Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology

Research and/or Creative Works

Andrea Villanti, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, at the University of Vermont. She also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Dr. Villanti’s primary focus is on young adult tobacco use, including predictors and patterns of use and interventions to reduce tobacco use in young adults. She also has expertise in translational research to improve tobacco control policy and program decision-making, including tobacco regulatory science. Her work focuses on design, collection, and analysis of population survey data and conducting experiments and intervention trials in large, online samples. Dr. Villanti’s current NIH-funded research projects include developing a smoking cessation intervention for lower-income young adult smokers delivered via mobile app and text messages and examining how young adults’ beliefs about nicotine influence their perceptions of tobacco product addictiveness and harm. 


  • Link to NCBI Bibliography
  • Villanti AC, Feirman SP, Niaura RS, et al. How do we determine the impact of e-cigarettes on cigarette smoking cessation or reduction? Review and recommendations for answering the research question with scientific rigor. Addiction. 2018;113(3):391-404.
  •  Villanti AC, Collins LK, Niaura RS, Gagosian SY, Abrams DB. Menthol cigarettes and the public health standard: a systematic review. BMC Public Health. 2017;17(1):983.
  •  Villanti AC, Johnson AL, Ambrose BK, et al. Flavored Tobacco Product Use in Youth and Adults: Findings From the First Wave of the PATH Study (2013-2014). Am J Prev Med. 2017;53(2):139-151.
  •  Villanti AC, Rath JM, Williams VF, et al. Impact of Exposure to Electronic Cigarette Advertising on Susceptibility and Trial of Electronic Cigarettes and Cigarettes in US Young Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Nicotine Tob Res. 2016;18(5):1331-1339.
  • Villanti AC, Vargyas EJ, Niaura RS, Beck SE, Pearson JL, Abrams DB. Food and drug administration regulation of tobacco: integrating science, law, policy, and advocacy. Am J Public Health. 2011;101(7):1160-1162.
  • Villanti AC, McKay HS, Abrams DB, Holtgrave DR, Bowie JV. Smoking-cessation interventions for U.S. Young adults: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2010;39(6):564-

Associations and Affiliations

Vermont Center on Behavior and Health

Andrea Villanti portrait


  • B.A., Columbia College, Columbia University, 2001
  • M.P.H., Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 2003
  • Ph.D., Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 2010


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