Robert McMillen PhD

Robert McMillen PhD


  • Faculty


  • Associate Director of the Tobacco Control Unit
  • Professor, Social Science Research Center and Department of Psychology


  • PhD, Social Psychology, University of Georgia
  • M.S., Experimental Psychology, Mississippi State University

Dr. McMillen is a Professor with a joint appointment with the Social Science Research Center and the Department of Psychology. He also serves as Investigator within the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Julius B. Richmond Center. Dr. McMillen serves as Principal Investigator for the Surveillance and Evaluation Services grant for the Mississippi State Department of Health’s Office of Tobacco Control. His research has been published in Pediatrics, the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, JAMA Internal Medicine, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Public Health Reports, Academic Pediatrics, the Journal of Rural Health, the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association, and Psychological Record. Dr. McMillen has published numerous fact sheets and policy papers that have informed decisions about health risk behaviors and chronic disease in Mississippi. His research has been supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute, the Mississippi State Department of Health, The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, the American Cancer Society, North Mississippi Medical Center, the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, My Brother’s Keeper, and the Center for Mississippi Health Policy. Dr. McMillen also serves on the Mississippi Tobacco Control Network. In recognition of his research contributions, he was awarded the 2006 Prevention of Cancer in Mississippi Award by the Mississippi Partnership of Comprehensive Cancer Control. He is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and holds a Master of Science degree in experimental psychology from Mississippi State University and a Doctoral degree in social psychology from the University of Georgia.