Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Bia Carlini Named Director, UW Tobacco Studies Program

Dr. Bia Carlini, PhD, MPH, has been named as the new director of the Tobacco Studies Program in the School of Public Health, beginning December 15, 2019. Her earlier participation in the TSP convinced her to focus her career on tobacco control: as part of the first cohort of tobacco scholars, (2003-4), her tobacco-related practicum led to a position as a Research Scientist at Free & Clear (now Optum), the biggest provider of tobacco-quitline services in the U.S., where she worked until 2013. In the last ten years, Bia has been part of the UW Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute and is now a Senior Research Scientist at ADAI. In 2014 she was also appointed Affiliate Associate Professor in Health Services.

As the new TSP Director, Bia will focus her efforts on seeking long-term sustainability for the program, while continuing to teach and mentor students on how to incorporate tobacco control in their professional agenda. Gillian Schauer, PhD MPH will continue to support the TSP as a co-instructor.