Benjamin Toll, Ph.D.

Benjamin Toll, Ph.D.

Director of the Health, Emotion, and Behavior Research Program | Email me

Benjamin Toll, Ph.D., is the director of the Health, Emotion, and Behavior Research Program at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. He is also an associate professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, a member of Yale Cancer Center, and the program director of the Smoking Cessation Service for Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. Benjamin has a long-standing collaboration with other Center team members advancing the Center’s robust health messaging research program. This line of inquiry aims to encourage healthy lifestyle choices across the lifespan in the general population. It includes investigations into how best to leverage emotions and a range of psychological variables in communications designed to dissuade people from using nicotine and tobacco, an area of particular interest and expertise for Benjamin. Benjamin has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications relating to nicotine and tobacco research, including a policy statement from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) encouraging physicians to provide tobacco treatment for cancer patients and the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) treatment guidelines for smoking cessation amongst lung cancer patients. He holds leadership positions in several national associations relating to tobacco treatment research.