Training Program

The goal of the Research Training and Education Program is to build the careers of talented young investigators and improve the skills of more advanced scientists by providing training, education, and career development opportunities.

The program prepares pre-doctoral and postdoctoral trainees for careers in tobacco control regulatory science. The program has five goals for our fellows:

  • Develop individualized mentoring plans under the guidance of a multidisciplinary team of mentors;
  • Understand the fundamental issues in tobacco regulatory science, as discussed in the plan for Advancing Regulatory Science at FDA
  • Develop research expertise by mastering a content area (e.g., health communication) related to tobacco regulatory science;
  • Become proficient in tobacco regulation research methods; and
  • Develop professional skills required for successful research careers (e.g., presenting research findings, writing for publication, grant writing, and working in collaborative teams and across disciplines).

Trainees receive flexible, interdisciplinary training and mentoring that includes core training activities and hands-on research experiences. The program brings together our diverse interdisciplinary research teams through professional development meetings, a seminar series, and an annual scientific retreat for Center members.

Our faculty mentors have expertise in a variety of key disciplines, including social and behavioral science, health services research, health disparities, clinical medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, research methods, health communication, and health economics that are needed to address complicated public health problems associated with tobacco use.

Program Directors

The training program has two co-directors and a site director for the Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM) site:


Kurt M. Ribisl, PhD and Adam O. Goldstein, MD, MPH

WFSM Site Director:

Mark Wolfson, PhD

Faculty Mentors:

Our Fellows

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Fellow photos

Pictures of our fellows at work.