Robert C. Klesges, Ph.D.

Robert C. Klesges, Ph.D. is a Professor (with Endowment) of Public Health Sciences, and Co-Director of the Center for Addiction and Prevention (CAPR).  After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Wyoming and completing his internship at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, he has been in academic research settings for his entire career.  He has been continuously funded from NIH since 1983 and currently serves either as the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator of six NIH and DoD grants.  Over his career, his grant portfolio has exceeded a total of 50 million dollars and has over 275 peer-reviewed publications.  He is a seven time contributor to the Surgeon General’s Report on the health consequences of smoking and was a contributor to the Institute of Medicine (2009) report on Smoking and Tobacco Use in the Military and VA populations.  He has served on multiple NIH study sections and has Chaired several study sections, the most recent serving as the Chair of the Community Level Health Promotion (CLHP) study section at NIH from 2014-2106.

The current work in the Charlottesville campus includes work with cancer survivors, projects interested in deterring the excessive binge drinking on college campuses, and addressing the opiate addiction epidemic.  While Dr. Klesges’s primary emphasis is on research, he also focuses on collaborating with and mentoring junior faculty at UVA and other academic institutions throughout the United States.  Between the military and civilian projects, Dr. Klesges and CAPR faculty are looking to reduce the burden of addictions in primarily the United States Air Force and in the state of Virginia.

Department of Public Health Sciences
560 Ray Hunt Drive Room 2120
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Tel: 901-283-6074
Fax: 434-297-6485

Research Interests:
Health promotion and disease settings, particularly in military settings.  We have had a 20 year research relationship with the U.S. Air Force and conduct research primarily in the area of prevention and treatment of substance abuse.

Professional Service:  I have Chaired and been member of several NIH study sections, review for several journals, including JAMA, and regularly consult with colleagues around the country

Selected publications:

Klesges RC, Krukowski RA, Klosky JL, Liu W, Srivastava DK, Boyett JM, Lanctot JQ, Hudson MM, Folsom C & Robison LL.  Efficacy of a tobacco quit line among adult survivors of childhood cancer. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 17(6):710-8, 2015.

Klesges RC, Krukowski RA, Klosky JL, Liu W, Srivastava DK, Boyett JM, Lanctot JQ, Hudson MM, Folsom C, Lando H & Robison LL.  Efficacy of a tobacco quit line among adult cancer survivors. Preventive Medicine, 73:22-27, 2015.

Klesges RC, Ebbert JO, Talcott GW, Thomas F, Richey PA, Womack C, Hryshko-Mullen A, & Oh J.  Efficacy of a Tobacco Quitline in Active Duty Military and TRICARE Beneficiaries: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Military Medicine, 180(8) 917-925, 2015.

Little MA, Derefinko KJ, Colvin L, Ebbert JO, Bursac Z, Talcott GW, Richey PA, & Klesges RC The Prevalence of E-cigarettes in a Sample of U.S. Air Force Recruits. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 49(3):402-408, 2015.

Linde BD, Ebbert JO, Talcott G.W., & Klesges, R.C. (2015).  Quitline protocols for users of non-cigarette tobacco and nicotine containing products.  Addictive Behaviors, 45: 259-262.

Little MA, Derefinko KJ, Bursac Z, Ebbert JO, Colvin L, Talcott, GW, Hryshko-Mullen AS, Richey PA, & Klesges RC.  Prevalence and Correlates of Tobacco and Nicotine Containing Products Use in a Sample of United States Air Force Trainees. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2015.

Popova L, Linde BD, Bursac Z, Talcott GW, Modayil MV, Little MA, Ling PM, Glantz SA, & Klesges RC.  Testing antismoking messages for Air Force trainees. Tob Control. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-052477, 2015.

Gibson TM, Liu W, Armstrong GT, Srivastava DK, Hudson MM, Leisenring WM, Mertens AC, Klesges RC, Oeffinger KC, Nathan PC, Robison LL.  Longitudinal smoking patterns in survivors of childhood cancer:  An update from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Cancer, 121(22):4035-43, 2015.

Little MA, Talcott GW, Bursac Z, Linde, BD, Pagano LA., Messler, EC, Ebbert, JO, &

Klesges RC.  Efficacy of a Brief Tobacco Intervention for Tobacco and Nicotine  Containing Product use in the United States Air Force. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 1-8, 2015.

Additional Publications