Nancy Jao


Nancy Jao, PhD, received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in behavioral medicine/health psychology from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Jao completed her clinical psychology internship at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is currently a NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow funded through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) T32 Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Research Fellowship. Dr. Jao’s program of research has focused on translational research to understand the impact of tobacco products and characteristics, including menthol flavoring, on overall health and behavior. She is particularly interested in examining underlying biobehavioral relationships to understand disparities and vulnerabilities in sustained smoking. Dr. Jao is currently working with Dr. Laura Stroud in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Centers for Preventive and Behavioral Medicine of the Miriam Hospital focusing on the impact of substance use on biological processes and health conditions among vulnerable populations, including pregnant women.