Staff: Bob Vollinger, Dr.P.H., M.S.P.H.
Bob Vollinger, Dr.P.H., M.S.P.H.
Bob was a Presidential Management Intern (PMI) from 1988 to 1990 based at the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Bob has also worked at the Office of the Surgeon General and the United States Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. Bob Vollinger is currently a Program Director in the Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB) within the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Bob manages a grants portfolio in State and Community Tobacco Control Policy and Media Research in TCRB. He previously managed the Tobacco Research Initiative for State and Community Interventions, which was the largest tobacco control research initiative at NCI and supported research on innovative tobacco prevention and control interventions at the community, State, and National level. The results have guided tobacco control programs across the Nation to increase program effectiveness and produce real reductions in the prevalence of tobacco use. Additionally, Bob was co-Senior Scientific Editor of NCI Tobacco Control Monograph No. 16, ASSIST: Shaping the Future of Tobacco Prevention and Control. Previously Bob served as a Project Officer with the American Stop Smoking Intervention Study for Cancer Prevention (ASSIST) and managed numerous large contracts with State Health Departments, working closely with the American Cancer Society and other voluntary health organizations. He has provided technical assistance and training to State and local public health agencies, and major voluntary organizations regarding comprehensive tobacco prevention and control. He has worked on tobacco control research, policy, and media issues at NCI since 1996.
Bob has served on numerous tobacco control advisory and steering committees. Since 1987, Bob has been an active member of the American Public Health Association and has served in numerous leadership positions with the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section since its inception. He is also an active member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. Bob has previously mentored several NCI Fellows, including Mary O'Connell. Bob earned a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the Department of Health Policy and Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health. He completed a double major and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy Studies and Religion from the Institute of Policy Sciences & Public Affairs at Duke University, with concentrations in health policy and ethics. Bob is currently enrolled at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in pursuit of a Doctorate and has completed numerous continuing education courses at the USDA Graduate School and HHSU.
Secondary Branch/Office Appointment:
Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB)
- State and community interventions
- Tobacco control policy
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Fagan, P., Augustson, E., Backinger, C. L., O'Connell, M. E., Vollinger Jr., R. E., Kaufman, A., & Gibson, J. T. Quit attempts and intention to quit cigarette smoking among young adults in the United States. Am J Public Health 2007; 97(8):1412-1420.
- Motsinger, B. M. & Vollinger Jr., R. E. Assist: Shaping the Future of Tobacco Prevention and Control. Tobacco Science, Policy, and Public Health, 2nd Edition 2005; 16.
- Vollinger Jr., R. E., Moon, R. W., & Greenwald, P. Historical Context. In: ASSIST: Shaping the Future of Tobacco Prevention and Control. Tobacco Science, Policy, and Public Health, 2nd Edition 2005; 16.
- Moon, R. W., Havlicek, D., Garcia, J. M., Vollinger Jr., R. E., & Motsinger, B. M. The conceptual framework. In: ASSIST: Shaping the Future of Tobacco Prevention and Control. Tobacco Science, Policy, and Public Health, 2nd Edition 2005; 16.
- Malek, S. H., Vollinger Jr., R. E., Babb, S., Sneegas, K. S., & Shopland, D. R. Public and Private Policy Interventions. In: ASSIST: Shaping the Future of Tobacco Prevention and Control. Tobacco Science, Policy, and Public Health, 2nd Edition 2005; 16.