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Lori Pbert, Ph.D., is a tenured professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and the Department of Medicine, Associate Chief of the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, and founder and director of the Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

Dr. Pbert is a clinical psychologist and behavioral scientist with over 30 years of experience designing and evaluating pragmatic, sustainable approaches to integrating preventive health interventions into existing clinical practice to inform evidence-based guidelines and best practices.  Dr. Pbert’s research program is in tobacco and obesity prevention and treatment with a focus on youth and families, the development of clinician-delivered preventive health intervention protocols within primary care settings, and the establishment of clinical-community linkages and adjunct approaches to support clinic-based health promotion and disease prevention efforts.  Her current NIH-funded research includes evaluating the effectiveness of a telephonic coaching program as an adjunct to pediatric office-based intervention to help families of children with overweight and obesity make recommended changes in diet and physical activity; mindfulness training as an adjunct to medical care in managing symptoms and improving quality of life in adults with asthma; and school-based interventions to improve self-regulation and cardiovascular health behaviors in adolescents.  Dr. Pbert’s work also has included the development of measures to assess clinician delivery of evidence-based clinical preventive services, including early work that demonstrated the validity of patient exit interviews compared with an objective assessment of the physician-patient interaction, contributing to patient reports being valued as a valid measure of systems performance and medical care process.

Dr. Pbert is nationally recognized as an expert in adolescent tobacco treatment.  As a founding member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Center for Child Health Research Tobacco Consortium, Dr. Pbert led the Consortium’s efforts to review and synthesize the literature to develop and disseminate recommendations for the treatment of tobacco use and exposure among youth within pediatric practice.  Dr. Pbert’s own protocols to prevent and treat nicotine dependence in adolescents have been disseminated as an NCI Research-tested Intervention Program and a Health Care Innovation, the latter cited in the 2012 Surgeon General’s Report on Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults to inform clinical recommendations. 

Dr. Pbert has been recognized with numerous awards for outstanding research as well as for mentoring the future cadre of preventive health investigators, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Distinguished Mentor Award and the Outstanding Mentoring to Women Faculty Award by the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Dr. Pbert is a fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and was elected to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research for her significant contributions to the field and for her influence on the work of other scientists.  Dr. Pbert was appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2019.

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Academic Article Development of a state wide tobacco treatment specialist training and certification programme for Massachusetts.
Academic Article Treating nicotine dependence during pregnancy and postpartum: understanding clinician knowledge and performance.
Academic Article Developing and testing new smoking measures for the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set.
Academic Article Healthcare provider training in tobacco treatment: building competency.
Academic Article The perceptions and practices of pediatricians: tobacco intervention.
Academic Article An evaluation of tobacco treatment specialist counseling performance using standardized patient interviews.
Academic Article Symptoms of tobacco dependence after brief intermittent use: the Development and Assessment of Nicotine Dependence in Youth-2 study.
Academic Article Implementing state tobacco treatment services: lessons from the Massachusetts experience.
Academic Article The state of office-based interventions for youth tobacco use.
Academic Article Organizational systems to support publicly funded tobacco treatment services.
Concept Tobacco Use Cessation
Concept Tobacco Smoke Pollution
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Academic Article State-of-the-art interventions for office-based parental tobacco control.
Academic Article Youth tobacco control research and activities in the United States: the current national landscape.
Academic Article State-of-the-art office-based interventions to eliminate youth tobacco use: the past decade.
Academic Article Associations of Adolescents' Cigarette, Waterpipe, and Dual Tobacco Use With Parental Tobacco Use.
Academic Article Evaluation of a Train-the-Trainer Program to Build Capacity for Training Tobacco Treatment Specialists.
Academic Article A Tool to Identify Adolescents at Risk of Cigarette Smoking Initiation.
Academic Article Stakeholder Engagement in Developing an Electronic Clinical Support Tool for Tobacco Prevention in Adolescent Primary Care.
Grant Stemming the Tide of Addiction to Tobacco in Massachusetts
Academic Article Considerations of Privacy and Confidentiality in Developing a Clinical Support Tool for Adolescent Tobacco Prevention: Qualitative Study.
Academic Article Primary Care Interventions for Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement.
Academic Article Primary Care-Based Interventions to Prevent Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement.
Academic Article Pediatric Resident Training in Tobacco Control and the Electronic Health Record.
Academic Article Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement.
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Academic Article Association between family or peer views towards tobacco use and past 30-day smoking cessation among adults with mental health problems.
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