Caryn Lerman, Ph.D., is the Mary W. Calkins Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also Director of Penn’s NIH-funded Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction, and the Interim Director of the Abramson Cancer Center. Dr. Lerman’s research interests focus on nicotine addiction pharmacogenetics and medication development. Her recent work incorporates neuroimaging technologies to elucidate the neural substrates of nicotine addiction and to validate neuroimaging biomarkers for risk stratification and targeted therapy. The ultimate goal of her research program is to translate these findings to clinical practice in the form of personalized medicine for smoking cessation. Dr. Lerman recently received a Pharmacogenetic Research Network grant from the NIH to lead a landmark multi-institutional prospective pharmacogenomic trial of nicotine dependence treatment. Dr. Lerman’s awards and honors include membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the APA Award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology, the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) Cullen Award for Tobacco Research, and the Alton Ochsner Award for Research Relating Tobacco and Health. She is a past president of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, the primary international society for nicotine addiction scientists. She has over 300 publications and has been the Principal Investigator on 11 R01s, a U01, and a Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center P50 grant, which is now in its 12th year.
Michael Hennessy is a researcher at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. His major interests are the integration of structural equation modeling and intervention program/behavioral theory, growth curve analysis of longitudinal data, and using factorial surveys to model decision making and to design effective interventions. He has published over 100 articles in journals as Evaluation Review, Structural Equation Modeling, Psychology Health & Medicine, American Journal of Evaluation, Evaluation and the Health Professions, Journal of Sex Research, and AIDS and Behavior. Dr. Hennessy was previously employed by the Centers for Disease Control (Division of STD Prevention), has held faculty positions at the University of Hawaii and Emory University (both in the Department of Sociology), and has worked in the private sector doing evaluation research (at Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA and at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Francisco, CA). He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and his M.P.H. from the School of Public Health, Emory University.
Dr. Susan Middlestadt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and has held postdoctoral and faculty appointments at the University of Illinois, Champaign, and has been the director of the Center for Applied Behavioral and Evaluation Research section at the Academy for Educational Development (AED) based in Washington, D.C. She conducts research to design and evaluate social and behavioral interventions in sexual health, overweight and obesity, tobacco control, and health care seeking. Her research has been funded by NIH, CDC, USAID, Kellogg and other agencies and foundations and has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed articles, invited chapters, and technical assistance documents.
The Social Regulation of Activity and Inactivity: Implications for Behavior Prediction and Behavior Change
Dr. Dolores Albarracín received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1997, and became an Endowed Professor at the University of Florida in 2006. She returned to the University of Illinois in 2007 where she is now a Professor of Psychology. Dr. Albarracín specializes in attitudes and persuasion, the intention-behavior relation, goals, predicting general activity patterns, and predicting and changing health risk behaviors. She has published her work in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Health Psychology, Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, The Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, and Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, among others. She co-edited two books, including the Handbook of Attitudes, a reference with national and international reputation. Dr. Albarracin was a chartered member of the Social Psychology and Individual Difference Processes of the National Institutes of Health, and serves on numerous national and international committees, as well as a number of editorial boards. She is a fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.
Dr. James Jaccard received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana and currently is professor of psychology at Florida International University, Miami. Dr. Jaccard has also held academic appointments at SUNY Albany and Purdue University. He has written numerous books on statistics and two others concerned with adolescent/parent interactions and communication. His most recent book is Theory Construction and Model Building Skills: A Practical Guide for Social Scientists, co-authored with Jacob Jacoby and published by Guilford Press. He has also authored more than 100 peer reviewed articles and has an impressive history of research funding from NIH as well as private foundations.