Faculty and Academic Staff

Lisa Henriksen, PhD

Lisa Henriksen, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC), where she manages a portfolio of grants from the National Cancer Institute, the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, and the California Department of Public Health. Before joining SPRC, Dr. Henriksen was Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, where she earned the university’s highest award for excellence in teaching. 

Dr. Henriksen’s research focuses on regulating sales and marketing of tobacco, the world’s leading cause of death and disease. She is a Principal Investigator of Advancing Science & Practice in the Retail Environment https://aspirecenter.org, one of four NIH-funded program projects in the Department of Medicine. With expertise in geographic information systems to study environmental influences on health, she studies the retail availability of tobacco products and promotions and their impact on tobacco use by adolescents and adults. On-going collaborations with SPRC colleagues include studying historical redlining as an explanation for persistent place-based disparities in tobacco retail density and lung cancer, and investigating co-marketing and dual use of tobacco and cannabis among California college students. Committed to making research tools available to state and local health organizations, Dr. Henriksen’s team developed electronic surveys for monitoring retail marketing of VLN cigarettes, the first FDA-approved modified-risk cigarette. Her team previously trained every local health department in California to monitor retail marketing for tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, and healthy/unhealthy foods.