Babita Das
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: Suite 1242, Room 1242J
Phone: (301) 405-2381 |
University of Maryland/Battelle Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

Babita Das is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) located at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  Babita has over fifteen years of research experience studying cognitive enhancements for individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder at the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center, pharmacological and behavioral treatments for opiate use at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Friends Research Institute Social Research Center, and the physiological and behavioral effects of smoking nicotine and denicotinized cigarettes at American University.  Babita’s specific areas of interest include the placebo effects of denicotinized cigarettes, policies to regulate tobacco products, marketing and labeling strategies to inform cigarette consumers, and educational efforts to provide health-related information about tobacco products to the general public.

Education and Training

B.S. Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County
M.S. Psychology, Shippensburg University
M.A. Experimental/Biological Psychology, American University
Ph.D. Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience, American University

Honors and Awards

$10,000 Dissertation Fellowship Award, College of Arts and Sciences, American University; Spring 2013

$2500 Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Increasing Diversity in Nicotine and Tobacco Research Travel Scholarship; November 2011

$300 Greenberg Seminar Professional Development Conference Grant; Spring 2010

Registration scholarship for 2010 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Blending Addiction Science and Practice: Evidence-Based Treatment and Prevention in Diverse Populations and Settings conference; April 2010

American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) Excellence in Campus Leadership Award; March 2009

$3000 in research and travel awards from the American University College of Arts and Sciences Mellon Grant fund; Fall 2008-Fall 2013


Schwartz, R.P., Jaffe, J.H., O’Grady, K.E., Das, B., Highfield, D.A., Wilson, M.E. (2009). Scaling-up Interim Methadone Maintenance: Treatment for One Thousand Heroin Addicts. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 37(4), 362-367.