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Thomas E. Eissenberg, Ph.D.

Massey Cancer Center research program membership

Cancer Prevention and Control

Affiliated leadership roles

Co-Director, VCU Center for the Study of Tobacco Products

Department affiliations

Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Sciences


PhD, McMaster University, Canada (1994)

Awards and honors

Distinguished Scholar Award, 2011, Virginia Commonwealth University

Research description

My primary area of research is the behavioral pharmacology of drugs of abuse. My past work involved applying clinical laboratory and clinical trial methods to the development of opioid dependence pharmacotherapies. Currently, my research and publications are almost exclusively concerned with tobacco/nicotine. This effort, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involves: 1) Developing and demonstrating methods to evaluate modified risk and other novel tobacco products, and 2) Examining an empirical model for testing proposed tobacco product regulations to determine the extent to which they will accomplish their intended public health goals without unintended consequences. My work with a wide variety of tobacco products led to my appointment as a member of the FDA's Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC). My waterpipe research has given me international experience with human participant research, leading to my appointment as a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP). I have authored or co-authored over 200 peer-review publications and served as principal investigator on numerous NIH grants. I have also served as the sponsor of eight NIH-funded National Research Service Award applications (F31 mechanism) and am an active mentor for graduate students and post-doctoral trainees interested in careers in regulatory science.

Disease focus of research

Brain & nervous system, Respiratory/lung, Other

Research keywords

Biomarkers,Clinical trials,Tobacco,Other

Published research (during tenure as a Massey Cancer Center member)

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