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Tobacco Treatment Service
The Tobacco Research and Treatment Center in the Department of Medicine, Mongan Institute for Health Policy consists of a multidisciplinary team of professionals (physicians, behavioral scientists, nurses, social workers and research staff) whose goal is to reduce the health consequences of tobacco use by offering state of the art clinical treatment to smokers and by conducting research to identify better ways to prevent and treat tobacco use in youth and adults.
Directed by Dr. Nancy Rigotti, the Center operates the MGH Tobacco Treatment Service, which provides services to inpatients, outpatients, employees, and the community. It also conducts research to identify effective smoking cessation treatments for smokers who are seen in a variety of health care settings.
Dr. Rigotti is an internist trained at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an internationally-known expert on smoking cessation. She has pioneered research on interventions to reduce smoking prevalence and thus the burden of tobacco-related morbidity and mortality. Dr. Rigotti employs a multidisciplinary approach, combining efforts to change individual behavior with community and policy initiatives to influence individuals’ decisions about starting or continuing to smoke.
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Dr. Park is a clinical health psychologist and health services researcher who focuses on understanding and improving health-related behaviors, especially smoking cessation among vulnerable medical populations. Her research interests extend across physician and patient behavior change, telephone-delivered interventions, and the role of culture on cancer preventative behaviors and beliefs. For her translational research in cancer prevention counseling, Dr. Park has designed and evaluated motivational interviewing interventions and is certified as a trainer in this technique. She is experienced in qualitative research development and uses qualitative research to inform quantitative survey design.
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Dr. Winickoff is a practicing pediatrician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He has training and experience in health services research, medical ethics, neurobiology, statistics, and behavioral theory. He has received numerous awards including the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service for “protecting the health of the United States public.” He currently chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Consortium and has over 30 peer-reviewed publications, 15 specifically about tobacco control in child healthcare settings. Two of these studies were the first to evaluate the delivery of smoking cessation pharmacotherapies to parents in the pediatric setting. He is the Harvard site PI for the Julius Richmond Center of Excellence, Addressing the Secondhand Smoke Exposure of Children. He has drafted key tobacco control policy for the AMA, AAP, and the APA. He serves as a scientific advisor to the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program. The program he developed out of his research known as CEASE, the Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure, is being used in North Carolina, being evaluated in a Legacy funded project in New York and Massachusetts, and is available nationally at ceasetobacco.org.
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