is Professor of Health, Behavior, and Society at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He earned a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in clinical psychology. Dr. Abrams is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in health psychology, addictions, and tobacco use behavior. His primary interest is in fostering the systems integration of biomedical, sociobehavioral, and ecologic-public health models to understand and eliminate tobacco use behavior at the population level. Dr. Abrams was Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), from 2005 to 2008. Prior to that, he was Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Professor of Community Health at Brown University Medical School and founding Director of Brown’s Transdisciplinary Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine for more than 16 years. He has published more than 250 scholarly articles and has been a principal or co-investigator on 65 grant awards, including a National Cancer Institute Program Project award for Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Centers of Excellence. Dr. Abrams is lead author of The Tobacco Dependence Treatment Handbook: A Guide to Best Practices and recipient of a book of the year award from the American Journal of Nursing. He is a Fellow and past President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and a recipient of the society’s Distinguished Scientist Award, Distinguished Service Award, and Distinguished Research Mentor Award. He served on the IOM Committee on Reducing Tobacco Use: Strategies, Barriers, and Consequences.


Ross C. Brownson, Ph.D., is Professor of Epidemiology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is involved in numerous community-level studies designed to reduce modifiable risk factors such as physical inactivity, unhealthful eating, and tobacco use. In particular, he is interested in the impacts of environmental and policy interventions on health behaviors. Dr. Brownson also conducts research on dissemination of evidence-based interventions in public health settings. His research is supported by NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Missouri Foundation for Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is Co-Director of the CDC-funded Prevention Research Center (PRC)—a 5-year, multimillion dollar project aimed at developing innovative approaches to chronic disease prevention. The PRC in St. Louis is a joint research endeavor between the Saint Louis University School of Public Health and Washington University. Dr. Brownson is the author of six books and more than 250 peer-reviewed articles. His books include Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control, Applied Epidemiology, Handbook of Obesity Prevention, Communicating Public Health Information Effectively: A Guide for Practitioners, and Evidence-Based Public Health. He is Associate Editor of the Annual Review of Public Health and on the editorial board of three other journals. He is a former and founding member of the 15-person CDC task force responsible for developing the Guide to Community Preventive Services.



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