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Nancy C. Jao, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Nancy Jao (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Jao completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her clinical psychology internship at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and remained at Brown Medical School as a NIH Post-Doctoral Research Fellow funded by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) T32 Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Research Fellowship.

Dr. Jao’s program of research focuses on utilizing a translational science approach to understand the impact of tobacco products and characteristics (e.g., flavoring, additives, nicotine content) on dependence and health outcomes. She is particularly interested in examining underlying biobehavioral relationships to understand the impact of smoking on biological processes to contribute to nicotine dependence and health disparities. Her work has also examined tobacco use in vulnerable and minoritized populations, including pregnant women, racial minorities, and clinical populations.

Dr. Jao’s current research focuses on understanding the behavioral and health effects of characterizing flavors in combustible tobacco products to help regulatory agencies identify and quantify the potential impact of public policies. Her current research project funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aims to examine the effect of menthol cigarette use on biomarkers of cardiovascular health. Utilizing biological measures and ecological momentary assessment, her study will aim to understand how a ban of menthol as a characterizing flavor in combustible cigarettes may impact individuals’ behaviors and health outcomes.

Are You a Prospective Graduate Student?

Dr. Jao is planning to accept a student for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Recent Publications (Selected)

Please see Dr. Jao’s MyBibliography for a complete list of her published work.