Chris Kotsen, PsyD, CTT

Chris Kotsen PsyD

Clinical, '94

I am a licensed New Jersey psychologist and New Jersey-certified tobacco treatment specialist, and I have been on the medical and dental staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset since 1998. Since 2002, I have run all tobacco treatment services, which involve outpatient individual/group specialty treatment with my team. Additionally, I assisted the hospital in developing a bedside inpatient tobacco treatment program and continue with leading corporate and community worksite Quit Group programs. In 2009, I became part of the Lung Cancer Institutes’ Multidisciplinary Team at the Steeplechase Cancer Center and assisted the program in developing and implementing the first lung cancer screening center in 2012 in New Jersey. Here, I continue with pairing tobacco treatment services with lung cancer screening services for best clinical practices. I continue to be involved in expanding business practices, integrating evidence-based research within clinical practice settings, and in developing policy issues that support sustained treatment for tobacco users. I am the chair of the Business Practices Committee and on the board of directors at the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD). Recently, I coauthored an article, “Use of Expired Air Carbon Monoxide Testing in Clinical Tobacco Treatment Settings,” published in CHEST Journal, the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians. This article reviews research on the clinical use of CO testing to provide biomedical feedback in assessing smoking behavior, educating smokers on tobacco health effects, assisting with treatment planning, and is a motivational tool to encourage people to become tobacco free.