Ruth E. Malone, RN, PhD
Nursing Alumni and Mary Harms Endowed Chair, UCSF
Professor Emerita (Recalled), Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, UCSF
I am known nationally and internationally for my research on the tobacco industry's strategic efforts to counter public health and on how tobacco policy problems are or are not being understood socially as actionable. To date, I have served as PI/MPI on more than 20 funded tobacco control-related research projects and have been continuously funded by NIH since 2001 across multiple projects. As editor-in-chief of Tobacco Control, the top international specialty journal in the field, I first editorialized in 2010 about the need to think explicitly about an endgame for the tobacco epidemic. Since then, my work has focused on thinking about and researching the tobacco endgame, and my two current projects focus on this topic. I have been a speaker on tobacco endgame thinking at numerous national and international meetings, conferences, and working groups. My team published the first analytic review of the endgame literature and we recently published a paper laying out the arguments for phasing out sales of cigarettes that has provided support for emerging national and international advocacy in this area. In previous studies, we explored the tobacco industry's targeting of various groups and their responses to such targeting, how 'corporate social responsibility' efforts from tobacco companies are perceived, how businesses decide to abandon tobacco sales, and tobacco control policy within the US military.
Southern Oregon College, Ashland, OR, A.S., Highest Honors, Nursing
University of California, San Francisco, B.S.N., Highest Honors; M.S., Community Health/Cross-Cultural Nursing
University of California, San Francisco, Ph.D., Nursing
Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral Fellow, Health Policy/Health Services Research