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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

Shao Y, Zou J, Xie Z, Mayne RG, Ossip DJ, Rahman I, McIntosh S, Li D. "Perceptions of Oral Nicotine Pouches on Reddit: Observational Study." Journal of medical Internet research.. 2022 Jul 15; 24(7):e37071. Epub 2022 Jul 15.

Cartujano-Barrera F, Hernández-Torres R, Orfin RH, Chávez-Iñiguez A, Alvarez Lopez O, Azogini C, Bermudez D, Arana-Chicas E, Cai X, McIntosh S, Ossip D.J, Cupertino AP. "Proactive and reactive recruitment of Black and Latino adolescents in a vaping prevention randomized controlled trial" . Children. 2022; 9(7): 937.

Cartujano-Barrera F, Cox LS, Castro EM, Lara D, Quiñones Z, McIntosh S, Ossip DJ, Cupertino AP. "Cigarro or cigarrillo? The pressing need to use culturally and linguistically appropriate terminology for tobacco control among Spanish-speaking Latinos." Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.. 2022 May 10; Epub 2022 May 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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