Thomas Eissenberg, Ph.D.

Professor and
Co-Principal Investigator


Thomas Eissenberg, Ph.D., is a professor in the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Psychology and is the co-director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products.

Dr. Eissenberg obtained his doctorate in experimental psychology in 1994 from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and joined the VCU faculty in 1997.

Dr. Eissenberg’s primary area of research involves developing and demonstrating methods to evaluate modified risk and other novel tobacco/nicotine products. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and served as principal investigator on numerous NIH grants; across his career, these grants total more than $50 million. He has also served as the sponsor of six NIH-funded National Research Service Award applications (F31 mechanism) and is an active mentor for students and faculty interested in careers in regulatory science.

        Thomas Eissenberg, Ph.D.

Contact Information


Virginia Commonwealth University

This research is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Tobacco Products of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under Award Number U54DA036105. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH or the Food and Drug Administration