Robert J. Marshall, PhD, received his Doctorate (Medical Sociology) from Brown University and his Masters (Sociology) from the University of RI. His work experience includes: cancer control evaluation, mental health, retardation and geriatric services, health systems planning, health promotion, tobacco control,public health information and social marketing in public health.
Dr. Marshall entered state service in 1980 and joined the RI Department of Health in 1983 as Chief of Health Planning. Between 1991-1995, Dr. Marshall directed the American Stop Smoking Intervention Study (ASSIST) for Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute. He returned to Rhode Island in 1995 as Assistant Director of Health (Public Health Affairs). Subsequently, he directed substance abuse, public health policy, bioterrorism communication and community liaison programs for the Department. Most recently, he functioned as the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the agency. Finally, he headed the Office of Public Health Research, Training and Practice at the RI Department of Health, Division of Community and Family Health Promotion and Equity. He retired from the RI Department of Health in February 2012 and currently remains involved in several academic and public service activities--including co-instructor of the Brown course in public health practice (PHP1530-Case Studies in Public Health).
Dr. Marshall holds appointments as Clinical Associate Professor of Community Health (Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University) and Visiting Associate Professor Department of Community and Family Health (University of South Florida, College of Public Health). He participated in the National Training Center in Social Marketing (NTCSM) and Chaired the National Advisory Committee for the Community Based Prevention Marketing-Prevention Research Center at USF (2005). In 2007 he served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist to Kings College London and the National Social Marketing Centre in London. He was a keynote speaker at the First World Conference on Social Marketing at Brighton, England in 2008. He recently served a short-term appointment as Visiting Professor of Social Marketing in Public Health at the Centre for Health Innnovations at the University of Wollongong in Australia.