Lois Biener, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, University Of Massachusetts - Boston
Senior Research Fellow, Center for Survey Research, University Of Massachusetts - Boston
DF/HCC Program AffiliationBiostatistics and Computational BiologyCancer Epidemiology
Dr. Biener, a Senior Research Fellow at CSR since 1990, received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Columbia University. She has been involved in research evaluating tobacco control interventions for over 20 years. She has served on federal advisory panels for major tobacco control interventions in the United States and has provided expert assistance to the state programs in Massachusetts, California, Maine, New York, and Wisconsin. Her international consulting has included invited presentations in Taiwan, Germany and Australia. She has served on external review panels for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Smoking and Health and the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit. Much of her research and writing has focused on the impact of media, marketing and policy interventions on smoking behavior of adults and youth. Her work was one of the original investigations to isolate and discuss the importance of emotional content as a factor contributing to the effectiveness of anti-tobacco television advertisements. Dr. Biener has particular expertise in the design and implementation of population surveys. She directed the surveys of Massachusetts residents for the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program from 1993 to 2000, and then was awarded a National Cancer Institute grant to conduct a longitudinal study of Massachusetts population to evaluation the impact of the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program. Dr. Biener has also contributed to the design and evaluation of survey questions for a number of national surveys in the United States, and has conducted original work on refining survey measures of awareness and response to new tobacco products coming into the market.
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