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Spotlight 5, 2017
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Fall 2017

The SRNT Trainee Network highlights outstanding trainees and mentors in tobacco science, thereby providing visibility and networking opportunities for it's members.


                                               TRAINEE AWARD WINNERS


Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, DPhil


Early Career Investigator


Public Health


Dr. Hartmann-Boyce completed her DPhil in Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford in February 2017. She is currently a Senior Researcher in Health Behaviours at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford and a Managing Editor with the Cochrane Tobacco Review Group. Her recent accomplishments include working on the first Cochrane review of standardized packaging. She is currently working on developing new methods to disseminate her research findings and engage with the public, such as working with a science song writer to create a song about current evidence on vaping.


Dr. Hartmann-Boyce’s interest in tobacco science originated during a summer internship when she used the Legacy Tobacco Documents Archive to examine the tobacco industry’s relationships with labor unions in the U.S. Her favorite part of being an SRNT member is attending the annual meeting to hear about the diverse and impactful work done by SRNT members, and to talk with other international tobacco scientists. Her future training goals include acquiring the knowledge and expertise necessary to develop novel methods to synthesize evidence in order to inform healthcare policy and to communicate complex research findings to the public in an effective manner.



Joshua Karelitz, MS, MA


Pre-Doctoral Trainee




Mr. Karelitz is currently a Pre-Doctoral Candidate in the Biological and Health Psychology program at the University of Pittsburgh.  His recent accomplishments include defending his second Master’s Thesis, which examined nicotine’s influence on habituation of reinforce effectiveness in a human sample.  He has also published several articles as lead and co-author, including work validating the use of internet-submitted carbon monoxide values to confirm daily quit status for cessation studies.


Mr. Karelitz became interested in tobacco science through working as a research assistant on studies in several diverse topic areas, including: individual differences in nicotine reinforcement, negative affect relief from smoking, and developing screening procedures to test novel cessation medication efficacy.


His favorite part of being an SRNT member is attending the annual meeting to learn about innovative tobacco science research, meet the investigators behind this work, and network with peers.  His future training goals include expanding his knowledge of statistical methods and increasing the scope of his research to focus on understudied subpopulations of smokers.  He is currently working on his Specialty Exam and developing his dissertation project.



Megan Roberts, PhD


Early Career Investigator


Public Health


Dr. Roberts completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at Dartmouth College in 2012. She is currently an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University in the College of Public Health.  Dr. Roberts’ recent accomplishments include receipt of an R21 award from the National Cancer Institute to examine how various types of licensing laws could impact disparities in tobacco retailer density. She is also the first author on a recent AJPH paper that examines urban/rural differences and similarities in the use of various tobacco products.


Dr. Roberts became interested in tobacco science through her fascination with adolescent health-risk behavior, which led her to examining tobacco initiation trajectories and how tobacco marketing targets vulnerable populations.  Her favorite parts of being an SRNT member are the special-interest networks and attending the annual meetings, both of which expose her to novel findings from varied fields and allow her to connect with colleagues.  Her future training goals include working in tobacco regulatory science, and continuing to pursue her interest in tobacco use among adolescents, young adults, and other vulnerable populations.  





Marcus Munafo, PhD


Senior Investigator


Basic Science


Dr. Munafo completed his PhD in Health Psychology from the University of Southampton in 2000. He is currently a Professor of Biological Psychology at the University of Bristol and the Editor-in-Chief of Nicotine & Tobacco Research. In his career, he has mentored over ten pre-doctoral students and nine post-doctoral scholars. What he most enjoys about providing mentorship in the field of tobacco science is helping his early career mentees develop the skills needed to go on to independent careers.


Dr. Munafo’s research career began in the area of anxiety and recovery from surgery, but he became interested in tobacco science after pursuing a post-doctoral fellowship exploring the links between nicotine’s biological effects and behavior at the University of Oxford. His favorite part of being an SRNT member is engaging with colleagues at the annual meeting because of the sense of community it encourages, in addition to being a scientific society. His future goals for providing mentorship to trainees in the field of tobacco science include encouraging senior researchers to come together to learn best mentoring practices and share their experiences and ideas.



Amy Ferketich, PhD


Senior Investigator


Public Health


Dr. Ferketich completed her PhD in Public Health/Epidemiology from The Ohio State University in 2000. She is currently a Professor of Epidemiology in The Ohio State University College of Public Health. In her career, she has mentored ten pre-doctoral candidates, more than fifty master’s students, six undergraduate honors students, and a post-doctoral fellow. Further illustrating her achievements in mentoring, she recently received (2016) a Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.


Dr. Ferketich’s interest in tobacco science began as a graduate student when she worked with Drs. Mary Ellen Wewers and Moon Chen on a project focused on secondhand smoke exposure among Chinese Americans in New York City. Although her research was in a different area, she was inspired by Dr. Wewer’s passion for helping smokers quit, as well as the public health implications of conducting tobacco control research. Her favorite part of being an SRNT member is the diversity of its members, which brings new and exciting topics at the annual meeting. Her future goals for providing mentorship to trainees in the field of tobacco science include providing undergraduates at the Ohio State University with research opportunities in tobacco control and continuing to provide quality mentoring to pre- and post-doctoral students. 



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