Mary Jennifer Cantrell

Managing Director
Evaluation Science and Research
Assistant Professor (Adjunct)
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University


Jennifer Cantrell, Dr.P.H., M.P.A., is managing director of Evaluation Science and Research at Truth Initiative and an adjunct assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her background is in social and behavioral sciences, health policy evaluation, survey research, measurement, social epidemiology and health disparities.

Dr. Cantrell’s work involves evaluating the impact of population-level interventions on tobacco use, including antismoking mass media efforts, pro- and anti-tobacco marketing, tobacco-related policies and FDA regulation. Her research has also examined geographic and environmental influences on tobacco initiation and cessation, with a focus on the impact of these factors on tobacco-related disparities. Dr. Cantrell has published extensively in the scientific literature and received national and international media coverage for her work. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, Dr. Cantrell leads evaluation efforts for the national truth® youth tobacco prevention campaign.

Dr. Cantrell has served as a senior research scientist for New York City’s Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control. She has her doctorate and master’s degrees from Columbia University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Behavioral Science Training, funded by the National Institutes of Health. She is currently a recipient of the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Award for research on health disparities.