Dr. Carpenter is an Assistant Professor with joint appointments in both the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). His primary affiliation is through the Cancer Prevention and Control Program of the Hollings Cancer Center. Dr. Carpenter holds a B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University; an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola College; and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont. His primary research interests relate to tobacco use across a broad continuum: from lab-based studies of craving, to clinical trials for smoking cessation, to public health policy for effective tobacco control. He is principally funded through NIH, through both a Career Development Award (K23) and an R01. He serves as co-investigator or consultant on numerous other grants, all tobacco related. Credited with a number of peer-reviewed publications and presentations, Dr. Carpenter has review experience for a number of journals as well as for the 2008 Public Health Service Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence (published by the US Public Health Service). He has reviewed grants for NCI, the University of Minnesota, and the Florida Department of Health. His research and expertise has been cited by local, state and national media. He serves as vice-chair of the Prevention Task Force within the South Carolina Cancer Alliance, and as an active advocate for local smokefree policies. Dr. Carpenter is a frequent guest lecturer on smoking cessation and provides practice implications from the current evidence base. Honored with several prior awards from NIH, Dr. Carpenter was most recently awarded (Aug 2009) with the Developing Scholar Award at MUSC.