Vani Nath Simmons, Ph.D. and Thomas H. Brandon, Ph.D.
Drs. Vani Simmons and Thomas Brandon have been collaborating on tobacco research for the past 18 years.
Dr. Simmons is an associate member in the Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior at Moffitt Cancer Center, and an associate professor of Oncologic Sciences and Psychology at the University of South Florida (USF), in Tampa, Florida. She conducts her research within Moffitt’s Tobacco Research and Intervention Program (TRIP). Dr. Simmons’s research on preventing smoking relapse among cancer patients and survivors is funded by an R01 from NCI. Dr. Simmons also serves on the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Cancer Prevention Committee and Tobacco Control Subcommittee that seeks to assists oncologists in effectively integrating smoking cessation into clinical practice.
Dr. Brandon is Chair of the Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior at Moffitt Cancer Center, where he also is the founding director of TRIP, and he is professor of Oncologic Sciences and Psychology at USF. Dr. Brandon has been conducting systematic research on self-help interventions for smoking cessation and relapse prevention, with funding from NCI, NIDA, and the American Cancer Society. As a member of the American Association of Cancer Research’s Tobacco Policy Committee, he has co-authored policy guidelines for assessing, treating, and studying tobacco use among cancer patients.