Mark Parascandola , PhD, MPH
Research Area: Smokeless Tobacco, Tobacco Harm Reduction, Epidemiologic Methods, Research Ethics
Mark Parascandola is an Epidemiologist with the Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB) in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He received his Doctorate in Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University and his Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Parascandola also completed an NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship. He has authored numerous published articles on the role of epidemiology in tobacco control and public health policy, and co-authored the textbook Foundations of Human Subject Protection. His areas of research interest include tobacco control policy, ethical issues in public health, and epidemiologic methods.
Secondary Branch Appointment:
Process of Care Research Branch (PCRB)
Current and past BRP mentees include Mandeep Virk-Baker.
Selected Publications and Presentations
Parascandola, M. Tobacco harm reduction and the evolution of nicotine dependence. Am J Public Health 2011; 101(4):632-641.
Parascandola, M., Augustson, E., & Rose, A. Characteristics of current and recent former smokers associated with the use of new potential reduced-exposure tobacco products. Nicotine Tob Res 2009; 11(12):1431-1438.
Cohen, J. E., Zeller, M., Eissenberg, T., Parascandola, M., O'Keefe, R., Planinac, L., & Leischow, S. Criteria for evaluating tobacco control research funding programs and their application to models that include financial support from the tobacco industry. Tob Control 2009; 18(3):228-234.
Parascandola,M.; Weed,D.L.; Dasgupta,A.; Two Surgeon General's reports on smoking and cancer: a historical investigation of the practice of causal inference. Emerg Themes Epidemiol 2006; 3:1.
Parascandola, M. Lessons from the history of tobacco harm reduction: The National Cancer Institute's Smoking and Health Program and the "less hazardous cigarette". Nicotine Tob Res 2005; 7(5):779-789.