Dorie Apollonio, PhD

Professor In Residence
Phone: +1 415 502-1942
530 Parnassus Avenue, Rm 365
UCSF Box 1390
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States

What I do

My research considers the role of scientific evidence and interest group lobbying in decision making on public health. This work uses multiple data sources including internal industry documents, campaign finance reports, administrative datasets, and interviews.

Departmental research area

My research expertise

health disparities, health policy, tobacco control, evidence-based health care, consumer education


PhD, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2003
MPP, Health Policy, Harvard University, 1994
BA, Political Science and History, Macalester College, 1992


Dr. Apollonio is Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research considers the activities of industries implicated in the spread of non-communicable diseases, including tobacco, pharmaceuticals, cannabis, alcohol, and food. Recent work addresses identifying tobacco cessation strategies for vulnerable populations, understanding the scope of tobacco and cannabis co-use, assessing the spread of laws addressing new tobacco and cannabis delivery systems, and reviewing the health implications of policies that allow opioid-to-cannabis substitution. Her work has been published in journals in multiple disciplines, including law, medicine, pharmacy, political science, public health, and public policy. She has served as an instructor and research mentor in the UCSF School of Pharmacy since 2004, and has earned multiple teaching awards.

Research keywords

  • sugar
  • homelessness
  • heart disease
  • mental health disorders
  • health policy
  • tobacco control
  • cancer
  • cannabis
  • vulnerable populations
  • substance use
  • opiates
  • smoking cessation
  • Public Relations
  • Smoke-Free Policy
  • Smoking
  • Community Pharmacy Services
  • tobacco industry
  • Public Policy
  • Commerce
  • pharmacies
  • Taxes
  • Marketing
  • Homeless Persons
  • Tobacco Products
  • Tobacco Use
  • Mass Media