Grace Kong, PhD

Assistant Professor

Departments & Organizations

Connecticut Mental Health Center

Division of Addictions

Psychotherapy Development Center

Tobacco Research in Youth (TRY)

Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science


Dr. Kong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology (Child and Adolescent Track) at St. John’s University in 2009, and completed her NIDA T32 postdoctoral fellowship focused on adolescent addictions in the Division of Substance Abuse at Yale School of Medicine in 2012. Dr. Kong’s current research interests include understanding substance use health disparities among youth, the use of social media for tobacco marketing, novel tobacco use behaviors among youth, and developing innovative adolescent tobacco/cessation interventions for youth.

Education & Training

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

Honors & Recognition

  • Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) Scholar Award (2015)

  • College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Early Investigator Travel Award (2012)

  • Scholar to The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) Translational Health Disparities Course (2010)

  • NIDA Women & Sex/Gender Junior Investigator Travel AwardCPDD (2010)

  • Health Disparities, Extramural Loan Repayment Program Award (2010)

  • The Gates Millennium ScholarshipBill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2000, 2003)

Professional Service

  • NIH Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group (2017) Reviewer

  • Early Career Reviewer (ECR) program at the Center for Scientific Review (CSR), National Institutes of Health (NIH) (2015 - 2019) Reviewer

  • Associate Editor: Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Tobacco Regulatory Science, Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavior (2015 - 2019) Editorial Board

  • Grant Reviewer: Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) (2015 - 2019) Reviewer

  • Chair, Subgroup 2 of Vulnerable Populations Working Group, Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) (2015 - 2018) Chair

  • Advisory Board Member, Adolescent Network of Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) (2014 - 2019) Board Member

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