Michael P. Eriksen
Michael Eriksen is the Principal Investigator of the Georgia State University TCORS and the founding Dean of Georgia State’s School of Public Health. As the Georgia State TCORS Principal Investigator, Dr. Eriksen leads a team divided among three inter-related research projects and three supporting core areas. Funding from a $19 million grant from the FDA and the NIH supports this team as it focuses on both the human and economic factors that contribute to decision making related to tobacco products. Dr. Eriksen also leads one of the three projects, targeting consumer behavior, risk perception and media research related to novel tobacco products.
Leading Georgia State University’s public health program since 2002, Dr. Eriksen also teaches classes in tobacco control, global health, urban health and the social and behavioral sciences. He serves as Director of the Partnership for Urban Health Research, and as Principal Investigator and Director of the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities Research.
Dr. Eriksen was also the longest-serving Director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. He was Senior Advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) and is the lead author of the fourth edition of the Tobacco Atlas, published by the American Cancer Society.
He has received numerous awards for his work including the Tobacco or Health Commemorative Medal from WHO. In 2004, the Georgia Cancer Coalition designated him as a Distinguished Cancer Scholar. Dr. Eriksen has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and recently created and launched the Tobacco Portal, a web-based resource for tobacco-related facts and data.
Eriksen received his training at the Johns Hopkins University.