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Matthew E. Rossheim, PhD, MPH, CPH

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Biography

Dr. Matthew E. Rossheim holds a Bachelors’ of Arts degree in economics from the University of Florida (2009), a Master of Public Health in social and behavioral sciences from the University of Florida (2011), and a Doctor of Philosophy in public health sciences from the University of North Texas Health Science Center (2014). From 2014-2015, he served as the director of the MPH community health program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. In 2015, he joined the Department of Global and Community Health as an Assistant Professor.

Dr. Rossheim’s research focuses on substance use and related health outcomes. Dr. Rossheim has published peer-reviewed manuscripts appearing in journals such as: Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Addictive Behaviors, The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Traffic Injury Prevention, The American Journal of Health Behavior, and The American Journal of Public Health. His research has drawn attention to harmful alcohol product features and analyzed the strength of scientific evidence on this topic. One of these studies was cited by the Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission in their letters to the manufacturers of pre-packaged caffeinated alcohol, stating that caffeine was an unsafe additive to their products. These letters resulted in manufacturers removing caffeine from their alcoholic products. In general, his research has supported the need for stronger public health policies and better enforcement of these policies. Dr. Rossheim has also been involved with various community coalitions, to help evaluate community-based public health interventions and to advocate for stronger tobacco-free policies.

University Service

  • Community Health Promotion Workgroup Member for CEPH Accreditation, 2018
  • Judge, Community Health Capstone Presentations, 2018
  • Grant Writing Group Member, Global and Community Health, 2017
  • Global and Community Health PhD Task Force Member, 2016-Present
  • Office of Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship Program, Research Mentor, 2015-2017

Community Service

  • Fort Worth Booster Seat Coalition, Evaluation Consultant 2013 – 2015
  • American Heart Association, SouthWest Affiliate, Smoke-Free Leadership Council 2014 – 2015

Degrees

PhD, Public Health Sciences, University of North Texas Health Science Center (2014)

MPH, Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Florida (2011)

BA, Economics, University of Florida (2009)

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Research

Research Interests

  • Evidence-based policies for reducing alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use and related harms
    • Policies that prevent underage drinking, excessive alcohol use, and drinking-and-driving
    • Policies that prevent tobacco use initiation and exposure to secondhand smoke

Publications

* indicates co-author is a student that I mentored (7 students, 12 manuscripts)

Rossheim, M.E., Livingston, M.D., Soule, E.K., Zeraye, H.A.*, & Thombs, D.L. (in press). Electronic Cigarette Explosion and Burn Injuries, United States Emergency Departments 2015–2017. Tobacco Control. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2018-054518

Rossheim, M.E., Krall, J.R., Painter, J.E., Thombs, D.L., Stephenson, C.J.*, Suzuki, S., Cannell, M.B., Livingston, M.D., Gonzalez-Pons, K.M.*, & Wagenaar, A.C. (2018). Alcohol retail sales licenses and sexually transmitted infections in Texas counties, 2008-2015. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. https://doi.org/10.1080/00952990.2018.1477944

Rossheim, M.E., Thombs, D.L., Krall, J.R., & Jernigan D.H. (2018). College Students’ Underestimation of Blood Alcohol Concentration from Hypothetical Consumption of Supersized Alcopops: Results from a Cluster-Randomized Classroom Study. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.13764

  • Selected as one of four articles in that month’s issue to be an Article of Public Interest
  • Featured in a George Mason University Press Release, entitled “‘Supersized Alcopops’ Pose Unique Danger to Youth”

Rossheim, M.E., Thombs, D.L., & Treffers, R.D. (2018). High-alcohol-content flavored alcoholic beverages (supersized alcopops) should be reclassified to reduce public health hazard. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 44(4), 413-417. https://doi.org/10.1080/00952990.2018.1460375

  • Cited in United States Congress Members’ letter to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) requesting that the TTB assess the formulation (and therefore legal classification) of high alcohol content, ready-to-drink “supersized alcopops”

Rossheim, M.E., Greene, K.M., & Stephenson, C.J. * (2018). Activities and Situations When Young Adults Drive Drunk in Rural Montana. American Journal of Health Behavior, 42(3), 27-36. https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.42.3.3

Rossheim, M.E., Livingston, M.D., Lerch, J., Taxman, F.S., & Walters, S.T. (2018). Serious Mental Illness and Negative Substance Use Consequences among Adults on Probation. Health & Justice, 6(1), 6. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40352-018-0064-7

Stephenson, C.J.*, & Rossheim, M.E. (2018). Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and Mixed Martial Arts Injuries Presenting to United States Emergency Departments, 2008-2015. Journal of Primary Prevention. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-018-0518-7

Rossheim, M.E., Stephenson, C.J.*, Thombs, D.L., Livingston, M.D., Walters, S.T., Suzuki, S., Barry, A.E., & Weiler, R.M. (2017). Characteristics of Drinking Events Associated with Heavy Episodic Drinking Among 12- to 17-Year-Olds in the United States. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 181, 50-57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.09.018

Boone, E.M.*, Rossheim, M.E., Krall, J.R. & Weiler, R.M. (2017). State Helmet Laws and Helmet Use Among Fatally Injured Moped Riders in the United States, 2011-2015. Traffic Injury Prevention, 19(3), 270-273. https://doi.org/10.1080/15389588.2017.1383604

  • Resulted from a student project from the course GCH 651: Behavioral Research Methods

Stephenson, C.J.*, Rossheim, M.E., Frankenfeld, C.L., Boncy, J., Okech, B.O., & von Fricken, M.E. (2017). Cross-sectional analysis of the association between bedtime and malaria exposure in the Ouest and Sud-Est Departments of Haiti. Acta Tropica, 176, 188-191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actatropica.2017.08.011

  • Resulted from a student project from the course GCH 651: Behavioral Research Methods

Rossheim, M.E., Barry, A.E., Thombs, D.L., Weiler, R.M., Krall, J.R., Stephenson, C.*, Walters, S.T., Reed, M.B., Clapp, J.D., Suzuki, S., Barnett, T.E., & Cannell, B. (2017). Factors associated with self-estimated breath alcohol concentration among bar patrons. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 41(8), 1492-1501. https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.13428

  • Selected as one of four articles in that month’s issue to be an Article of Public Interest

Rossheim, M.E., & Thombs, D.L. (2017). Estimated Blood Alcohol Concentrations Achieved by Consuming Supersized Alcopops. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 12, 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1080/00952990.2017.1334210

  • Cited in the Québec National Institute of Public Health Report “Acute Alcohol Poisoning and Sweetened Alcoholic Beverages” which was requested by the National Assembly of Québec to help them better understand how to prevent alcohol poisoning among young people
  • ­Cited in United States Congress Members’ letter to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) requesting that the TTB assess the formulation (and therefore legal classification) of high alcohol content, ready-to-drink “supersized alcopops”

Rossheim, M.E., & Stephenson, C.* (2017). Parkour Injuries Presenting to United States Emergency Departments, 2009-2015. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 35(10), 1503-1505. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2017.04.040

Rossheim, M.E., Thombs, D.L., Gonzalez-Pons, K.M.*, Killion, J.A.*, Clapp, J.D., Reed, M.B., Croff, J.M., Ruderman, D.E., & Weiler, R.M. (2016). Feeling no buzz or a slight buzz is common when legally drunk. American Journal of Public Health, 106(10), 1761-2. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2016.303321

Rossheim, M.E., Thombs, D.L., & Suzuki, S. (2016). Association between alcohol outlets and HIV prevalence in U.S. counties. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 77(6), 898–903. https://doi.org/10.15288/jsad.2016.77.898

Rossheim, M.E., Thombs, D.L., Weiler, R., Barry, A., Suzuki, S., Walters, S., Barnett, T., Paxton, R., Pealer, L., & Cannell, B. (2016). Alcohol mixed with energy drink: Use may be a consequence of heavy drinking. Addictive Behaviors, 57, 55-61. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.02.013

  • Featured in a George Mason University Press Release, entitled “Consuming Alcohol Mixed With Energy Drink May Be An Indicator of Heavier Drinking”

Rossheim, M.E., Thombs, D.L., & Suzuki, S. (2015). Bars and Nightclubs Associated with Higher HIV Prevalence. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 155, 31-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.08.024

Smith, M.L., Warne, R.T., Barry, A.E., Rossheim, M.E., Boyd, M., & McKyer, E.L.J. (2015). A biopsychosocial examination of ATOD use among middle and high school students. American Journal of Health Behavior, 39(6), 799-808. https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.39.6.8

Rossheim, M.E., Weiler, R.M., Barnett, T.E., Suzuki, S., Walters, S.T., Barry, A.E., Cannell, B., Pealer, L.N., Moorhouse, M.D., Zhang, Q.*, & Thombs, D.L. (2015). Self-efficacy to drive while intoxicated: Insights into the persistence of alcohol-impaired driving. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39(8), 1547-1554. https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.12795

  • Selected for the Public Interest Highlights

Rossheim, M.E., Thombs, D.L., Wagenaar, A.C., Xuan, Z., & Aryal, S. (2015). High Alcohol Concentration Products Associated with Poverty and State Alcohol Policies. American Journal of Public Health, 105(9), 1886-1892. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2015.302705

  • Cited in United States Congress Members’ letter to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) requesting that the TTB assess the formulation (and therefore legal classification) of high alcohol content, ready-to-drink “supersized alcopops”

Thombs, D.L., Reingle-Gonzalez, J.M., Osborn, C.J., Rossheim, M.E., & Suzuki, S. (2015). Resident Assistant Training Program for Increasing Alcohol, Other Drug, and Mental Health First-Aid Efforts. Prevention Science, 16(4), 508-517. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-014-0515-x

Thombs, D.L., Osborn, C.J., Rossheim, M.E., & Suzuki, S. (2014). Attitudes Associated with Alcohol and Marijuana Referral Actions by Resident Assistants. Journal of Primary Prevention, 35(6), 429-437. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-014-0371-2

Rossheim, M.E., Wilson, F., Suzuki, S., Rodriguez, M., Walters, S., Thombs, D.L. (2014). Associations between Drug Use and Motorcycle Helmet Use in Fatal Crashes. Traffic Injury Prevention, 15(7), 678-684. https://doi.org/10.1080/15389588.2013.866235

Walters, S.T., Ondersma, S.J., Ingersoll, K., Rodriguez, M., Lerch, J., Rossheim, M.E. & Taxman, F.S. (2014). MAPIT: Development of a Computer-Based Intervention Targeting Substance Abuse Treatment in the Criminal Justice System. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 46(1), 60-65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2013.07.003

Rossheim, M.E., Suzuki, S., & Thombs, D.L. (2013). Letter to the Editor in Regard to Peacock, Bruno, and Martin (2012): “The Subjective Physiological, Psychological, and Behavioral Risk-Taking Consequences of Alcohol and Energy Drink Co-Ingestion” Misleading Results and Unjustified Conclusions. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37(12), 2168–2170.

Rossheim, M.E. & Thombs, D.L. (2013). Multiple Fruit-Flavored Alcoholic Drinks in a Can (MFAC): An Overlooked Class of Potentially Harmful Alcohol Products. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 39(5), 280–283. https://doi.org/10.3109/00952990.2013.818681

  • Cited in the Québec National Institute of Public Health Report “Acute Alcohol Poisoning and Sweetened Alcoholic Beverages” which was requested by the National Assembly of Québec to help them better understand how to prevent alcohol poisoning among young people

Rossheim, M.E., Thombs, D.L., O’Mara, R.J., Bastian, N.*, & Suzuki, S. (2013). Associations between Bar Patron Alcohol Intoxication and Tobacco Smoking. American Journal of Health Behavior, 37(6), 794-799. https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.37.6.8

Rossheim, M.E. & Thombs, D.L. (2011). Artificial sweeteners, caffeine, and alcohol intoxication in bar patrons. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 35(10), 1891-1896. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1530-0277.2011.01534.x

Thombs, D.L., Rossheim, M.E., Barnett, T., Weiler, R.M., Moorhouse, M., & Coleman, B. (2011). Is the focus on AmED misplaced? Associations between caffeine mixers and bar patron Intoxication. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 116, 31–36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.11.014

Thombs, D.L., O’Mara, R., Tsukamoto, M., Rossheim, M., Weiler, R.M., Merves, M.L., & Goldberger, B.A. (2010). Event-level analyses of energy drink consumption and alcohol intoxication in bar patrons. Addictive Behaviors, 35(4), 325-30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.11.004

  • Cited by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in their warning letters issued November 17, 2010 to the manufacturers of prepackaged caffeinated alcoholic beverages, including Four Loko and Joose. As a result, caffeine and other stimulants were removed from these products.

O’Mara, R.J., Thombs, D.L., Wagenaar, A.C., Rossheim, M.E., Merves, M.L., Hou, W., Dodd, V.J., Pokorny, S.B., Weiler, R.M., & Goldberger, B.A. (2009). Alcohol price and intoxication in college bars. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 33(11), 1973-1980. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1530-0277.2009.01036.x

  • Selected as a feature article

Grants

"RO1-DA029010-01A1: In-Person vs Computer Interventions to Increase Probation Compliance," National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant. Walters, S.T. & Taxman, F.S. (Principal Investigators), 2016 – 2017. Role: Consultant.

"Substance Use and Driving Among Rural Young Adults," Dr. Kaylin M. Greene’s research project. 5P20GM104417: Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE). National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) grant. Adams, A.K. (Principal Investigator), 2017. Role: Consultant.

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