Frank Chaloupka, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC); he also holds an appointment in the UIC School of Public Health’s Division of Health Policy and Administration and is director of the UIC Health Policy Center. He received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate School and University Center, specializing in health economics. Dr. Chaloupka’s research interests include the effects of prices, policies, and other environmental factors on health behavior, including cigarette smoking and other tobacco use, alcohol use and abuse, illicit drug use, diet, and physical activity, as well as outcomes related to these behaviors. Much of his research focuses on youth and young adults. He received a University Scholar Award from the University of Illinois for his research on the economic analysis of substance use and abuse and was an expert reviewer on the IOM’s National Cancer Policy Board in 1997.
Madhabi Chatterji, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Measurement and Evaluation and Director of the Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Chatterji received her Ph.D. in measurement, evaluation, and research methodology from the University of South Florida, and has taught methodology courses at the graduate and advanced graduate levels for more than 15 years. Her research interests are in assessment and evaluation methodology, evidence standards and new evidence synthesis approaches, educational equity, and standards-based educational reforms in the United States. Her research has received national and regional recognition through awards from the American Educational Research Association in 2004 (AERA-Division H, 2004—Advances in Research Methodology) and the Florida Educational Research Association (Distinguished Paper Award, 1993). As a recent Fulbright Research Scholar (2007-2008), Dr. Chatterji is examining issues related to universal education and gender equality at the primary level in two South Asian nations, India and Bangladesh. She has published widely on both measurement and evaluation topics, with several papers weighing the utility of systemic, mixed-method designs against randomized controlled trials for studying complex education and public health interventions. Dr. Chatterji is a frequent consultant in her areas of specialty and serves on several national and international advisory panels in education, public health, and medicine. She took part in the planning meeting for this committee’s work.
Barbara A. Dennison, M.D., is Director of Policy and Research Translation in the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the New York State Department of Health, where she has overall responsibility for identifying and working with programs to ensure the implementation of evidence-based, best-practice, and promising approaches to preventing and reducing risk factors and conditions related to chronic diseases and injury. Dr. Dennison serves as the point of contact for the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention in developing policy and legislative initiatives to improve public health, and as the division’s policy liaison with other Department of