Janet Audrain-McGovern, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School

Dr. Audrain-McGovern is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a member of the Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Audrain-McGovern has served as the Director of the Training and Career Development Core for three P50 center grants focused on nicotine and tobacco research. She has overseen the training of 20 postdoctoral fellows, 17 of whom pursued an academic research career. Her research has focused, in part, on identifying and understanding the biobehavioral determinants of adolescent smoking acquisition to inform youth smoking prevention and smoking cessation interventions. She has served as the PI or Co-PI for several RO1 grants, both observational and interventional in nature. This work has highlighted the heterogeneity in adolescent smoking acquisition and the potential contribution of specific genetic factors to this heterogeneity. This work led to the identification of protective and risk enhancing gene by environment interactions on adolescent smoking acquisition. Dr. Audrain-McGovern is currently investigating the biobehavioral predictors of smoking acquisition from adolescence to young adulthood, the protective role of physical activity in adolescent smoking uptake, the use of behavioral economic approaches to explain smoking acquisition and cessation, and the co-morbidity between smoking and depression.  She is also an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals, and has served on several NIH and foundation scientific review panels.

Janet E. Audrain-McGovern, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She is Project Co-Director for the TCORS Training and Career Development Program, Project Co-Director for the TCORS Developmental Pilots Program, and Investigator for TCORS Project 1.  


Audrain-McGovern's Network

  • Health Communication
  • Penn Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science