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Nicolette Borek, Ph.D.

Nicolette Borek, Ph.D.

Nicolette Borek, Ph.D.

Office of Science/Center for Tobacco Products/FDA
Rockville, MD


Nicolette Borek is a Clinical Psychologist in the Office of Science, Center for Tobacco Products. She has worked with FDA for over two years as a member of the Addiction Team and the PATH Study management team. Dr. Borek joined FDA after working at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (2002-2012) and National Institute of Mental Health (2000-2002).

Research Interests

Clinical research including the development of nicotine addiction and dependence, youth tobacco initiation, and consequences of exposure to tobacco during development.

Proposed Research Project for an FDA Commissioner's Fellow

The Office of Science in the Center for Tobacco Products supports national epidemiologic surveys on tobacco use including the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study. The PATH Study is a National representative, longitudinal cohort study of 59,000 tobacco users and nonusers including 17,000 youth ages 12-17 in the U.S. The fellow will work with the PATH Study FDA Work Group and participate in day to day research activities as well as develop research projects related to tobacco product use and nicotine addiction and dependence. For more information on the study please visit the PATH website at http://www.pathstudyinfo.nih.gov. The Fellow will also have opportunities to work on other research projects related to addiction and dependence including work on other national surveys such as the National Adult Tobacco Survey (NATS) and the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS).

The FDA Regulatory Science Priority Area for the project is Harness Diverse Data through Information Sciences to Improve Health Outcomes.

Applicant Requirements

Ph.D. or M.D. required. Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Physician with Addiction Medicine training or other Behavioral Scientist with addiction and dependence experience.

Selected Recent Publications

  1. Borek, N., Allison, S., & Caceres, C. (2010). Involving vulnerable populations of youth in HIV prevention clinical research. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 54 Suppl 1:S43-49.
  2. Sylvestre, D.L., Loftis, J.M., Hauser, P., Genser, S., Cesari, H., Borek, N. et al. (2004). Co-occurring Hepatitis C, substance use, and psychiatric illness: Treatment issues and developing integrated models of care. J Urban Health. 81(4):719-34.
  3. Hann, D.M. & Borek, N. (2001). NIMH taking stock of risk factors for child/youth externalizing behavior problems. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. NIH Publication No. 02-4938.


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