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Robert Schnoll, PhD

Robert Schnoll, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction
Associate Director for Population Science, Abramson Cancer Center
Senior Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives
Co-Director, Community Research and Engagement Core, Center for AIDS Research


Dr. Schnoll is Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction, a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), the Associate Director for Population Science at the Penn Abramson Cancer Center, and a Senior Fellow in Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives, where he teaches core courses for the Penn MPH program. After receiving his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 1998, Dr. Schnoll completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Cancer Prevention and Control at Fox Chase Cancer Center and remained there as a faculty member in the Division of Population Science until September 2005, when he moved to his current position at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Schnoll’s research focuses on the study of new methods for treating nicotine dependence, the examination of novel ways to use existing treatments for nicotine dependence to improve their efficacy, and the study of methods to improve the use of smoking cessation treatments, particularly in under-served or vulnerable populations. Dr. Schnoll has conducted behavioral, physician-based, and pharmacological clinical trials for smoking cessation, and conducted tobacco control research in India and Russia. Dr. Schnoll has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers, received 23 NIH grants as Principal Investigator, has served as a scientific advisor for the NCI and the ACS, chaired or served on more than 80 NIH study sections, and served as program chair/co-chair for 3 annual meetings of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.