Assistant Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences
Dr. Barrington-Trimis is an epidemiologist and Assistant Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences at the University of Southern California, and faculty member in the USC Health, Emotion, and Addiction Laboratory, the USC Institute for Addiction Science, the USC Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. After receiving her BA in Philosophy and English (creative writing) from Bucknell University (2007), Dr. Barrington-Trimis joined Teach for America, earning an MA in Education (2009), while teaching high school chemistry in Los Angeles. Dr. Barrington-Trimis left her teaching position to earn an MS in Global Medicine (2010), and her PhD in Epidemiology (2014). From 2014-2016, Dr. Barrington-Trimis completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the FDA and NIH-supported USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS), and in January 2017 accepted a faculty position at USC.
Dr. Barrington-Trimis' research focuses on investigation of the rapidly changing tobacco, alternative tobacco, and cannabis landscape. Her work aims to identify intra-individual psychological, behavioral, and social processes associated with nicotine and cannabis product use in adolescence and early adulthood, and to elucidate the behavioral consequences (e.g., transition to more harmful patterns of substance use) and physiological consequences (e.g., adverse respiratory health effects of e-cigarette use) of varying patterns of cannabis and nicotine product use in adolescence.
Emeritus Associate Professor of Clinical Population and Public Health Sciences
N. Tess Boley Cruz, PhD, MPH, CHES, is an assistant
professor of clinical in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences and the
Institute for Prevention Research at USC. Her
primary research interests are health disparities, public health communication,
health literacy, tobacco marketing and tobacco control.
N. Tess Boley Cruz, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.H.E.S. is an Assistant Professor of Clinical in Population and Public Health Sciences at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. She has been involved in research projects on health communication, health literacy, diversity, and tobacco control, and in teaching and administration for the academic programs of the Keck School.
Cruz is the Director of the Health Communications track of the USC Master of Public Health program, past director of the MPH program during its early years, and currently teaches courses on health promotion, public health communications, race and gender issues in public health. Most recently she has been adapting courses for our new online MPH program. She has also trained health professionals in materials development for low-income populations.Her current research projects include development of a fotonovela on second hand smoke in apartment buildings, comparison of a print and audio-visual novela on obesity, and development of a community-based participatory research project on HIV among immigrant Latino families in Los Angeles. She is also Co-Principal Investigator of TEAM Lab, the California materials development lab in tobacco control.