|OBSSR Director Dr. David Abrams
Receives Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award
In recognition of his contributions to the field of tobacco research,
David Abrams, Ph.D., director of the Office of Behavioral and Social
Sciences Research (OBSSR), in the Office of the Director, at the
National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the recipient of the 2008
Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award from the American Society for Preventive
Oncology (ASPO). Since his arrival in 2005, he has led OBSSR in
its mission to stimulate and coordinate behavioral and social sciences
research throughout NIH with the ultimate goal of improving our
Before joining OBSSR, Abrams was professor of psychiatry and human
behavior and professor of community health at the Alpert Medical
School of Brown University, and Butler Hospital, Providence, R.I.
A graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., Abrams joined
Brown University in 1978 and served as the founding director of
the Brown Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine for 16
years. Abrams is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing
in health psychology/behavioral and preventive medicine. He is
also the author of an award-winning clinical treatment handbook,
which is widely recognized for use in training and in practice.
But Abrams is perhaps best known for his mentoring of other scientists
and his early championing of theories and models that bridge biomedical
and public health sciences.
Selected by the American Society of Preventive Oncology’s Tobacco
Special Interest Group from a list of distinguished nominees, Dr.
Abrams is recognized for his contributions to tobacco control research.
"Dr. Abrams has made outstanding contributions to the national
tobacco control efforts over the past 30 years, spanning the whole
field of tobacco control. He has studied the underlying causes
of nicotine dependence, evaluated behavioral and pharmacological
treatments, and looked at environmental tobacco smoke exposure
and policy. He truly exemplifies an outstanding visionary and a
leader in making the world a healthier place," said Chair
of ASPO's Tobacco Special Interest Group Alexander V. Prokhorov,
The American Society of Preventive Oncology’s Joseph W. Cullen
Award was conceived as a way to memorialize Dr. Joseph W. Cullen’s
unparalleled contributions to national tobacco control. As Program
Coordinator for the National Cancer Institute’s Smoking Tobacco
and Cancer Program from 1982 to 1989, Joe Cullen architected the
largest tobacco intervention and control program launched anywhere
in the world. The award recognizes distinguished achievement in
continued national tobacco control efforts, through research, through
the development of prevention and cessation programs with wide-reaching
public health impact, or through public policy and advocacy initiatives.
A formal award ceremony will occur on Monday, March 17, 2008,
where Abrams will deliver his Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award Lecture
in Bethesda, Md.
The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)
opened officially on July 1, 1995. The U.S. Congress established
the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in
the Office of the Director, NIH, in recognition of the key role
that behavioral and social factors often play in illness and health.
The OBSSR mission is to stimulate behavioral and social sciences
research throughout NIH and to integrate these areas of research
more fully into others of the NIH health research enterprise, thereby
improving our understanding, treatment, and prevention of disease.
The Office of the Director, the central office at NIH, is responsible
for setting policy for NIH, which includes 27 Institutes and Centers.
This involves planning, managing, and coordinating the programs
and activities of all NIH components. The Office of the Director
also includes program offices which are responsible for stimulating
specific areas of research throughout NIH. Additional information
is available at http://www.nih.gov/icd/od/.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's
Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and
Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting
and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both
common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and
its programs, visit www.nih.gov.