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-- Mahatma Gandhi
Dept. of Health Services
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Abigail C. Halperin
Senior Lecturer
Senior Lecturer, Family Medicine (primary appt.)

Dr. Halperin is a member of the Department of Family Medicine faculty and is Director of the Tobacco Studies in Public Health and Tobacco Scholars Program.

Research Interests:
Reduction of tobacco use and related illnesses through education, advocacy, policy change, implementation of clinical practice guidelines, and community-based interventions; clinical interventions for treatment of tobacco dependence and alcohol-related risk reduction among college students

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Contact Information


4311 11th Ave NE
Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98105

campus box:   354982
voice:   206-616-4482


MPH   University of Washington, 2000   (Health Services)
MD   Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1983
BA   Wellesley College, 1977   (Psychology)

Teaching   (Department of Health Services Courses)

  • HSERV 556
    Tobacco Related Health Disparities
  • HSERV 558
    Tobacco and Public Health: Prevention, Treatment, Policy and Social Change

Recent Publications

Cerimele JM, Halperin AC, Saxon AJ. Tobacco use treatment in primary care patients with psychiatric illness. J Am Board Fam Med. 2014 May-Jun;27(3):399-410. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2014.03.130252.  PMID: 24808119

Buller DB, Halperin A, Severson HH, Borland R, Slater MD, Bettinghaus EP, Tinkelman D, Cutter GR, Woodall WG. Effect of nicotine replacement therapy on quitting by young adults in a trial comparing cessation services. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2014 Mar-Apr;20(2):E7-E15. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3182a0b8c7.  PMID: 24458316

Cerimele JM, Halperin AC. Smoking-related mortality in the United States. N Engl J Med. 2013 May 2;368(18):1752-3. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc1302783#SA2.  PMID: 23635066

Schauer GL, Halperin AC, Mancl LA, Doescher MP. Health professional advice for smoking and weight in adults with and without diabetes: findings from BRFSS. J Behav Med. 2013 Feb;36(1):10-9. doi: 10.1007/s10865-011-9386-9. Epub 2011 Nov 16.  PMID: 22083143

Metzger MJ, Halperin AC, Manhart LE, Hawes SE. Association of maternal smoking during pregnancy with infant hospitalization and mortality due to infectious diseases. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Jan;32(1):e1-7. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3182704bb5.  PMID: 22929173

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Dissertation, Thesis & Capstone Committees (recent HSERV graduates)

Member, thesis committee for Libby Brockman
Hookah smoking among US college students

Chair, thesis committee for Kristen Bylund
Systematic identification and treatment of adult in-patients admitted with a history of smoking to UW Medicine.

Chair, capstone for Joy Hamilton Gilroy
Needs assessment for a pilot smoking cessation clinic serving the homeless population

External Funding (sampling of recent awards from UW SAGE data)

International Quitline Institute 2012
Pfizer, Inc.
PI:   Halperin           Dates:    1/2/2012 - 1/1/2014

Pfizer: International Quitline Institute
Pfizer, Inc.
PI:   Halperin           Dates:    1/1/2011 - 3/31/2012


Tobacco Studies in Public Health and Tobacco Scholars Program
This program was established at the UW SPHCM in 2002 with initial funding from the American Legacy Foundation (Legacy) in conjunction with the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) as part of their STEP UP project (Scholarship, Teaching, and Education Program for Tobacco Use Prevention). Now funded by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), the program offers a tobacco studies curriculum and provides scholarship funding and mentorship for MPH and other health science and policy students interested in pursuing a concentration in tobacco use prevention, treatment or research.
Campus Health Action on Tobacco (CHAT) Study
This National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded project consists of a collaborative, group-randomized trial to decrease smoking among college students. A two-year comprehensive, campus-based intervention to prevent smoking onset and increase smoking cessation among college students was tested at thirty colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest. The project is based at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (PI, Dr. Beti Thompson) and research partners include the University of Washington, the Free & Clear tobacco treatment program, and the WA, OR and ID Departments of Health.
College Health Intervention Projects (CHIPs)
University of Washington is one of five sites for this randomized trial testing an intervention for reducing adverse outcomes from high risk drinking among college students, utilizing a motivational interviewing protocol in a primary care setting. The project, based at the University of Wisconsin Madison (PI, Dr. Michael Fleming), is funded by the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA).
SCCA Smoke Free Life Program
Dr. Halperin currently serves as Medical Director of the Smoke Free Life Program of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
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