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Matthew Carpenter PhD

Matthew J. Carpenter PhD

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  • Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Academic Focus
  • Tobacco Control, Smoking Cessation, Nicotine Dependence
  • Cancer Prevention & Control
  • Behavioral Medicine
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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 Tenured Professor, jointly affiliated with the Addiction Sciences Division  within the Department of Psychiatry, and also the  Hollings Cancer Center, Cancer Control Program. He serves as Co-Director of the Tobacco Research Program (since 2011) and Co-Leader of the Cancer Control Program (since 2018). Dr. Carpenter’s research interests relate to tobacco use across a broad methodological continuum: from lab-based studies of craving and nicotine dependence, to small and large scale clinical trials for smoking cessation and cessation induction, to public health  policy for effective tobacco control. He has led multiple studies and trials of alternative tobacco products. He is principally funded through NIH, and is the prior/current recipient of a Career Development Award (K23) and multiple R01s and R21s (NCI & NIDA), and foundation grants, all as Principal Investigator. Dr. Carpenter is a previous co-PI of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (2016-2020), Southern Consortium.  He has served on a number of NIH study sections, and as Chair of a) Addiction Risks and Mechanisms (ARM), b) F-Fellowship, and c) Tobacco Regulatory Science Review Committees.  He serves on the editorial board of both CNS  Drugs and the Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Carpenter has mentored a number of junior investigators across various grant mechanisms (T32, F32, K01, K23), and regularly accepts new trainees at either pre- or postdoctoral levels.  A full listing of Dr. Carpenter’s publication history can be found in PubMed link above.