Tobacco Studies Program

Current Scholars


copy-of-jake-delbridge-headshot Jacob Delbridge is a second-year Master’s in Public Health student pursuing a concentration in health systems and policy. His specific area of focus is tobacco policy. Jake has worked with the Tobacco and Vapor Product Prevention and Control Program of the Washington State Department of Health and with the American Lung Association in California’s Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing. Jake is passionate about policies and programs that can reduce tobacco-related health disparities and improve community health.

Katherine Garcia-Rosales is a second-year MPH Epidemiology student in the School of Public Health. Katherine graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health in 2015 from the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. Her research interest includes tobacco control, substance abuse, and HIV research with a focus in global health. She is currently a graduate research assistant at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute working on their Virtual Reality Second Life Two-Spirit pilot study to address substance use and HIV risk among substance-using Native American men. She previously worked at the Center for Substance Abuse Research working on the National Drug Early Warning System project that tracks emerging drug issues in the US, and as a Research Program Manager at El Centro de la Raza, developing their CBPR Community Needs Assessment project that is assessing the needs of the Latino population in Seattle and South King County, WA.

Her long-term goals are to research emerging tobacco and substance use issues, such as the rise in use of electronic cigarettes and illicit drugs, and how it is disproportionately affecting different populations.

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Jessica H. L. Elm is a citizen of the Oneida Nation and a descendant of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohicans. She is in her final dissertation year before earning a PhD in social welfare. Jessica’s scholarship centers on American Indian and Alaska Native health disparities/health inequities. Her dissertation examines the relationships between childhood adversity, and smoking and other behavioral- and physical health outcomes among American Indian adults with type two diabetes. Throughout the upcoming academic year, Jessica will be presenting her research and defending her dissertation.


Shahida Shahrir is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Health Services, School of Public Health. Shahida graduated with a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2009. Her capstone research investigated data collected on Tobacco Industry advertising practices and promotional activities and was published in Tobacco Control in 2011. Since 2009, she has worked at the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division at the University of Washington managing studies that utilize data from the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS). Her current research is investigating the use of pharmacotherapies for smoking cessation in a subset of nearly 4,000 smoking Veterans across the United States.

Read about our former scholars here.