Ruth Malone, RN, PhD, FAAN

School of Nursing
3333 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Education and Training

University of California, San Francisco, B.S. - 1989 Nursing

University of California, San Francisco, M.S. - 1991 Nursing

University of California, San Francisco, Ph.D. - 1995 Nursing

Awards and Honors

Edison T. Uno Award for Leadership, UCSF, 2000

Chancellor’s Award for Public Service, UCSF, 2000

Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2004

Sybil Jacobs Award, Legacy Foundation, 2006

Distinguished Scholar Award, Fulbright Commission, 2007-2008

Harold Luft Award for Mentoring in Health Services and Health Policy Research, Institute for Health Policy Studies UCSF, 2012

Humprey Oei Distinguished Lecture, National Cancer Centre, Singapore, 2013

Nursing Alumni/Mary Harms Endowed Chair, UCSF School of Nursing, 2014

Helen Nahm Research Lecture Award, School of Nursing, UCSF, 2014

Lifetime Achievement Award, Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs Section, American Public Health Association, 2014
Dr. Malone is internationally known for her research on the tobacco industry, focused broadly on the public relations aspects of the tobacco epidemic, particularly the strategic activities of U.S.-based companies aimed at undermining public health and tobacco control policy. She has also published studies examining the tobacco industry’s targeting of marginalized groups through both product advertising and corporate activities. Currently, she is studying the tobacco industry’s ‘corporate social responsibility’ initiatives and their implications for public health policy, the tobacco industry and the U.S. military, and why businesses voluntarily stop selling tobacco. Her research is funded by the NIH (National Cancer Institute) and the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program. Dr. Malone is currently pursuing interests in how to begin to talk and think about an endgame strategy for the tobacco epidemic. She has served as an expert consultant to the CDC, the US Department of Justice, and the World Health Organization. Since 2009, she has served as editor-in-chief of the leading tobacco control policy journal, Tobacco Control, published by the British Medical Association.