Open Research and Contributor Identifier
Applied Health Science
Texas A&M University, Ph.D., 2015
Texas A&M University, MS, 2011
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, B.Tech
2021-2023: Principal Investigator, Racial/Ethnic Patterning in Determinants of Vaping Initiation and Trajectory of Use. National Cancer Institute 3R01CA229617-03S1
2020-2022: Principal Investigator, A Pilot to Design a Public Health Promotion Research, Advocacy, and Professional Development Training Program for Public Health Promotion Undergraduate Students, California State University, Stanislaus
2017-2018: Principal Investigator/Mentor, National Study of Nigerian Adolescents' Social and Family Networks: Engaging Young Researchers in Adolescent Substance Use Research, Carnegie Africa Diaspora Research Fellowship, Institute of International Education/ Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Dr. Jacobs' research broadly aims to understand the cultural, biopsychosocial, and environmental drivers of disparities in substance use disparities among adolescents and young adults. Specifically, her current work focuses on examining: 1) nicotine and cannabis vaping (exclusive/ co-use) risks and outcomes among vulnerable populations; and (2) role of human capital development and social connectedness in substance use risk and outcomes.Google Scholar Profile
Jacobs, W., Jeon, K., Goodson, P., & Valente, T. W. (2015). What's Love Got to Do With It? Adolescent Romantic Attractions and Substance Use. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth. 1—9. DOI:10.1080/02673843.2015.1122643.
Jacobs, W., Goodson P, Barry AE, & McLeroy KR. (2016). The role of gender in adolescents? social networks and alcohol, tobacco, and drug use: a systematic review. Journal of School Health. 86: 322-333.
Jacobs, W., Barry, A. E., Xu, L., & Valente, T. W. (2016). Hispanic/Latino adolescents' alcohol use: Influence of family structure, perceived peer norms, and family members' alcohol use. American journal of health education, 47(4), 253-261.
Jacobs, W., Amuta, A. O., & Jeon, K. C. (2017). Health information seeking in the digital age: An analysis of health information seeking behavior among US adults. Cogent Social Sciences, 3(1), 1302785.
Jacobs, W. Bartoszek, L. & Unger, J. (2019). Using the Theory of Triadic Influence to Examine Correlates of Positive Drug Expectancies Among Hispanic Adolescents. Health Behavior Research, 2(4), 9. DOI: 10.4148/2572-1836.1053
Merianos, A.l., Jacobs, W., Oloruntoba, O., Gittens, O. E., & Smith, M. L. (2020). Perceived Severity of Interrelated Cardiometabolic Risk Factors among U.S. College Students. American Journal of Health Education, 51(4), 234-243.
Amuta-Jimenez, A. O., Jacobs, W., & Smith, G. (2020). Health disparities and the heterogeneity of Blacks/African Americans in the United States: why should we care? Health promotion practice, 21(4), 492-495.
Jacobs, W., Idoko, E., Montgomery, L., Smith, M. L., & Merianos, A. L. (2021). Concurrent E-cigarette and marijuana use and health-risk behaviors among US high school students. Preventive Medicine, 145, 106429.
Jacobs, W., Orozco, G., Villanueva, G., & Merianos, A. L. (2022). E-cigarette and cannabis use patterns, depression, and suicide behaviors among US youth: analysis of 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data. American journal of health promotion, 08901171221112927.
Jacobs, W., Merianos, A., & Leventhal, A. (2022). Vaping Motivations: Association of Behavioral Inhibition and Behavioral Activation Systems with Nicotine and Cannabis Vaping among Adolescents. Addictive Behaviors, 107436.