UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN NICOTINE RESEARCH LABORATORY
ABOUT Dr. Cindy Pomerleau
Dr. Cynthia S. Pomerleau has had a varied career characterized by a long-standing interest in women’s issues. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on autobiographies of English women in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries at the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently directed an Oral History Project on Women Physicians at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Working in a medical school library piqued her interest in health research and led her to return to school for training in psychology and neuroscience.
From 1985 until 2009, Dr. Pomerleau worked in the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry as (eventually) Research Professor and Director of the Nicotine Research Laboratory, where much of her work focused on the impact of smoking on women (e.g., menstrual cycle effects, postcessation weight gain, association with depression). She is the author of more than 150 scientific publications on smoking and a contributor to the 2001 Surgeon General’s Report on Women and Smoking. She was a founding member and officer of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. Her motivational book Life After Cigarettes (Turner Publishing Company [formerly Hunter House], 2009) continues to help women smokers and ex-smokers manage weight and depression issues after giving up cigarettes.