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Transdisciplinary Tobacco Research Program
Dr. Petersen is an Assistant Professor at the Loma Linda University School of Nursing and School of Public Health. She has advanced practice certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, specializing in Maternal/Child Nursing and Health Education. In addition to her clinical experience, Dr. Petersen has served in a wide range of capacity-building roles with nurses in Tanzania, China, Afghanistan, Nicaragua and Ethiopia.
In 2017, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Tobacco Control Research at the University of California San Francisco at the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. Her program of research focuses on global tobacco control, promotion of smoke-free homes and tobacco use cessation among underserved, vulnerable populations. She is passionate about empowering health care professionals in the U.S. and globally to intervene effectively in the tobacco epidemic and is currently a Co-investigator in two funded projects; 1) Testing the effectiveness of cytisine (a naturally occurring plant alkaloid found in plants) for smoking cessation, within the health system in Mongolia, and 2) Building GIS research capacity into the tobacco control workforce of Cambodia, Lao PDR and Mongolia to monitor and improve the progress of implementing tobacco control policies at the community level.
Dr. Ryan G. Sinclair is an Associate Professor in the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. He is an environmental microbiologist who has current projects in tobacco control microbiology, wastewater, water quality and household hygiene. His projects often use a community science approach with community organizations locally in Southern California or globally in Cambodia and Peru.
Dr. Sinclair worked as a post-doc in the National Research Council Associateship program, then research scientist at the University of Arizona Water Village. He has a PhD in water quality from Tulane University, a Masters of Public Health from Loma Linda University and a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Brigham Young University.