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Katelyn Romm, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Katelyn Romm, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Romm is a life-span developmental psychologist with research expertise in understanding sociocontextual determinants of health-risk behaviors, particularly tobacco and cannabis use, among vulnerable adolescent and young adult populations to inform both policy and interventions aimed at promoting health equity. Her current research projects aim to identify a range of individual and interpersonal minority stress factors (e.g., mental health, family stress, community connectedness) contributing to disparities in tobacco and other substance use at the intersection of sexual identity and rurality both over time and in real time using longitudinal survey studies and ecological momentary assessments.

The ultimate goal of her research is to identify factors that predict substance use initiation, escalation, and cessation from adolescence through young adulthood to inform developmentally appropriate, tailored, and culturally congruent prevention and cessation efforts. Methodologically, she has expertise in large-scale survey studies involving both cross-sectional and longitudinal designs, qualitative research, and secondary data analysis of national longitudinal datasets (e.g., PATH), as well as a range of statistical analyses (e.g., latent growth modeling, latent transition analysis, cross-lagged panel modeling, factor analysis, multilevel modeling).


Degree Granting Institutions

  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, PhD, 2020, Life-span Developmental Psychology
  • Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD, MS, 2015, Clinical Psychology
  • York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA, BS, 2013, Psychology

Post Graduate Education

  • Completed a postdoctoral fellowship from 2020-2022 in the Department of Prevention and Community Health within the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.


Select current funding

Principal Investigator
TSET Health Promotion Research Center Seed Grant
Elucidating Real-time Minority Stress Influences on Tobacco Use at the Intersection of Sexual Identity and Rurality: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study
Direct Costs: $100,000

Principal Investigator
Stephenson Cancer Center, American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant
Elucidating Multilevel Influences on Tobacco Use at the Intersection of Sexual Orientation and Rurality
Direct Costs: $50,000

TSET Health Promotion Research Center Seed Grant
Continuing Time-Sensitive Drug Abuse Research: Evaluating the Impact of Medical Cannabis Legalization on Cannabis Attitudes, Substance Use Behaviors, and Related Health Behaviors in Oklahomans
PI: Amy Cohn
Direct Costs: $100,000

Select completed funding:

Principal Investigator
National Institute on Drug Abuse, F32DA055388-01
Parental Influences on Tobacco Use among Sexual Minority Young Adults in a New Market and Policy Landscape
Direct Costs: $67,582.00
May 13, 2022 - September 14, 2022

National Cancer Institute, R01CA215155-01A1
Regulatory Impact on Vape Shops and Young Adults’ Use of ENDS
PI: Carla Berg
Direct Costs: $2,500,000.00
June 1, 2020 - November 30, 2023

Select Publications:

Select publications (*denotes student/mentee author):

  1. Romm, K. F., Berg, C. J. (2024). Patterns of adverse childhood experiences and problematic health outcomes among young adults: A latent class analysis. Substance Use and Addiction Journal. PMID: 38258814. DOI: 10.1177/29767342231218081
  2. Romm, K. F., Berg, C. J., Wang, Y., Cohn, A. M. (2024). Patterns of tobacco and cannabis use among sexual minority females and males from PATH Wave 5: The role of sociodemographic and psychosocial correlates. Substance Use and Addiction Journal. PMID: 38281150. DOI: 10.1177/29767342231222245
  3. Romm, K. F., Ehlke, S. J., Smith, M. A., Vogel, E. A., McQuoid, J. M., Kendzor, D. E., Cohn, A. M. (2024). Cannabis use differences among sexual minority versus heterosexual females and males in Oklahoma: The roles of mental health, cannabis perceptions, and cannabis marketing exposure. Substance Use and Addiction Journal. DOI: 10.1177/29767342231218081
  4. Romm, K. F., Cavazos-Rehg, P. A., Williams, R.*, Dopke, C.*, Cui, Y., LoParco, C., Wang, Y., Duan, Z., Yang, Y. T., Burris, S., Berg, C. J. (2023). Cannabis retailer communication about cannabis products, health benefits and risks: A mystery shopper study of licensed retailers in 5 US cities. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. PMID: 37917012. DOI: 10.15288/jsad.23-00034
  5. Romm, K. F., Cohn, A. M., Beebe, L. A., Berg, C. J. (2023). Disparities in cannabis use outcomes, perceived risks and social norms across sexual orientation groups of US young adult women and men. Health Education Research, 38(6), 513-526. PMID: 37756620. DOI: 10.1093/her/cyad038
  6. Romm, K. F., Cohn, A. M., Wang, Y., Berg, C. J. (2023). Psychosocial predictors of trajectories of dual cigarette and e-cigarette use among young adults in the US. Addictive Behaviors, 141, 107658. PMID: 36812780. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2023.107658
  7. Romm, K. F., Cohn, A. M., Wang, Y., Williams, R., Berg, C. J. (2023). Disparities in trajectories of cigarette and e-cigarette use across sexual orientation groups of young adult men and women in the US. Addictive Behaviors, 145, 107763. PMID: 37295384. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2023.107763
  8. Romm, K. F., Dopke, C.*, Price, O. A., Pannell, A.*, Williams, R.*, Berg, C. J. (2023). Parental influences on tobacco use and likelihood of future use among sexual minority young adult men and women in the United States. The American Journal on Addictions, 32(5), 450-459. PMID: 36960484. DOI: 10.1111/ajad.13418
  9. Romm, K. F., Turiano, N. A., Milstred, A. R., Bray, B. C., Dino, G., Doogan, N., Blank, M. D. (2023). Socioecological predictors of change in adolescent tobacco use across waves 1-4 of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health study. The Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 72(3), 375-382. PMID: 36528513. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.09.026
  10. Romm, K. F., Wang, Y., Schleicher, N. C., Pannel, A.*, Williams, R.*, Berg, C. J., Henriksen, L. (2023). Rates of age verification for cigarette and e-cigarette purchases as a function of state T21 laws before and after implementation of the federal T21 law in the United States. Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 25(7), 1386-1390. PMID: 36943250. DOI: 10.1093/ntr/ntad044

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