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Southeast Center co-sponsors distinguished speaker

Published: September 6th, 2011

Category: Community Dentistry & Behavioral Science, News, Research

The Cancer Center Population Science Research Working Group and the Southeast Center for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health welcome a guest speaker, Dr. Robin Mermelstein.

Mermelstein is with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Health Research and Policy, and is presenting a session, Cigarette Smoking in Adolescents and Young Adults: Patterns, Predictors, and Interventions, on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at the McKnight Brain Institute in LG-110A & B beginning at noon.

Robin Mermelstein, PhD. is Director of the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Professor in the Department of Psychology, and Clinical Professor of Community Health Sciences at UIC. She is also the Director of the Novel Translational and Collaborative Studies Core of UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences.

Dr. Mermelstein has been active in cancer prevention and tobacco-related research for over 20 years, with continuous NIH funding as a Principal Investigator since 1986. She was acknowledged by the NCI as a Research Pioneer in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. Her smoking cessation research has included developing and evaluating interventions for both adults and adolescents that range from intensive clinic-based approaches to more self-help, media based programs, and ones with telephone and internet adjuncts.

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Mermelstein has devoted much of her research efforts to the issue of adolescent and young adult smoking. She has had funding from the National Cancer Institute to employ novel approaches (e.g., Ecological Momentary Assessments) to understanding contextual factors in the development of nicotine dependence, and has been the Principal Investigator of a Program Project grant, “Social and Emotional Contexts of Adolescent Smoking Paterns,” from the NCI since 2004. Dr. Mermelstein has served on several Scientific Advisory Committees for national boards and university-based research centers and institutes. Dr. Mermelstein has also served on many NIH review committees, including being a former standing member of the NCI-A Cancer Centers review committee, a current member of the NIDA-K study section, and chairing several Special Emphasis Panel’s for both community level health promotion and mentored career development awards.