Dorothy K. Hatsukami, PhD

Associate Director, Cancer Prevention & Control
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United States

Administrative support contact for Dr. Hatsukami: Tracy Brown
Dorothy Hatsukami is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and holds the Forster Chair of Cancer Prevention and Control. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a PhD in clinical psychology specializing in behavioral pharmacology. She is currently the Associate Director of Cancer Prevention and Control for MCC.


University of California, Berkeley, BA in Psychology
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, PhD in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Pharmacology
University of Washington, Internship in Clinical Psychology

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2020 Legacy Award, ResearHER, Women Fighting Cancer, American Cancer Society, Minnesota
  • 2020 Excellence in Mentoring, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
  • 2019 Academies of Excellence in Team Scenic, University of Minnesota, Medical School
  • 2018 Wall of Scholarship, University of Minnesota Medical School
  • 2017 Brady-Schuster Award, Division 28 Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse, American Psychological Association
  • 2016 Academies of Excellence in Health Sciences, University of Minnesota, Academic Health Sciences
  • 2011 Bud Orgel Award, Outstanding Research for Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, American Psychological Association
  • 2007 Marian Fischman Memorial Award, Outstanding Woman Scientist, College on Problems of Drug Dependence
  • 1999 Governor’s Award for a Better Minnesota
  • 1994 Ove Fernö Award for contributions in the area of tobacco dependence, Society of Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

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Research Summary/Interests

Her areas of expertise is nicotine addition and its treatment along with tobacco product regulatory science. In her initial years, she worked on characterizing the physical dependence on nicotine and testing a variety of smoking cessation medications including an anti-nicotine vaccine. More recently, she is focusing on examining the effects of various regulatory product standards on tobacco products such as reducing nicotine in cigarettes to minimally addictive levels, banning filter ventilation and reducing toxicants in smokeless tobacco products.


Clinical Information

Licensed Psychologist