David Abrams

David B. Abrams is a professor in the department of social and behavioral science at the New York University (NYU) College of Global Public Health.

Before joining NYU, from 2008 to 2017 Abrams was a professor of health behavior and society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the founding director of the Steven Schroeder National Institute of Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at Truth Initiative (formerly the American Legacy Foundation).

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in psychology and computer science from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and a doctorate in clinical health psychology from Rutgers University. At Brown University Medical School from 1978–2004, he was the professor and founding director of the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine. He then directed the office of behavioral and social sciences research, office of the director, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Abrams has published more than 270 peer-reviewed articles, been principal investigator on numerous NIH grants and authored The Tobacco Dependence Treatment Handbook: A Guide to Best Practice, which was a recipient of a book of the year award. He served on the board of scientific advisors of the National Cancer Institute, was president of the Society for Behavioral Medicine and a recipient of their distinguished scientist and research mentorship awards.

He received the Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award from the American Society for Preventive Oncology for his lifetime contributions to tobacco control.

His current focus is on the complex societal implications of emergent alternative nicotine-delivery systems, using the lens of a harm minimization framework to prevent the deaths overwhelmingly caused by smoking combusted tobacco.