Cynthia Lakon

Associate Professor
Public Health

Associate Professor
Public Health

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004, Health Behavior Health Education

Phone: (949) 824-0946

University of California, Irvine
651 East Peltason Road
Mail Code: 3957
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Social Networks and Health; Social Support; Social Influence; Adolescent Social Networks; Injection Drug User Networks; Ecological Models of Health; Systems Science
Academic Distinctions
School of Health Science Honoree for Excellence in Undergraduate Education Division of Undergraduate Education, UC Irvine, March 2013

Royster Society of Fellows, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2004- present

Delta Omega National Scholastic Honor Society in Public Health, Inducted June 1995
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Southern California, Department of Preventive Medicine, Institute for Preventative Medicine (2004-2006)
Selected Publications

Lakon, C.M, Ennett, S.T., & Norton, E.C. (2006). Mechanisms through which Drug, Sex Partner, and Friendship Network Characteristics Relate to Risky Needle Use among High Risk Youth and Young Adults. Social Science & Medicine, 63(9), p. 2489-2499.

Valente, T., Coronges, K., Lakon, C., & Costenbader, E. (2007). How correlated are network centrality measures? Connections, 27(3).

Timberlake, D.S., Huh, J., & Lakon, C.M. (2009). Use of propensity score matching in evaluating smokeless tobacco as a gateway to smoking. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 11(4), 455.

Hipp J.R. & Lakon, C.M. (2010). Social Disparities in Health: disproportionate toxic exposure in minority communities over a decade. Health and Place, 16 (2010), p. 674–683.

Lakon, C.M., Hipp, J.R., & Timberlake, D.S. (2010). The Social Context of Adolescent Smoking: A Systems Perspective. American Journal of Public Health, 100(7): 1218 - 1228.

Lakon, C.M. & Valente, T.W. (2012). Social Integration in Friendship Networks: The Synergy of Network Structure and Peer Influence in Relation to Cigarette Smoking among High Risk Adolescents. Social Science and Medicine, 74(9), 1407-1417.

Lakon, C.M., Wang, C., Butts, C.T., Jose, R., Timberlake, D.S. & Hipp, J.R. (2014). A Dynamic Model of Adolescent Friendship Networks, Parental Influences, and Smoking. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, published online September 20, 2014, DOI 10.1007/s10964-014-0187-7.

Lakon, C.M. & Hipp, J.R. (2014). On Social and Cognitive Influences: Relating Adolescent Networks, Generalized Expectancies, and Adolescent Smoking. PLOS ONE 9(12): e115668. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0115668 .

Hosseini, P.S.K., Munoz, K., Lakon, C.M., Brown, B. (2014). Factors Correlating Perceptions of HPV and Vaccine Uptake among High School Students. Californian Journal of Health Promotion,12, 3, 79-87.

Hipp, J.R., Wang, C., Butts, C. T., Jose, R., & Lakon, C. M (2015). Research Note: The consequences of different methods for handling missing network data in Stochastic Actor Based Models. Social Networks, 41, 56-71.

Wang, C., Hipp, J., Butts, C., Jose, R. & Lakon, C.M (2015). Alcohol Use among Adolescent Youth: The Role of Friendship Networks and Family Factors in Multiple School Studies. Plos One 10(3):e0119965. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0119965

Pechmann, C., Pan, L., Delucchi, K., Lakon, C.M. & Prochaska, J. J. (2015). Development of a Twitter-based Intervention for Smoking Cessation that Encourages High Quality Social Media Interactions through Automessages. Journal of Medical Internet Research,17(2),1-12.

Lakon, C.M, John R. Hipp, Cheng Wang, Carter T. Butts, and Rupa Jose (2015). Simulating Dynamic Network Models and Adolescent Smoking: The Impact of Varying Peer Influence and Peer Selection. American Journal of Public Health, 105(12),2438-2448.
doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302789

Invited Video Abstract: see
Published online at AJPH Blogspot, 12/8/15

Jose, R., Hipp, J.R., Butts, C.T., Wang, C., & Lakon, C.M. (2016). Network Structure, Influence, Selection and Delinquent Behavior: Unpacking a Dynamic Process. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 2016, 43(2), 264– 284, doi: 10.1177/0093854815605524.

Wang, C., Butts, C.T., Hipp, J.R., Jose, R. & Lakon, C.M.(2016). Multiple Imputation for Missing Edge Data: A Case Study. Social Networks, 45, 89–98.

Wang, C., Butts, C.T., Hipp, J.R., Jose, R. & Lakon, C.M. (2016) Coevolution of Adolescent Friendship Networks and Smoking and Drinking Behaviors with Consideration Parental Influence. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors,30(3), 321-324.

Pechmann, C., Delucchi, K., Lakon, CM, and Prochaska, J.J. (2016). Randomised controlled trial evaluation of Tweet2Quit: a social network quit-smoking intervention. Tobacco Control, 0,1–7. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-05276

Media Coverage:

Lakon, C.M., Pechmann, C., Wang, C., Pan, L., Delucchi, K., & Prochaska, J. J. (2016). Mapping Engagement in Twitter-based Social Support Networks for Smoking Cessation and Relapse Prevention among Adult Smokers. American Journal of Public Health, 106(8): 1374-1380.

Wang, C., Butts, C.T., Hipp, J.R., Jose, R., & Lakon, C.M. (2017).Peer Influence, Peer Selection and Adolescent Alcohol Use: A Forward Simulation of a Dynamic Network Model of Friendship Ties and Alcohol Use. Prevention Science. DOI 10.1007/s11121-017-0773-5.
Professional Societies
Society for Prevention Research
International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA)
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