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Fernando A. Wagner, PhD

Dr. Fernando A. Wagner is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He isinterested in the development of methods, knowledge, and community-based participatory interventions promoting wellness and public mental health, and has led research in the U.S. and Mexico for over 40 years. Dr. Wagner earned his Master of Public Health and Doctor of Science degrees from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he also completed a year of postdoctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology. Dr. Wagner served as Principal Investigator of a Community-Based Participatory Research initiative for tobacco control in underserved communities branded through community input as CEASE (Communities Engaged and Advocating for Smoke-free Environments), which developed a successful intervention to help residents of very low-income communities quit smoking, along with other initiatives engaging youth in prevention and advocacy efforts.  CEASE tripled the success rate of the smoking cessation intervention and multiplied by a factor of 12 the annual number of participants recruited for smoking cessation programs in the community.