Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study
The Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study is the largest study of its kind to date. This landmark study began in 2016 as a collaborative effort by top researchers across the United States to enroll and follow 11,000+ healthy children from age 9-10 into early adulthood. The project will measure brain maturation in the context of social, emotional and cognitive development. This study has enormous potential to inform prevention, treatment intervention, and public health strategies for mental health and substance use.
ABCD and Air Pollution
Using a team science approach, we lead efforts to leverage existing data within the ABCD study to understand how air pollution exposure may influence brain development and risk for mental health problems in developing children across the U.S.
Air Pollution is a neurotoxin
Emerging findings suggest that small air pollution particles can impact the brain. However, questions remain as to whether the adolescent brain may be especially vulnerable to harmful effects of air pollution.
ABCD Linked External Data Working Group
Leveraging the ABCD study, we are investigating how air pollution may impact neurodevelopment and risk for mental health problems over time.
Impact on Policy
Megan Herting, PhD is co-PI of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) ABCD Study site alongside Elizabeth Sowell, PhD.
Effects of Ice Flavors and Nicotine on E-Cigarette Product Appeal and Likelihood of Future Use in Adults
To test the hypothesis that there will be a main effect of flavor on appeal and intention to use, that there will be an interaction between ice flavor status and nicotine concentration, and to determine if there are effects of tobacco product user status.
To assess the effect of provision of IQOS, evaluate shifts in product perceptions and examine the acute changes via EMA/mobile spirometry in pulmonary functioning upon switching from combustible cigarettes to IQOS.
Evaluating the Influence of Local Flavored E-cigarette Sales Restrictions on E-cigarette and Other Tobacco Use Outcomes Among Vulnerable Populations
To examine the influence of FESRs on e-cigarette use, other tobacco use, and tobacco purchasing location among the historically targeted vulnerable populations