Ashley Merianos

Ashley L Merianos

Associate Professor

Associate Professor
Health Promotion And Education

Teachers College


CECH Human Services - 0068

Professional Summary

Dr. Ashley L. Merianos is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Services at the University of Cincinnati and a Research Affliate Member of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Thirdhand Smoke Research Consortium. As a health services researcher, Dr. Merianos has extensive training and experience in the epidemiology and prevention of substance use with an emphasis on tobacco, quantitative statistical methods, and clinical and translational research in the pediatric healthcare setting. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Tobacco Treatment Specialist.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has successfully funded Dr. Merianos’ research as a Principal Investigator (K01DA044313 and R21ES032161). Her current K01 project measures the health and economic burden of child tobacco smoke exposure including secondhand and thirdhand smoke on the acute healthcare setting, and creates an implementation plan to reduce exposure in a future trial. Dr. Merianos' current R21 project examines the prevalence, contributions, and health risks of exposure to tobacco smoke and electronic cigarette aerosol among children nationwide. She currently serves as a Co-Investigator on two active NIH research projects (R01ES027815 and R01ES030743) that focus on parental tobacco cessation and child tobacco smoke exposure reduction in the acute healthcare and inpatient settings, assessment of complex tobacco smoke toxicant mixtures within microenvironments, and evaluation of policies aimed at protecting children from related harmful effects.  

Dr. Merianos has co-authored over 195 peer-reviewed publications in scholarly journals and delivered over 195 professional presentations. 

To learn more about past and present research conducted by the Thirdhand Smoke Research Consortium, visit the Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center website.

Research Support

Grant: #K01DA044313 National Institute on Drug Abuse Reducing Secondhand Smoke Exposure Among Pediatric Patients in the Emergency Department Setting Role:PI

Grant: #R01ES027815 Investigators:Ashley L Merianos National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Contribution of Thirdhand Smoke to Overall Tobacco Smoke Exposure in Pediatric Patients Role:Site PI

Grant: #R01ES030743 Investigators:Ashley L Merianos National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Prevalence and Clinical Correlates of Thirdhand Smoke Exposure in a Pediatric Patient Population Role:Site PI

Grant: #R21ES032161 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Distinguishing Exposure to Secondhand and Thirdhand Tobacco Smoke and Electronic Cigarettes among U.S. Children based on Multiple Biomarker Profiles Role:PI