Craig Ross

Craig S. Ross, PhD, MBA

Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


Craig S. Ross serves as Executive Director of the idea hub at Boston University School of Public Health and holds a faculty position in the Epidemiology Department. Dr. Ross conducts research at the intersection of commerce and public health, with a particular focus on the influence of commercially-promoted products on the health of vulnerable populations including children, adolescents, women, and immigrants. Dr. Ross has published more than 40 research studies examining the influence of alcohol advertising on underage drinking. He conducts innovative research on the use of multiple tobacco products including vaping products and heat-not-burn tobacco products. He is also interested in novel research designs using ecological momentary assessment methods to examine real-life contexts for substance use. Dr. Ross has developed unique mixed research methods to collaborate with firearm owners to design firearm suicide prevention programs. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Ross worked for more than 20 years as a business strategy consultant and more than 10 years in semiconductor manufacturing designing statistical software products for manufacturing process control. He received a Ph.D. in epidemiology in 2014 from the Boston University School of Public Health where he was awarded a pre-doctoral training grant through the Boston University Reproductive Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology (BURPPE) program. Dr. Ross was awarded the New Investigator Award by the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine in 2014. He received in Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University in 1991 and his B.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982.

Other Positions

  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Boston University


  • Boston University School of Public Health, PhD Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Northeastern University, MBA Field of Study: Finance
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, BS Field of Study: Computer Science

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP749


  • Published on 3/29/2022

    Harlow AF, Stokes AC, Brooks DR, Benjamin EJ, Barrington-Trimis JL, Ross CS. E-Cigarette Use and Combustible Cigarette Smoking Initiation among Youth: Accounting for Time-Varying Exposure and Time-Dependent Confounding. Epidemiology. 2022 Mar 29. PMID: 35394965.

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  • Published on 1/5/2022

    Garey CJ, Clements MA, McAuliffe-Fogarty AH, Obrynba KS, Weinstock RS, Majidi S, Ross CS, Rioles NA. The association between depression symptom endorsement and glycemic outcomes in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Pediatr Diabetes. 2022 03; 23(2):248-257. PMID: 34779100.

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  • Published on 9/1/2021

    Garcia MA, Rampon GL, Doros G, Jia S, Jagan N, Gillmeyer K, Berical A, Hudspeth J, Ieong M, Modzelewski KL, Schechter-Perkins EM, Ross CS, Rucci JM, Simpson S, Walkey AJ, Bosch NA. Rationale and Design of the Awake Prone Position for Early Hypoxemia in COVID-19 Study Protocol: A Clinical Trial. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2021 09; 18(9):1560-1566. PMID: 33647225.

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  • Published on 6/16/2021

    Ross CS, Babor TF, Bartholow BD, DeJong W, Fitzgerald N, Jackson KM, Jernigan DH, Naimi TS, Noel JK, Petticrew M, Severi K, Siegel MB, Stockwell T, Tori M, Xuan Z. Call to restore funding to monitor youth exposure to alcohol advertising. Addiction. 2021 10; 116(10):2922-2923. PMID: 34060173.

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  • Published on 5/8/2021

    Ross CS, Henehan ER, Alger C, White LF. Evaluation of monitoring youth exposure to alcohol advertising on cable television, United States 2016-19. Addiction. 2021 12; 116(12):3346-3356. PMID: 33891775.

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  • Published on 1/21/2021

    Harlow AF, Fetterman JL, Ross CS, Robertson RM, Bhatnagar A, Benjamin EJ, Stokes AC. Association of device type, flavours and vaping behaviour with tobacco product transitions among adult electronic cigarette users in the USA. Tob Control. 2021 Jan 21. PMID: 33479031.

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  • Published on 1/1/2021

    Henehan ER, Jernigan DH, Ross CS. Trends in Youth Exposure to Alcohol Advertising on Cable Television, United States, 2013-2018. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2021 01; 82(1):55-59. PMID: 33573722.

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  • Published on 5/1/2020

    Blanchette JG, Ross CS, Naimi TS. The Rise and Fall of Alcohol Excise Taxes in U.S. States, 1933-2018. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2020 05; 81(3):331-338. PMID: 32527385.

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  • Published on 3/1/2020

    Jernigan D, Ross CS. The Alcohol Marketing Landscape: Alcohol Industry Size, Structure, Strategies, and Public Health Responses. J Stud Alcohol Drugs Suppl. 2020 03; Sup 19:13-25. PMID: 32079559.

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  • Published on 3/1/2020

    Henehan ER, Joannes AE, Greaney L, Knoll S, Wong QW, Ross CS. Youth Cognitive Responses to Alcohol Promotional Messaging: A Systematic Review. J Stud Alcohol Drugs Suppl. 2020 03; Sup 19:26-41. PMID: 32079560.

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