Tara L. Queen, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Department of Health Behavior
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior


Dr Tara Queen is a senior research scientist and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior specializing in quantitative research methods. Using her training in experimental designs and survey methodology, she leads study development and data analyses on projects related to tobacco use, vaccine communication, healthy aging, and, more broadly, cancer prevention. Dr Queen currently serves as co-lead of the Data Core for the IMPACT Center on Vaccine Communication.

Key Publications

Framing of national HPV vaccine recommendations and willingness to recommend at ages 9-10. Kahn, B. Z., Reiter, P. L., Kritikos, K. I., Gilkey, M. B., Queen, T. L., & Brewer, N. T. (2023). Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 19.

How pictorial warnings change parents’ purchases of sugar-sweetened beverage for their children: mechanisms of impact. Hall, M. G., Grummon, A. H., Queen, T., Lazard, A. J., Higgins, I. C., Richter, A. P. C., & Taillie, L. S. (2023). International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Are state-level income-based disparities in adult smoking declining? Mills, S. D., Golden, S. D., Queen, T. L., Kong, A. Y., & Ribisl, K. M.  (2020). Preventive Medicine, , 133(106019).

Neighborhood disparities in the availability, advertising, promotion, and youth appeal of little cigars and cigarillos, United States, 2015. Kong, A. Y., Queen, T. L., Golden, S. D., & Ribisl, K. M. (2020). Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 22.

Activity engagement among older adult spousal caregivers. . Queen, T. L., Butner, J., Berg, C. A., & Smith, J.  (2019). The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 74.


  • PhD, Psychology, North Carolina State University, 2011
  • BA, Psychology, Meredith College, 2006