Tanya Schlam

Associate Scientist

Department of Medicine | School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Tanya Schlam is an Associate Scientist at the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI) and the Department of Medicine. She has a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers. Her research focuses on health behavior change (primarily smoking cessation), and in particular, she focuses on developing interventions to help people acquire behavioral and cognitive control skills to optimize health outcomes in the face of environmental, interpersonal, and psychological challenges. She has authored more than 35 peer-reviewed publications.


  • This talk provides an introduction to evidence-based smoking cessation treatment, including treatment following relapse back to smoking.

  • This talk provides an introduction to evidence-based cognitive behavior therapy for binge eating disorder.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a newer form of cognitive behavior therapy with much to offer as an approach to coping with modern life. ACT aims to help people increase psychological flexibility and as author Russ Harris puts it: “Be present, open up, and do what matters.”

  • Psychological research has discovered useful new techniques to change your habits for the better. This talk will cover science-based, practical tips for changing habits and making new healthy habits stick.