Director, Institute for Health Research and Policy, Professor, Psychology Department, Clinical Professor, Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois, Chicago
Robin Mermelstein, PhD. is Director of the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, Clinical Professor of Community Health Sciences, and Co-Director of UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Dr. Mermelstein has been active in health-behavior research for over 25 years, with continuous NIH funding as a Principal Investigator on tobacco-related grants since 1986. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in understanding trajectories and developmental patterns of youth smoking, for employing novel approaches to studying contextual factors in the development of nicotine dependence, for developing innovative health behavior clinical interventions for adolescents and adults, and for methodological issues in conducting tobacco-related research. Dr. Mermelstein has served on many NIH review committees, including being a former standing member of the NCI-A Cancer Centers review committee, a member of the NIDA-K study section, and chairing several Special Emphasis Panel’s for both community level health promotion and mentored career development awards. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s committee authoring the report on the Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age for Purchasing Tobacco Products. In addition to her own funded research, Dr. Mermelstein has been an active mentor for many graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, and in 2006 received the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Clinical Mentor Award. She is the current President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (2015-2016).