Cheryl L. Perry, PhD

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Executive Committee, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living
Professor and Austin Regional Dean; Rockwell Distinguished Chair in Society and Health

Areas of Expertise:

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About Dr. Perry

Dr. Perry is perhaps best known for her work in smoking prevention research. She has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, multiple chapters and books, most of which focus on health promotion and prevention programs, and has been recognized as one of the Most Highly Cited Researchers (top 0.5%) in Social Sciences. She is senior scientific editor of the 2012 Surgeon General’s Report: “Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: An Update.”

Dr. Perry was an expert scientific witness for the state of Minnesota in the Tobacco Master Settlement lawsuits of the 1990s. She was an investigator for the initial CATCH study and developed the school-based alcohol and tobacco prevention program, Project Northland.

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Key Research Projects

2012 SGR Report icon | Cheryl L. Perry, PhDThe 2012 Surgeon General’s Report: Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People
An update of the 1994 Report, “Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People,” the new report provides more of a global perspective on prevention as well as a more comprehensive look at the literature on the link between tobacco company marketing practices and youth tobacco use.

CATCH logo | Cheryl L. Perry, PhDCATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health)
CATCH is a research-based program designed to guide schools, families and children in healthy eating and physical activity.


Project Northland and Project Northland Chicago
Project Northland was a randomized community trial with 28 communities in northeastern Minnesota. The goal of the project was to reduce the onset and prevalence of alcohol use among teens. Project Northland Chicago was a replication of Project Northland in 61 schools and neighborhoods in inner-city Chicago.