Bruce Christiansen, PhD

Publications by Dr. Bruce Christiansen

Dr. Bruce Christiansen is the 2017 recipient of the national C. Everett Koop Unsung Hero award. He holds the title of Distinguished Scientist and is a lead researcher at UW-CTRI.

Christiansen completed his undergraduate work at Alma College in Alma, Mich. and earned his PhD in clinical psychology at Wayne State University in urban Detroit.

During the late 1980’s, Bruce was a UW-Madison assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry; he taught medical residents in Milwaukee how to treat tobacco dependence.

He previously worked with the Wisconsin Medicaid Program through APS Healthcare and Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

His tobacco research interests include addressing tobacco use among people with low incomes and those with mental illness. He manages the Wisconsin Nicotine Treatment Integration Project (WiNTiP), which works to help behavioral health patients to quit tobacco use. Find more information on this project at

Bruce commutes between the UW-CTRI offices in Milwaukee and Madison and lives in Fish Creek with his wife, Susan.

To schedule interviews with UW-CTRI representatives, contact Communications.

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Dr. Bruce Christiansen