Training Faculty

Michael B. Steinberg, MD, MPH
Director - Tobacco Dependence Program

Dr. Michael Steinberg is a general internist with dual appointments at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and the School of Public Health. In addition to his medical degree, he has masters' level training in the field of public health education and behavioral science. His clinical and research interests include clinical preventive services and tobacco treatment in primary care and hospital settings. He has published and presented on several topics related to preventive medicine and tobacco issues. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Dr. Steinberg was on faculty at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. At Jefferson, he was Director of Educational Programs and Services at the Comprehensive Center for Tobacco Research and Treatment, where he participated in both clinical and research activities.

Donna Richardson, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, CTTS
Clinical Coordinator – Tobacco Dependence Program

Donna Richardson is the Clinic Coordinator for the Tobacco Dependence Program. She is also an Instructor at Rutgers, School of Public Health. She has more than 30 years experience working with people to change behaviors that no longer work well for them. She has done this work in corrections settings, in child welfare settings, in community mental health/behavioral health settings, in hospital settings, with inpatients and outpatients, and in private practice. She maintains licenses to practice both clinical social work and alcohol and drug counseling in the State of New Jersey. She is also certified as a tobacco treatment specialist. An enthusiastic consumer of high quality continuing education, she has extensive post graduate training in family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. She maintains medical staff privileges at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. With the prolific staff at the Tobacco Dependence Program, she is co-author of numerous journal articles. Most importantly, everyday she sees someone quit tobacco use and that makes her very happy.

Claribel Beltrez, MCM
Training and Education Coordinator – Tobacco Dependence Program

Claribel coordinates the training and outreach activities of the Tobacco Dependence Program, including our 4-Day National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice Training and our Latino tobacco outreach programs. She is a Certified Software Application Specialist, bringing many advanced computer related skills to the program. Claribel’s ability to speak fluent Spanish provides bilingual services to patients, as well as enables the department to easily translate materials for this special population.

Jill Williams, MD

Director - Mental Health Tobacco Services

Jill Williams is a psychiatrist specializing in treatment of tobacco dependence and other addictions in mentally ill populations. She is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at theRutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Williams is the recipient of a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Career Development Award (K23), entitled, Nicotine DependenceTreatment in Psychiatric Comorbidity. Dr. Williams currently conducts research to study pharmacological and psychosocial treatments to help patients with schizophrenia quit smoking.

Dr Williams is also heading up a new program called CHOICES (Consumers Helping Others Improve their Condition by Ending Smoking). CHOICES is an innovative program targeting smokers with mental illness in New Jersey.

The project employs mental health peer counselors to communicate the important message to smokers with mental illness that addressing tobacco is important. The project is funded by a grant from the American Legacy Foundation and is a joint effort of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the Mental Health Association of New Jersey (MHANJ), and the State of New Jersey, Division of Mental Health Services. More information is available on the CHOICES website.

Marc Steinberg, PhD
Training Faculty

Dr. Marc Steinberg is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and has appointments at the Rutgers University Center for Alcohol Studies, the Rutgers School of Public Health, and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Dr. Steinberg is particularly interested in addressing tobacco dependence in underserved populations such as those with serious mental illness, low SES, substance use disorders, and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. He recently received a 2010 GRAND Award for a study entitled Varenicline-Aided Cigarette Reduction in Smokers Not Ready to Quit with support from Pfizer, and recently completed a Career Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study motivational issues in smokers with schizophrenia. He has published numerous research articles and book chapters on tobacco use and motivation, and has received funding from the American Legacy Foundation, NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, and National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Steinberg is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and was trained by William Miller, the father of motivational interviewing (MI), in the training and supervision of MI. Dr. Steinberg is particularly interested in using motivational interviewing to increase motivation for quitting smoking and/or to seek formal tobacco dependence treatment.   

Jose A. Cruz, LCSW, MBA

Training Faculty

Jose A. Cruz holds a LCSW, MBA, and is currently employed as an Addictions Consultant in the Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Rutgers University.  As an Addictions Consultant, he has provided technical and educational assistance to residential addiction and behavioral health facilities throughout New Jersey.  Jose’s work also includes assisting New Jersey’s Regional Prevention Coalitions address youth access to tobacco.  He has a wide range of experience in providing access to health and mental health services for populations dealing with issues such as HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, immigration issues, and tobacco dependence.  With a cross-over in business and mental health education, he is deeply engaged in replicating models of healing that are sustainable and just


Cristine Delnevo, PhD, MPH
Training Faculty


Cristine Delnevo, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Education and Behavioral Science and the Director of the Center for Tobacco Surveillance and Evaluation Research at Rutgers-School of Public Health. Dr. Delnevo has been the Principal Investigator of the Independent Evaluation of the New Jersey Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program since the program’s inception in 2000. She was recently awarded a R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to improve the inclusion of young adults in tobacco control surveillance and research via cell phone RDD sampling. She is also the Principal Investigator of two additional NIH grants to improve tobacco control surveillance and monitoring. Her primary research interests include tobacco control, survey methodology, and program evaluation. Dr. Delnevo has previously served as an Expert Panel Member for the “Key Indicators for Evaluating Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs” document developed by the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. She is a contributing author to two upcoming Surgeon General Reports on tobacco use. She has presented over 75 papers at national professional meetings and is published in several journals, including in the American Journal of Epidemiology, American Journal of Public Health, Tobacco Control, Annals of Internal Medicine, Addictive Behaviors, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Mary Hrywna, MPH
Training Faculty

Mary Hrywna, MPH is an Instructor in the Department of Health Education and Behavioral Science and serves as Manager of the Center for Tobacco Surveillance and Evaluation Research at Rutgers-School of Public Health. As Center Manager, she is responsible for managing the daily operations of the Center’s research activities as well as contributing to grant writing and manuscript publication. Ms. Hrywna has more than 10 years of experience working at universities coordinating and conducting behavioral science and policy research. In addition, she has presented over 40 papers at professional meetings and author or co-authored more than 20 journal articles on topics related to tobacco.


Jane Lewis, DrPH, MA
Health Promotion/Health Education



Jane Lewis,, is an Associate Professor of Health Education and Behavioral Science at the RUTGERS-School of Public Health. She is the Principal Investigator of the Trinkets and Trash project (, a surveillance system and archive of tobacco industry marketing materials and products.  She has over 20 years of experience in tobacco control and conducts research examining the innovative marketing strategies of the tobacco industry with a particular emphasis on the use of direct marketing strategies.