Luanne Rohrbach, Ph.D.

luanne rohrbachLuanne Rohrbach, Ph.D. is the Director of the Masters of Public Health program in the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr.Rohrbach is also an Assistant Professor of Research in Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Rohrbach conducts research on school- and community-based tobacco, alcohol, and other drug abuse prevention interventions, prediction of substance use behaviors, and theory-based evaluation of health promotion programs.

Her current projects include 1) an evaluation of the California Tobacco Control Prevention and Education Program, 2) a study of gender differences in predictors of adolescent substance abuse, and 3) a study of HIV risk and protective behaviors among young women who are intravenous drug users. In the past, she has conducted research on coalitions and other community-based drug abuse prevention interventions, as well as the diffusion of effective prevention approaches.

Dr. Rohrbach’s research has been widely published in journals as principal and collaborating author on subjects as diverse as coping with depressive symptoms; evidence-based tobacco use prevention program in California schools; predictors of at-risk youth cigarette use; predicting self-initiated marijuana use cessation among youth at continuation schools; acculturation, social self-control and substance use among Hispanic adolescents; motivational interviewing for adolescent substance use, among other topics.

She received her B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University, her M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health and Health Education from the University California, Los Angeles, and her Ph.D. in Health Behavior from the University of Southern California.

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