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Frank J. Chaloupka

Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago

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Frank J. Chaloupka is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has been on the faculty since 1988.  He is currently Director of the UIC Health Policy Center and holds appointments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Department of Economics and the School of Public Health’s Division of Health Policy and Administration.  He is a Fellow at the University of Illinois’ Institute for Government and Public Affairs, and is a Research Associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Health Economics Program and Children’s Program.  Dr. Chaloupka is Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, Director of ImpacTeen: A Policy Research Partnership for Healthier Youth Behavior and Co-Director of the International Tobacco Evidence Network. An economist, Dr. Chaloupka earned his B.A. from John Carroll University in 1984 and his Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate School and University Center.
Numerous professional publications and presentations have resulted from Dr. Chaloupka's research on the effects of prices and substance control policies on cigarette smoking and other tobacco use, alcohol use and abuse, and illicit drug use, as well as on various outcomes related to substance use and abuse.  Much of this research has focused on youth and young adults. This research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and others. Dr. Chaloupka contributed a section on the effects of cigarette taxes and prices on youth smoking for the 1994 Surgeon General’s report, and a lengthy chapter on the economics of tobacco for the 2000 Surgeon General’s report on which he was Consulting Scientific Editor.  In addition, he co-authored the World Bank’s policy report: Curbing the Epidemic: Governments and the Economics of Tobacco Control and co-edited the volume Tobacco Control in Developing Countries containing the background papers prepared for the report.  He was the lead editor for the recently released NCI and WHO monograph on The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, was part of the editorial team for the 2012 Surgeon General’s report on Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults, and chaired the International Agency for Research on Cancer's working group that produced the 2011 IARC Handbook Effectiveness of Tax and Price Policies for Tobacco Control. Over the past few years, Dr. Chaloupka’s research on the policy and economic determinants of health behaviors has expanded to include a focus on healthy eating, physical activity, and obesity. Some of this research is highlighted in the October 2007 supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine for which Dr. Chaloupka was the lead editor.
 Dr. Chaloupka is on the editorial boards of American Journal of Preventive Medicine  and Contemporary Economic Policy, is the economics editor for Tobacco Control, an Assistant Editor for Addiction, and an Associate Editor for Nicotine & Tobacco Research. He is a consultant to numerous governmental agencies, private organizations, and businesses. In 1996 Dr. Chaloupka received the University Scholar Award from the University of Illinois for his research on the economic analysis of substance use and abuse,  in 2009 received UIC’s first Researcher of the Year in the Social Sciences and Humanities award for his work on the economic, policy and environmental determinants of health behavior, in 2011 received the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco's  John Slade Award,  and in 2015 received the American Cancer Society's Luther Terry Award for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control for Outstanding Research Contribution. In 2016, he was named one of the “World’s Most Influential Minds” based on the impact of his research.