Paul Cheh, program officer, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2014. Through his work he supports the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen vulnerable children and families and he praises “the real-world impact of the Foundation’s work in building a Culture of Health.”
Previously, Cheh was an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. In this role, he led a group of researchers in conducting a systematic review on the documented negative health outcomes associated with marijuana smoking. He also analyzed birth cohort trends in smoking among different ethnic youth and young adults.
Cheh also served as a graduate student researcher at the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network in Ann Arbor, Mich., where he worked on the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative (TFCCI), a national initiative to promote 100 percent smoke- or tobacco-free college campus policies across the country. Prior to this position, he worked at Abt Associates Inc. in Bethesda, Md., as a consultant and researcher on a range of public health contracts with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), focusing on behavioral health work around substance abuse and mental health issues. He also interned as a research assistant at the American Public Health Association (APHA), and as a communications intern at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.
Cheh earned an MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and graduated magna cum laude in Anthropology and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.
A native of Bethesda, Md., he now resides in Plainsboro, N.J. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities, including biking, hiking, and soccer.