University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Megan Piper, PHD


GIM - CTRI Faculty

MADISON, WI 53711-2059

(608) 265-5472


  • 1999-2006
    Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1997-1999
    Masters of Arts, Psychology
    Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • 1992-1996
    Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry
    Carleton College, Northfield, MN


Megan Piper is an associate professor in the University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine and a lead researcher at UW-CTRI. Megan is most interested in understanding tobacco dependence, because "if we understand it better, we can treat it better."

She is also interested in specific groups of smokers who have more difficulty quitting, such as women and smokers with mental illness. Megan analyzes data, writes papers and works with the data department to manage research data. Megan started at UW-CTRI in 1999 when she worked on the Public Health Service Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence that was published in 2000. She recently served as the Project Scientist for the 2008 PHS Guideline update.

A Madison native, she spent her undergraduate years at Carlton College, graduating with a degree in chemistry. She then switched to clinical psychology and obtained her masters at Miami University in Ohio. "I learned that I preferred studying people to test tubes."

She then moved back to her hometown of Madison and earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at UW-Madison. Megan and her husband, Kyle, live in Verona with their young daughters Jori and Josie. Megan has a variety of interests, including reading, doing sudoku and crossword puzzles, baking and spending time with her family.

Search for Megan Piper's literature abstracts on PubMed


Piper, M. E., Schlam, T. R., Cook, J. W., Sheffer, M. A., Smith, S. S., Loh, W.-Y., Bolt, D. M., Kim, S.-Y., Kaye, J. T., Hefner, K. R., & Baker, T. B. (2011). Tobacco withdrawal components and their relations with cessation success. Psychopharmacology 216, 569-578. PMCID: PMC3139774

Piper, M. E., Smith, S. S., Fleming, M. F., Bittrich, A. A., Brown, J. L., Leitzke, C. J., Zehner, M. E., Fiore, M. C. & Baker, T. B. (2010). Psychiatric disorders in smokers seeking treatment for tobacco dependence: prevalence and relations with tobacco dependence and cessation. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 13-23. PMCID: PMC2813467

Piper, M. E., Smith, S. S., Schlam, T. R., Fiore, M. C., Jorenby, D. E., Fraser, D. & Baker, T. B. (2009). A randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial of five smoking cessation pharmacotherapies. Archives of General Psychiatry, 66, 1253-1262. PMCID: PMC2933113