Staff: Yvonne M. Prutzman, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Yvonne M. Prutzman

Yvonne M. Prutzman, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Program Director
Organization: Contact:
huntym@mail.nih.gov
240-276-6975

Yvonne Prutzman, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a Program Director in the Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB) within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Prutzman recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in cancer prevention and control through NCI's Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program.

Dr. Prutzman holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, with an emphasis in Behavioral Medicine. She also holds a Master of Public health degree from the Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a concentration in Epidemiology. In addition, she completed a clinical fellowship in Addictive Behaviors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she provided smoking cessation services to a wide range of adult populations.

Dr. Prutzman's research interests lie broadly in the prevention and treatment of health risk behaviors, particularly tobacco use. Her research activities focus on understanding the change processes associated with movement along the continuum of use, from initiation, to dependence, to cessation. She has worked on a number of longitudinal and intervention studies examining topics such as the etiology and progression of youth smoking, the impact of tobacco access laws on youth smoking behavior, and smoking cessation in chemically dependent adults. Dr. Prutzman also has expertise in the use of e-health technologies for behavior change, including population-level dissemination of cessation interventions via internet and mobile platforms. She is actively involved in the development and evaluation of Smokefree Women, an NCI website that helps support immediate and long-term needs of women as they quit smoking and remain nonsmokers. In addition to research on tobacco use, Dr. Prutzman has collaborated on studies of other health behaviors including physical activity, hazardous drinking, and sun safety practices.


Secondary Branch/Office Appointment:  Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB)

Current and/or past BRP mentees include Alexandra Budenz.


Research Areas

  • Smoking cessation
  • Co-morbid conditions
  • Emerging technologies for cessation
  • Youth smoking

Selected Publications and Presentations