Faculty Educator of the Month: December 2011

Dr. Paul M. Cinciripini

Dr. Cinciripini, PortraitPaul M. Cinciripini, Ph.D., Deputy Chair of and Professor with tenure in the Department of Behavioral Science and Director of the Tobacco Treatment Program, has been named the December 2011 Faculty Educator of the Month.

Dr. Cinciripini has a unique educational track record in that his research has helped many people outside MD Anderson learn about smoking cessation. Specifically, he and his colleagues in the departments of Behavioral Science and Health Disparities Research have developed computer- and video-based delivery of cessation instruction, taking advantage of technological advances to help smokers deal with their addictions.

The educational contributions made by Dr. Cinciripini extend to the classroom, as he has been an Instructor in training programs at MD Anderson as well as The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. Furthermore, he was a guest lecturer for a course on cancer prevention and addiction at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston in 2010. In 2000, he and his colleagues also conducted several community presentations as part of the MD Anderson Tobacco Outreach Education Program.

In addition, Dr. Cinciripini’s experience in supervising trainees has been extensive. Specifically, he has been a mentor or co-mentor for 19 postdoctoral research fellows at MD Anderson and 5 graduate students at other institutions in Houston, several of whom have gone on to obtain faculty positions both here at MD Anderson and at other educational institutions.

Dr. Cinciripini has been a participant in the Junior Faculty Mentorship program, mentoring six instructors in the Department of Behavioral Science. Over the years, he also has supervised seven Ph.D.-level faculty members in clinical psychology and three licensed professional counselors pursuing licensing in the state of Texas.

From 1983 to 1994, Dr. Cinciripini was a key educator at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), serving as an instructor for several courses on topics related to behavioral science. Since then, his teaching experience has extended to other institutions outside of MD Anderson. In particular, he was a guest lecturer for courses on smoking cessation for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, the Kelsey-Siebold Clinic, and the Orlando Regional Healthcare Systems 22nd Annual Internal Medicine Conference.

In 2008, Dr. Cinciripini was honored for his mentoring efforts with a nomination for the Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award. He is also a recipient of the Margaret and James A. Elkins, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award in Cancer Prevention (2009) and a finalist for the Julie and Ben Rogers Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention (2006).

Dr. Cinciripini received his Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University in 1978. He went on to complete a clinical residency in Clinical Psychology at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, also in 1978.

In 1980, Dr. Cinciripini joined the Minnesota School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in Behavioral Science with a joint appointment in the Department of Physiology. He came to Texas in 1983 when he was named a member of the medical staff and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UTMB. He was promoted to Associate Professor in Preventive Medicine and Community Health in 1984, Associate Professor in Cardiology in 1985, and Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Psychiatry in 1988. During his time in Galveston, he also served on the Consultation Liaison Service in the Burn Trauma Unit at John Sealy Hospital and as a member of the medical staff at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Dr. Cinciripini came to MD Anderson in 1994 when he was named Associate Professor with tenure and Director of the Tobacco Treatment Program in the Department of Behavioral Science. He was named Deputy Chair of the department in 1999 and promoted to Professor with tenure in 2001.

Additionally, Dr. Cinciripini has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston since 1989, the Department of Behavioral Science at The University of Texas School of Public Health since 1994, and the Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine since October of this year.

Dr. Cinciripini is a highly experienced researcher, which is exemplified by the fact that he has been the principal investigator, a co-investigator, or a mentor for 76 funded research projects or protocols from the National Institutes of Health, private industry, and foundations. Also, he has been a grant reviewer and served on study sections several times for the National Institutes of Health.

Since 2010, Dr. Cinciripini has been a Specialty Editor for Frontiers in Addiction. He also was an Associate Editor for Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention (2001-2007) and a Consulting Editor for Psychology of Addictive Behaviors (1993-2007). Furthermore, he served on editorial review boards for four journals and as a reviewer for several others. Dr. Cinciripini’s extensive research has led to his authorship of more than 100 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 22 book chapters, 11 teaching aids, and 4 invited articles.