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Deborah J. Ossip, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-0528

Fax: (585) 424-1469

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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.



BA | University of Miami
Psychology & Sociology

MS | Univ of Pittsburgh
Clinical Psychology

PhD | Univ of Pittsburgh
Clinical Psychology


2017 - Present
SRNT Fellow
Sponsor: Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Berg Award for Student Distinction in Population Health Improvement (Marielena Velez de Brown, MD, MPH)
Sponsor: Department of Public Health Sciences
Location: Awarded to my student for mentored research/implementation

Crystal Gavel Award for Leadership as President
Sponsor: Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Emeritus Award for Excellence in Research (to Sean Frey, MD)
Sponsor: Department of Public Health Sciences
Location: Awarded to my student for mentored MPH thesis research

First Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium Poster Presentation Award (to Philip Meacham)
Sponsor: University of Rochester Global Health Network
Location: Awarded to my graduate student for mentored research

Marvin J. Hoffman International Medicine Research Award (to Michael Prucha)
Sponsor: Awarded to my medical student protege for mentored research

2012 - 2013
Faculty Research Incentive Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

Recognition of Distinguished Service as a Founding Member 2001-2012
Sponsor: American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Consortium

Distinguished Service Award
Sponsor: Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Plaque of Appreciation for Contributions to Preferred Care Efforts in Smoking Cessation

Certificate of Honor for Distinguished Leadership in Tobacco Cessation
Sponsor: North American Quitline Consortium

Certificate of Appreciation Demonstrating Intern'l Leadership as Co-Chair of the North American Conf Smoking Cessation Quitlines
Sponsor: National Cancer Institute

Faculty in Residence Program awarded to Celia Watt, PhD, SUNY Brockport, for mentored summer work with D. Ossip-Klein
Sponsor: (resulted in NCI R03 grant, Watt, PI)

Certificate of Appreciation for Contributions to Research and Development Work Group
Location: Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Canandaigua

Certificate for Outstanding Performance
Sponsor: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Medical Center at Canandaigua

Award for Paper Presentation
Sponsor: Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Scientific Sessions

Smoking Cessation Achievement Award
Sponsor: Lakeside Pharmaceuticals

Key Smoking Cessation Staff Award
Sponsor: American Lung Association, Finger Lakes Region, Inc.

Award for FREEDOM LINE Smoker's Quitline project
Sponsor: US Department of Health and Human Services

Governor's Award for the FREEDOM LINE smokers' hotline project

Award for paper presentation, 18th Annual Convention of the Assoc for Advancement of Behavior Therapy

Certificate of Appreciation for Service Toward Improving Community Health
Sponsor: American Lung Association - Finger Lakes Region, Inc.

1981 - 1983
Lilly Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship
Sponsor: University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, NY

Dolson Award for most outstanding student in Clinical Psychology
Location: University of Pittsburgh

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Journal Articles

Frey SM, Fernandez ID, Ossip DJ, Halterman JS. "The reliability and validity of a novel screening tool". J Asthma. 2017; in press.

McIntosh S, Wall A, Johnson T, Done DH, Kurtzman JH, Ververs D, Ossip DJ. "Examining the Role of Community Colleges in Tobacco Control. Tobacco Prevention and Cessation". Tobacco Prevention and Cessation. 2017; in press.

Groth S, Stewart PA, Ossip DJ, Block R, Chen D-G, Fernandez ID. "Micronutrient intake inadequate for many pregnant African American women". J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017; 117: 589-598.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Screening for Depression
Book Title: Assessing the health status of older adults
Author List: Ossip-Klein DJ., Rothenberg B, Andersen E
Edited By: E. Andersen; B. Rothenberg; & J.G. Zimmer
Published By: Springer Publishing Company, Inc.1997 in New York

Chapter Title: Cognitive and behavioral therapy in the nursing home
Book Title: Psychiatric care in the nursing home
Author List: Ossip-Klein DJ, Karuza J
Edited By: W.E. Reichman & P.R. Katz
Published By: Oxford University Press1996 in New York

Chapter Title: Behavioral contracts between alcoholics and family members to improve aftercare participation and maintain sobriety after inpatient alcoholism treatment
Book Title: Treating alcohol problems: Marital and family interventions
Author List: Ossip-Klein DJ, Rychtarik RG
Edited By: T.J. O'Farrell
Published By: Guilford Publications, Inc1993 in New York