Department of
Epidemiology &

Genetic Epidemiology

Global Health

Behavior and Prevention

Health Care

Modern Biostatistics


Erika S. Trapl, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 

Associate Director,
Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods

Co-Director, Survey Development Lab


Office: Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods
BioEnterprise Building, 4th Floor

11000 Cedar Ave.
Phone: (216) 368-0098
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2007. Ph.D. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Dissertation: Understanding adolescent survey responses: Impact of mode and other characteristics on data outcomes and quality.

Research Interests
Health behavior measurement and surveillance; Survey-based data collection methods and technology; Tobacco control and little cigars; Health literacy; Built environment and obesity; Adolescent sexual behavior; Community-based Interventions

Professional Memberships
American Academy of Health Behavior
American Public Health Association

Courses Taught
EPBI 411/MPHP 411 - Introduction to Health Behavior
EPBI 592 - Population-Based Data Collection Methods

Recent Publications

Kilanowski J, Trapl ES, Kofron R. Audio-enhanced tablet computers to assess children’s food frequency from migrant farmworker mothers.  ICAN: Infant, Child & Adolescent Nutrition (in press).


Trapl ES, Taylor HG, Colabianchi N, Litaker D, Borawski EA. (2013) Value of Audio-Enhanced Handheld Computers Over Paper Surveys with Adolescents.  American Journal of Health Behavior, 37(1): 62-69.


Trapl ES, Terchek J, Danosky L, Cofie L, Brooks A, Frank S. (2011).  Complexity of measuring “Cigar Use” in adolescents: Results from a Split Sample Experiment. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 13(4):291-295.


Borawski EA, Brooks A, Colabianchi N, Trapl ES, Przepyszny K, Shaw N, Danosky L. (2010). Adult use of cigars, little cigars, and cigarillos: Prevalence, profiles, and patterns of use.  Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 12(11): 1-5.


Kilanowski J, Trapl ES. (2010). Evaluation of the use of audio-enhanced personal digital assistants to survey Latino migrant farmworkers.  Research in Nursing and Health, 33(2), 156-163.


Borawski EA, Trapl ES, Adams-Tufts K, Hayman LL, Goodwin MA, Lovegreen LD. (2009).  Taking Be Proud! Be Responsible! to the suburbs: A replication study.  Perspectives in Sexual and Reproductive Health, 41(1), 12-22.


Trapl ES, Borawski EA, Stork PP, Lovegreen L, Colabianchi N, Cole ML, Charvat JM. (2005). Use of audio-enhanced personal digital assistants for school-based data collection. Journal of Adolescent Health, 37(4), 296-305.


Borawski EA, Trapl ES, Lovegreen L, Colabianchi N, Block T. (2005). Effectiveness of an abstinence-until-marriage curriculum on sex-related knowledge, beliefs, efficacy, intentions and behavior in middle school teens. American Journal of Health Behavior, 29(5), 423-434.


Ievers-Landis CE, Burant C, Drotar D, Morgan L, Trapl ES, Colabianchi N, Kwoh CK (2005). A randomized controlled trial for the primary prevention of osteoporosis among preadolescent Girl Scouts: One-year outcomes of a behavioral program.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 30, 155-165.


Borawski EA, Ievers-Landis CE, Lovegreen LD, Trapl ES. (2003) Parental monitoring, negotiated unsupervised time, and parental trust: the role of perceived parenting practices in adolescent health risk behaviors. Journal of Adolescent Health, 33:60-70.


Ievers-Landis CE, Burant C, Drotar D, Morgan L, Trapl ES, & Kwoh CK. (2003). Social support, knowledge, and self-efficacy as correlates of osteoporosis preventive behaviors among preadolescent females. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 28(5), 335-345.


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