Tobacco Research and Intervention Program (TRIP) Research

The Tobacco Research and Intervention Program (TRIP) conducts a wide range of tobacco-related research. Among the research areas are: basic research into behavioral and cognitive factors that influence tobacco use; development of improved smoking cessation and relapse-prevention interventions; and development of interventions for unique subgroups of smokers, such as adolescents and pregnant/postpartum women. Research at TRIP has been funded by federal sources including the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, as well as private foundations such as the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and the Skin Cancer Foundation


Smokers in the community may participate in research at TRIP in one of two ways.

  • If they are interested in quitting smoking, they may enroll in a smoking cessation class through the  FreshBreak® Clinic.
  • They may volunteer to participate in an ongoing study of current smokers. The nature of these studies changes over time. Total participation time ranges from less than an hour to several days. Participation may involve being interviewed, completing questionnaires and laboratory tasks, and/or smoking in the laboratory. Participants are often paid for their participation. 

To find out if you qualify for any study currently in progress, call Brenda at 813-745-1751.


Each semester, five to 10 undergraduate USF students volunteer as research assistants at TRIP. Most of these students are psychology majors who receive academic credit for the experience. Students typically work approximately 10 hours per week in the laboratory and attend weekly lab meetings. They work closely with faculty and graduate students. This experience is extremely valuable to students planning to apply to graduate school. In fact, experience of this type is usually required before admission to doctoral programs in psychology. Research assistants at TRIP have successfully applied to graduate programs in clinical, counseling and experimental psychology, as well as medical and law schools.

Typical responsibilities of undergraduate research assistants include: interviewing (by telephone or in person) research participants; running research participants through experimental studies; library research; and data management. A two-semester commitment is required. Qualified students who have served in the laboratory for at least a year may be eligible to conduct honors thesis research at TRIP.

Interested students should send an email to Dr. Thomas Brandon.