Dana Carroll
Office Address:
Mayo, 1232
Mailing Address:

420 Delaware St SE
MMC 807 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Dana Carroll, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences


PhD, Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2017
MPH, Epidemiology, Kent State University, 2013
BS, Molecular Genetics, The Ohio State University, 2011


I am an epidemiologist and certified tobacco treatment specialist committed to achieving health equity through reducing commercial tobacco use. My research spans a continuum from analyses of large epidemiologic surveys to clinical trials and community-based participatory research. 

Over the past several years I have had the opportunity to collaborate with Tribal nations and community organizations serving American Indian persons on projects examining susceptibility to cigarette smoking and lung cancer. More recently I have been utilizing mixed methods to help elevate the rich knowledge and expertise of American Indian persons and develop culturally tailored approaches to smoking cessation. Please visit my resource page for free infographics resulting from various research projects. 

My other, complementary, area of research entails studies that seek to inform product standards on commercial tobacco products. Within this area I am most interested in identifying how to reduce the appeal of cigarettes and have contributed to efforts demonstrating the potential public health impacts of reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes.


Epidemiological research methods; health disparities; commercial tobacco prevention and control; commercial tobacco regulatory science; biomarkers of tobacco use and cancer risk; community cancer prevention and control.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2024 McKnight Presidential Fellow, University of Minnesota
  • 2024 Jarvik-Russell New Investigator Award, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT)
  • 2023 Early Career Investigator Award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), a division of the National Institutes of Health
  • 2023 Outstanding Health Equity Impact Award, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • Delta Omega Honorary Society, Xi Chapter

Professional Associations

  • Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT)

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