Research

Our mission is to conduct cutting edge research to build knowledge, inform treatment models, and develop policies that reduce tobacco use.  Our work ranges from basic science in order to understand how nicotine dependence develops and the mechanisms of action for interventions; conducting randomized controlled trials to test out novel behavioral treatments for smoking cessation including the use of mindfulness and technology; and evaluating and informing tobacco control policies.  Our faculty and their tobacco-related research interests are noted below.  Please click on each faculty member’s Academic Profile link to learn more about their work.

FACULTY AND THEIR TOBACCO-RELATED RESEARCH

Pbert-Lori

 Lori Pbert, PhD
 Professor of Medicine
 Director, Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training
 Academic Profile

 Research Interests: Treatment of adolescent tobacco use in pediatric practice,  school nurse-delivered interventions, understanding the development of nicotine dependence, application of mindfulness training in teen tobacco treatment.

Ockene, Judith, PhD, MEd, MA

 Judith Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA
 Professor, Division Chief
 Department of Medicine
 Academic Profile

Research Interests:  Medical student and resident  training in tobacco treatment, brief physician intervention for tobacco treatment and dependence, factors affecting nicotine use status.
Li, Wenjun, PhD  Wenjun Li, PhD
 Associate Professor
 Department of Medicine
 Academic Profile

 Research Interests: Tobacco control policies, local public health laws, surveillance of  tobacco products, smoke/tobacco free housing policy, small area estimation.

Brewer, Judson  Judson Brewer,MD, PhD
 Associate Professor
 Department of Medicine
 Academic Profile

 Research Interests: Development of novel behavioral treatments for smoking cessation, understanding the mechanisms of how mindfulness helps people quit smoking.

Houston, Thomas  Thomas Houston, MD, PhD
 Professor
 Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
 Academic Profile

 

Research Interests: Health informatics, computer tailoring, motivation phase smokers, social networks.

Sadasivam, Rajani  Rajani Sadasivam, PhD
 Associate Professor
 Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
 Academic Profile

 Research Interests: Technology assisted tobacco interventions, computer tailoring of motivational messages, social networking, adaptive recruitment.

Boudreaux, Edwin  Edwin Boudreaux, PhD
 Professor
 Department of Emergency Medicine
 Academic Profile

 Research interests: Brief interventions for tobacco cessation; technology enabled tobacco interventions; ecological momentary assessment; ehealth, mhealth; sentinel events method.

DFranza, Joseph  Joseph DiFranza, MD
 Professor
 Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
 Academic Profile

 Research Interests: Nicotine dependence, measurement of dependence, adolescent smoking.