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About TCRB: Staff

Cathy Backinger, PhD, MPH
Branch Chief
Tobacco Control Research Branch
Behavioral Research Program

Dr. Backinger is Branch Chief of the Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB), NCI, and a scientific Program Director for the development and implementation of extramural behavioral and public health research programs in the research areas of prevention and cessation of tobacco use by youth, and smokeless tobacco. As Branch Chief, she provides overall leadership for TCRB tobacco-related initiatives and research, as well as dissemination of evidence-based findings to prevent, treat, and control tobacco use. TCRB is working toward a world free of tobacco use and related cancer and suffering.

Dr. Backinger joined NCI in 1998 as a Health Scientist. Prior to joining NCI, Dr. Backinger was Director, Issues Management Staff in the Office of Surveillance and Biometrics, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Rockville, MD. She has also worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health.

Dr. Backinger received a Ph.D. in Health Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, an M.P.H. from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. in Health Education from the Ohio State University.

Select Publications and Presentations:

Backinger CL, Fagan P, Matthews E, Grana R. (2003). Adolescent and young adult tobacco prevention and cessation: Current status and future directions. Tobacco Control. 12(Suppl IV): iv46-iv53.

Backinger CL, Leischow SJ. (2001). Advancing the science of adolescent tobacco use cessation. American Journal of Health Behavior, May-Jun; 25(3): 183-90.

Backinger CL, McDonald P, Ossip-Klein DJ, Colby S, Fagan P, Husten C, Colwell B. (2003). Improving the future of youth smoking cessation (2003). American Journal of Health Behavior, 27(Suppl 2): S170-S184.

Lawrence D, Fagan P, Backinger CL, Gibson JT, Hartman A . (in press). Cigarette smoking patterns among young adults ages 18 24 in the U.S. Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

McDonald P, Colwell B, Backinger CL, Husten C, Maule CO. Better practices for youth tobacco cessation: evidence of review panel. American Journal of Health Behavior, 2003;27 Suppl 2:S144-58.

Orleans CT, Bratic Arkin E, Backinger CL, Best A, Crossett L, Grossman D, Husten C, Malarcher A, Marshall T. (2003). The Youth Tobacco Cessation Collaborative and National Blueprint for Action. American Journal of Health Behavior. 27(Suppl 2): S103-S119.

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