Vaughan Rees, PhD
Dr. Vaughan Rees is Lecturer on Social and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He also directs the Tobacco Research Laboratory at the Harvard Chan School, where research focuses on assessment of the addictive potential of tobacco products, and the implications of this for human use and exposure.
His research interests in tobacco control cover two areas: understanding of tobacco products, and how they are designed and marketed by tobacco manufacturers to appeal to consumers and promote dependence; and programs and policies to reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in low income communities, with a focus on evaluating interventions for reducing secondhand smoke exposure among children. Much of Dr. Rees¹s research utilizes the principles of community based participatory research (CBPR) to develop and evaluate interventions to reduce the health burden of tobacco. He has also conducted studies in international settings on SHS emissions of tobacco waterpipe, and SHS monitoring in indoor environments, including private homes and cars.
Dr. Rees’ academic background is in health psychology (substance use and dependence), and he trained at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and did postdoctoral training through the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He has also published research on the role of cue reactivity in tobacco and alcohol abuse and dependence; and clinical trials on interventions for alcohol and cannabis dependence.