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Kelvin Choi M.P.H., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Public HealthDivision of Epidemiology & Community Health

Address 1300 S. 2nd Street Suite 300 Minneapolis MN 55455 Work Phone: 612-626-1799
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Biography

  • Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • M.P.H. in Community Health Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physiotherapy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Kelvin Choi received his Ph.D. in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota with a focus in social and behavioral epidemiology. He was also invited to participate in NIH’s Institute on Systems Science and Health and Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health. He worked as a research associate at the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. Since his doctoral training, he has been interested in marketing and counter-marketing of health risk behaviors. His doctoral thesis focused on the longitudinal trajectories of perceived exposure to smoking in movies and their effect on smoking behaviors among adolescent. His recent research includes examining young adults’ awareness, perceptions and use of new tobacco products (e.g., snus, electronic cigarettes), and the influence of cigarette coupons on smoking behaviors. In terms of counter-marketing health risk behaviors, he was involved in designing interventions to reduce indoor tanning use among adolescents, and disseminating and implementing evidence-based intervention to promote smoking cessation among blue-collar workers.

Expertise:

Alcohol, Alcohol: Prevention, Behavior & Health, Child / Adolescent Health, Community Intervention, Epidemiology, Epidemiology: Social, Health Communications, Surveys, Tobacco, Tobacco: Cessation, Tobacco: Policy, Tobacco: Prevention

Professional Experience

  • 2013-present, Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota
  • 2010-2013, Research Associate, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota

Honors

  • 2013 – Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco New Investigator Award
  • 2010 – Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
  • 2010 – Council of Graduate Students Leadership Award
  • 2009 – Lester Breslow Scholar Award

Research Projects

Increasing the use of smoking cessation benefits by unionized blue collar and service sector workers

Funded by ClearWay Minnesota, this is a collaboration of labor union representatives and faculty at the William Mitchell College of Law and the University of Minnesota to develop a health communication intervention to increase the use of smoking cessation benefits among participants of Taft-Hartley fund.

Role: Co-investigator 2012-present

Minnesota Adolescent Community Cohort Study

R01 awarded by the National Cancer Institute to Principal Investigator Jean Forster, Ph.D., to study the effects of the state and local tobacco control policy and changes in smoking patterns in adolescents and young adults.

Role: Co-investigator 2012-present

Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey Cohort Study

The goal of the study is to provide detailed information about tobacco use that helps public and private sector organizations develop effective tobacco reduction strategies. Subcontract to ClearWayTM Minnesota.

Role: Co-investigator 2010-2012

Increasing the use of smoking cessation benefits by unionized blue collar and service sector workers

Funded by ClearWay Minnesota, this is a collaboration of labor union representatives and faculty at the William Mitchell College of Law and the University of Minnesota to develop a health communication intervention to increase the use of smoking cessation benefits among participants of Taft-Hartley fund.

Role: Co-investigator 2012-present

Minnesota Adolescent Community Cohort Study

R01 awarded by the National Cancer Institute to Principal Investigator Jean Forster, Ph.D., to study the effects of the state and local tobacco control policy and changes in smoking patterns in adolescents and young adults.

Role: Co-investigator 2012-present

Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey Cohort Study

The goal of the study is to provide detailed information about tobacco use that helps public and private sector organizations develop effective tobacco reduction strategies. Subcontract to ClearWayTM Minnesota.

Role: Co-investigator 2010-2012

Selected Publications

  1. Lazovich, D., Choi, K., Rolnick, C., Jackson, J., Forster, J., Southwell, B. An intervention to decrease adolescent indoor tanning: a multi-method pilot study. Journal of Adolescent Health. In press.
  2. Choi, K., Fabian, L.E.A., Brock, B., Engman, K, Janson, J. Availability and youth snus sales in a large Minnesota city. Tobacco Control. 2013. DOI: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050719.
  3. Choi, K., Hennrikus, D., Forster, J.L., Moilanen, M. Receipt and redemption of cigarette coupons, perceptions of cigarette companies, and smoking cessation. Tobacco Control. 2012. DOI: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050539. PMID: 23047886
  4. Choi, K., Forster, J. Awareness, perceptions, and use of snus among young adults from the upper Midwest region of the USA. Tobacco Control. 2012. DOI:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2011-050383. PMID: 22821750
  5. Choi, K., Forster, J. Characteristics associated with awareness, perceptions, and use of electronic nicotine delivery systems among young US Midwestern adults. American Journal of Public Health. 2013; 103(3):556-561. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300947. PMID: 23327246.
  6. Weisman, S.R., Hennrikus, D., Choi, K., Nunn, B., Forster, J.L., Hunt, M.K., Skoog, R., Luneburg, W., Hesse, B. Influencing Taft-Hartley funds to provide tobacco cessation benefits. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012; 43(5S3), S237-S241. PMID: 23079222
  7. Bernet, D., Choi, K., Erickson, D., Lenk, K., Forster, J. Minnesota’s comprehensive statewide smokefree law: short-term effects on young adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012; 43(5S3), S156-S162. PMID: 23079212
  8. Lazovich, D., Choi, K., Isaksson, R. Time to get serious about skin cancer prevention. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. 2012; 21(11), 1893-1901. DOI:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-12-0616. PMID: 22962407
  9. Choi, K., Fabian, L., Mottey, N., Corbett, A., Forster, J. Young adults’ favorable perceptions of snus, dissolvable tobacco products and electronic cigarettes: Findings from a focus group study. American Journal of Public Health. 2012; 102(11), 2088-2093. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300525. PMID: 22813086