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Health Behavior, Society & Policy

Faculty Profile

  • Julia C. Chen-Sankey, PhD MPP

  • Assistant Professor

  • Department of Health Behavior, Society and Policy

  • CV


Tobacco Marketing; Flavored Tobacco; Tobacco Policy; Emerging Tobacco Products; Health Disparities; Health Equity; Minority Health

Dr. Chen-Sankey received a Master of Public Policy degree (2012) from the Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. degree in Behavioral and Community Health (2018) from the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health. Dr. Chen-Sankey also received pre-doctoral (2017–2018) and post-doctoral (2018–2021) training at the Division of Intramural Research, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health. She previously worked as a research analyst at the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she produced multiple health disparity reports informing state and local policymakers on improving minority health.

Research Highlights

Dr. Chen-Sankey is a social and behavioral public health scientist. Dr. Chen-Sankey’s research broadly involves investigating the influence of flavored tobacco use and tobacco marketing among youth and young adults, as well as cigar use disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations. She is particularly interested in the intersection of tobacco use, tobacco policy, and health equity. Dr. Chen-Sankey is a recipient of the NCI/FDA Pathway to Independence Award in Tobacco Regulatory Science (K99/R00), for which she examines the influence of tobacco marketing features on young adults’ neurocognitive reactions and intentions of using tobacco. Dr. Chen-Sankey is also a recipient of the NIMHD William Coleman Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award, for which she investigated the social, physical, and contextual environmental risk factors of cigar and blunt smoking among Black young adults. Other past and ongoing research projects involve assessing the effects of tobacco marketing features and claims, evaluating the impact of local- and national-level tobacco control policies, and examining the perceptions and use patterns of new tobacco products that are appealing to youth, young adults, and other high-priority populations. 

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