Since completion of my pharmacy degree, my career goals have been directed toward expanding the preventive medicine component of health care delivery and utilization and broadening the clinician's role as an advocate for positive health outcomes through disease prevention, as well as treatment. The approaches that I apply in attaining these goals are transdisciplinary, collaborative, and participatory. For the past 15 years, my primary clinical and cancer-related research focus has been tobacco cessation. My work in the area of tobacco research encompasses (1) the identification of predictors of tobacco use, including genetics and environment, (2) the development of new measures for assessing tobacco-related phenotypes, such as the multidimensional characterization of tobacco dependence, (3) evaluation of interventions for cessation, and (4) the development, evaluation, and dissemination of effective training programs for health-care providers. Perhaps my most significant scholarly contribution is the careful creation of the most comprehensive, evidence-based tobacco cessation curriculum available for health professional students and licensed health-care providers. 


Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy, Purdue University

IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, Centers and Institutes, Indiana University School of Medicine

Past Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of Medicine, Yale University (past)

Assistant Professor, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (past)

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy, Purdue University (past)

Assistant Clinical Professor (without salary), Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco (past)

Assistant Professor, Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Oncology, Pharmacy
PhD, University of Texas at Austin, Health Behavior and Health Education, 1995
MS, Auburn University, Pharmacy Care Systems, 1991
BS, Ohio Northern University, Pharmacy, 1986
tobacco health promotion genetics
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco