Tobacco Use and Recovery Among
Individuals with Mental Illness or Addiction
- Understand disproportionate impact of tobacco upon individuals with mental illness and/or substance use disorders
- Understand tobacco addiction
- Learn how to incorporate assessment of tobacco dependence into clinical practice
- Utilize motivational assessments and psychosocial treatments
- Recognize pharmacologic treatment options for cessation
Dr. Jill Williams
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - Division of Addiction Psychiatry
Jill M. Williams, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. She holds faculty appointments at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is affiliated with the UMDNJ-Tobacco Dependence Program and Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies. The focus of Dr. Williams work has been in Addressing Tobacco in individuals with mental illness. She is a member of the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence, the American Psychiatric Association, the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, and the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. The CHOICES program she co-founded has won numerous awards for innovative programming. She has developed training curricula for behavioral health professionals and manualized treatments for treating tobacco in mental health settings.
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Tobacco refers specifically to the use of manufactured, commercial tobacco products, and not to the sacred, medicinal and traditional use of tobacco by American Indians and other groups.