VYTP Research Coalition Annual Meeting

March 23 & 24, 2022 

Hybrid Event in Richmond, Virginia and on Zoom 

Jonah L. Larrick Student Center

Address: 900 Turpin Street
Richmond, VA 23284

Room Location: Court End Ballroom A

Map (#24 on page 4)

Parking (#36 on map link)

Zoom Link 

 Meeting ID: 726 980 8323

Printer friendly conference agenda


Day 1, March 23 
9:30 to 10:00 Arrival and Registration. 
10:00 to 10:15 Welcome and Introductions—J. Randy Koch (VCU)
10:15 to 10:30 VFHY Update—Marge White and Karin Addison (VFHY)
10:30 to 12:00 Interventions to Prevent or Reduce Adolescent Tobacco Use: 2019-22 Grants (Moderator: Alison Breland)
  • Culturally Enhancing a Motivational Interviewing Intervention for Latinx Adolescents, Rosalie Corona (VCU), Daniel Gutierrez (WM), & Oswaldo Moreno (VCU)
  • Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth Exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences, Sunny Shin (VCU)
  • A Social Ecological Approach to Alternative Tobacco Education, Kelli England (EVMS)
12:00 to 1:00 Box Lunch and Informal Networking
1:00 to 2:30

Keynote Speaker— Carolyn Stalgaitis, Senior Research Scientist at Rescue | The Behavior Change Agency

  • Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Efforts for LGBTQ+ Young People
2:30 to 2:45 Break
2:45 to 3:15 Small Grant Awardee (Moderator: J. Randy Koch)          
  • Protective Effects Against the Negative Impact of Racial Discrimination and Stress on Menthol Cigarette Use in African Americans, Shawn Jones (VCU)
3:15 to 4:00

Late Breaking Data Blitz (Moderator: Alison Breland)

Changes after COVID-19 among people who smoke cigarettes, Mayuri Kathrotia (EVMS)

 A Retrospective Content Analysis of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth's use of Master Settlement Agreement Funds for Tobacco Prevention and Cessation in Virginia, Nancy O’Hara Tomkins (VFHY)

Day 2, March 24 
8:30 to 9:00 Arrival and Registration
9:00 to 9:15 Welcome and Introductions – Alison Breland (VCU)
9:15 to 10:00 Tobacco Control Policy Research (Moderator: J. Randy Koch)
  • Systems Modeling and Simulations for Effective Tobacco Control and Prevention Policies among Youth, Hong Xue (VCU)
  • Systems Simulation Modeling for Youth Tobacco Prevention and Control Research in Virginia, Hong Xue (GMU)
10:00 to 10:15  Break
10:15 to 11:45  Understanding Youth Tobacco Use: Implications for Prevention (Moderator: J. Randy Koch)
  • Profiling Youth Cigar Use in Low SES Communities: A Mixed Methods Approach, Andrew Barnes (VCU) & Caroline Cobb (VCU)
  • Understanding Youth Exposure to Tobacco Marketing in Non-Metropolitan and Rural Settings, Bernard Fuemmeler (VCU) & Elizabeth Do (Truth Initiative)
  • Adolescents’ Exposure to and Interactions with Messages about ENDS in Diverse Social Media Formats (Years 1-2), Rose Wesche (VT)
11:45 to 12:45  Box Lunch and Informal Networking
12:45 to 1:45  Interventions to Prevent or Reduce Adolescent Tobacco Use: New Grants (Moderator: Alison Breland)
  • A Risk-Tailored Approach to Connecting Youth with Vaping Prevention and Cessation Resources, Paul  Harrell (EVMS)
  • Testing an Anti-Tobacco Intervention to Reduce Tobacco and Nicotine Use among High School Students, Melissa Little (UVA)
1:45 to 2:15

Legislative Update, Shannon Quinby (TFAV and Tobacco 21) & Brian Donahue (American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and TFAV)

2:15 Final Comments and Adjournment-–J. Randy Koch (VCU)


This research is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Tobacco Products of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under Award Number U54DA036105. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH or the Food and Drug Administration