Gary King's Biography

Dr. King is a medical sociologist and an associate professor in the Departments of Biobehavioral Health and Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University. He is a native of Connecticut and graduate of the University of Connecticut. He received his doctoral degree from Boston University and was formerly a member of the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. King's primary interests include research on the smoking behavior of African Americans, international tobacco consumption in France and Africa, conceptual and empirical uses of the race concept in health and health disparities. He has also conducted research related to child maltreatment.

With regard to African American smoking behavior, Dr. King has recently published extensively on this topic in professional journals such as Preventive Medicine, Annals of Epidemiology, and the American Journal of Public Health. These includes smoking and social heterogeneity among blacks; differences in nativity and foreign born smoking behavior; regional differences in smoking among African Americans; African American physician smoking intervention practices and conceptual issues related to race and cigarette smoking. Dr. King was a contributing author to the 1998 Surgeon General's Report on Tobacco Use Among U.S. Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups. Dr. King is the principal investigator (PI) of a 3-year longitudinal grant to study the opinions of African Americans and Congressional representatives on tobacco control policies.

Dr. King has also collaborated extensively with colleagues in France and West Africa on smoking epidemiology research and comparative analyses. He is also PI of the Minority International Research and Training grant from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health focusing on tobacco control and HIV/AIDS research with sites in Europe and Africa. Within the last 4 years, Dr. King has taken more than 45 minority undergraduate and graduate students to work on research projects in Paris, Dakar, Geneva, and Cape Town. He is also the principal investigator of two other NIH grants related to tobacco research in Southern Africa.

Dr. King also served on the President's William Clinton Health Care Task Force. Dr. King is a member of a national advisory board of the American Legacy Foundation. He has also served as a consultant/advisor to the World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health and other health organizations.