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Rachel Grana, PhD, MPH

Credentials

Program Director 
Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB) 
Behavioral Research Program (BRP) 
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute

Biography

Dr. Rachel Grana is a Program Director in the Tobacco Control and Research Branch (TCRB) within the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Broadly defined, Dr. Grana's current research interests lie in examining behavioral factors associated with smoking and cessation and the phenomena of dual and polyuse of tobacco products, including novel products such as electronic cigarettes. She has developed expertise in the topic of electronic cigarette marketing and use, and the public health and policy impact of novel tobacco and nicotine products. She is particularly interested in how other tobacco product use, including e-cigarette use, impacts prevention of smoking, smoking behavior, cessation and relapse among former smokers. Dr. Grana has also conducted and been involved with studies addressing smoking cessation among young adults; evaluation of drug use prevention curricula; and psychosocial predictors of adolescent smoking, particularly cultural predictors and identity exploration in adolescence and the impact on tobacco and other drug use behavior.
Dr. Grana joined TCRB after completing her postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California San Francisco. She earned her PhD in Health Behavior Research and Masters of Public Health in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Southern California, where she focused on substance use prevention and smoking cessation among adolescents. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a contractor in support of TCRB.