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Donna Vallone

Chief Research Officer

Truth Initiative


Donna Vallone serves as the chief research officer at the Truth Initiative Schroeder Institute® and holds an associate professor (adjunct) appointment at the New York University College for Global Public Health. Vallone leads a multidisciplinary team of more than 30 research staff focused on examining the influence of health communication and tobacco policy initiatives to reduce tobacco use among youth and young adults. Most notably, Vallone leads the evaluation of truth®, one of the largest and most successful youth tobacco prevention campaigns. Her research interests focus on examining the influence of media messages to reduce tobacco use, particularly among lower socioeconomic status populations and racial/ethnic minority groups.

As a leader in advancing our knowledge of tobacco-related disparities, Vallone served as an editor of the National Cancer Institute Tobacco Control Monograph 22, “A Social Ecological Approach to Addressing Tobacco Related Health Disparities,” released in September 2017. She also helped establish the Tobacco Research Network on Disparities and the Diversity Network, a special interest group within the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. Vallone serves on numerous expert panels, editorial teams and evaluation advisory committees, and is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed academic manuscripts.

Vallone holds a doctoral degree in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University and a master’s degree in public health from New York University.

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Associate Professor

College of Global Public Health New York University