Megan Piper, PhD, has been promoted to associate director of research at UW-CTRI. Dr. Piper is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine. Her research focuses on understanding and treating tobacco dependence, with an additional interest in different populations of smokers who have more difficulty quitting, such as women and smokers with mental illness.

In 2014, Piper received the Russell-Jarvik Young Investigator Award for her contributions to the field from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. Piper serves as an associate editor for the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

A Madison native, Piper completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry at Carleton College in Minnesota, her Masters’ degree in clinical psychology from the University of Miami in Ohio, and her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin. 

Piper began her work at UW-CTRI in 1999 when she collaborated on the Public Health Service Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence that was published in 2000. She then served as the project scientist for the 
2008 PHS Guideline update.