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Sara Hitchman, MASc, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Addictions, King's College London, Co-chair

Sara is a lecturer (assistant professor) at King's College London. Sara's research focuses on global tobacco control policy, cigarette health warnings, electronic cigarettes and vapourised nicotine products, and standardised packaging of tobacco products. Her current research work is funded by Cancer Research UK, NIH (US), and the European Commission.




Olivia Maynard, PhD, Economic & Social Research Council Fellow, University of Bristol, Co-chair, Communications Subcommittee

Olivia’s interests are in healthy behaviour change and choice architecture interventions, with a focus on tobacco and alcohol use. She uses a wide range of experimental techniques including eye-tracking, EEG, fMRI, randomised controlled trials and naturalistic field studies. Olivia’s work was some of the first to use neuroscience techniques to examine the effectiveness of plain packaging for tobacco products and she has recently been awarded funding to develop this experimental work and examine how self-efficacy interventions can encourage behaviour change among smokers. Olivia works closely with academics and policy makers and in the past has worked in the UK Government Cabinet Office and is currently conducting a fellowship at the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology examining issues related to tobacco control.



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Desmond Jenson, JD, Senior Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center, Advisory Committee, Education Subcommittee

Desmond Jenson’s focus is federal tobacco control policy, primarily the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulation of tobacco products. An administrative law expert, Desmond closely monitors the FDA and other agencies and leads the public health community in identifying opportunities to strengthen federal tobacco regulation. He coordinates with local, state, tribal, national, and global public health leaders, keeping them apprised of important regulatory changes and litigation impacting federal tobacco control efforts. Desmond drafts comments to the FDA, helps to coordinate the filing of amicus curiae briefs in important litigation, develops educational materials explaining federal law, and speaks to public health audiences about tobacco control. Desmond also works closely with scientists, consulting on the development of research as well as writing manuscripts, to build an evidence base for legally-defensible tobacco control policies.



Paula Keller, M.P.H. Director of Cessation Programs, ClearWay MinnesotaSM, Advisory Committee

ClearWay MinnesotaSM is an independent, non-profit organization that improves the health of Minnesotans by reducing the harm caused by tobacco through research, action and collaboration. Paula Keller administers QUITPLAN® Services (Minnesota’s free population-based cessation services), oversees ClearWay Minnesota’s cessation policy work, and manages cessation evaluation activities. She has over 15 years of tobacco control experience including work with quitlines, health systems change, cessation policy and increasing utilization of evidence-based treatment.



Andrea Villanti, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont

Andrea's primary focus is on young adult tobacco use, including predictors and patterns of use and interventions to reduce tobacco use in young adults. She also has expertise in translational research to improve tobacco control policy and program decision-making, including tobacco regulatory science.





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Allison M. Glasser, MPH, Assistant Research Scientist, New York University College of Global Public Health, Doctoral Candidate in Health Behavior & Health Promotion, The Ohio State University College of Public Health, Operations Coordinator

Allison is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at NYU's College of Global Public Health while earning her PhD in Health Behavior & Health Promotion at Ohio State's College of Public Health. Allison's primary research focus is on patterns of use of emerging tobacco products, particularly electronic cigarettes. She also has expertise in conducting systematic evidence reviews and tobacco regulatory science.



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