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Megan Piper, PhD, Assistant Professor

Megan Piper is an assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine and a lead researcher at UW-CTRI. Megan is most interested in understanding tobacco dependence, because “if we understand it better, we can treat it better.” In 2014, Megan received an award for her contributions to her field from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

She is also interested in specific groups of smokers who have more difficulty quitting, such as women and smokers with mental illness. Megan analyzes data, writes papers and works with the data department to manage research data. Megan started at UW-CTRI in 1999 when she worked on the Public Health Service Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence that was published in 2000. She recently served as the Project Scientist for the 2008 PHS Guideline update.

A Madison native, she spent her undergraduate years at Carlton College, graduating with a degree in chemistry. She then switched to clinical psychology and obtained her masters at Miami University in Ohio. “I learned that I preferred studying people to test tubes.”


Megan Piper, PhD
Megan Piper, PhD

She then moved back to her hometown of Madison and earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at UW-Madison. Megan and her husband, Kyle, live in Verona with their young daughters Jori and Josie. Megan has a variety of interests, including reading, doing SUDOKU and crossword puzzles, baking and spending time with her family.

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