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CTTRT Staff Professional Appointments and Presentation at a Conference

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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Lori Pbert, PhD Director of CTTRT, appointed to United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

Lori Pbert, PhDPreventive and behavioral health expert Lori Pbert, PhD, has been appointed to a four-year term as a member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force. The task force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. They work to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services. This includes; services such as screenings, counseling services and preventive medications.



Dr. Pbert is a clinical psychologist and behavioral scientist. Her work over the past 30 years has centered on tobacco use and obesity prevention and treatment. Majority of her work focuses on youth and families.  Her expertise is in the development of clinician-delivered preventive health interventions in primary care settings. Also establishment of clinical-community linkages and adjunct approaches to support clinic-based health promotion and disease prevention efforts.  Dr. Pbert brings this expertise to the task force and she'll help make a difference in preventive health care in U.S. Read more on Dr. Pbert's appointment to the task force here.

CTTRT Director of Training named Treasurer-Elect of the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD)

Caroline Cranos, MPHCaroline Cranos, the Training Director for UMass Medical School’s CTTRT, has been elected Treasure-elect for ATTUD.  She had previously served on the ATTUD Board of Directors as secretary. Caroline is responsible for the administration and curriculum development of the UMass TTS Training Program. This also include the Train the Trainer in Tobacco Treatment (T4) program. Prior to her work at UMass, she was the coordinator for the Multi-State Collaborative for Health Systems Change (MSC). MSC is a collaborative of organizations and individuals working within states and nationally. They work to support changes in healthcare systems to reduce tobacco use. She began her career working for the Tobacco Control program in the city of Cambridge, MA health department.

ATTUD is an organization of providers dedicated to promotion of access to evidence-based tobacco treatment for the tobacco user.  ATTUD has international reach, with members in the U.S., Canada, the UK and nearly two dozen other countries.  To learn more about ATTUD, please visit their website.

Nanette Vitali, MS, Contract Manager Speaks at the Massachusetts Health Council (MHC) Annual Spring Conference, May 22, 2019

Nanette Vitali, MSNanette Vitali, MS is the Contract Manager of a capacity building contract from the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention program. She was part of a panel discussion at the MHC Annual Spring Conference: Vaping: Addiction & the Adolescent Brain.  Nanette spoke about the growing need to address nicotine cessation in Massachusetts schools. She also shared new resources the Center is developing for the Fall of 2019. The resources have been developed to assist school nurses in taking an active role to help students quit vaping.  To learn more about the new vaping cessation resources, please see our post on the Vaping Cessation Initiative.


Massachusetts Health Council (MCH), founded in 1920, is an organization committed to improving health through cooperative action. They guiding dialogue with members, policy makers, researchers, advocates, providers and corporations. To learn more about the MHC, please visit their website.