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Sherry Emery

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Fellow
Sherry is a leading researcher on the effects of social media on tobacco and other substance use.

Sherry is the director of NORC’s Social Data Collaboratory. Her interdisciplinary research applies the approaches of health communication, data science, and public policy to understand how both traditional and new media influence health behavior. For over a two decades, she has focused on the roles that tobacco control and other tobacco-related advertising play in shaping attitudes, beliefs, and tobacco-use behaviors among youth and adults. Since 2010, her research scope has expanded to include examinations of the impact of numerous public health media campaigns, including illicit drug use prevention, obesity prevention, mental health promotion, and vaccine promotion campaigns, as well how pharmaceutical advertising affects health care utilization.

Sherry serves or has served as the principal investigator on research studies funded by the National Cancer Institute; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the State of California; and the Truth Initiative.

Before joining NORC with her team in July 2016, Sherry was a senior research scientist at the Institute for Health Research and Policy (IHRP), where she established and directed the Health Media Collaboratory (now NORC’s Social Data Collaboratory) in 2011. She was an IHRP Fellow and a Research Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health.

Project Contributions

Assessing the Effects of Smokeless Tobacco Influencer Marketing in the Rapidly Changing Media Environment

The first comprehensive study to examine the effects of social media promotion of smokeless tobacco use among rural and urban populations


National Cancer Institute and the Food and Drug Administration

Media Influence on Opioid Stigma & Policy Support

Analyzing how partisan media shapes views on opioid use disorder and influences policy


National Institute of Drug Abuse