Dr. Rees is Director of the Center for Global Tobacco Control, at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, USA. His work is focused on reducing the global burden of tobacco-related death and disease through training, research, and the translation of science into public health policies and programs. He directs the Tobacco Research Laboratory at the Harvard Chan School, where his research focuses on the influence of tobacco product design characteristics on human use and dependence to inform regulatory strategies. Other research involves reducing the burden of tobacco-related harm among underserved communities, with a focus on evaluating interventions for reducing domestic SHS exposure among children from low income and racially/ethnically diverse backgrounds.
Dr. Rees’ academic background is in health psychology (substance use and dependence), and he trained at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and did postdoctoral training through the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the United States. He has also published research on the role of cue reactivity in tobacco and alcohol abuse and dependence; and clinical trials on interventions for alcohol and cannabis dependence.