Catherine Hess

Catherine Hess
California Department of Public Health | CDPH · Substance and Addiction Prevention Branch

PhD

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Introduction
Currently I am a research scientist and epidemiologist in cannabis surveillance for CDPH. My recent research has focused on ENDS and includes chemical evaluation of e-liquids and aerosol as well as quantitative and qualitative analysis of tobacco use from a social/behavioral perspective. My previous research involved environmental and social epidemiology of inorganic pollution and racial segregation in apartheid South Africa.
Additional affiliations
April 2020 - present
California Department of Public Health
Position
  • Research Scientist
Description
  • Lead cannabis surveillance epidemiologist for the Substance and Addiction Prevention Branch, California Department of Public Health.
September 2017 - April 2020
California Department of Public Health
Position
  • Researcher
September 2017 - present
University of California, Davis
Position
  • Analyst
Education
October 2008 - May 2013
Bournemouth University
Field of study
  • Biolological Anthropology
October 2000 - February 2002
University of Cambridge
Field of study
  • Biolological Anthropology
September 1995 - June 2000
University of California, Davis
Field of study
  • Anthropology

Publications

Publications (20)
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Purpose To examine the chemical composition of JUUL pods collected from a convenience sample of 16 high schools in California to identify possible consumer modification or counterfeit use. Methods Using Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry, we quantitatively analyzed the nicotine, propylene glycol (PG), and vegetable glycerin (VG) in JUUL pods (n...
Article
Introduction: Existing research on youth's adoption of alternative nicotine delivery systems (ANDS) has focused on identifying pathways of nicotine product use, specifically examining whether vaping encourages progression to smoking. Few studies have considered other pathways of initiation. Qualitative studies suggest that meanings of vaping vary...
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Introduction Existing research on youth’s adoption of alternative nicotine delivery systems (ANDS) has focused on identifying pathways of nicotine product use, specifically examining whether vaping encourages progression to smoking. Few studies have considered other pathways of initiation. Qualitative studies suggest that meanings of vaping vary si...
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Pathways and perceptions of e-cigarette use among youth in California Authors: Catherine A. Hess*, Tamar Antin, Prevention Research Center, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, CA, USA Keywords: E-cigarettes, trajectories Significance: Among the primary concerns regarding e-cigarettes is that they may serve as a gateway to smoking, and th...
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Background: Smoking is a known risk factor for alcohol use and nicotine deprivation increases reported urge to drink and the volume of alcohol consumed. Despite falling rates of tobacco use among US adults, alcohol and tobacco use remain highly co-morbid. This research investigates smoking and e-cigarette use on daily ethanol intake and alcohol use...
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Research suggests that Black youth are less likely to use e-cigarettes than their white counterparts, yet little is known as to why. We examined perceptions of e-cigarettes among Black young adults (ages 18–25) to explore the meanings these youth ascribe to e-cigarettes and the role that identity plays in how these devices are viewed. Analysis of i...
Research
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International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Conference, August 2015 - Poster Abstract
Article
Manganese is a potent environmental toxin, with significant effects on human health. Manganese exposure is of particular concern in South Africa where in the last decade, lead in gasoline has been replaced by methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT). We investigated recent historical levels of manganese exposure in urban Gauteng, South Af...
Conference Paper
Exposure to toxic elements and inorganic pollution is a significant threat to public and individual health worldwide. The analysis of archived bone tissue can serve as an invaluable proxy by which to investigate historical exposure to environmental pollution. This project entailed the investigation of bone element concentrations of lead, cadmium, m...
Conference Paper
Human skeletal remains offer vast information regarding individual and population-level health. Biochemical analysis of human remains allows for investigation of exposure to environmental pollutants such as heavy metals. During the latter half of the 20th century biomonitoring of adult exposure to heavy metals was not conducted in Pretoria and Joha...
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Human exposure to lead is a substantial public health hazard worldwide and is particularly problematic in the Republic of South Africa given the country's late cessation of leaded petrol. Lead exposure is associated with a number of serious health issues and diseases including developmental and cognitive deficiency, hypertension and heart disease....
Thesis
Exposure to toxic elements is a significant threat to public and individual health worldwide. Toxic elements such as heavy metals are associated with increased mortality and morbidity in both men and women and are a substantial contributor to neurological deficits and developmental delay in children. Analysis of skeletal material yields important i...

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Project
This qualitative study considers the role of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) in youth cultures, the meanings associated with its use, its connections to conventional smoking, and the practices of ENDS for California adolescents and young adults. Role: PI