Epidemiology and Public Health Doctoral Student Wins Poster Competition

Denise C. Vidot, M.A., doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, won first place in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section’s Student Poster Showcase held October 29 at the American Public Health Association’s 140th Annual Meeting and Expo in San Francisco.

For her poster, “Prenatal cocaine exposure and criminal offending by early adulthood,” Vidot examined the relationship between prenatal cocaine exposure and arrest history in early adulthood.

Although prenatal cocaine exposure has been linked to disruptive behavior in childhood, little is known about the long-term effects on delinquency and criminal activity through adolescence.

The study found that young adults who were subject to prenatal cocaine exposure were more likely to have a criminal history than their non-cocaine exposed counterparts.

In future research, Vidot will explore possible mediators and moderators of criminal activity, such as early behavior problems and exposure to violence. Vidot is a National Institute of Drug Abuse Diversity Supplement Grantee mentored by Emmalee Bandstra, M.D., professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology.

The Student Poster Showcase was judged on innovation, importance, quality, generalizability of content and its ability to affect the public health field.

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