College of Education
Department of Kinesiology & Health Education
2109 San Jacinto Blvd., Mail Stop D3700
Austin, Texas 78712
Alexandra Loukas, Ph.D.
Alex is a Professor and Program Director of Health Behavior and Health Education in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on adolescent and young adult health, particularly adolescent aggression and tobacco use and cessation in disparate populations. Alex has a special interest in examining how factors from multiple ecological levels (e.g., family, school, culture) interact to protect adolescents and young adults from negative health outcomes. In addition to the projects described on the website, she has served as Principal Investigator on studies funded by the National Cancer Institute to examine the associations between stress, depressive symptoms and tobacco use in vocational school students and to test the feasibility of a web-based smoking cessation program for this population.
Shelley Karn, EdD.
Shelley is the Project Director for the Tobacco Research & Evaluation Team with the University of Texas at Austin, Kinesiology and Health Education Department. The projects include community coalition evaluation as well as clinical interventions for systems change for tobacco cessation. Shelley also directs the development and implementation for a statewide college initiative focused on reducing life-long initiation for tobacco use. She has more than 15 years of experience in prevention initiatives including tobacco cessation, cancer control initiatives, comprehensive pregnancy prevention programs, nutrition education, and school health projects. Shelley is a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist and works to incorporate simple solutions to adhere to the requirements of the new reform policy.
Sherman Chow M.P.H., M.A
Senior Research Coordinator
Sherman is the Sr. Research Coordinator for the NIH-funded research study, Tobacco Marketing and Alternative Tobacco Use among College Students. He joined the Tobacco Research & Evaluation Team in January 2014. Before joining the team, Sherman coordinated numerous research studies on childhood obesity in Central Texas. Sherman specializes in qualitative methods and mixed-methods research.
Lara Latimer, Ph.D.
Senior Research Coordinator/Lecturer
Lara is the Senior Research Coordinator on the College Tobacco Initiative with the Tobacco Research & Evaluation Team at the University of Texas at Austin. Lara also teaches Child, Adolescent, and Adult Health, a core undergraduate course in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Education. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Health Education from The University of Texas at Austin, and her B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. Lara has experience with examining nutrition-related behaviors and associated factors among elementary- and middle-school age youth, tobacco surveillance and other health behaviors among college students, and weight-loss with lower-income, postpartum women.
Ann Marie Newman, B.A.
Senior Outreach Coordinator
Ann Marie is a Sr. Outreach Coordinator with the Tobacco Research & Evaluation Team at the University of Texas at Austin. Her primary focus is to coordinate with health care systems across Texas in implementing the eTobacco Protocol. Her responsibilities include community outreach, training and demonstrating the value of the eTobacco Protocol, working with electronic medical records companies, and collaborating with other statewide entities who have an interest in tobacco cessation. Ann Marie’s background is in diversity and inclusion that includes work experience with the American Cancer Society, UNICEF-Mexico, and Kingston Legal Aid Clinic.
Darrien Skinner, B.S.
Darrien is the Outreach Coordinator on the College Tobacco Initiative (Peers Against Tobacco) with the Tobacco Research & Evaluation Team at the University of Texas at Austin. His secondary focus is to coordinate with pediatric health care systems across Texas in implementing the eTobacco Protocol. Before joining the team, Darrien coordinated public relation efforts for the Say What! Texas Middle & High School Tobacco Prevention Initiative conducted by the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University. Darrien was awarded the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids 2013 Western Region Youth Advocate of the Year and was a Fellow for the Truth Initiative in 2015-2016.
Trina Robertson, M.A.
Senior Outreach Coordinator
Trina is a Sr. Outreach Coordinator across projects for the Tobacco Research & Evaluation Team. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 with an M.A. in Education. She has worked on research and evaluation of health promotion and educational programs since 1991. Trina has worked on a variety of projects, including tobacco control, breast cancer screening outreach, health disparities, comprehensive cancer control, school-based pregnancy and parenting education, literacy, and violence prevention programs. Much of her work has involved collaborations between educational institutions, social service agencies, and state and/or federal agencies.
Lou Ann Grossberg, M.A.
Doctoral Student, Graduate Assistant
Lou Ann is a doctoral student in Health Behavior and Health Education and the evaluation coordinator for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition program. She joined the Tobacco Research & Evaluation Team at the University of Texas at Austin in September of 2013. Prior to working with the University of Texas, she was responsible for managing a federal primary and preventive healthcare grant for 14 county health departments. Lou Ann has over fifteen years of experience working in public health planning, program development and evaluation, management, and research.
Tres Hinds, M.S.
Doctoral Student, Graduate Assistant
Tres is a doctoral student in Health Behavior and Health Education and a Graduate Research Assistant with the Tobacco Research & Evaluation Team. She received her M.S. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Texas and her B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point. It was through her service in the Army that Tres became interested in tobacco use among young adults and other lifestyle factors that affect health outcomes. Her interests include camping, weight lifting, and exploring Austin by bicycle.