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Institute for Global Tobacco Control

Faculty

Rajeev Cherukupalli, PhD, Assistant Scientist
Joanna Cohen, PhD, Bloomberg Professor of Disease Prevention, Director, IGTC
Connie Hoe, PhD, Assistant Scientist
Ryan Kennedy, PhD, Assistant Professor
Lisa Lagasse, PhD, Assistant Scientist
Frances Stillman, EdD, EdM, Associate Professor
Stephen Tamplin, MSE, Associate Scientist
 

Rajeev Cherukupalli, PhDRajeev Cherukupalli, PhD


Assistant Scientist
Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Rajeev Cherukupalli is an economist with interests in public finance, policy evaluation and the economics of health and health behaviors. He holds an appointment as an assistant scientist in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society.

Dr. Cherukupalli has edited and co-authored a series of white papers analyzing the economics of tobacco taxation in low- and middle-income countries with the highest global burden of tobacco use. He has assisted funders, non-governmental partner organizations and policymakers to strengthen the technical evidence base of tobacco tax research, policy, advocacy and administration.

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Joanna Cohen, PhDJoanna Cohen, PhD


Bloomberg Professor of Disease Prevention
Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Joanna Cohen is the Bloomberg Professor of Disease Prevention and the director of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also holds an appointment in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Cohen obtained her PhD in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and her MHSc in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. She has been involved in tobacco policy research for more than 20 years.

Trained in epidemiology and health policy, her research interests focus on the factors that affect the adoption and implementation of public health policies and on evaluating the beneficial effects and the unintended consequences of such policies. She has worked on studies of both Canadian and US legislators regarding tobacco and tobacco control policy, a longitudinal cohort of smokers focusing on factors influencing quitting behavior, tobacco promotion at the point of sale, tobacco prices including taxes, tobacco packaging, options for reducing the physical availability of tobacco products, and tobacco industry interference in tobacco control.

Dr. Cohen has been recognized for her teaching and mentoring, and has co-led a six-year training program in public health policy.

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 Connie HoeConnie Hoe, PhD


Assistant Scientist
Department of International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Connie Hoe's research interests lie in the area of health policy analysis, specifically the political dimensions of health policy in low resource settings. At the Institute, Hoe, MSW, PhD leads case studies investigating why evidence-based tobacco control policies were successfully adopted and implemented in some low-and middle-income countries but not others. She also examines industry interference in policymaking and implementation. Hoe received her PhD in Health Systems from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MSW from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, and a bachelor of art from Johns Hopkins University.

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Ryan Kennedy, PhDRyan Kennedy, PhD


Assistant Professor
Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Kennedy is an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society and holds a position with the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. He studied public health and health psychology at the University of Waterloo and completed a post-doc at the Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Kennedy worked in a local health unit in Ontario in tobacco control and cancer prevention.

Dr. Kennedy's research interests include: how to design better health warning labels; how to best measure compliance with tobacco control laws, including smoke-free and point-of sale promotions; and, regulations related to emerging nicotine products such as e-cigarettes.

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Ryan Kennedy, PhDLisa Lagasse, PhD


Assistant Scientist
Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Lisa Lagasse is an assistant scientist in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society. Her work at the institute includes tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship research, in particular the global youth response to Philip Morris International’s “Be Marlboro” marketing campaign.

Dr. Lagasse has adolescent health, risk communication and food and agricultural policy public health experience, and completed her doctoral work in food labeling, communication and policy at the Center for a Livable Future. She received both her MHS and PhD from the Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

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Frances Stillman, EdM, EdDFrances Stillman, EdD, EdM


Associate Professor
Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Stillman is a clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in smoking cessation and tobacco control, focusing on domestic as well as international issues. She is an associate professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society. She also holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and Oncology. Her primary research focus has been designing, implementing and evaluating tobacco control and smoking cessation programs. She directed the project to create and evaluate the first smoke-free hospital policy in the U.S. at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, as well as instituted the Johns Hopkins Smoking Cessation Service for hospitalized patients.

Dr. Stillman directed the evaluation of the largest federally funded tobacco control effort in the U.S., entitled the American Stop Smoking Intervention Study (ASSIST). Dr. Stillman is also actively involved in curriculum development, teaching and mentoring, and was responsible for developing the first course dedicated to tobacco control at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Stephen Tamplin, MSEStephen Tamplin, MSE


Associate Scientist
Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Mr. Tamplin is an associate scientist in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society. His work at the institute focuses on projects related to tobacco control policy, program development and implementation in low- and middle-income countries including Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, among others. He has served as a private consultant on environment, health and development issues, and his clients have included the World Health Organization, the U.K. Department for International Development, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Mr. Tamplin's professional career has included long-term assignments with the World Health Organization (18 years in the Western Pacific Region where he served as the Regional Focal Point for Tobacco Control from 1998-2002), the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (12 years) and the West Virginia Air Pollution Control Commission (4 years). He has broad-based public health and environment experience in the United States, Asia and the Pacific covering a range of technical disciplines including tobacco control, air and water pollution control, chemical safety and hazardous waste management, and health promotion.

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