Dr. Carpenter received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont in 2002, and relocated to Charleston for internship and postdoctoral training. He joined the MUSC faculty in 2006 and is currently a Professor with a primary appointment within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Medicine. His principal affiliation is with the Hollings Cancer Center, Cancer Prevention & Control Program. His primary research interests relate to tobacco use across a broad methodological continuum: from lab-based studies of craving and nicotine dependence, to clinical trials for smoking cessation, to public health policy for effective tobacco control. He is principally funded through NIH, and is the prior/current recipient of a Career Development Award (K23) and three R01s (NCI & NIDA), all as Principal Investigator. He serves as co-investigator or consultant on numerous other grants, all tobacco related. He is credited with over 60 peer-reviewed publications, and has reviewed manuscripts for many journals, as well the 2008 Public Health Service Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence (published by the US Public Health Service). He serves on the editorial board of both CNS Drugs and the Journal of Behavioral Medicine. He has reviewed grants for NCI, the University of Minnesota, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Florida Department of Health. He is a Co-Section Leader of Tobacco Research Program within the Hollings Cancer Center, and interim co-leader of the newly forged Addiction Sciences Division within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His research and expertise has been cited by local, state and national media. As a Board Member of the Smokefree Lowcountry Coalition, he frequently advises on local and state efforts to promote smokefree ordinances. Dr. Carpenter is a frequent guest lecturer on smoking cessation to medical and dental students, as well to community groups, and provides practice implications from the current evidence base. Honored with several prior awards from NIH, Dr. Carpenter was most recently awarded with the New Investigator Award from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.
Clinical and/or Research Expertise
Smoking cessation, Nicotine Dependence, Tobacco Control, Cancer Prevention & Control, Behavioral Medicine