Erik Augustson, PhD, MPH
Program Director and Behavioral Scientist,
Tobacco Control Research Branch,
Behavioral Research Program,
Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences, NCI
Erik Augustson is currently a Behavioral Scientist and Program Director in the Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB) within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS)at NCI. He holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Mexico and is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Maryland. Dr. Augustson is a former Cancer Prevention Fellow and received a Master of Public Health degree,with a focus on Epidemiology, from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to entering the NCI Fellowship Program in 2000, he also completed a Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine, specializing in psychological factors affecting chronic pain disorders, and was on faculty at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Following completion of the NCI Fellowship, he was employed as a Behavioral Scientist within TCRB via a contract with Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
Dr. Augustson's research interests are currently focused on understanding various aspects of health behaviors with a particular emphasis on "hardcore" smokers. His most recent research spans a variety of levels of analysis; ranging from epidemiological, psychological, and behavioral-genetics research, with an end goal of improving models of smoking that acknowledge smoking as a complex, multiply-determined behavior, such that more effective treatments can be developed. In addition to research on tobacco use, he has also been involved in a number of projects investigating other health behaviors including chronic pain, cancer screening, health care utilization, adherence, substance abuse, and the use of web-based interventions. He has over 40 publications and has made more than 100 professional presentations.
His current duties include program management of grants, independent research, facilitation of dissemination of information, and supervision and training of fellows. As such, he serves on a number of national committees aiming to improve population-based tobacco control. In addition, he is the lead on the NCI's smoking cessation websites and directs development and evaluation of smokefree.gov and women.smokefree.gov.
Research Area: Hardcore Smokers, Nicotine Dependence, Co-morbid Conditions, Emerging Technologies for Cessation, Health Communication