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Abigail C. Halperin

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You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
Senior Lecturer, Health Services
Senior Lecturer, Family Medicine (primary appt.)


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

Contact Info


4311 11th Ave NE
Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98105

campus box:   354982
voice:   206-616-4482


Dr. Halperin is a member of the Department of Family Medicine faculty and founder of the UW Tobacco Studies Program.

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

Cerimele JM, Halperin AC, Spigner C, Ratzliff A, Katon WJ. Collaborative care psychiatrists' views on treating bipolar disorder in primary care: a qualitative study. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2014 Nov-Dec;36(6):575-80. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2014.07.013.  PMID: 25174762    PMCID: PMC4253651
PubMed Central

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

Chair, thesis committee for Juliet D'Alessandro
Tobacco retail outlet compliance in King County: Health equity and youth exposure considerations

Member, thesis committee for Christine Dostal
Impact evaluation of the physical activity programs taking place at The Pike Market Senior Center

Chair, thesis committee for Nick Fradkin
Identifying and overcoming barriers to raising funds from individuals for tobacco prevention programs

Chair, thesis committee for Elizabeth Medeiros
Attitudes, perceptions, and support of student leaders for tobacco-free campus policy at the University of Washington

Member, thesis committee for Molly Buice
Smoke signals: An analysis of policies to reduce hookah use among adolescents in Washington State

UW Tobacco Studies 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.
SCCA Profile