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  • Program in Nicotine and Tobacco Research

  • The Program for Nicotine and Tobacco Research conducts state of the art research and teaching in nicotine addiction and treatment using clinical, laboratory and public health approaches.

    Ernestine Jennings, PhD, researcher at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital, talks about the psychological factors of smoking, common methods of quitting and current research.

    Specifically, our focus is to:

    • Investigate methods of motivating smoking cessation (motivational Interviewing; increasing risk perception) and increasing consumer demand for evidenced-based treatments
    • Provide a forum for collaborative research projects
    • Provide mentorship for young investigators
    • Investigate new technologies and channels to deliver smoking cessation treatment
    • Develop and test smoking cessation treatments for a variety of underserved cultures and subpopulations (e.g., psychiatric, medical, perinatal, ethnic)
    • Develop innovative ways to analyze smoking data
    • Use qualitative data, theory and community-based participatory methods to develop treatments
    • Investigate the physiological and psychological mechanisms of nicotine addiction and smoking cessation
    • To reduce second-hand smoke exposure in households of smokers

    Belinda Borrelli, PhD
    Director, Program in Nicotine and Tobacco, Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital
    Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University