University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Sharon M. Hall, PhD

Sharon M. Hall, PhD

Professor in Residence, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Tobacco Control

Research Summary

My research focuses on the treatment of drug abuse, especially tobacco dependence, and better under¬standing the processes of change through randomized clinical trials and related studies. I am especially interested in the treatment of comorbid and chronic populations, and the complexities that comorbidities introduce into treatment. Two ongoing studies focus on extended treatment of tobacco: (1) a study of extended treatment for chronic smokers in a large, urban general medical clinic; (2) a study of an intervention to promote smoking cessation among smokers enrolled in buprenorphine treatment for opioid abuse.

For 16 years, I directed a NIH-funded Center Grant, “Treatment of Complex Patients” and a postdoctoral training program in drug abuse treatment and services research. In 2007, I received the Ove Fernö Award for Clinical Research from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.


Washington State University, B.S., 1967, Psychology
Washington State University, M.S., 1969, Psychology
Palo Alto Veterans Admin. Medical Center, Intern, 1970-1971, Psychology
Washington State University, Ph.D., 1971, Psychology

Professional Experience

  • 1972-1974
    Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, tenure-track
  • 1975-1977
    Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1977-1986
    Associate Professor, Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1986-present
    Full Professor, Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1986-1995
    Research Scientist Psychiatry/ Research San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • 1994-2003
    Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs, Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

Honors & Awards

  • 1967
    Phi Kappa Phi Bachelor's Degree with Highest Honors
  • 1980
    Fellow, American Psychological Association, Divisions 28 + 38
  • 1980-1990
    ADAMHA Research Scientist Development Award
  • 1984
    Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 28, Psychopharmacology
  • 1986
    Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • 1987
    Fellow, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research
  • 1989
    Fellow, Association for Clinical Psychosocial Research
  • 1990
    DVA Research Career Scientist Award
  • 2003
    George Sarlo Prize for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2003
    National Institutes of Health Senior Scientist Award

Selected Publications

  1. Hall SM. Commentary on Laude et al. (2017): Extended treatment for cigarette smoking cessation. Addiction. 2017 Aug; 112(8):1460-1461.
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  2. Gubner NR, Guydish J, Humfleet GL, Benowitz NL, Hall SM. Nicotine biomarkers and rate of nicotine metabolism among cigarette smokers taking buprenorphine for opioid dependency. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 Sep 01; 178:267-270.
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  3. Hall SM, Humfleet G, Gasper J, Delucchi KL, Hersh D, Guydish J. Cigarette Smoking Cessation Intervention for Buprenorphine Treatment Patients. Nicotine Tob Res. 2017 May 26.
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  4. Leyro TM, Crew EE, Bryson SW, Lembke A, Bailey SR, Prochaska JJ, Henriksen L, Fortmann SP, Killen JD, Killen DT, Hall SM, David SP. Retrospective analysis of changing characteristics of treatment-seeking smokers: implications for further reducing smoking prevalence. BMJ Open. 2016 Jun 29; 6(6):e010960.
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  5. Hendricks PS, Hall SM, Tyus LR, Thorne CB, Lappan SN, McMurray MV, Bailey WC, Cropsey KL, Baker TB. Withdrawal exposure with withdrawal regulation training for smoking cessation: a randomized controlled pilot trial. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Jul 01; 164:28-37.
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  6. Barnett PG, Wong W, Jeffers A, Hall SM, Prochaska JJ. Cost-effectiveness of smoking cessation treatment initiated during psychiatric hospitalization: analysis from a randomized, controlled trial. J Clin Psychiatry. 2015 Oct; 76(10):e1285-91.
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  7. Ramo DE, Thrul J, Delucchi KL, Ling PM, Hall SM, Prochaska JJ. The Tobacco Status Project (TSP): Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of a Facebook smoking cessation intervention for young adults. BMC Public Health. 2015 Sep 15; 15:897.
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  8. Benowitz NL, Nardone N, Dains KM, Hall SM, Stewart S, Dempsey D, Jacob P. Effect of reducing the nicotine content of cigarettes on cigarette smoking behavior and tobacco smoke toxicant exposure: 2-year follow up. Addiction. 2015 Oct; 110(10):1667-75.
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  9. Bergen AW, Michel M, Nishita D, Krasnow R, Javitz HS, Conneely KN, Lessov-Schlaggar CN, Hops H, Zhu AZ, Baurley JW, McClure JB, Hall SM, Baker TB, Conti DV, Benowitz NL, Lerman C, Tyndale RF, Swan GE. Drug Metabolizing Enzyme and Transporter Gene Variation, Nicotine Metabolism, Prospective Abstinence, and Cigarette Consumption. PLoS One. 2015; 10(7):e0126113.
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  10. Prochaska JJ, Fromont SC, Ramo DE, Young-Wolff KC, Delucchi K, Brown RA, Hall SM. Gender differences in a randomized controlled trial treating tobacco use among adolescents and young adults with mental health concerns. Nicotine Tob Res. 2015 Apr; 17(4):479-85.
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  11. Leyro TM, Hendricks PS, Hall SM. If at first you don't succeed: characterization of smokers with late smoking abstinence onset. Addict Behav. 2015 Jun; 45:34-8.
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  12. Hall SM, Shi Y, Humfleet GL, Muñoz RF, Reus VI, Prochaska JJ. Smoking cessation abstinence goal in treatment-seeking smokers. Addict Behav. 2015 Mar; 42:148-53.
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  13. Schuck RK, Dahl A, Hall SM, Delucchi K, Fromont SC, Hall SE, Bonas T, Prochaska JJ. Smokers with serious mental illness and requests for nicotine replacement therapy post-hospitalisation. Tob Control. 2016 Jan; 25(1):27-32.
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  14. Bergen AW, Javitz HS, Krasnow R, Michel M, Nishita D, Conti DV, Edlund CK, Kwok PY, McClure JB, Kim RB, Hall SM, Tyndale RF, Baker TB, Benowitz NL, Swan GE. Organic cation transporter variation and response to smoking cessation therapies. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014 Dec; 16(12):1638-46.
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  15. Grady ES, Humfleet GL, Delucchi KL, Reus VI, Muñoz RF, Hall SM. Smoking cessation outcomes among sexual and gender minority and nonminority smokers in extended smoking treatments. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014 Sep; 16(9):1207-15.
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  16. Young-Wolff KC, Fromont SC, Delucchi K, Hall SE, Hall SM, Prochaska JJ. PTSD symptomatology and readiness to quit smoking among women with serious mental illness. Addict Behav. 2014 Aug; 39(8):1231-4.
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  17. Prochaska JJ, Fromont SC, Delucchi K, Young-Wolff KC, Benowitz NL, Hall S, Bonas T, Hall SM. Multiple risk-behavior profiles of smokers with serious mental illness and motivation for change. Health Psychol. 2014 Dec; 33(12):1518-29.
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  18. Hendricks PS, Delucchi KL, Benowitz NL, Hall SM. Clinical significance of early smoking withdrawal effects and their relationships with nicotine metabolism: preliminary results from a pilot study. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014 May; 16(5):615-20.
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  19. Barnett PG, Wong W, Jeffers A, Munoz R, Humfleet G, Hall S. Cost-effectiveness of extended cessation treatment for older smokers. Addiction. 2014 Feb; 109(2):314-22.
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  20. Leyro TM, Hall SM, Hickman N, Kim R, Hall SE, Prochaska JJ. Clinical management of tobacco dependence in inpatient psychiatry: provider practices and patient utilization. Psychiatr Serv. 2013 Nov 01; 64(11):1161-5.
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