Caryn Lerman, PhD, the Mary W. Calkins professor, Department of Psychiatry and the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Director of the Tobacco Use Research Center, has been appointed interm director of the Abramson Cancer Center, effective October 15th. Dr. Lerman is highly qualified to take on this leadership role having served as the Abramson Cancer Center's Deputy Director since 2006, and as Associate Director for Population Sciences from 2001-2006. Further, she led the Abramson Cancer Center's Strategic Planning Committee and played a major role in the recent highly successful competitive renewal of the NCI Cancer Center Support Grant.
As director of Penn's Tobacco Use Research Center, Dr. Lerman's research focuses on the genetic and neural basis of nicotine addiction, with an emphasis on pharmacogenetics and medication development.
Dr. Lerman is a newly elected member of the Institute of Medicine and has been the recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology; the American Society for Preventive Oncology Joseph Cullen Award for Tobacco Research; the Alton Ochsner Award for Research Relating to Smoking and Health; and the American Cancer Society Cancer Control Award. She served on the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors and the NHGRI National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research. She is also a current member of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Advisory Council. Dr. Lerman is the President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, and is the author of over 300 peer-reviewed research articles.
Dr. Lerman received her PhD and MS degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California, and has previously held faculty posts at Georgetown University Medical Center, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and the Temple University School of Medicine.
A national search for a permanent director will begin soon, and we are fortunate that Dr. John Glick has agreed to chair this important search. Please join us in congratulating Caryn and in offering her every support as she takes on this new role.