Robert Feldman
Professor, Behavioral and Community Health
Director, Post-Doctoral Program of the TCORS
Other Affiliations: Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH), UMD Prevention Research Center
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1234U
Phone: (301) 405-2519 |

Research Focus

  • Tobacco control
  • Worksite health
  • Cultural and global health
Education and Training

Post-Doctorate (NIH), Health Psychology, University of Connecticut Medical-Dental School 

Ph.D., Social Psychology, Syracuse University 

M.S., Social Psychology, Syracuse University 

M.A., Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University 

B.A., Mathematics, Brooklyn College-C.U.N.Y.


HLTH 665 - Health Behavior I

Honors and Awards

Recent Grants 

Co-Investigator, Latino employees at the University of Maryland:  Assessing their health needs to promote health and well-being. The Universiity of Maryland Tier 1 Research Seed Grant Award, 2017-2018, was $50,000.00.

Co-Investigator, Motivations, patterns, antecedents of dual use of little cigars/cigarillos and cigarettes in a high risk population.  National Cancer Institute, 2015-2016,  $23,418.00.

 Principal Investigator (UMCP) and J. Lipscomb (PI, UMB), Blood-borne pathogen assessment survey among healthcare workers in Haiti. University of Maryland Research and Innovation Seed Grant Award, 2014-2016, $73,737.00.

Co-Investigator, Self-affirmation and responses to smoking risk messages among African Americans. National Cancer Institute, 2014-2016, $410,980.00.

  Co-Investigator, Rapid response characteristics of new and manipulated tobacco products. Director of Research and Training.  National Cancer Institute, 2013-2018, $18,648,449.00.

  Co-Principal Investigator, Exploring cultural, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing tobacco use among Asian Americans, Hispanics, African Americans and American Indians in Maryland.  Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2008, $140,000.00.




Career Highlights

  • Professor, Department of Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland, College Park, 1990-present
  •  Director, Post-Doctoral Program, Tobacco Center on Regulatory Science at the University of Maryland, College Park, 2013 – 2018.
  • Affiliate Faculty, Cobsortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, University of Maryland, College Park, 2000-present.
  • Affiliate Professor, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2010-present
  • Sabbatical Award to conduct research on stress and smoking in Costa Rica with funding from the Universidad de Iberoamérica and the University of Maryland, 2019-2020.
  • UNIBE International Professor of Psychology, Universidad de Iberoamérica (UNIBE), San José, Costa Rica, 2008-present
  • Best Paper Award (with B. Xie and M. Wang) from the ACM iConference, 2011.
  • Fellow, American Academy of Health Behavior, 2010.
  • International Travel Award to conduct sabbatical research at the Universidad de Iberoamérica, San José, Costa Rica, 2007-2008.
  • Visiting Scholar and Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Newcastle, Australia, 2000-2001.
  • Assistant Professor, Divisions of Health Education and Occupational Medicine, School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 1978-79
  • N.I.H. Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Community Health, University of Connecticut Medical-Dental School, Farmington, Connecticut, 1977-1978.
  • Visiting Research Associate, Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, 1973
  • Peace Corps Volunteer, High School Mathematics and Physics Teacher, Irrua, Ishan, Mid-West Nigeria (1966-67), Kisii, Kenya (1967-69)

Gryczynski, J, Feldman, R., Carter-Pokras, O., Kanamori, M., Chen, L, and Roth, S. (2010,). Contexts of tobacco use and perspectives on smoking cessation among urban American Indians. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 21(2), 544-558.

Carter-Pokras, O., Feldman, R.H., Kanamori, M., Rivera, I., Chen, L., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Nodora, J., and Noltenius, J. (2011). Barriers and facilitators to smoking cessation among Latino adults. Journal of the National Medical Association, 103, 423-431.

Pirutinsky, S., Rosmarin, D.H., Holt, C.L., Feldman, R.H., Caplan, L.S., Midlarsky, E., and Pargament, K.I. (2011). Does social support mediate the moderating effect of intrinsic religiosity on the relationship between physical health and depressive symptoms among Jews? Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 34, 489-496.

*Xie, B., Wang, M., Feldman, R. & Zhou, L. (2013). Internet use frequency and patient-centered care: Measuring patient preferences for participation using the Health Information Wants Questionnaire (HIWQ). Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15(7), e132.

*Wallen, J., Randolph, S. Carter-Pokras, O., Feldman, R., & Kanamori- Nishimura, M. (2014). Engaging African Americans in smoking cessation  programs.  American Journal of Health Education, 45, 151-157.

  *Xie, B., Wang, M., Feldman, R., & Zhou, L. (2014). Exploring older and younger adults' preferences for health information and participation in decision-making using the Health Information Wants Questionnaire (HIWQ). Health Expectations, 17(6), 795-808.

 *Kanamori M, Carter-Pokras O, Madhavan S, Feldman R, He X, & Lee S. (2014). Orphan/vulnerable child caregiving moderates the associationbetween women’s autonomy and their BMI in three African countries.  AIDS Care. 3, 1-10.

*Kanamori M, Carter-Pokras O, Madhavan S, Lee S, He X,  & Feldman R. (2015). Associations Between Orphan and Vulnerable Child Caregiving, Household Wealth Disparities, an*d Women’s Overweight Status in Three Southern African Countries Participating in Demographic Health Surveys. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19(8), 1662-167

*Naim, A., Feldman, R. & Sawyer, R. (2015). A needs assessment of  health issues related to maternal mortality rates in Afghanistan:  A pilot study. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 35,(3), 259- 269

*Kanamori, M. Carter-Pokras, O. Madhavan, S., Lee, S. He, X. & Feldman, R. (2015).  Overweight status of the primary caregivers of orphan and vulnerable children in 3 Southern African countries: A cross sectional study. BMC Public Health, 15, 757.

*  Mead, E. Johnson, S. Siddiqui, J. Butler, J. Kirchner, T. & Feldman, R.    (2017). Beyond blunts: reasons for cigarette and cigar use among African  American young adult dual users, Addiction Research & Theory, DOI:10.1080/16066359.2017.1366456

* Mead, E., Chen, J.C., Kirchner, T.R., Butler, J. & Feldman, R.H. (2018). An  ecological momentary assessment of cigarette and cigar dual use among African American young adults.  Nicotine & Tobacco Research, S12-S21.

  * Iles, I., Nan, X., Ma, M., Feldman, R., Butler, J., Wang, M.Q., & Zhao, Z. (2019). Self-affirmation and defensive processing of graphic cigarette warning labels among African American Smokers: A community-bas study. Health Education Journal, 78(3),301-314doi:10.1177/0017896918805129 

    * Mead, E., Chen, J.C., Choi, K., Kirchner, T.R., Feldman, R. & Butler, J.    (2019). Flavored cigar smoking among African American young                 adult  users: An ecological momentary assessment. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 19, 79-85 DOI.

    * Feldman, R.H., Villalobos, A. & Rodriguez, R. (2019). A focus group study  of smokers and ex-smokers. International Quarterly of Community      Health Education, 40(4), 331-336.

 * Feldman, R.H., Villalobos-Pérez, A. & Rodriguez, R.G. (2020). Workplace smoking cessation in Costa Rica. Workplace Health & Safety, 68.

  *Shi, R., Feldman, R., Liu, J. and Clark, P. (in press). The dilemma of correcting nicotine misperceptions:  Nicotine replacement therapy versus       electronic cigarettes. Health Communication. 10410236.2020.1800288