David Portnoy


B.A., 2001, Psychology and Anthropology (Double Major), George Washington University

M.A., 2006, Social Psychology, University of Connecticut

Ph.D., 2008, Social Psychology, University of Connecticut

MPH, 2009, Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health


Social Scientist Team Lead, US Food and Drug Administration, Center for Tobacco Products

Research Interests:

Decision making, risk perceptions, risk communication, tobacco, cancer prevention, marketing and advertising

Comment about the Social Program: I loved the supportive and encouraging environment and the training in theoretical and methodological rigor with the application to real-world issues.
Selected Publications:

Soneji S, Pierce JP, Portnoy DB, Margolis KA, Stanton CA, Moore RJ, Bansal-Travers M, Carusi C, Hyland A, Sargent J. Engagement with Online Tobacco Marketing and Associations with Tobacco Product Use Among US Youth: Findings from Wave 1 of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study. J Adolesc Health. 2017; 61: 61-69.

Blake KD, Portnoy DB, Kaufman AR, Lin C-T J, Lo SC, Backlund E, Cantor D, Hicks L, Lin A, Caporaso A, Davis T, Moser RP Hesse BW. Rationale, procedures, and response rates for the 2015 administration of NCI’s Health Information National Trends Survey: HINTS-FDA. J Health Comm. 2016 21(12), 1269-1575.

Mays DM, Arrazola RA, Tworek C, Rolle IV, Neff LJ, Portnoy DB. Openness to Using Non-Cigarette Tobacco Products Among U.S. Young Adults. Am J Prev Med. 2016; 50(4): 528-534.

Portnoy DB, Loud JT, Han PKJ, Mai PL, Greene MH. Effects of False-Positive Cancer screening Results and Cancer Worry on Risk-Reducing Surgery among BRCA1/2 Carriers. Health Psyc. 2015; 34(7): 709-717.

Portnoy DB, Wu CC, Tworek C, Chen J, Borek N. Youth Curiosity about Cigarettes, Smokeless Tobacco and Cigars: Prevalence and Associations with Advertising. Am J Prev Med 2014;47(2,S1):S76-S86.

Portnoy DB, Ferrer RA, Bergman HE, Klein WMP. Changing deliberative and affective responses to health risk: a meta-analysis. Health Psych Review 2014;8:296-318.

Portnoy DB, Kaufman AR, Klein WMP, Doyle T, de Groot M. Distinguishing affect and risk perceptions in predicting exercise intentions of people with Type 2 Diabetes. J Risk Res 2014;17,177-193.

Portnoy DB, Han PK, Ferrer RA, Klein WMP, Clauser SB. Physicians’ attitudes about communicating and managing scientific uncertainty differ by perceived ambiguity aversion of their patients. Health Expect 2013; 16:362-372