Associate Director of Applied Learning for the MPH Program, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior


Suzanne Colby, Ph.D. is a Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the School of Public Health at Brown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior in the Alpert Medical School. She is Deputy Director of the Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies. A nationally recognized expert in adolescent tobacco use, Dr. Colby has led collaborative efforts to enhance research methodology in this area, in service of the mission to develop effective cessation interventions for youth and young adults and accurately evaluate their impact. She is a former President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), having previously served as SRNT Member Delegate for North America, Annual Meeting Program Chair, and Founding Chair of the Adolescent Research Network. She is Deputy Regional Editor (Office of the Americas) for the journal Addiction, which is a publication of the Society for the Study of Addiction.

Dr. Colby is also Associate Director of Applied Learning in the MPH program. In this role, she aims to expand formalized internship opportunities for students in the in-person and online MPH programs.

Training and mentoring are central to Dr. Colby's professional activities. She leads both Postdoctoral Training and Pilot Projects for the Brown Alcohol Research Center on HIV (ARCH). She serves on the Mentoring Steering Committee and is a Mentor Training Facilitator for the Advance Clinical Trials Research (Advance CTR), a statewide hub for translational research, and she Postdoctoral Training Director at CAAS from 2010-2019.

Dr. Colby is a Fellow of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco, and of the American Psychological Association's Division 50 (Addiction Psychology) and Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse).

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