The Center Faculty come from all four UCSF Schools and conduct research and teaching in every aspect of tobacco control, from efforts by the tobacco industry to manipulate international politics to the molecular biology of nicotine addiction.

Danielle Ramo-Larios, PhD

Assoc Professor In Residence

Using digital media to change health risk behaviors including tobacco, alcohol, and other drug involvement.

Rita Redberg, MD, MS


Effects of secondhand smoke and other work related conditions (radiation) on flight attendants, technology assessment and preventive cardiology.

Mark Rubinstein, MD


Development of nicotine dependence in adolescents and young adults focusing on investigating factors which mediate nicotine addiction in adolescence.

Sujatha Sankaran, MD

Associate Clinical Professor

Smoking cessation, particularly in the hospital environment, tobacco use in low and middle income countries.

Jason Satterfield, PhD

Dir of Behavioral Medicine

Implementation of evidence-based behavioral interventions in primary care including screening, brief interventions, and behaviorally-based treatments for tobacco and substance use disorders.

Suzaynn Schick, PhD

Associate Adjunct Professor

Effects of exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke on the upper and lower respiratory tract in human subjects and the chemical and physical changes that occur in aging secondhand smoke.

Steve Schroeder, MD

Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care

Determinants of medical expenditures, efficacy of medical cost containment, quality of care, and tobacco control with an emphasis on smoking cessation.

Joel Simon, MD, MPH

Professor Emeritus

Hospital-based and out-patient clinical trials of smoking cessation.

Elizabeth Smith, PhD

Associate Adjunct Professor
Social Behavioral Sciences

"Legitimate" tobacco industry activities, and tobacco industry relationships with other groups.

Joanne Spetz, PhD

Institute for Health Policy Studies

Economics of the health care workforce, shortages and supply of registered nurses, organization and quality of the hospital industry, impact of health information technology, effect of medical marijuana policy on youth substance use, and the substance use disorder treatment workforce.