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: Professor, Epidemiology; Professor of Global Public Health; Co-Leader, Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Program, UM Rogel Cancer Center
    Position: CAsToR Principal Investigator
    Webpage: 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
    Webpage: sph.umich.edu
  • 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
    Webpage: sph.umich.edu
  • 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
  • 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
    Webpage: sph.umich.edu
  • 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
    Webpage: sph.umich.edu
  • 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
    Webpage: sph.umich.edu
  • 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
    Webpage: sph.umich.edu

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
    Webpage: 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
  • Ross Hammond, PhD
    Ross Hammond, PhD
    Brookings Institution • Washington University in St. Louis
    Ross Hammond, PhD
    Brookings Institution: Director, Senior Fellow
    Washington University in St. Louis: Associate 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
    Webpage: 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

  • Molly Coeling
    Molly Coeling
    University of Michigan
    Molly Coeling
    University of Michigan: Project Coordinator
  • Amanda Dudley
    Amanda Dudley
    University of Michigan
    Amanda Dudley
    University of Michigan: CAsToR Center Manager
  • Evelyn Jimenez Mendoza
    Evelyn Jimenez Mendoza
    University of Michigan
    Evelyn Jimenez Mendoza
    University of Michigan: Research Area Specialist Intermediate
  • Nargiz Travis
    Nargiz Travis
    Georgetown University
    Nargiz Travis
    Georgetown University: Project Director