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Michael Businelle, Ph.D.

Michael  Businelle
  • Assistant Professor of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health Dallas Regional Campus

Michael Businelle, Ph.D., specializes in smoking cessation strategies, cancer prevention, addiction and substance abuse. His research interests include the development of innovative smoking cessation treatments for homeless and other low income adults as well as the psychology of addiction.

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Anne Dougherty, M.D.

Anne  Dougherty
  • Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, UTHealth Medical School
  • Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology, UTHealth Medical School
  • Co-Director, Advanced Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, UTHealth Medical School
  • Vice President, Human Research Protection Programs, UTHealth

Anne Dougherty, M.D., is a cardiac electrophysiologist whose clinical interests include cardiac pacing, defibrillation and ablation of cardiac arrhythmias. Her research includes preventing early cardiac death with an automatic defibrillator vest and cardiovascular effects of cocaine. 


Scott Lane, Ph.D.

Scott  Lane
  • Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, UTHealth Medical School
  • Laboratory Director for the Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addictions (CNRA), UTHealth Medical School
  • Principal Investigator for the Substance Abuse Medication Development Research Center

Scott Lane, Ph.D., specializes in substance use disorders, antisocial personality disorders, psychopharmacology, aggression, decision making, impulsivity and working memory.


Cheryl Perry, Ph.D.

Cheryl  Perry
  • Regional Dean, UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus
  • Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus
  • Rockwell Distinguished Chair in Society & Health, UTHealth

Cheryl Perry, Ph.D., can speak about developing, implementing and evaluating health promotion programs for children and adolescents. In particular, her research interests include smoking and alcohol use prevention, healthy eating and physical activity; school-based, peer, family, and community programs. Perry was one of the lead investigators of the original CATCH main trial and can discuss the development of successful childhood obesity prevention programs. Perry served as the senior scientific editor and lead author of the report of the Surgeon General’s 2012 Tobacco Report.

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Jennifer Reingle, Ph.D.

Jennifer  Reingle
  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Services, UTHealth School of Public Health Dallas Regional Campus

Jennifer Reingle, Ph.D., specializes in criminal epidemiology, violent behavior, and intimate partner violence, as well as addiction and substance abuse. She can also discuss substance abuse in minority groups.  


Joy Schmitz, Ph.D.

Joy  Schmitz

Joy Schmitz, Ph.D., specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders using behavior therapy and pharmacotherapy. Her clinical research includes treatments for cocaine and major depression; smoking cessation; bipolar disorder and substance abuse; and alcohol abuse.

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