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Robert C. Klesges

Unit: School of Medicine
Department: PBHS Public Health Sciences Admin
Office location and address
Department of Public Health Sciences
1335 Lee St
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Robert C. Klesges, Ph.D. is a Professor (with Endowment) of Public Health Sciences, and Co-Director of the Center for Addiction and Prevention Research (CAPR). After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Wyoming and completing his internship at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, he has been in academic research settings for his entire career. He has been continuously funded from NIH since 1983 and currently serves either as the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator of six NIH and DoD grants. Over his career, his grant portfolio has exceeded a total of 50 million dollars and has over 275 peer-reviewed publications. He is a seven time contributor to the Surgeon General’s Report on the health consequences of smoking and was a contributor to the Institute of Medicine (2009) report on Smoking and Tobacco Use in the Military and VA populations. He has served on multiple NIH study sections and has Chaired several study sections, the most recent serving as the Chair of the Community Level Health Promotion (CLHP) study section at NIH from 2014-2106.

The current work in the Charlottesville campus includes work with cancer survivors, projects interested in deterring the excessive binge drinking on college campuses, and addressing the opiate addiction epidemic. While Dr. Klesges’s primary emphasis is on research, he also focuses on collaborating with and mentoring junior faculty at UVA and other academic institutions throughout the United States. Between the military and civilian projects, Dr. Klesges and CAPR faculty are looking to reduce the burden of addictions in primarily the United States Air Force and in the state of Virginia.

Strategies to Promote Cessation in Smokers Who Are Not Ready to Quit
Source: U.S. NIH Cancer Institute
August 01, 2017 – November 30, 2022
MD-CAPR Enhancing the Efficacy of a Smoking Quit Line in the Military: AF8 Freedom
Source: U.S. NIH Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute
September 15, 2017 – November 30, 2020
New, Emerging, and Traditional Tobacco Use in the Military
Source: U.S. NIH Institute on Drug Abuse
August 01, 2017 – July 31, 2020
MD-CAPR Prevention of Alcohol Related Incidents in the US Air Force
Source: U.S. Department Of Defense
August 15, 2017 – August 14, 2019
Dissemination of the Look Ahead Weight Management Treatment in the Military (FitBlue)
Source: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
August 01, 2017 – July 31, 2018