Our Team

Our Team

The ASPiRE team is comprised of tobacco control researchers and staff from several academic institutions who make up our three research projects and three shared resource cores. The leaders of our research teams have worked successfully together for more than 20 years.

Our team’s work is enhanced by input and guidance from our Community Advisory Board (CAB), comprising tobacco control staff from 30 large U.S. cities, representatives from several tobacco control organizations and agencies, and legal experts. Read more about the CAB.

Key personnel include faculty and staff from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stanford University, Washington University in St Louis, the Brookings Institution, East Carolina University, and the University of Kentucky. Our team members have training in biostatistics, communication, epidemiology, evaluation research, health behavior, medicine, public policy, spatial statistics, public health law, and three areas of psychology.


Research Projects

Retailer Density & Disease

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Kurt Ribisl
Shelley Golden

Co-Leaders: Kurt Ribisl and Shelley Golden
Read more about Retailer Density & Disease.

Big City Tobacco Control

Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine

Lisa Henriksen
Jodi Prochaska

Co-Leaders: Lisa Henriksen and Jodi Prochaska
Read more about Big City Tobacco Control.

Tobacco Town

Center for Public Health Systems Science at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

Douglas Luke
Ross Hammond

Co-Leaders: Douglas Luke and Ross Hammond
Read more about Tobacco Town.


Shared research cores


The Administrative Core provides overall guidance and coordination for ASPiRE.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Kurt Ribisl

Core Leader: Kurt Ribisl

Data & Statistics

The Data & Statistics Core integrates and manages primary and secondary data about the retail environment for tobacco, tobacco control policies, and other shared data sources.
Stanford University School of Medicine

Manisha Desai

Core Leader: Manisha Desai

Dissemination & Implementation (D&I)

The Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Core supports the work of the ASPiRE research projects and shared resource cores by enhancing the use of D&I science throughout the Center and accelerating the translation and dissemination of its products.

Douglas Luke

Core Leader: Douglas Luke


Community Advisory Board (CAB)

Maggie Mahoney

Chair: Maggie Mahoney
Read more about the CAB.