David B. Abrams

Executive Director

Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies


Department of Health
Behavior and Society
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

Adjunct Professor

Department of Oncology
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Georgetown University Medical Center

Adjunct Professor

Department of Behavioral and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of Maryland

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David Abrams, Ph.D., is respected globally for his transdisciplinary scientific contributions in health behavior, behavioral and preventive medicine and tobacco control. He is executive director of the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at Truth Initiative. He is also a clinical psychologist, a professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Previously, he was director of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and founding director of Brown University Medical School’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Abrams has published more than 250 scholarly articles and is lead author of The Tobacco Dependence Treatment Handbook: A Guide to Best Practices. He was president of the Society for Behavioral Medicine and received the Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award from the American Society for Preventive Oncology for his lifetime contributions to tobacco control, and the Research Laureate Award from the American Academy of Health Behavior.

He is currently working to demonstrate that the unrealized potential to reduce tobacco use can be addressed through systems integration of a harm minimization strategy, applying scientific evidence to widespread policy and practice.

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