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Barbara Schillo

Chief Research Officer

Truth Initiative


Dr. Barbara Schillo has over 25 years of experience in conducting applied research, managing research and public health programs and leading organizational management. At Truth Initiative, she leads the Schroeder Institute, a widely respected research center that powers everything the organization does, constantly evaluates its work to ensure effectiveness, and provides the crucial evidence base needed for policy change at the local, state, and national level. Schillo has special expertise in providing leadership for research that examines the impact of tobacco-related policies on youth and young adults.

Prior to joining Truth Initiative, Dr. Schillo was a vice president at ClearWaySM Minnesota for 17 years, where she was instrumental in developing a nationally-recognized research grant-making program and leading research efforts to advance policy. She provided leadership in disseminating and translating science into public policy and practice and led efforts to develop highly innovative quitting programs that have served as a model for other states.

Dr. Schillo has a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in community psychology.  

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