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Ryan David Kennedy, PhD

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Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, University of Waterloo, 2010


Ryan David Kennedy is a tobacco control researcher interested in policy development, implementation, and evaluation.

Ryan is also interested in tobacco cessation – particularly in systems that can support tobacco users, such as quitlines and support from primary care providers including optometrists.

Ryan was a Research Fellow (2010-2011) and Research Associate (2011-2012) at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in the department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  He worked on a study examining tobacco product design and opportunities for product regulation under the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Between 2012 and 2013 Ryan worked at the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center in the Community Health Innovation and Research Program (CHIRP), supporting translational science efforts across Harvard.

During his graduate studies, Ryan worked with Dr. Geoffrey T. Fong and other investigators with the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC) at the University of Waterloo. Ryan worked on the longitudinal cohort study in France.

Ryan holds BES and MAES degrees from the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. 

  • tobacco control, public health policy, environmental health, social marketing, qualitative research, mixed-methods research
  • RD Kennedy, MM Spafford, O Douglas, J Brûlé, D Hammond, GT Fong, ME Thompson, ASH Schultz. 2014. Patient Tobacco Use in Optometric Practice – A Canada Wide Study. Optom Vis Sci. 91(7):769-77. 
  • NA Sokol, RD Kennedy, GN Connolly. 2014. The Role of Cocoa As a Cigarette Additive: Opportunities for Product Regulation.  Nicotine Tob Res. 16(7):984-91. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntu017.

  • RD Kennedy, R Millstein, V Rees, G Connolly. 2013. Tobacco Industry Research and Development to Minimize or Mask Cigarette Smoke:  Opportunities for Regulation to Protect Public Health.  Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 15(2):596-602. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nts169.
  • I Behm, NA Sokol, RD Kennedy, VW Rees, GN Connolly. 2013. Population use, Sales & Design: A Multidimensional Assessment of "Light" Cigarettes in the United States, 2009. American Journal of Public Health. 103(3):e93-9. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300950. 
  • RD Kennedy, TE Elton-Marshall, GT Fong, S Mutti, J Dubray. 2010. Understanding the Impact of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act on Hospitality Establishments’ Outdoor Environments:  A Survey of Restaurants and Bars. Tobacco Control. 19: 165-167.