Christy Kollath-Cattano

Public Health Program Director | Associate Professor

Address: Bell 407B


  • Ph.D. University of South Carolina
    • Cultural Anthropology
    • Dissertation: "Reinterpreting Reproduction: An Ethnography on Discourses, Ideologies, and Practices among Midwifery Participants in South Carolina"
  • Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, University of South Carolina
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health, University of South Carolina
  • M.A. University of South Carolina
    • Cultural Anthropolgy
  • B.A. University of California
    • Biological Anthropolgy

Research Interests

  • Substance use prevention and treatment among adolescents and young adults
  • Maternal and child health

Courses Taught

  • HEAL215 Intro to Public Health
  • HEAL230 Global Health
  • HEAL 309 Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health
  • HEAL323 Women’s Health Issues
  • HEAL325 Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation
  • HEAL350 Epidemiology


2020 Kollath-Cattano C, Thrasher JF, Salloum RG, Albano AW, Jindal M, Durkin M, Strayer SM. Evaluation of a smoking cessation patient decision aid that integrates information about e-cigarettes. Nicotine & Tobacco Research (submitted)

2020 Kollath-Cattano C, Hatteberg S, Kooper A*. Illicit drug use among college students: the role of social norms and risk perceptions. Addictive Behaviors. PMID: 32007829 DOI:10.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106289

2019 Zavala-Arciniega L, Lozano P, Kollath-Cattano C, Gutierrez-Torres D, Arillo-Santillan E, Barrientos-Gutierrez I, Hardin JW, Thrasher JF. Frequency and motivations of e-cigarette use among current users in middle school. Drug and Alchohol Dependence. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.107585

2019 Kollath-Cattano C, Dorman T**, Albano AW, Jindal M, Strayer SM, Thrasher JF. (2019). E-cigarettes and the clinical encounter: Physician perpectives on e-cigarette safety, effectiveness, and patient educational needs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. DOI:10.1111/jep.12111

2018 Mejia R, Morello P, Perez A, Pena L, Braun SN, Santillan EA, Gutierrez IB, Hernandez RP, Viveros ENA, Kollath-Cattano C, Thrasher JF, Sargent J. Movies promote tabacco use amongst adolescents: The need for policies to prevent this phenomenon. Rev Asoc Med Argent. 131(1):24-31

2017 Kollath-Cattano C, DeMaria AL, Sundstrom B, Kooper A, Manzi H, McInnis SM**, Cabot JO. Everyone wants a community": A qualitative investigation of the challenges and service needs among college students in recovery. Addiction Research & Theory.

2017   Kollath-Cattano C, Mann E, Zegbe EM, Thrasher JF. Sexual scripts in contemporary Mexican cinema: a quantitative content analysis. Sexuality and Culture. DOI 10.10007/s12119-017-9454-6
2017  Mejia R, Pérez A, Peña L, Kollath-Cattano C, Morello P, Braun S, Hardin JW, Thrasher JF, Sargent JD. Smoking in movies and adolescent smoking initiation: a longitudinal study among Argentinian adolescents. Journal of Pediatrics. 180:222-228.

2017  Barrientos-Gutierrez I, Mejia R, Perez-Hernandez P, Kollath-Cattano C, Peña L, Morello P, Arillo-Santillán E, Braun S, Sargent JD, Thrasher JF. Time trends for tobacco and alcohol use in youth-rated films popular in Mexico and Argentina, from 2004-2012. Salud Pública de México. 59:76-83.

2017   Kollath-Cattano C, Osman, A, Thrasher JF. Effectiveness of pregnancy-related pictorial cigarette package health warning labels among women of reproductive age.  Addictive Behaviors. 66:33-40.

2017   Morello P, Pérez A, Pena L, Braun SN, Kollath-Cattano C, Thrasher JF, Sargent JD, Mejía R. Factores de riesgo asociados al consumo de tabaco, alcohol y otras drogas en la adolescencia temprana en tres ciudades de Argentina. Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría. 115:155-168.

2016   Peña L, Lorenzo-Blanco EI, Pérez A, Morello P, Santillan EA, Kollath-Cattano C, Thrasher JF, Sargent J, Mejia R. Parental style and its association with substance use in Argentinean youth. Substance Use and Misuse. 52(4): 518.

2016   Kollath-Cattano C, Abad-Vivero E, Mejia R, Perez-Hernandez R, Sargent JD, Thrasher JF. Portrayals of character smoking and drinking in Argentine-, Mexican-, and US-produced films. Preventive Medicine. 90:143-147.

2016   Kollath-Cattano C, Thrasher JF, Osman A, Andrews JO, Strayer SM. Physician advice about e-cigarettes for smoking cessation and the characteristics of patients receiving it. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 29:741-747; doi:10.3122/jabfm.2016.06.160092

2016   Thrasher JF, Abad-Vivero E, Arillo-Santillán E, Pérez-Hernández R, Barrientos-Gutierrez I, Kollath-Cattano C, Mejía R, Sargent JD. Recall, appeal, and willingness to try cigarettes with flavor capsules: Assessing the impact of a tobacco product innovation amongst early adolescents in Mexico. Tobacco Control. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-052805.

2016   Mejia R, Perez A, Abad-Vivero E, Kollath-Cattano C, Barrientos-Gutierrez I, Thrasher JF, Sargent JD.  Exposure to alcohol use in motion pictures and teen drinking in Latin America. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. DOI: 10.1111/acer.12986

2016   Mejia R, Pérez A, Peña L, Morello P, Kollath-Cattano C, Braun S, Thrasher JF, Sargent JD. Parental restriction of mature-rated media and its association with substance use among Argentinian adolescents. Academic Pediatrics. 10.1016/j.acap.2015.11.004

2015   Braun S, Kollath-Cattano C, Barrientos I, Mejia R, Morello P, Sargent JD, Thrasher JF.  Assessing tobacco marketing receptivity among youth: integrating point of sale marketing, cigarette brand packaging, and branded merchandise.  Tobacco Control. 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-052498

2015   Hall MG**, Kollath-Cattano C, Reynales Shigematsu LM, Thrasher JF. Inter-rater reliability of measures to characterize the tobacco retail environment in Mexico. Salud Pública de México. 57:514-518.

2015   Barrientos I, Kollath-Cattano C, Arillo Santillian E, Mejia R, Morgenstern, M, Hanewinkel R, Sargent JD, Thrasher JF. Comparison of tobacco and alcohol use in films produced in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.  BMC Public Health. DOI 10.1186/s12889-015-2378-x

2014   Kollath-Cattano C, Abad-Vivero E, Thrasher JF, Travers M, Krugman D, Berg C, Hardin J. Adult smokers’ responses to “corrective statements” regarding tobacco industry deception. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 47: 26-36.

2014   Ahuja R*, Kollath-Cattano C, Schmidt MTV, Thrasher JF. Chilean news media coverage of proposed regulations on tobacco use in national entertainment media, May 2011-February 2013. Tobacco Control. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051861