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Jeremy Staff

Professor of Sociology, Criminology, and Demography

917 Oswald Tower
(814) 865-4560
jus25@psu.edu

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Introduction & Projects

"My research and teaching interests lie in criminology, life course studies, and stratification."

Jeremy Staff studies how employment experiences relate to antisocial behavior and school achievement during adolescence and the transition to adulthood. He also studies how problem behaviors in the early life course impact later health and well-being, educational and labor market attainment, and family formation. 

"I have several ongoing research collaborations on how alcohol use in adolescence undermines short- and longer-term success in school, work, and intimate relationships. For instance, in two recent interdisciplinary projects focusing on the National Child Development Study (NCDS), and funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, my colleagues and I identified risks posed by heavy alcohol use during adolescence for adult attainment, as well as demographic groups for whom heavy drinking is most harmful," says Dr. Staff.

"More recently, we are using longitudinal data from the NCDS, the British Cohort Study, and the Millennium Cohort Study to examine critically the links between alcohol use patterns and health and well-being, with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council."

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Recent Publications

Electronic cigarette use in adolescence is associated with later cannabis use

Staff, J.L., Vuolo, M., Kelly, B.C., Maggs, J.L., & Silva, C. P. (2022). Electronic cigarette use in adolescence is associated with later cannabis use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 232. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2022.109302.

Adolescent electronic cigarette use and tobacco smoking in the Millennium Cohort Study

Staff, J., Kelly, B. C., Maggs, J. L., & Vuolo, M. (2021). Adolescent electronic cigarette use and tobacco smoking in the Millennium Cohort Study. Addiction, 117, 484-494. doi: 10.1111/add.15645