PHM Public Lecture

The Division is delighted to announce that as part of the Psychology Health and Medicine Conference, Professor Kenneth Ward will give a public lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday 26 May, in Boole Lecture Theatre 4, University College Cork.  The public lecture is sponsored by the School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork.

Tobacco and e-cigarettes:

the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Professor Kenneth Ward

Have we conquered the tobacco epidemic? Despite considerable progress, tobacco continues to kill more than 5 million people around the world each year. Dr. Ward will provide a brief overview of the history, causes, and consequences of tobacco use, and then discuss what we know about the latest strains in the global tobacco epidemic, and whether e-cigarettes are help or hype.
Professor Ward is the Director of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, and Intervention Director of the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies.
Professor Ward is a current Fulbright Scholar at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where he is collaborating on research on smoking cessation in patients with chronic medical conditions. Trained as a clinical health psychologist, Dr. Ward is interested in community-, healthcare system-, and population-level approaches to reducing the burden of tobacco use, other addictive behaviors, and chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Current research projects include: (1) Epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of waterpipe (“hookah”) and cigarette smoking in the U.S. and Middle East; (2) improving delivery of lung cancer treatment services, including smoking cessation (with Baptist Cancer Center); (3) effects of stress and tobacco use on birth outcomes; (4) use of tobacco and other substances in the aftermath of a disaster; and (5) mHealth interventions to improve child health.  Dr. Ward’s research has been funded by more than 35 grants from the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, American Legacy Foundation, FedEx Institute of Technology, Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Health Foundation, and The Urban Child Institute.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and at the University of Memphis, Dr. Ward is the recipient of the Faudree Professorship and the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award.