E-Cigarette Clinical Observations

This is a technology we developed in our lab to measure how people smoke cigarettes (e.g., breathing patterns). .

The Smoking Research Lab, led by Dr. Stephen Tiffany, is always looking for motivated, conscientious, and intelligent undergraduates to join our research team!

Project description

This dissertation study is looking at how e-cigarette users actually use their devices in the lab, while in a relatively naturalistic setting. We are looking at a variety of variables that are collected using questionnaires, bio-markers, as well as ad-libitum use while the participant is in a comfortable room for four hours. Data collection for this project is ongoing. RAs on this project may have the opportunity to run participants recruited from the community, conduct phone screenings, flyer, enter data, and generally see how a clinical study session is run.

More about the lab:

The lab is dedicated to understanding processes involved in the development and maintenance of substance use disorders. Current and past research projects have investigated the role of vaping topography and patterns of e-cigarette user, smoking topography in low-level smokers, and development of ecological assessments of cigarette smoking. Dr. Tiffany and his students are interested in the applications and implications of their findings to substance use disorders, broadly defined, and have conducted research on several drugs of abuse (e.g., alcohol, electronic cigarettes, tobacco cigarettes). The Smoking Research Lab is always looking for motivated, conscientious, and intelligent undergraduates to join our research team! Research assistants have the opportunity to work on novel studies and learn more about the addiction literature. The experience can also be an important stepping stone toward building a more extensive resume/CV and applying to graduate school. You do not need to be a psychology major to apply; all majors are welcome.

Project outcome

  • Learn about research methods while assisting with the data collection and implementation of current research projects

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment There is a 2-semester commitment required.
Start time Fall (August/September); Summer (May/June)
Level of collaboration Large group collaboration (4+ students) 
Benefits Academic Credit 
Who is eligible All undergraduate students 

Core partners

Project mentor

Ashley Dowd

Graduate Student


Phone: (716) 645-0244

Email: andowd@buffalo.edu

Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition: 

  • Please fill out application.
    • A graduate student will contact you if you appear to be a good fit in order to schedule an in-person/video interview.
  • Thoroughly review the lab website and current research projects.