Dear RBHS Colleagues:
I am pleased to announce the formation of a new, chancellor-level institute for RBHS, the Rutgers Center for Tobacco Studies (CTS). I am also pleased to announce that Cristine Delnevo, PhD, MPH, has agreed to serve as its director, reporting directly to me.
The CTS was first developed in 2000 within the School of Public Health to conduct the statewide evaluation of New Jersey's Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program. Since then, CTS has developed into a national resource for research, treatment, training, and policy development in tobacco control. In addition, we identified tobacco control as a priority in the RBHS strategic plan. As such, we have charged CTS to continue to grow, forming a leading multi-disciplinary, inter-school, research-intensive organization which provides evidence-based treatments, training for health care professionals and researchers in tobacco control, dissemination of findings to policymakers and key stakeholders, and a national resource for informing policy and rule-making processes around tobacco control.
Dr. Delnevo also serves, and will continue to serve, as a co-leader Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and Professor of health behavior, policy, and society at the Rutgers School of Public Health. She has served in several leadership roles at the School of Public Health, including Chair of the Department of Health Education and Behavioral Science, Vice Dean, and Interim Dean.
Dr. Delnevo is a graduate of both Rutgers College and SPH where she received her MPH and from Temple University for her PhD. Her research focuses on population-level tobacco behavior trends, particularly non-cigarette tobacco products like cigars and e-cigarettes, tobacco control policy and regulation, and survey methods research. She co-leads one of only nine Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration to generate research that informs the regulation of tobacco products. She has held numerous R01s from the National Cancer Institute focused on tobacco control and has published extensively on the patterns of tobacco use behavior and authored the Epidemiology of Tobacco Use chapters in the 2012 and 2014 Surgeon General Reports on Tobacco Use, authored over 160 scientific articles and book chapters, and serves as senior associate editor for the journal Tobacco Regulatory Science.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Delnevo on this new administrative role. I would also like to acknowledge the generosity of Dean Perry Halkitis and the leadership of the School of Public Health for their assistance in supporting the growth and development of the CTS through the years, and now as a standalone center. Through our efforts across RBHS and in partnership with an energized and dynamic CTS, we can build an exceptional program to reduce and ultimately eliminate, tobacco-caused morbidity and mortality in New Jersey, the United States, and globally.
Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs