TCORS 2.0: Center for the Assessment of Tobacco Regulations (CAsToR)

Personnel

Principal Investigators

  • Rafael Meza, PhDUniversity of Michigan
    Rafael Meza, PhD
    University of Michigan
    Rafael Meza, PhD
    University of Michigan: Associate Professor, Epidemiology; Associate Professor of Global Public Health; Co-Leader, Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Program, UM Rogel Cancer Center
    Position: CAsToR Principal Investigator
    Profile: sph.umich.edu
    Dr. Rafael Meza is PI for CAsToR at the University of Michigan and co-Lead of Projects 1 - 2, as well as the Data Analysis and Dissemination Core. He is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan, as well as Co-Lead the Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Program at the UM Rogel Cancer Center. His research utilizes mathematical modeling to assess risk of and develop screening tools for cancer. Dr. Meza has extensive experience in tobacco simulation modeling and has developed models as Coordinating PI for the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) lung group.
  • David Levy, PhDGeorgetown University
    David Levy, PhD
    Georgetown University
    David Levy, PhD
    Georgetown University: Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center
    Position: CAsToR Principal Investigator
    Dr. David Levy is PI for CAsToR at Georgetown University and co-Lead of Projects 1 - 3, and the Research Assessment and Input Development Core. He received his PhD in Economics from UCLA (USA), and is currently a Professor of Oncology at Georgetown University. He has published over 250 articles, in renowned journals such as the American Economic Review, BMJ, AJPH, JAMA, The Lancet, Tobacco Control, and PLOS Medicine. He has been principal investigator of grants from the CDC, WHO, the National Cancer Institute, and Bloomberg/Gates Foundation. Dr. Levy currently oversees the design and development of the SimSmoke tobacco policy simulation model, for which he has developed models for over 40 countries covering 85% of the world’s population, and has recently developed models of smokeless tobacco and e-cigarette use. In addition to being a principal investigator on the TCORS grant, he is currently a principal investor on a National Cancer Institute grant with the InternationalTobaccoControl Policy Evaluation Project (theITCProject) in which he has developed models of e-cigarette use for Canada, England and France; and is a principal investigator on the National Cancer Institute CISNET Lung Group. He has recently published articles providing a public health framework for evaluating e-cigarettes and showing the potential benefits of e-cigarettes, as well as papers on the cigarette and e-cigarette markets.

Project + Core Lead Investigators

  • Clifford Douglas, JD
    Clifford Douglas, JD
    University of Michigan
    Clifford Douglas, JD
    University of Michigan: Researcher
    Position: Core Lead, Research Assessment and Input Development Core (RAID)
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Profile: sph.umich.edu
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    Dr. Clifford Douglas is Project Lead for the Research Assessment and Input Development Core (RAID). He is the Director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network, an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, as well as Director of the Center for Tobacco Control at the American Cancer Society. A tobacco control expert and public policy advocate since 1988, he has written and spoken extensively on a wide range of policy, legal and scientific issues, most recently focusing on regulation of smoking in work places and public places and on regulation of tobacco products and tobacco product marketing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Nancy Fleischer, PhD, MPH
    Nancy Fleischer, PhD, MPH
    University of Michigan
    Nancy Fleischer, PhD, MPH
    University of Michigan: Associate Professor of Epidemiology
    Position: Project Lead, Research Project 3
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Profile: sph.umich.edu
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    Dr. Nancy Fleischer is Project Lead forResearch Project 3 and a member of the CAsToR Steering Committee. Dr. Fleischer is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan. She is a social epidemiologist, whose research examines how the broader social and policy environments affect health and health disparities in the U.S. and around the world. Much of her research focuses on the role of tobacco control policies on health equity, including smoking behaviors, polytobacco use, and downstream health outcomes. More broadly, Dr. Fleischer is interested in the growing burden of non-communicable diseases globally, and the role tobacco plays in that growth.
  • Theodore Holford, PhD
    Theodore Holford, PhD
    Yale University
    Theodore Holford, PhD
    Yale University: Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Public Health
    Positions: Core Lead, Data Analysis and Dissemination Core (DAD); Co-Investigator, Research Project 1; Co-Investigator, Research Project 2
    Role: Co-Investigator
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    Dr. Theodore Holford is Project Lead of Data Analysis and Dissemination Core (DAD), Co-Investigator for Research Project 1, and Co-Investigator for Research Project 2, as well as a member of the CAsToR Steering Committee. He is the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine, as well as a member of the Yale Cancer Center and Yale Institute for Global Health. Dr. Holford has worked extensively in methodology development, specifically to evaluate trends using age-period-cohort models and inform intervention strategies at the population level.
  • Jihyoun Jeon, PhD, MS
    Jihyoun Jeon, PhD, MS
    University of Michigan
    Jihyoun Jeon, PhD, MS
    University of Michigan: Associate Research Scientist
    Position: Core Lead, Data Analysis and Dissemination Core (DAD)
    Roles: Co-Investigator, Junior Faculty
    Profile: sph.umich.edu
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    Dr. Jihyoun Jeon is Project Lead for the Data Analysis and Dissemination Core (DAD). She is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a member of the Rogel Cancer Center’s Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Program. Dr. Jeon has been an instrumental member of several consortia focused on developing modeling tools to characterize cancer risk, such the Lung Cancer group of the NCI consortium ‘Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET)’ and the Colorectal Transdisciplinary (CORECT) Study in the Genetic Associations and Mechanisms in Oncology (GAME-ON). Her modeling expertise incorporates risk prediction and cancer etiology to evaluate screening methods to effectively reduce cancer incidence.
  • David Mendez, PhD
    David Mendez, PhD
    University of Michigan
    David Mendez, PhD
    University of Michigan: Associate Professor
    Positions: Core Lead, Career Enhancement Core (CEC); Project Lead, Research Project 2
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Profile: sph.umich.edu
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    Dr. David Mendez is Core Lead for the Career Enhancement Core (CEC) and Project Lead for Research Project 2. He is also a member of the CAsToR Steering Committee. Dr. Mendez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on modeling trends of cigarette smoking cessation or switching to e-cigarettes. Dr. Mendez’s research also investigates the financial implications of these trends, with specific focus on tobacco control in the United States.
  • Ritesh Mistry, PhD
    Ritesh Mistry, PhD
    University of Michigan
    Ritesh Mistry, PhD
    University of Michigan: Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
    Position: Core Lead, Career Enhancement Core (CEC)
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Profile: sph.umich.edu
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    Dr. Ritesh Mistry is Core Lead for the Career Enhancement Core (CEC) and a member of the CAsToR Steering Committee. Dr. Mistry is an Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on evaluating health disparities in smoking trends, as well as adolescent tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposures in global settings.
  • Kenneth E. Warner, PhD
    Kenneth E. Warner, PhD
    University of Michigan
    Kenneth E. Warner, PhD
    University of Michigan: Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Public Health; Professor Emeritus of Health Management & Policy; Dean Emeritus of Public Health
    Position: Co-Investigator, Research Project 2
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Profile: sph.umich.edu
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    Dr. Kenneth Warner is Co-Investigator for Research Project 2 and a member of the CAsToR Steering Committee. Dr. Warner is the Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Public Health, Professor Emeritus of Health Management & Policy, and Dean Emeritus of Public Health at the University of Michigan. His expertise surrounds policy implications on tobacco use and cessation trends, in addition to tobacco-related health outcomes resulting from tobacco harm reduction strategies.

Expert Advisory Committee

  • Neal Benowitz, MD
    Neal Benowitz, MD
    University of California - San Francisco
    Neal Benowitz, MD
    University of California - San Francisco: Professor in Residence
    Role: Expert Advisory Committee
  • Frank J. Chaloupka, PhD
    Frank J. Chaloupka, PhD
    University of Illinois - Chicago
    Frank J. Chaloupka, PhD
    University of Illinois - Chicago: Research Professor
    Role: Expert Advisory Committee
    Profile: ihrp.uic.edu
  • Kenneth Cummings, PhD, MPH
    Kenneth Cummings, PhD, MPH
    University of South Carolina
    Kenneth Cummings, PhD, MPH
    University of South Carolina: Professor
    Role: Expert Advisory Committee
  • Joshua M Epstein, PhD
    Joshua M Epstein, PhD
    New York University
    Joshua M Epstein, PhD
    New York University: Professor
    Role: Expert Advisory Committee
  • Lisa Henriksen, PhD
    Lisa Henriksen, PhD
    Stanford University
    Lisa Henriksen, PhD
    Stanford University: Senior Research Scientist
    Roles: Co-Investigator, Expert Advisory Committee
  • Robin J. Mermelstein, PhD
    Robin J. Mermelstein, PhD
    University of Illinois - Chicago
    Robin J. Mermelstein, PhD
    University of Illinois - Chicago: Professor of Psychology and IHRP Director
    Role: Expert Advisory Committee
    Profile: ihrp.uic.edu
  • Nancy Ann Rigotti, MD
    Nancy Ann Rigotti, MD
    Harvard University
    Nancy Ann Rigotti, MD
    Harvard University: Professor
    Role: Expert Advisory Committee

Center Administrative Staff

  • Amanda Dudley
    Amanda Dudley
    University of Michigan
    Amanda Dudley
    University of Michigan: CAsToR Center Manager
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    Amanda Dudley is the Center Manager for the University of Michigan and Georgetown University, Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (CAsToR). Amanda has a master’s degree in medical sociology with an emphasis in use of information technology in addressing health disparities. Amanda has over 20+ years research administrative experience and was the lead administrator on two other NIH funded centers in the past. Amanda is primarily responsible for the administrative oversight of the center overall, it’s three research projects, four support cores and the numerous subcontracts operating within the center.
  • Evelyn Jimenez Mendoza
    Evelyn Jimenez Mendoza
    University of Michigan
    Evelyn Jimenez Mendoza
    University of Michigan: Research Area Specialist Assoc
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    Evelyn Jimenez Mendoza, is the Data Coordinator of the Data Analysis and Dissemination (DAD) Core of the Center. She is a Research Assistant at the University of Michigan with a Master's degree in Epidemiology. Evelyn worked previously in the Tobacco Control Center at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico and participated in the design and implementation of a nationally representative survey. Her main responsibilities are to ensure uniformly high standards of data collection, as well as consistent measures of tobacco use across research projects.
  • Marie Knoll
    Marie Knoll
    Georgetown University
    Marie Knoll
    Georgetown University: Research Associate
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    Marie Knoll is a Research Associate for the CAsToR’s RAID Core at Georgetown University. Marie has a Master’s of Science in Public Health with a focus on Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina where she worked with the Rural and Minority Health Research Center investigating the effectiveness of policies aimed at improving health and reducing barriers to care (specifically cancer screening) among rural and minority populations.

    Marie also has two years’ experience in clinical trials looking at the role of heart rate variability biofeedback in chronic pain among veterans.
  • Nargiz Travis
    Nargiz Travis
    Georgetown University
    Nargiz Travis
    Georgetown University: Project Director
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    Nargiz Travis is a Project Director for CAsToR’s Projects 1 and 3 as well as for the Research Assessment and Input Development (RAID) Core at Georgetown University. She has a master’s degree in Public Health with focus on Epidemiology from Freie University Berlin in Germany and over 9 years of professional experience in cardiovascular epidemiology and healthcare research. Prior to joining CAsToR, she has collaborated in a number of international EC-funded public health projects. Her responsibilities at the Center include day to day project coordination and support in conducting scientific work and in model development.
  • Katie Zarins
    Katie Zarins
    University of Michigan
    Katie Zarins
    University of Michigan: Training Coordinator
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    Katie Zarins is the Training Coordinator for CAsToR’s Career Enhancement Core (CEC). She has a master’s degree in public health with a focus in epidemiology. Katie has over 7 years of experience in project coordination, and she previously worked as the student internship coordinator for the Global Cancer Initiative at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Katie is responsible for coordinating all trainee activities through the CEC; such as organizing training events and workshops, administering the pilot funds program, and managing program reporting and evaluation