Deborah J. Ossip, Ph.D.

Deborah J. Ossip, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Public Health Sciences
265 Crittenden Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-0528
Fax: (585) 424-1469

Research Bio

Research: Behavioral medicine, health impact of lifestyle change with particular focus on cigarette smoking/tobacco use, obesity, physical activity, aging, child/adolescent health, outcomes measurement, community intervention, and global health.

Dr. Ossip directs the Smoking Research Program, which focuses on community based interventions and underserved populations. She is principal investigator on two NIH-funded projects. The first is a tobacco research and capacity building project in 6 economically disadvantaged communities in the Dominican Republic. The second is a US and Canadian project examining promotional strategies to engage underserved populations to call quitlines. She also directs a state-funded contract to deliver proactive telephone counseling and OTC nicotine replacement medications to Medicaid and uninsured smokers across New York State through the NYS Smokers' Quitline. Recent projects include a statewide trial of various combinations of mail and telephone interventions for mid-life and older smokers, a multi-county trial of primary care interventions for adolescent smoking, and a national survey of smoking attitudes, beliefs, and policies regarding smoking in nursing homes. Dr. Ossip is Member Delegate for North America for the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, and is a member of various other local, state, national, and international committees, working groups, and advisory boards for tobacco prevention and control issues.

Awards & Honors (National)

Recognition of Distinguished Service as a Founding Member 2001-2012 | American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Consortium 2012
Distinguished Service Award | Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 2010
Certificate of Honor for Distinguished Leadership in Tobacco Cessation | North American Quitline Consortium 2005
Certificate of Appreciation Demonstrating Intern'l Leadership as Co-Chair of the North American Conf Smoking Cessation Quitlines | National Cancer Institute 2002
Award for Paper Presentation | Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Scientific Sessions 1993
Award for FREEDOM LINE Smoker's Quitline project | US Department of Health and Human Services 1988
Award for paper presentation, 18th Annual Convention of the Assoc for Advancement of Behavior Therapy 1984

Awards & Honors (Local)

Emeritus Award for Excellence in Research (to Sean Frey, MD) | Department of Public Health Sciences | Awarded to my student for mentored MPH thesis research 2016
First Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium Poster Presentation Award (to Philip Meacham) | University of Rochester Global Health Network | Awarded to my graduate student for mentored research 2015
Marvin J. Hoffman International Medicine Research Award (to Michael Prucha) | Awarded to my medical student protege for mentored research 2013
Faculty Research Incentive Award | University of Rochester Medical Center 2012 - 2013
Plaque of Appreciation for Contributions to Preferred Care Efforts in Smoking Cessation 2007
Faculty in Residence Program awarded to Celia Watt, PhD, SUNY Brockport, for mentored summer work with D. Ossip-Klein | (resulted in NCI R03 grant, Watt, PI) 2001
Certificate of Appreciation for Contributions to Research and Development Work Group | Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Canandaigua 1998
Certificate for Outstanding Performance | Department of Veterans Affairs | Medical Center at Canandaigua 1993
Smoking Cessation Achievement Award | Lakeside Pharmaceuticals 1989
Key Smoking Cessation Staff Award | American Lung Association, Finger Lakes Region, Inc. 1988
Governor's Award for the FREEDOM LINE smokers' hotline project 1987
Certificate of Appreciation for Service Toward Improving Community Health | American Lung Association - Finger Lakes Region, Inc. 1983
Lilly Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship | University of Rochester | Rochester, NY 1981 - 1983
Dolson Award for most outstanding student in Clinical Psychology | University of Pittsburgh 1980

Recent Journal Articles

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Ossip DJ, Diaz S, Quiñones Z, McIntosh S, Dozier A, Chin N, Weber E, Holderness H, Torres E, Bautista A, Sanchez JJ, Avendaño E, Dye TDV, McDonald P, Bianco E. "Lessons learned from twelve years of partnered tobacco cessation research in the Dominican Republic". Journal of Smoking Cessation. 2016; In press.
2015 Apr
Prucha MG, Fisher SG, McIntosh S, Grable JC, Holderness H, Thevenet-Morrison K, de Monegro ZQ, Sánchez JJ, Bautista A, Díaz S, Ossip DJ. "Health care workers' knowledge, attitudes and practices on tobacco use in economically disadvantaged dominican republic communities." International journal of environmental research and public health. 2015 Apr; 12(4):4060-75. Epub 2015 Apr 13.
2015 Mar
Lerner CA, Sundar IK, Watson RM, Elder A, Jones R, Done D, Kurtzman R, Ossip DJ, Robinson R, McIntosh S, Rahman I. "Environmental health hazards of e-cigarettes and their components: oxidants and copper in e-cigarette aerosols". Environ Pollut. 2015; 198: 100-7 PMCID: PMC4323666. Link
2015 Feb
Lerner CA, Sundar IK, Yao H, Gerloff J, Ossip DJ, McIntosh S, Robinson R, Rahman I. "Vapors produced by electronic cigarettes and e-juices induce toxicity, oxidative stress and inflammatory response in lung epithelial cells and in mouse lung". PLoS One. 2015; 10(2): e0116732 PMCID: PMC4319729. Link
Dempsey J, Regan S, Drehmer JE, Finch S, Hipple B, Klein JD, Murphy S, Nabi-Burza E, Ossip D, Woo H, Winickoff JP. "Black vs. white differences in rates of addressing parental tobacco use in the pediatric setting". Acad Pediatr. 2015; 15(1): 47-53 PMCID: PMC4273106. Link

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Cancer Center
Professor - Center for Community Health


PhD | Clinical Psychology | Univ of Pittsburgh1981
MS | Clinical Psychology | Univ of Pittsburgh1978
BA | Psychology & Sociology | University of Miami1975