University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Timothy Baker is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. He has been Director of Research at UW-CTRI since its inception in 1992. In 2008, the National Cancer Institute awarded Baker a five-year, $860,000 career scientist award.

Baker is the Principal Investigator on a Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research (TTURC) grant which began in 2004 and concentrates on tobacco-dependence treatment and outcomes. In these studies, various pharmacotherapies are being examined head-to-head in two large treatment studies. The research is comparing the efficacy and effectiveness of five different pharmacotherapies as well as the effects of various treatments in primary care clinics. The UW-TTURC researchers are not only looking at the effects of treatment on smoking cessation, but will also determine how quitting affects the person's physical health, mental health, quality of life and social interactions. In addition, researchers are exploring the genetics of nicotine dependence and treatment response. For more on TTURC research, click here.

Baker served as the senior scientist on the panel that produced the United States Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence in 2008. This document provides a gold standard for healthcare providers.

Baker has recently published studies on:

  • The genetics of nicotine dependence.
  • Smoking withdrawal.
  • Gender differences in smoking cessation.
  • Treating tobacco use and dependence.

He is particularly interested in motivational factors in addiction and has published multiple papers on that subject. To view a list of UW-CTRI scientific publications, click here. The former Editor of The Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Baker is a recipient of the James McKeen Cattell Award from the American Psychological Society.

Baker received his bachelors degree from the University of California and his masters and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Utah.

To schedule interviews with UW-CTRI representatives, contact CTRI Communications.

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