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, LCSW, CADC.
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.
Mia Hanos Zimmermann, MPH, CTTS
Research Coordinator- Tobacco Dependence Program
Mia Hanos Zimmermann is the Research Coordinator at the Rutgers, Tobacco Dependence Program. Ms. Zimmermann holds a Master of Public Health in Health Systems and Policy and is a Certified Tobacco Dependence Treatment Specialist. Over the past 12 years Mia has been an active member of the Tobacco Control Community. She has conducted research in the areas of tobacco use and cessation behaviors among the mentally ill, substance users and adolescents. She has presented at national and international public health and tobacco control conferences and has been published in peer reviewed journals. She has been training providers on treating tobacco use and dependence for over a decade.
Claribel Beltrez, B.A.Com
Education and Outreach Coordinator – Tobacco Dependence Program
Claribel coordinates the training and outreach activities of the Tobacco Dependence Program, including our 5-day Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist 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.