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Grace Kong, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

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Grace Kong, PhD



Dr. Kong is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology with Specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychology. Her research is focused on preventing youth tobacco use using a variety of methods, such as qualitative and quantitative strategies, including social media analytics to understand tobacco use and promotional trends to inform policies and to develop novel prevention/cessation interventions. She is also dedicated to preventing tobacco use among marginalized youth, such as youth from low-income and communities of color who may experience disproportionate levels of tobacco-related cancer and other illnesses due to tobacco use in the future. Dr. Kong has served as a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on multiple NIH-funded studies, and she is committed to training the next generation of independent researchers to use social media to prevent tobacco use and other addictive behaviors to promote positive health behaviors.

Education & Training

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Yale. University School of Medicine (2012)
  • PhD
    St. John's University (2009)
  • MS
    St. John's University, Clinical Psychology (2007)
  • BA
    University of Rochester, Psychology and Anthropology (2003)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) Scholar Award2015
College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Early Investigator Travel Award2012
Scholar to The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) Translational Health Disparities Course2010
NIDA Women & Sex/Gender Junior Investigator Travel AwardCPDD2010
Health Disparities, Extramural Loan Repayment Program Award2010
The Gates Millennium ScholarshipBill & Melinda Gates Foundation2000, 2003

Professional Service

Society of Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT)Program Committee2021 - Present
National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and MedicineAd-hoc Member2021 - Present
Data Safety Monitoring Board, Truth InitiativeBoard Member2021 - Present
Associate Editor: Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Tobacco Regulatory Science, Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive BehaviorEditorial Board2015 - 2019
Advisory Board Member, Adolescent Network of Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT)Board Member2014 - 2019

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