The Developmental Risk and Resilience Lab focuses on the prevention of problem behaviors and tobacco use among adolescents and young adults. Two lines of inquiry characterize our work: 1) The examination of risk and protective factors in the development of externalizing (e.g., aggression, conduct problems) and internalizing (e.g., depression) problems of adolescents; and 2) The examination of tobacco use and cessation in adolescents and young adults.


Dr. Alexandra Loukas is part of the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth and Young Adults, housed at the University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus. Dr. Loukas leads a five-year study examining tobacco use and marketing trends at four-year universities and two-year vocational programs with a particular focus on use of non-cigarette alternatives like e-cigarettes, hookah and cigars.