Research Resources and Tools

Find data and resources that support researchers in conducting behavioral research. Explore data collection and analysis tools, cancer control publications, and a section dedicated to tobacco cessation resources.

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Tobacco Monograph Series

Find ongoing and timely information about emerging public health issues in smoking and tobacco use control.

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Grid-Enabled Measures (GEM)

Collaborate with others through this interactive website that contains behavioral and social science measures organized by theoretical construct.

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Team Science Toolkit

Refer to this collection of user-generated resources to add a team science element to your research.

Discover Team-Based Research

Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T.

Use these tools to design, implement, and evaluate an evidence-based cancer control program.

Develop Your Cancer Control Program

Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs)

Use this searchable database to find evidence-based cancer control interventions and programs specifically for program planners and public health practitioners.

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NCI Tobacco Policy Viewer

Use this interactive tool to map, query, and download historical smoke-free policy data in the United States. It reveals variation across U.S. cities, counties, and states by the types of indoor areas that are smoke-free, length of time since the smoke-free policy came into effect, and number of people who are protected by the policy.


Use PhenX to build consensus for standard measures of phenotypes and exposures to integrate biomedical, genomic, and epidemiologic research.

Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS)

Study various aspects of health communication in the U.S. with these publicly available data about the public’s use of cancer-related information.

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Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health, and Eating (FLASHE) Study

Understand the lifestyle behaviors that relate to cancer risk with this collection of psychosocial, generational, and environmental survey data.

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Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS)

Use this data set for national, state, and sub-state data on tobacco use and cessation behaviors, social norms, tobacco-related attitudes, and U.S. policies.

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Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD)

Review ABCD, the largest long-term study on brain development and child health supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Add Health

Explore the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) data set of a nationally representative sample of adolescents in grades 7-12 in the U.S. that began during the 1994-95 school year.

California Health Interview Survey

Obtain health data on California’s general population and various racial and ethnic groups.

Systematic Reviews to Inform Research and Treatment for Multi-Morbidities

Access the Multiple Chronic Conditions in RCTs (randomized controlled trials) database to understand how people with multiple medical conditions are represented in trials.

Classification of Laws Associated with School Students (CLASS)

Use data from this website to compare state laws on nutrition and physical education between states and policy changes over time.

Compare State Laws

Theories Project: Improving Theories of Health Behavior

See how the Theories Project is working to improve theory-focused research.

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Constructs and Measures for Health Behavior

Find out how definitions of major theoretical constructs such as barriers, normative beliefs, and self-efficacy are used in health behavior research.

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Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS)

Use this set of person-centered measures to evaluate and monitor physical, mental, and social health in adults and children. This resource can be used with the general population and with individuals living with chronic conditions.

Measures Guide for Youth Tobacco Research

Achieve consistency of measurement across studies for describing smoking patterns, establishing inclusion and exclusion criteria for participation, measuring potentially important mediators and moderators of treatment outcomes, and measuring tobacco use outcomes.

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National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research Measures Registry (NCCOR)

Assess diet, physical activity, and the environments in which these behaviors occur through this searchable database of diet and physical activity measures.

NIH Toolbox

Access a comprehensive set of neuro-behavioral measurements that quickly assess cognitive, emotional, sensory, and motor functions from the convenience of an iPad.

Compendium of Datasets Related to Health Disparities Research

Download this document that compiles descriptions of and links to 132 publicly available datasets and resources relevant to research and programs that aim to reduce health disparities.

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Cancer Patient Tobacco Use Questionnaire (C-TUQ)

Learn more about tobacco use in the cancer setting through a questionnaire developed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Association for Cancer Research. Domains include cigarette smoking history and current use, use relative to cancer diagnosis and treatment, other tobacco product use, cessation, and secondhand exposure.

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