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Jamie Tam, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy)



Jamie Tam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Tam conducts research on the effects of tobacco regulations, with a special focus on the use of systems science methods to understand tobacco use disparities, including populations with mental health conditions. Her recent work examines the implications of the relationship between smoking and depression for mortality outcomes, and uses modeling methods to evaluate treatment interventions that address their co-occurrence. Dr. Tam has developed computational models that simulate the effects of policies on smoking and population health in the United States, and launched a web-based interface that allows users to explore the potential health effects of different tobacco control policies. Dr. Tam was previously a NAM Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellow at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products and is broadly interested in domestic and global tobacco control issues; Her other projects have considered the effects of demographic changes on smoking prevalence, longitudinal transitions between tobacco products, and youth exposure to nicotine through electronic cigarettes.

Education & Training

  • NAM Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellow
    Food and Drug Administration (2019)
  • PhD
    University of Michigan, Health Services Organization & Policy (2018)
  • MPH
    University of Michigan, Health Management & Policy (2012)
  • BS
    Stanford University, Biology (2010)


  • Challenges to Tobacco Control Progress at FDA
    Ann Arbor, United States 2022
  • Simulation modeling of smoking among people with and without serious psychological distress in the US, 1997-2100
    Baltimore, United States 2022
  • Tobacco use and comorbid mental health conditions: a modeling challenge
    Center for the Assessment of Tobacco Regulations (CAsToR) Tobacco Simulation Modeling Virtual Symposium 2021
  • Modeling cessation treatment for smokers with depression
    University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network’s "Behavioral Health and Tobacco Use: Translating Research into Action" Webinar 2021
  • Tobacco Use Disparities and Health Outcomes Through the Lens of Simulation Modeling
    Symposium at the annual Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco conference 2021
  • California Tobacco Endgame Economics Think Tank Workshop
    UpEnd Tobacco project 2020
  • Patterns of birth cohort-specific smoking histories by race and ethnicity in the US, 1965-2017
    New Orleans, United States 2020
  • Biomarkers of potential harm among smokeless tobacco users in the PATH Study Wave 1 (2013-2014)
    New Orleans, United States 2020
  • Simulating the potential impact of widespread cessation treatment for smokers with depression
    New Orleans, United States 2020
  • Modeling interventions for smokers with comorbid depression in the US
    Tobacco Simulation Course 2020
  • Ever, current, and frequent e-cigarette use among never smoker youth, 2014-2018
    New Orleans, United States 2020
  • Modeling smoking and depression comorbidity in the US
    Cape Town, South Africa 2018
  • The Tobacco Control Policy (TCP) Tool: a web-based interface to simulate the effects of tobacco policies in the United States
    Singapore, Singapore 2018
  • The Smoking History Generator Policy Module: Projecting the Effects of Tobacco Control Policies through Microsimulation
    Florence, Italy 2017
  • What future public health leaders need to know about tobacco
    Ann Arbor, United States 2017
  • Exploratory Modeling of the Potential Impact of Electronic Cigarette Use on Adult Smoking Prevalence and Smoking Income Disparities in the US
    Bethesda, United States 2014
  • Neighborhood deprivation and smoking outcomes in South Africa
    Cape Town, South Africa 2014
  • Tobacco control in Africa: the case of Namibia.
    Singapore, Singapore 2012
  • Tobacco control in the Southern African Customs Union
    Cape Town, South Africa 2012
  • Tobacco control in Africa: the case of Namibia
    Singapore, Singapore 2012

Professional Service

Yale School of Medicine’s Dean’s Advisory Council on LGBTQ affairsPublic Health Working Group2021 - Present
SaveCantonese.orgFounder of grassroots movement to protect and preserve Cantonese language: SaveCantonese.org2020 - 2021
BLM CantoneseEducational language initiative to promote anti-racist Black Lives Matter dialogue across the Cantonese diaspora.2020 - 2021
Yale School of Public Health, Education CommitteeMember2020 - Present
Tobacco Control Editorial Advisory Board, Tobacco ControlEditorial Advisory Board2019 - Present
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, BMC Public Health, Tobacco Control, BMJ Open, Health and Place, Preventive MedicineReviewer2016 - Present
LGBT HealthLinkServed on Steering Committee and Contributing Author to MPOWERED: Best and Promising Practices for LGBT Tobacco Prevention and Control, LGBT HealthLink, 2012.2011 - 2014

Departments & Organizations