Dana Carroll, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Dana Carroll

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-624-0132

Office Address:
Mayo, 1232

Mailing Address:
Envrn Health Sciences (SPH)
MMC 807 Mayo
8807A (Campus Delivery Code)
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2017

MPH, Epidemiology, Kent State University, 2013

BS, Molecular Genetics, The Ohio State University, 2007


I am an epidemiologist committed to reducing health disparities particularly driven by commercial tobacco use. My research spans a continuum from analyses of large epidemiologic surveys to clinical trials and community-based participatory research. Over the past several years I have had the opportunity to collaborate with multiple American Indian communities on projects examining susceptibility to smoking and lung cancer through analyses of genetic data and biomarkers. More recently I have been working with American Indian communities on developing personalized and cultural-tailored approaches to smoking cessation. I also conduct research to inform tobacco regulatory science efforts. 


Epidemiological research methods; health disparities; tobacco prevention and control; tobacco regulatory science; biomarkers of tobacco use and cancer risk; community cancer prevention and control

Awards & Recognition

  • Delta Omega Honorary Society, Xi Chapter

Professional Associations

  • Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco


Research Funding Grants

  • 8/2020-2/2025, NIH/NIMHD K01 “Laying the Foundation for Personalized Smoking Cessation Treatment in the American Indian Population", Principal Investigator
  • 6/2020-5/2023, NIH/NIDA R01 “Impact of sugars on tobacco product toxicity and abuse liability", Co-Investigator 
  • 1/2020-1/2021, UMN/CENIC pilot projects program “ Impact of low nicotine educational messaging on smokers’ perceptions and behavior " Principal Investigator
  • 11/2019-08/2022, NIH/NCI P01 “Consortium on Methods Evaluating Tobacco (COMET): Filter Ventilation and Product Standards”, Co-Investigator
  • 11/2019-02/2022, NIH/NIDA U54 “Evaluating New Nicotine Standards for Cigarettes”, Co-Investigator
  • 6/2018-06/2019, NIH/NIDA T32 “Training in Neuroimmune/Neurobehavior Addiction Research”, Postdoctoral Trainee
  • 7/2016-6/2017, NIH/NIDA R36 “ Nicotine Metabolism in American Indian Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Users " Principal Investigator   


  • Carroll DM, Murphy SE, Benowitz NL, Strasser AA, Kotlyar M, Hecht SS, Carmella SG,McClernon J, Pacek LR, Dermody SS, Vandrey RG, Donny EC, and Hatsukami DK.Relationships between nicotine metabolite ratio and a panel of exposure andeffect biomarkers: findings from two studies of U.S. commercial cigarette smokers. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 April (29) (4) 871-879
  • Hatsukami DK and Carroll DM. Tobacco Harm Reduction: Past History, Current Controversies, and a Proposed Approach for the Future. Preventive Medicine. 23 2020 April, 106099
  • Carroll DM, Strayer L, Nardone N, Pacek LR, Kozink RV, Tessier K, McClernon J, Benowitz N, Bickel WK, and Hatsukami D. An Experimental Tobacco and Nicotine Product Marketplace: A Platform for Testing Policies and Regulations. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2019, ntz195, https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntz195
  • Carroll DM, Soto C, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Huang LL, Lienemann BA, Meissner HI, Rose SW, Unger JB, Cruz TB. Tobacco Industry Marketing Exposure and Commercial Tobacco Product Use Disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Subst Use Misuse. 2019 Sep 23:1-10. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2019.1664589. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Carroll DM, Allenzara A, Jensen J, Stepanov I, Hecht S, Murphy S, Lou X, Donny E, and Hatsukami D. Biomarkers of Tobacco-Related Exposure and Potential among Cigarette Smokers of the Natural American Spirit Brand. Tobacco Regulatory Science. 2019, 5(4):339-351.
  • Carroll DM, Wagener TL, Brame LS, Stephens LD, Thompson DM, Beebe LA. Nicotine Metabolism and Tobacco Consumption, and Carcinogen Exposure among American Indians. Addictive Behaviors. 2018, 10.1016/j.addbeh.2018. 10.038
  • Carroll DM, Wagener TL, Stephens LD, Thompson DM, Peck JD, Campbell JE, Beebe LA. (2018) Electronic nicotine delivery system use behavior and loss of autonomy among American Indians- results from an observational pilot study. BMJ Open. 2018, 7(12):e018469
  • Carroll DM, Wagener TL, Peck JD, Brame LB, Thompson DM, Stephens LD, Campbell JE, Beebe LA. Biomarkers of exposure in ENDS users, smokers, and dual users of American Indian descent. Tob Regul Sci. 2018, 4(2):3-15.

Community Engagement

I strongly believe that everyone should be talking about health disparities. There is often a large gap between academy and the communities that are most in need. For this reason, I strive to engage and build relationships rooted in trust and cultural humility with American Indian tribes and other health disparity populations throughout my research.