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Advisory Committee

Treatment Research Network Co-Chairs:

Leonie Brose, Ph.D.

Dr Leonie Brose is a Senior Lecturer in Addictions at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. She completed her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, followed by a post-doctoral position at University College London and the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training.

Her research has covered clinical effectiveness of stop smoking intervention, practitioner training and electronic cigarettes. In December 2015, she has started a Cancer Research UK/BUPA Foundation Fellowship in Cancer Prevention to focus on smoking cessation in smokers with mental health problems. She is Associate Editor for Nicotine & Tobacco Research and Assistant Editor for the journal Addiction.


Janice Blalock, Ph.D.

Janice Blalock, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and Assistant Director of the Tobacco Treatment Program at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is a clinical psychologist with 18 years of experience conducting clinical research in the area of smoking cessation and treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders. Her research is focused on understanding the role that comorbid psychiatric disorders and related emotional processes play in the development and maintenance of nicotine dependence; and development of treatments for this population of smokers. She has conducted NIDA and NIMH-funded studies evaluating the efficacy of combined depression and smoking cessation interventions in pregnant smokers with high levels of depressive symptoms and in smokers with chronic forms of current depressive disorders. She also has interest in evaluating smoking cessation treatments that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of cancer patients who have difficulty quitting following diagnosis. She conducted an NCI-funded study evaluating a novel smoking cessation counseling approach for cancer patients. She has published numerous articles on treatment outcomes of these clinical trials and studies evaluating the impact of clinical depression on withdrawal and abstinence outcomes. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


Advisory Committee Members:

Steven L. Bernstein M.D.

Steven L. Bernstein M.D. is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health at Yale. His work focuses on the implementation of tobacco dependence treatment in various clinical settings, including emergency departments and hospital inpatient units. A newer line of research entails the use of network analysis to model the relationships among adherence, abstinence, and clinical outcomes. Dr. Bernstein also directs a new K12 program to train young investigators in implementation science.





Anne M. Joseph, M.D., MPH

Dr. Joseph is a Wexler Professor of Medicine and general internist in the Department of Medicine. She received her medical training at the University of Michigan and received a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. She is currently directing the Applied Clinical Research Program in the Department of Medicine. Her primary research interests are in tobacco control. Her work has focused on smoking cessation and smoking reduction interventions for special populations of smokers that experience unique barriers to delivery of tobacco treatment. Dr. Joseph is past president of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Co-Chair of the Medical School Promotion and Tenure Committee and a member of the University of Minnesota Women’s Faculty Cabinet.


Megan Piper, Ph.D.

Dr. Megan Piper is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Associate Research Director of the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. Her research focuses on understanding and treating tobacco dependence, with an additional interest in different populations of smokers who have more difficulty quitting, such as women and smokers with mental illness. In 2014, Dr. Piper received the Russell-Jarvik Young Investigator Award for her contributions to the field from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. Dr. Piper serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research



Marc L. Steinberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Marc Steinberg is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Director, Division of Addiction Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Steinberg’s research focuses on tobacco use and dependence, including tobacco dependence treatment development, tobacco use in smokers with psychiatric comorbidity, the relationship between smoking and task persistence/distress tolerance, and motivational interviewing as an approach to encourage smokers to make a quit attempt.


In addition to serving on the SRNT Treatment Research Network’s Advisory Committee, Dr. Steinberg serves on the Treatment Research Network’s Communications Committee and the SRNT Electronic Communications Committee. He is a Deputy Editor for the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.


Joanna Streck

Joanna Streck is a graduate student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Vermont. Her research takes place at the Vermont Center on Behavior & Health where she works on a trial examining the effects of reduced nicotine content cigarettes on different populations particularly vulnerable to smoking.  Joanna is interested in the cross section between psychopathology, illicit substance use and smoking outcomes as well as the prospect of different novel harm reduction strategies such as reduced nicotine content cigarettes.  Joanna serves as the Network Operations Coordinator for the Treatment Research Network.




Andrea Weinberger, PhD

Andrea Weinberger, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Health Emphasis Psychology PhD program at Yeshiva University's Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology with a secondary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Weinberger is a clinical psychologist and her research focuses on behavioral smoking cessation treatment development; epidemiology of tobacco use and quitting; gender and racial/ethnic differences in smoking and quitting behavior; and smokers with comorbid psychiatric, substance use, and medical conditions. In addition to serving on the SRNT Treatment Research Network's Advisory Committee, Dr. Weinberger is a member of the communications subcommittee. She is a Deputy Editor at Nicotine & Tobacco Research and a Consulting Editor at Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.



chaired by Erika Litvin Bloom, PhD

chaired by Darla Kendzor, PhD and Michael Businelle, PhD

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(last updated 7/31/2017)

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