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Pamela Trangenstein, PhD

Dr. Pamela J. Trangenstein

Pamela Trangenstein, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior
  • 309 Rosenau Hall
  • 135 Dauer Drive
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Dr. Pamela Trangenstein is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior. Her research focuses on structural determinants of alcohol and cannabis use with a special emphasis on solutions that can promote equity. 

Dr. Trangenstein’s areas of methodological expertise include spatial statistics and quantitative methods designed to better link science and policy. She serves as a co-investigator on a survey study that will be the first to comprehensively assess the prevalence, risk factors and consequences of being harmed by other people’s drinking in colleges across the nation. 

The Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol awarded Dr. Trangenstein the Ole-Jørgen Skog Award for the best paper by an early career researcher in 2018. She also received the Gordis Teaching Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School for Public Health in 2016 to design and teach a course on alcohol and social justice. Dr. Trangenstein is a Chapel Hill, NC native.

Honors and Awards

Ole-Jørgen Skog Award for Early Career Scientist

2018, Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol

Gordis Teaching Fellowship

2016, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Global Health Established Field Placement Award

2016, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Teaching Interests

Dr. Trangenstein is interested in teaching courses on structural determinants of health, spatial statistics, methods to link science and policy and programmatic decision making, data visualization and media advocacy.

Research Activities

- Co-Investigator on NIAAA-funded R01 on harms from other people's drinking among college students

- Co-Investigator on a simulation modelling pilot study to model the public health and financial consequences of alcohol outlet licensing decisions

- Researcher on NIDA-funded R01 to examine emergent associations between cannabis promotions on social media and adolescent cannabis use/misuse in six states with legal retail cannabis

Key Publications

Association between state-level alcohol availability and taxation policies on the prevalence of alcohol-related harms to persons other than the drinker in the United States, 2000-2015. Trangenstein, PJ, Subbaraman, M, Greenfield, TK, Mulia, N, Kerr, WC & Karriker-Jaffe, KJ (2020). Drug and Alcohol Review, 39(3), 255-266.

Alcohol advertising and violence. Trangenstein, PJ, Greene, N, Eck, R, Milam, A, Furr-Holden, CD, & Jernigan, DH. (2020). American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 58(3), 343-351.

The violence prevention potential of reducing alcohol outlet access in Baltimore, MD. Trangenstein, PJ, Eck, R, Jennings, JM, Webster, D, Latkin, C, Milam, A, Furr-Holden, CD, Yu, L, & Jernigan, DH (2020). Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 81(1), 24-33.
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Active cannabis marketing & adolescent past-year cannabis use. Trangenstein, PJ, Whitehill, J, Jenkins, M, Jernigan, DH, & Moreno, MA. (2019). Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 204.
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Methods for measuring the association between alcohol outlet access and violent crime. Trangenstein, PJ, Curriero, FC, Jennings, JM, Webster, D, Latkin, C, Eck, R, Jernigan, & DH.  (2019). Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 43(8), 1714-1726.
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PhD, Health Behavior, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2018

MPH, Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014

BA, Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2005

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