Amy L. Tobler, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Florida
College of Medicine
Department of Health Outcomes and Policy &
Institute for Child Health Policy
1329 SW 16th Street, Room 5130
P.O. Box 100177
Gainesville, FL 32610-0177
Telephone: (352) 265-0111 ext. 86268


Amy L. Tobler, MPH, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy within the College of Medicine and a faculty member of the Institute for Child Health Policy at the University of Florida.

Research Summary

Dr. Tobler is a social epidemiologist specializing in social and community-contextual determinants of health and strategies to reduce problem behaviors and promote health among adolescents.


2005-2009 Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance, University of Florida, College of Health and Human Performance, Department of Health Education and Behavior
2002-2003 M.P.H. in Community Health Education, University of Florida, College of Public Health and Health Professions
1998-2002 B.S. in Health Science, University of Florida, College of Health Professions

Current Research

Dr. Tobler is Co-Principal Investigator of a project examining the etiology of alcohol use among racially diverse and economically disadvantaged urban youth and Vice-Chair of the Policy Team for a NIDA-funded project to create the infrastructure to begin research on comprehensive preventive interventions in high-poverty neighborhoods. Additionally, Dr. Tobler has been a Co-Investigator on projects evaluating and meta-analyzing the effects of alcohol tax policies on risky behaviors and health outcomes and Coordinator for projects evaluating the Reducing Underage Drinking through Coalitions initiative and examining effects of statutory changes in penalties for DUI.

Recent Publications

Maldonado-Molina, M.M., Reingle, J., Tobler, A.L. & Komro, K.A. (2010) Effects of beverage-specific alcohol consumption on drinking behaviors among urban adolescents. Journal of Drug Education. 40: 265-280.

Tobler, A.L. & Komro, K.A. (2010) Trajectories of parental monitoring and communication and effects on drug use among urban young adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 46: 560-568.

Komro, K.A., Tobler, A.L., Maldonado-Molina, M.M. & Perry, C.L. (2010) Effects of alcohol use initiation patterns on high-risk behaviors among urban, low-income, young adolescents. Prevention Science, 11: 14-23.

Thombs, D.L, O’Mara, R. Tobler, A.L., Wagenaar, A.C. & Clapp, J.D. (2009) Relationships between drinking onset, alcohol use intensity and nighttime risk behaviors in a college bar district. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 35: 421-428.