Dorothy Hatsukami, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dorothy Hatsukami

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-2121

Fax 612-624-4610

Office Address:
Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D.
717 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Associate Director, Cancer Prevention and Control, Masonic Cancer Center (MCC)

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota

Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley

Clinical Psychology Internship, University of Washington


I received a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology here at the University of Minnesota.

I am the Forster Family Chair in Cancer Prevention at the Masonic Cancer Center of the University of Minnesota and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. I am the Associate Director of Cancer Prevention and Control at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center, Director of the Tobacco Research Programs and Deputy Director of the Global Institute for Research on Cancer Prevention.

I am an adult psychologist and my areas of research expertise include nicotine addiction and its treatment, including testing medications such as a nicotine vaccine and combination medications, in smokers. Currently, I am PI/Co-PI of a large NIH-funded cooperative agreement and a program project grant that involves assessing the toxicity, appeal and addictiveness of various tobacco products, with the goal of reducing tobacco-caused harm and addiction. I have served on numerous scientific advisory boards for the U.S. government including the 1) Food and Drug Administration, Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee, 2) National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, 3) Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health, 4) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 5) Scientific Board of Counselors for the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, and 6) the Drug Control Research, Data and Evaluation Committee of the Office on National Drug Control Policy. I am currently a member of the World Health Organization Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation.


Tobacco Addiction and Treatment, Tobacco Regulatory Science

Awards & Recognition

1994 Ove Fernö Award for contributions in the area of tobacco dependence, Society of Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 

1999 Governor’s Award for a Better Minnesota 

2007 Marian Fischman Memorial Award, Outstanding Woman Scientist, College on Problems of Drug Dependence 

2011 Bud Orgel Award, Outstanding Research for Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, American Psychological Association 

2016 Academies of Excellence in Health Sciences, University of Minnesota, Academic Health Sciences 

2017 Brady-Schuster Award, Division 28 Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse, American Psychological Association 

2017 Wall of Scholarship, University of Minnesota Medical School 

2019 Academies of Excellence in Team Scenic, University of Minnesota, Medical School

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, College on Problems of Drug Dependence 
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association 
  • Fellow, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 
  • American Association of Cancer Research 
  • American Society of Preventive Oncology


Research Summary/Interests

  • Tobacco Addiction
  • Tobacco Regulatory Science
  • Cancer Prevention


Teaching Areas

Dr. Hatsukami lectures on nicotine addiction and its treatment, tobacco harm reduction and tobacco product evaluation at various academic institutions.


Clinical Interests

Tobacco cessation