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Research Area: Hardcore smokers, nicotine dependence, co-morbid conditions, emerging technologies for cessation, health communication
Erik Augustson, Ph.D., M.P.H., is currently a Behavioral Scientist and 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). He holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Mexico and is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Maryland. Dr. Augustson is a former Cancer Prevention Fellow and received a Master of Public Health degree, with a focus on Epidemiology, from Johns Hopkins University. Before starting the NCI fellowship in 2000, he also completed a Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine, specializing in psychological factors affecting chronic pain disorders, and was on faculty at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Following completion of the NCI fellowship, he was employed as a Behavioral Scientist within TCRB via a contract with Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
Dr. Augustson's research interests are currently focused on understanding various aspects of health behaviors with a particular emphasis on "hardcore" smokers. His most recent research spans a variety of levels of analysis; ranging from epidemiological, psychological, and behavioral-genetics research, with an end goal of improving models of smoking that acknowledge smoking as a complex, multiply-determined behavior, such that more effective treatments can be developed. In addition to research on tobacco use, he has also been involved in a number of projects investigating other health behaviors including chronic pain, cancer screening, health care utilization, adherence, substance abuse, and the use of web-based interventions. He has more than 40 publications and has made more than 100 professional presentations.
His current duties include program management of grants, independent research, facilitation of dissemination of information, and supervision and training of fellows. He serves on a number of national committees that aim to improve population-based tobacco control. In addition, he is the lead on the NCI's smoking cessation websites and directs development and evaluation of smokefree.gov and women.smokefree.gov.
Secondary Branch Appointment:
Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB)
Weaver, K., Rowland, J., Augustson, E., & Atienza, A. Smoking concordance in cancer patient-caregiver dyads and associations with quality of life. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention 2011; Online prepub: 10.1158/10.
Finney-Rutten, L .J., Davis, K., Squires, L., Augustson, E. M., & Blake, K. Physician awareness and referral to national smoking cessation quitlines and web-based resources. J Cancer Educ 2011; 26(1):79-81.
Kaufman, A., Rutten, L. J., Davis, K., & Augustson, E. M. Awareness of smoking cessation quitlines. J Health Commun 2010; 15(Suppl 3):264-278.
Backinger, C. L., Pilsner, A. M., Augustson, E. M., Frydl, A., Phillips, T., & Rowden, J. YouTube as a source of quitting smoking information. Tob Reg Sci 2010; doi: 10.1136/tc.2009.0355.
Stipelman, B. A, Augustson, E. M., & McNeel, T. The relationship between smoking, sleep, and chronic rheumatic conditions commonly associated with pain in the National Health Interview Survey. J Behav Med 2012; ePub Ahead of Print.