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J. Randy Koch, Ph.D.

Massey Cancer Center research program membership

Cancer Prevention and Control

Affiliated leadership roles

Executive Director, VCU Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies

Department affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, School of Medicine


PhD, Michigan State University (1985)
MA, Michigan State University (1982)

Awards and honors

Excellence in Mentoring Award, 2016, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Research description

My current research uses systems science and modeling methods to build interactive tobacco prevention and control policy simulation models to assist policy development, implementation, and evaluation to prevent and control tobacco use (e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes) among youth in Virginia. We are assessing three types of regulatory strategies to minimize the burden of tobacco products: 1) Increasing the minimum age of legal access to tobacco products, 2) Imposing excise taxes on e-cigarettes (and increasing conventional tobacco taxes), and 3) Creating a minimum distance for e-cigarette retail outlets from K-12 schools.

Disease focus of research


Research keywords

Cancer risk behaviors,Prevention/population health,Tobacco,Translational science

Published research (during tenure as a Massey Cancer Center member)

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