Alexandra Loukas

Alexandra Loukas

Barbie M. and Gary L. Coleman Professor in Education

Health Behavior & Health Education


Office & Hours

Office: BEL 512
Tuesday: 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Or By Appointment



Developmental Risk and Resilience Lab
Tobacco Research and Evaluation Team

Courses of Instruction
Theories of Substance Use and Abuse (undergraduate)
Child and Adolescent Health Psychology (graduate)
Risk and Resilience in Children and Adolescents (graduate)

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
2109 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78712-1415
UT Mail Code: D3700

Full Vita
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The goal of my research is to decrease problem behaviors and tobacco use in adolescents and young adults, with a particular focus on disparate populations. I have a special interest in examining how factors from multiple ecological levels (e.g., family, school, culture) interact to protect youth from negative health outcomes. I am currently conducting studies examining; 1) the feasibility of a web-based tailored tobacco cessation program for students enrolled in post-secondary vocational programs, and 2) the concurrent use of cigarettes with alternative tobacco products by adolescents and young adults. I also work with the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program at the Texas Department of State Health Services to conduct a variety of community-based program development and evaluation projects.




1997 Ph.D. Michigan State University - Psychology (Developmental)


Representative Publications

Loukas, A., Batanova, M.D., Velazquez, C.E., Lang, W.J., Sneden, G.G., Pasch, K.E., Karn, S.S., & Robertson, T. (2012). Who uses snus? A study of Texas adolescents. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 14, 626-630.

Horton, K.D. & Loukas, A. (2011). Discrimination, religious coping, and tobacco use among white, African American, and Mexican American vocational school students. Journal of Religion and Health.  DOI: 10.1007/s10943-011-9462-z

Loukas, A., Ripperger-Suhler, K.G., & Horton, K.D. (2009). Examining bidirectional relations between school connectedness and early adolescent adjustment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38, 804-812.

Loukas, A., Suizzo, M.A., & Prelow, H.M. (2007). Examining resource and protective factors in the adjustment problems of Latino youth in low income families: What role does maternal acculturation play? Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 36, 489-501.

Loukas, A., Suzuki, R., & Horton, K.D. (2006). Examining school connectedness as a mediator of school climate effects. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 16, 491-502.

Recent Awards

  • Fall 2012 – Summer 2014       Fellow in the Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Kinesiology and Health Education
  • Fall 2011 – Summer 2012       Fellow in the Cissy McDaniel Parker Fellow Fund in Education
  • Fall 2010 – Summer 2011       Fellow in the Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professorship for Educational Research and Development
  • Fall 2008 – Summer 2010       Fellow in the Lee Hage Jamail Regents Chair in Education

Current Research Projects and Grants

Loukas, A. (PI). Tobacco Marketing and Non-Cigarette Alternative Tobacco Use Among College Students. R01 part of the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth and Young Adults. U.S. Food and Drug Administration/National Cancer Institute (1 P50 DA036116-01). September 19, 2013 - August 31, 2018. Total award for R01: $3,784,866.

Loukas, A. (PI). Tobacco Use Prevention and Control. Texas Department of State Health Services. September 1, 2008 -- August 31, 2015. Total award: $1,050,000.

Loukas, A. (PI). Development and Evaluation of a Tobacco Cessation Healthcare Systems Change Model. Texas Department of State Health Services. October 1, 2012-August 31, 2014. Total award: $500,000.

Loukas, A. (PI). College Tobacco Initiative. Texas Department of State Health Services. September 1, 2013-August 31, 2015. Total award: $1,750,000. 

Research Interests and Expertise

Adolescent problem behavior development

Interaction of risk and protective factors, with a particular focus on the protective factor of school connectedness

Tobacco use and cessation in disparate populations

Concurrent use of cigarettes with other tobacco products


Boards, Committees and Associations

  • American Association for Health Education
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Society for Research on Adolescence