance use comorbidities. The goal of her research is to identify factors that promote or impede positive behavior, so that these factors can be targeted in policy, prevention, and intervention efforts to deter initiation, prevent escalation of tobacco and other substance use, and maximize cessation efforts. Her research utilizes both epidemiological, survey-based assessment and experimental approaches, like ecological momentary assessment, behavioral economic paradigms, laboratory smoking topography, and cognitive tasks.


She has been Principal Investigator and co-investigator on grants funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the American Cancer Society (ACS).  Her work has been continuously funded by the NIH and/or FDA since 2010.




Degree-Granting Institutions
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, PhD, 2007 Clinical Psychology

University of Georgia, Athens, GA, MS, 2005, Clinical Psychology
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, BA with High Distinction, 2001, Psychology

Postgraduate Training
Clinical Psychology Residency, Brown Medical School, Providence, RI, 7/2007−7/2008
Postdoctoral Fellowship, NIAAA T32, Center of Alcohol Studies, New Brunswick, NJ, 7/2008−05/2010

Grant Funding:

Current Funding

Cohn, A.M. (Principal Investigator), "Measuring young adult appeal for menthol cigarettes using laboratory and intensive longitudinal methods"
R01DA046359-01, 05/01/2018 – 04/31/2021
Total Cost: $1,216,699

Cohn, A.M.  (Principal Investigator), "Characterizing Patterns of Marijuana and Tobacco Co-use in Young Adults Using EMA "
NIH/NIDA R21DA041548, 09/01/2016-08/31/2019
Total Cost: $405,256

Cohn, A.M. (Principal Investigator), "Informing tobacco regulatory policy through laboratory assessment of appeal and demand for flavored tobacco products in young adults"
NIDA/FDA R03DA042010-02S, 04/01/2018 – 08/31/2019  
Total Cost: $ $144,011

Cohn, A.M.  (Co-Investigator), " Exposure to flavored tobacco advertising and associations with future use in young adults: implications for health equity,"
NIH/NCI R21CA208206, 04/01/2017-03/31/2020
Total Costs: $319,039
PI: Rose

Cohn, A.M.  (Co-Investigator), “Optimizing Text Messaging to Improve Adherence to Web-Based Cessation Treatment"
R01DA038139, 04/01/2015 – 03/31/2020
PI: Graham
Total Direct Costs: $2,273,136

Completed Funding (Past 5 years)

Cohn, A.M. (Principal Investigator), "Real-Time Patterns of Smoking and Alcohol Use: A Daily Data Analysis "
Total Costs: $$145,054
09/17/2013 – 01/31/2016

Cohn, A.M. (Principal Investigator), "Nicotine Deprivation and Implicit Motivational Processes of Drinking and Smoking"
R03 CA175870-01A1S1
Total Costs: $74,360

Cohn, A.M.(Principal Investigator), "Appeal and attraction to menthol cigarette smoking and menthol packaging in young adults."
DC Metro Tobacco Research and Instruction Consortium (MeTRIC)
Total Costs: $30,000

Cohn, A.M. (Co-Investigator), "Social Dynamics of Substance Use in Online Social Networks for Smoking "
PI: Graham
Total Costs: $1,259,856

Cohn, A.M. (Co-Investigator), "Development and pilot testing of a multimodal web-based program to address heavy drinking during smoking cessation "
PI: Kahler
Total Costs: $323,614

Cohn, A.M. (Principal Investigator), Characterizing comorbidities among users of BecomeAnEx.org
Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies
Total Costs: $65,000

Cohn, A.M. (sub-contractor), “Counter-Marketing Youth Tobacco Prevention Campaign and Health Reform Media Initiatives”
Center for Disease Control and Prevention via Plowshare Group, Inc, 200-2010-F-37453
Sub-contract PI: Vallone
Total Costs: $73,699
10/01/2010 – 09/30/2015

Selected Publications:

Cohn A.M., Cobb C, Hagman BT, Cameron A, Ehlke S, Mitchell JN. Implicit alcohol cognitions in risky drinking nicotine users with and without co-morbid major depressive disorder. Addictive behaviors. 2014;39(4):797-802.

Cohn A.M., Villanti A, Richardson A, Rath JM, Williams V, Stanton C, Mermelstein R. The association between alcohol, marijuana use, and new and emerging tobacco products in a young adult population. Addictive behaviors. 2015;48:79-88.

Cohn A.M., Johnson AL, Rath JM, Villanti AC. Patterns of the co‐use of alcohol, marijuana, and emerging tobacco products in a national sample of young adults. The American journal on addictions. 2016;25(8):634-640.


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