October 21, 2016: Low-income and underserved populations have higher smoking rates, greater challenges in quitting smoking, and bear greater tobacco-related morbidity/mortality risk than the general population.  More intensive interventions are needed to address this ongoing public health priority. This presentation will describe a recently completed trial that combined a pediatric systems-level intervention with a pragmatic, individualized intervention.  We will discuss the approach, results and directions for future research and intervention.

Dr. Collins is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Public Health at Temple University.  He has conducted four NIH-funded clinical trials focused on child tobacco exposure and adult smoking cessation interventions and has led numerous service projects addressing smoking and addiction in underserved populations. His training is in clinical psychology with a health psychology focus on addictions and chronic disease prevention, but his research is framed in behavioral ecological models that can guide multilevel intervention strategies that integrate treatment methods to address multiple determinants of health behavior change.