Dr. Carpenter is an Associate 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 in Maryland; and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont. 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, through both a Career Development Award (K23) and two R01s (NCI & NIDA). He serves as co-investigator or consultant on numerous other grants, all tobacco related. He is credited with over 45 peer-reviewed publications, and has reviewed manuscripts for over 10 journals, as well 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, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Florida Department of Health. His research and expertise has been cited by local, state and national media. He is a Co-Section Leader of Tobacco Research Program within the Hollings Cancer Center. 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 (Feb 2011) with the New Investigator Award from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.