Raymond S. Niaura, Ph.D., is Associate Director for Science at the Schroeder Institute, American Legacy Foundation and Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Society in The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology at McGill University, and graduate degrees in psychology at Rutgers University. Dr. Niaura’s research interests lie in studying combined pharmacological and behavioral treatments for smoking cessation, cessation in disadvantaged populations, and familial/genetic influences on lifetime tobacco use trajectories, for which he has received support from NIH, several foundations, and industry. Dr. Niaura has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers, received over 60 grants and awards, and has authored numerous book chapters, as well as a book, “The tobacco dependence treatment handbook: A guide to best practices.” He is Past President of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the American Academy of Health Behavior. Dr. Niaura was Co-PI and then PI of the ten-year Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center (TTURC) at Brown University, one of seven national centers, funded by the NCI, NIDA, and NIAAA. He was also the scientific PI for the Medicare Stop Smoking Program, an initiative funded by CMS, in which over 7,000 older smokers were randomized to receive evidence-based smoking cessation benefits. This work resulted in passage of permanent smoking cessation coverage for Medicare beneficiaries.
Biography Updated on 2 April 2012