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Pre-doctoral Fellow
Doctoral Student
Department of Health Behavior
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Primary Mentor: Dr. Kurt Ribisl

Research Interests

My research centers on a variety of tobacco control policies and their potential to narrow racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities and inequities in tobacco use behaviors and their associated health outcomes. I am particularly interested in utilizing spatial methodology to assess how exposure to the tobacco retail environment can impact tobacco use behaviors and how this exposure differs among some vulnerable groups. Finally, I am also interested in evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of policies while collaborating with practitioners and community partners to translate science and research into sustainable practice.

Publications on Tobacco Control

  • Mills SD, Kurtzman R, Golden SD, Kong AY, Ribisl KM. (2018). Cultivating New Directions: The Changing Role of Tobacco in North Carolina’s Economy. North Carolina Medical Journal, 79(1), 30-33: doi: 10.18043/ncm.79.1.30
  • Golden SA, Kong AY, Lee JG, Ribisl KM. (2018). Disparities in cigarette tax exposure by race, ethnicity, poverty status and sexual orientation, 2006-2014, USA. Preventive Medicine, 108, 137-144. doi:
  • Kong AY, Eaddy J, Morrison S, Asbury D, Lindell K, Ribisl KM. (2017). Using the Vape Shop Standardized Tobacco Assessment for Retail Settings (V-STARS) to Assess Product Availability, Price Promotions, and Messaging in New Hampshire Vape Shop Retailers. Tobacco Regulatory Science, 3(2), 174-182. doi:
  • Golden SD, Kong AY, Ribisl KM. (2016). Racial and Ethnic Differences in what Smokers Report Paying for their Cigarettes. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18(7), 1649-1655. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntw033
  • Kong AY, Derrick JC, Abrantes AS, Williams RS. (2016). What is included with your online e-cigarette order? An analysis of e-cigarette shipping, product and packaging features. Tobacco Control. Epub ahead of print. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2016-053061


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