Thomas R. Kirchner is an Associate Professor at CUSP, and Clinical Associate Professor at NYU’s College of Global Public Health. He is also the founding director of the NYU mobile health (“mHealth”) research initiative. Dr. Kirchner is a clinical-health psychologist and methodologist interested in the analysis and graphical representation of “intensive” longitudinal and geographic data, including novel methodologies that link individual behavior to the real-time context in which it occurs. At CUSP, Dr. Kirchner actively engages students, mentors projects and contributes to the intellectual community, enriching the study of urban science from a global health perspective.
Dr. Kirchner’s approach targets momentary influences on the maintenance of health-related behavior utilizing both field-based (ecological momentary assessment) and laboratory-based paradigms. This includes development of novel analytical methods for the application of geographic information science (GIS) to public health and policy. Ongoing NIH funded work includes one of the first R01 grants issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on the public health ramifications of marijuana legalization, decriminalization, medicalization, as well as the emerging “vape” device landscape. Other ongoing work funded by NIDA, the National Cancer Institute, and NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, focuses on the way tobacco-use behaviors are influenced in real-time by socio-contextual factors in real-world settings.
Dr. Kirchner earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical and Biological/Health Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.