TFM Policy Forum: Speakers’ Bios

Lisa Henriksen, PhD is Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University School of Medicine. An expert in the retail environment for tobacco, she studies its contribution to racial and economic disparities that characterize tobacco use and tobacco-related disease and is evaluating policy options to mitigate these effects. Lisa’s current research also examines how industry uses marijuana references to market cigar products and vaping devices. She is Principal Investigator of several grants funded by the National Cancer Institute, the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program and the California Department of Public Health. Lisa received her PhD in Communication from Stanford, and previously served on the faculty at Rutgers University, where she earned the Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Youn Ok (Younoki) Lee, PhD is a social scientist in RTI International’s Center for Health Policy Science & Tobacco Research. Her research focuses on health behavior, health policy, and marketing related to tobacco use. Before joining RTI, she received a PhD in Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Lee has led research projects funded through grants and contracts by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and state health departments using a variety of social science data collection approaches. Her work focuses on new and emerging tobacco products with a focus on vaping.

Michael Tynan is a public health analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health.  Michael works with states and communities on tobacco control policy issues and is a subject matter expert on issues such as tobacco prices, smoke-free polices and point of sale policies.  Michael previously served as the Policy Officer with the Oregon Public Health Division where he worked on various public health issues, including development of public health administrative rules on marijuana.

The Policy Forum was moderated by Tobacco Free Mass’ Vice-Chair, Dr. Lauren Smith. Dr. Smith, a pediatrician, is Co-CEO of FSG. She first became involved in tackling issues around tobacco, vaping, and youth during her tenure as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.