Mark Wolfson is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Initiative.
Dr. Wolfson is a Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy (SSHP) at Wake Forest School of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Communication. Dr. Wolfson has extensive experience conducting research on substance use, with a particular focus on the role of community and organizational factors in understanding alcohol and tobacco use by youth. His recent work focuses on (1) the intended and unintended effects of alcohol and tobacco policy and programs, and (2) the interaction of collective action by citizens and professional groups and the work of state actors in shaping public policy on alcohol and tobacco use.
Dr. Wolfson is the
Principal Investigator of several studies: the Evaluating Community Driven Strategies to Prevent Underage Drinking
Parties (funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse
and Alcoholism), Identifying the Effect of Local Policies and Enforcement
Strategies to prevent Alcohol use by Older Adolescents (funded
by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention), Geographic Health Equity Alliance (funded by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention), Dissolvable Tobacco Perceptions and Use among Young
Adults in Test Markets (funded by the National Cancer Institute) and Smokeless Tobacco Use in College Students (also funded by the National Cancer Institute).
Dr. Wolfson has served as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among other funders. He presents extensively at scientific conferences, both at the national and international level, and has published over 90 peer reviewed articles, as well as book chapters, book reviews, reports, and one book.
Dr. Wolfson received his Ph.D. in sociology from the Catholic University of America. He was a NIMH post-doctoral fellow (Organizations and Mental Health) at Stanford University and a NIAAA post-doctoral fellow (Social Epidemiology of Alcohol Use) at the Alcohol Research Group/University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining the faculty at Wake Forest in 1998, Dr. Wolfson was on the faculty of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.