National Cancer Institute
Mark Parascandola

Mark Parascandola, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Program Director
Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB)
Behavioral Research Program (BRP)

Research Area: Global health; Smokeless tobacco; Epidemiologic methods; Evaluation of tobacco control policies

Mark Parascandola, Ph.D., M.P.H., 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 tobacco use prevention, tobacco control policy, and epidemiologic research methodology. He was an editor for the NCI/CDC report Smokeless Tobacco and Public Health: A Global Perspective (2014) and for the two-volume encyclopedia Tobacco: Its History and Culture (2005). He also served as a member of the IARC Working Group on Methods for Evaluating Tobacco Control Policies in 2007. As a Program Director at NCI, Dr. Parascandola currently oversees a research portfolio with a focus on tobacco products, smokeless tobacco, and international tobacco control research.

Current and past BRP mentees include Mandeep Virk-Baker, Mandeep Virk-Baker and Iva Stoyneva.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Bloch M, Parascandola M. Tobacco use in pregnancy: a window of opportunity for prevention. Lancet 2014 Sept; 2(9):e489-e490.

Parascandola M. Commentary: Smoking, birthweight and mortality: Jacob Yerushalmy on self-selection and the pitfalls of causal inference. Int J Epidemiol 2014 Oct; 43(5):1373-1377.

Stepanov I, Biener L, Yershova K, Nyman AL, Bliss R, Parascandola M, Hatsukami DK. Monitoring tobacco-specific N-nitrosamines and nicotine in novel smokeless tobacco products: findings from round II of the new product watch. Nicotine Tob Res 2014; 16(8):1070-1078.

Iglesias-Rios L, Parascandola M. A historical review of R.J. Reynolds' strategies for marketing tobacco to Hispanics in the United States. Am J Public Health 2013 May; 103(5):e15-e27.

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.

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