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Scott McIntosh, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-0511

Research Labs

Faculty Appointments


As Co-Director of the Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Research Program, and Director of the Center for a Tobacco-Free Finger Lakes, Dr. McIntosh is currently involved with the study of nicotine dependence interventions with various populations and the training of physicians and other medical professionals in guideline-based nicotine dependence interventions. He has completed an NIH-funded randomized controlled trial studying web-assisted tobacco interventions with community college students.

He has been a co-investigator on multiple global health projects concerning distance training platforms, tobacco cessation, maternal health improvement and diabetes prevention. He was a Site Principal Investigator for a study of smoking cessation education in Medical Schools.

He is a preceptor for preventive medicine residents and currently teaches the courses:
PM 412 - Survey Research
PM 426 - Social & Behavioral Medicine

Professional Background

Prior to the University of Rochester, Dr. McIntosh was a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Spanish Family Guidance Center / Center for Family Studies) at the University of Miami.


Dr. McIntosh studies technology-assisted and self-help interventions for risk behavior change.

He was the founding Co-Chair of WATI (Web-Assisted Tobacco Interventions), a series of international research workshops funded by the National Cancer Institute, Health Canada, and the American Legacy Foundation.

He is currently conducting several pilot projects with various under-studied populations, and is currently a Site Principal Investigator for a study of electronic cigarette users’ perceptions of product messaging concerning the harms of vaping flavors.



BS | Iowa State University

MA | University of Missouri-Columbia
Counseling Psychology

PhD | University of Miami
Counseling Psychology


Fight Back Award: Outstanding Leadership and Advocacy in Tobacco Control
Sponsor: American Cancer Society, Finger Lakes Region, NY

Certificate of Appreciation: Contributions in tobacco control
Sponsor: American Cancer Society

Certificate of Appreciation: Contributions to the Development of Web-Assisted Tobacco Interventions (WATI)
Sponsor: National Cancer Institute

Certificate of Appreciation: Preceptor for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
Sponsor: Univ of Rochester Ctr for Advocacy, Comm Health, Ed. & Diversity

Educational Program of the Year, Assoc of Teachers of Prev Med
Sponsor: Univ of Rochester SMD
Location: Rochester, NY

Outstanding Community Service Award: American Academy of Medical Colleges
Sponsor: Univ of Rochester SMD
Location: Rochester, NY

Plain Language Award: NIH Clearing the Air, Quit Smoking Today, a self-help guide for smoking cessation

Who's Who in Medical Sciences Education

Evidence-Based Smoking Cessation Prog,
Sponsor: NCI & SAMHSA national websites

Invited Advocate: One Voice Against Cancer
Sponsor: American Cancer Society
Location: Washington, DC

Merit Award: Outstanding contributions in the promotion of knowledge and services to Hispanic families
Sponsor: Univ of Miami School of Medicine
Location: Miami, FL

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Journal Articles

Soule E, Bansal-Travers M, Grana R, McIntosh S, Price S, Unger JB, Walton K. "Electronic cigarette use intensity measurement challenges and regulatory implications" . Tobacco Control. 2023; .

Wojdak C, Silvey P, Coykendall C, Lin YS, Bansal A, Shannon K, Wagner H, McIntosh S, Block RC. "Indicators of Self-Determination in Therapeutic Songwriting Lyrics Created by Adults with High LDL Cholesterol." Journal of music therapy.. 2023 Mar 18; Epub 2023 Mar 18.

Hernández-Torres R, Alaniz-Cantu E, Bautista Rojas MV, Lara D, Merritt S, DeJesus E, D'Abundo ML, McIntosh S, Ossip DJ, Fuller D, Rivera MP, Cupertino AP, Cartujano-Barrera F. "Understanding the Perspectives of Latino Adults Who Smoke on Physical Activity: A Qualitative Study." International journal of environmental research and public health.. 2023 Feb 10; 20(4)Epub 2023 Feb 10.

Books & Chapters

Book Title: Clear Horizons: A Self-Help Guide to Smoking Cessation for Midlife/Older Smokers
Author List: Orleans, C.T., Rimer, B.K., Telepchak, J.M., Fleisher, L., Keintz, M.K., Robinson, R.G., Noll, E.L., Boyd, N.R., Ossip-Klein, D.J., & McIntosh, S.
Published By: University of Rochester 2001 in Rochester, NY

Chapter Title: The Evolution of Structural Ecosystemic Theory for Working with Latino Families.
Book Title: Psychological Interventions and Research with Latino Populations.
Author List: Szapocznik, J., Kurtines, W., Santisteban, D.A., Pantin, H., Scopetta, M., Mancilla, Y., Aisenberg, S., McIntosh, S., Perez-Vidal, A., & Coatsworth, D.
Edited By: J.G. Garcia & M.C. Zea.
Published By: Allyn & Bacon. 1997 in Needham Heights, MA.

Chapter Title: African American Women: Their Families and HIV/AIDS.
Book Title: Health Psychology Through The Lifespan: Practice and Research Opportunities.
Author List: Greenwood, D., Szapocznik, J., McIntosh, S., Antoni, M., Ironson, G., Tejeda, M., Clarington, L., Samuels, D. & Sorhaindo, L.
Edited By: R.J. Resnick and R.H. Rozensky
Published By: American Psychological Association. 1996 in Washington, DC.




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