Tobacco Studies Program

Faculty & Staff

Sarah Director
Sarah Ross-Viles MPH is the Director of the TSP. She worked at Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) for the previous decade, most recently as the Program Manager of community-wide grants from the CDC to implement policy, systems, and environmental interventions to address tobacco prevention and control, healthy eating, and active living. Sarah also developed the Smoke-free Housing Program at PHSKC. She assisted the King County Tobacco Prevention Program in developing and implementing policy regulating smoking in public places and electronic vapor devices. Sarah is a 2006 graduate of the Community Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) MPH program at UW, where she was also a two-time TSP Scholar. She has supervised and mentored UW students since 2007 and has taught Health Promotion in the COPHP program since 2014. Her specific interests are health equity, health policy, and tobacco control.




Dr. Abigail Halperin founded the UW Tobacco Studies Program (TSP) in 2002 and continues to lead as its Co-Director. Dr. Halperin has been an investigator and consultant on local, national, and international research and development projects related to tobacco prevention, treatment, and policy, and is a leader in the field. She received her MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, completed Family Medicine residency at Seattle’s Swedish Hospital, and earned her MPH at UW. Read more about Dr. Halperin here.
Dr. Gillian Schauer is a Senior Policy Fellow with the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation, and a Guest Researcher with the Office on Smoking and Health at CDC. Prior to working at CDC, Dr. Schauer served as the Manager of the Training and Outreach Division at Free & Clear (now Alere Wellbeing), a healthy behaviors company focused largely on tobacco cessation. Dr. Schauer’s research focuses on tobacco and marijuana policy and co-use, tobacco cessation, and health systems transformation. She has more than 40 peer-reviewed publications on these topics. Dr. Schauer received her MPH in Health Services from UW and PhD from Emory University.




Graduate Staff Assistant
Jacob Delbridge  joined the Tobacco Studies Program staff as a graduate staff assistant in June 2018. He is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Systems and Policy at the UW School of Public Health. Jacob is also a current scholar of the UW Tobacco Studies Program. With a focus in tobacco policy, he is passionate about policies and programs dedicated to reducing tobacco-related health disparities and to improving community health. Wanting to better understand the issues and perspectives through an international lens, Jacob is currently studying Slovenian and European Union tobacco prevention and control efforts while living in Ljubljana, Slovenia for the summer of 2018 and participating in the FLAS Fellowship Program of the UW Jackson School of International Studies.


UW TSP faculty and staff receive support from several funders and partners.