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Spotlight 2, 2015
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The SRNT Trainee Network highlights outstanding trainees in tobacco science, thereby providing visibility and networking opportunities.


Erin Mead, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Trainee

Public Health 

Dr. Mead completed her Ph.D. in Public Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in 2014. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science. Dr. Mead’s recent accomplishments in tobacco science include publishing a study on the role of novel, theory-driven graphic warning labels in motivation to quit among low-income, urban smokers and receiving a distinguished Doctoral Research Award from the Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

Dr. Mead became interested in tobacco science after observing significant tobacco-related disparities in a vulnerable, underserved population while working with small native communities in the Canadian Arctic. Her favorite parts of being an SRNT member include exposure to innovative research, exchange of ideas, and opportunities to participate in cutting edge workshops. Dr. Mead’s future training goals include training in transdisciplinary tobacco regulatory science, developing expertise in the use of mobile health technology for research and interventions, and continuing work in tobacco disparities research using a culturally competent approach.

Tracy Smith, M.S.

Graduate Student


Ms. Smith is a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. She will graduate with a Ph.D. in Biological and Health Psychology in 2015. Ms. Smith’s recent accomplishments in tobacco science include receipt of a pre-doctoral National Research Service Award (F31) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to investigate the relationship between nicotine cost and nicotine dose as well as publishing a review in Preventive Medicine on the utility of applying a behavioral economics framework to research on nicotine addiction.

Ms. Smith became interested in tobacco science through her graduate work, which has focused on pre-clinical research questions that have the potential to inform regulatory policy (e.g., reduction of nicotine content in cigarettes). Her favorite part of being an SRNT member is attending the annual meeting, because it provides opportunities to learn about new and ongoing research in the field of tobacco science. Ms. Smith’s future training goals include completing a post-doctoral fellowship and ultimately working in tobacco regulatory science as a faculty member at a research institution. Ms. Smith is currently applying for post-doctoral fellowships.

Danielle Ramo, Ph.D.

Early Career Investigator


Dr. Ramo completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at San Diego State University and UC San Diego (joint program) in 2008. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ramo’s recent accomplishments in tobacco science include receipt of a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop and test the efficacy of a smoking cessation intervention for young adults delivered via Facebook. 

Dr. Ramo became interested in tobacco science through a desire to understand developmental differences in substance use and an interest in using innovative strategies to reach young smokers. Her favorite parts of being an SRNT member are connecting with colleagues via participation in networks and annual meetings, and disseminating research findings through Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Dr. Ramo’s future training goals include developing expertise in conducting clinical trials for smoking cessation in youth, using social media to deliver health behavior change, tobacco policy and marketing regulations that are relevant to young people, and ethical issues in online research, as well as becoming a leader in psychiatry and outcomes research.

Olivia Maynard, Ph.D.

Early Career Investigator

Public Health 

Dr. Maynard completed her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol in 2014, where she is now a Research Associate. Dr. Maynard’s recent accomplishments in tobacco science include receipt of an ‘Outstanding Early Career Impact Prize’ from the Economic Social Research Council in 2014 for her work in tobacco control policy. Dr. Maynard has also recently received her first grant, awarded by the Cancer Research UK Tobacco Advisory Group to evaluate the effectiveness of cigarette package health warnings using cognitive neuroscience techniques. 

Dr. Maynard became interested in tobacco science when she began her doctoral training in 2010 and started using cognitive neuroscience techniques to answer policy-relevant research questions. Her favorite part of being an SRNT member is attending the annual meetings of SRNT and SRNT-Europe, as they provide her with the opportunity to learn about new findings in both her own research field and in novel areas, while traveling the world. Dr. Maynard’s future training goals include working in multiple labs in order to learn new research techniques and perspectives, enabling her to continue to conduct internationally relevant and cutting-edge research.



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