Ph.D. Student Profile

Jamie  Tam

Jamie Tam, BS, MPH

    • Phd Candidate (2018)
    • Cognate: Political Science/ Interdisciplinary


  • BS, Biology, Stanford University (2010)
  • MPH, University of Michigan (2012)

Research Interests & Projects

  • Tobacco use disparities
  • Smoking and mental illness comorbidity
  • Effects of tobacco control policies
  • Policy simulation
  • System dynamics and agent-based modeling
  • Tobacco product regulation
  • Tobacco control in low and middle-income nations
  • The impact of non-cigarette tobacco products on smoking-related outcomes

Current Research

I am broadly interested in global and domestic tobacco use disparities and the policy and treatment strategies to address them. My current dissertation work uses complex systems modeling methods to consider the joint effects of smoking and mental illness comorbidity on life expectancy and population health outcomes. I am also involved in comparative modeling work with the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) lung group to examine the impact of tobacco control policies on smoking and mortality in the U.S. and abroad.

Selected Publications

  • Cherng S, Tam J, Christine P, & Meza R. (2016) Modeling the Effects of E-Cigarettes on Smoking Behavior: Implications for Future Adult Smoking Prevalence. Epidemiology, Published Ahead of Print. doi: 10.1097/ede.0000000000000497.
  • Tam J, Day HR, Rostron BL, & Apelberg BJ. (2015). A systematic review of transitions between cigarette and smokeless tobacco product use in the United States. BMC Public Health, 15, 258. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1594-8.
  • Tam J, Warner KE, Gillespie BW, & Gillespie JA. (2014). Impact of changing U.S. demographics on the decline in smoking prevalence, 1980-2010. Nicotine Tob Res, 16(6), 864-866. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntt223.
  • Tam J, & van Walbeek C. (2014). Tobacco control in Namibia: the importance of government capacity, media coverage and industry interference. Tob Control, 23(6), 518-523. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050725.

Additional Information

Professional Association: 
  • Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco