Dr. Cheryl Oncken, PhD, Speaking at CHIP Thursday, April 4, 2013

On Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 12:30 – 1:30 pm, the lecture series continues with Cheryl Oncken, MD, MPH, Professor at the Department of Medicine/OBGYN, UConn Health Center, who presents about “Behavioral and Pharmacological Treatments for Pregnant Smokers.”

The lecture will be in Video Conference Room 204 on the second floor of Ryan at 2006 Hillside Road at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.  For a map of the area, look at http://www.chip.uconn.edu/about/directions-to-chip/. It is co-sponsored by the UConn Department of Kinesiology.

You can also view this talk streamed live during or after the lecture at the following link: http://www.chip.uconn.edu/lecture-4-4-13.

Cheryl OnckenCheryl A. Oncken, MD, MPH, is Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She is also Director of the Clinical Research Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center. After completing her undergraduate studies and receiving her MD at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Dr. Oncken earned her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology. During her Master’s Degree she received the John Hawley Award for the advancement of Public Health. She completed her residency requirements in Internal Medicine at the Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis.  She completed a Fellowship in General Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Oncken is internationally recognized for her work on the treatment of smoking in women.   She has conducted numerous smoking cessation trials in pregnant women including behavioral interventions (peer support counseling, intensive psychosocial counseling and telephone follow-up), short term studies of the safety of nicotine replacement therapy during pregnancy, and one randomized controlled trial of nicotine gum for smoking cessation during pregnancy. She is also interested in interventions to reduce tobacco exposure during pregnancy in low and middle income countries and co-facilitated international workgroups in this topic area. She is currently a member of the World Health Organization Committee developing guidelines for the treatment of tobacco use and second hand exposure during pregnancy.

Dr. Oncken has contributed to over 60 peer reviewed articles on smoking related research. She has authored 5 book chapters, and has been an invited speaker at more than 50 Advisory Board Meetings, Symposia, and Conferences. She is a board certified practicing internist at the University of Connecticut Health Center. She has been a Presenter at the Medicine Grand Rounds and since 1995 has contributed to a number of Continuing Medical Education Seminars for smoking cessation.