Mark Travers

Mark Travers, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Health BehaviorDepartment of Health Behavior, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263
716.845.1265 (fax)

Ph.D., Epidemiology and Community Health, State University of New York at Buffalo
M.S., Epidemiology, State University of New York at Buffalo
B.S., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MDProfile
Dr. Travers is a Research Scientist in the Department of Health Behavior, Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dr. Travers has degrees in biomedical engineering and epidemiology and has worked to provide the scientific basis for smoke-free air policies by researching exposure to tobacco smoke pollution and evaluating the effects of smoke-free air policies. He has conducted the largest study of tobacco smoke pollution exposure in the hospitality industry and his research has been featured in debates over smoke-free air legislation in dozens of communities. He has worked to provide sound scientific evidence to support smoke-free air policies and effectively communicate this evidence to researchers in a wide range of fields, national, state and local policy makers, the media, local advocacy groups and the lay public. Mark and colleagues in the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center are conducting a global air monitoring effort that is currently in over 40 countries around the world measuring exposures to tobacco smoke pollution and informing the debate over smoke-free air policy.  Dr. Travers has trained these researchers either in-person or through his  He has also trained and actively collaborated with over 65 partner organizations in 33 U.S. States and Canadian Provinces in measuring tobacco smoke exposures.

Research Interests
Dr. Travers’ research focuses on measuring exposures to air contaminants using a variety of instruments and biological markers and determining how human behavior and public health policies impact these exposures. Ongoing research includes measuring particulate pollution exposures outdoors and in worksites, home, cars, and multi-unit housing.

Selected Publications

  • Hyland A, Higbee C, Borland R, Travers M, Hastings G, Fong GT, Cummings KM. Attitudes and beliefs about secondhand smoke and smoke-free policies in four countries: Findings from the International Tobacco Control Four Country Survey. Nicotine Tob Res2009;11(6):642-9.
  • Koong HN, Khoo D, Higbee C, Travers M, Hyland A, Cummings KM, Dresler C. Global air monitoring study: a multi-country comparison of levels of indoor air pollution in different workplaces. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore 2009;38(3):202-6.
  • Connolly GN, Carpenter CM, Travers MJ, Cummings KM, Hyland A, Mulcahy M, Clancy L. How smoke-free laws improve air quality: A global study of Irish pubs. Nicotine Tob Res, 2009;11(6):600-5.
  • VanDeusen A, Hyland A, Travers MJ, Wang C, Higbee C, King B, Alford T, Cummings KM. Secondhand smoke and particulate matter exposure in the home. Nicotine Tob Res, 2009;11(6):635-41.
  • Sendzik T, Fong GT, Travers MJ, Hyland A. An experimental investigation of tobacco smoke pollution exposure in cars. Nicotine Tob Res, 2009;11(6):627-34.
  • Lee K, Hahn E, Robertson HE, Seongjik L, Vogel SL, Travers MJ. Strength of Smoke-free Air Laws and Indoor Air Quality. Nicotine Tob Res, 2009;11(4):381-86.
  • Hyland A, Higbee C, Travers MJ, VanDeusen A, Bansal-Travers M, King B, Cummings KM. Smoke-free Homes and Smoking Cessation and Relapse in a Longitudinal Population of Adults. Nicotine Tob Res, 2009;11(6):614-18.
  • Tárnoki Á, Tárnoki D, Travers M, Hyland A, Dobson K, Mechtler L, Cummings K. Tobacco smoke is a major source of indoor air pollution in Hungary’s bars, restaurants, and transportation venues. Clinical and Experimental Medical Journal 2009;3(1):131-138.
  • Schneider S, Siebold B, Schunk S, Jentzsch E, Dresler C, Travers MJ, Hyland A. Exposure to second-hand smoke in Germany: Air contamination due to smoking in German restaurants, bars, and other venues. Nicotine Tob Res 2008;10(3):547-555.
  • Hyland A, Travers MJ, Dresler C, Higbee C, Cummings KM. A 32-country comparison of tobacco smoke derived particle levels in indoor public places. Tobacco Control, 2008;17(3):159-65. (Editor’s Choice Paper)
  • Maziak W, Al Ali R, Fouad MF, Rastam S, Wipfli H, Travers MJ, Ward KD, Eissenberg T. Exposure to secondhand smoke at home and in public places in Syria: a developing country’s perspective. Inhalation Toxicology, 20(1): p. 17-24, 2008.

Professional Affiliations
International Society of Exposure Science
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy (GASP): Advisory Board Member
Global Smokefree Partnership (GSP): Steering Group Member

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