Prof. Laura Rosen

School of Public Health
ביה"ס לבריאות הציבור סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Laura Rosen
Phone: 03-6405322
Fax: 03-6407464
Office: Sackler School of Medicine, 903


  • Professor, Department of Health Promotion, School of Public Health, Tel Aviv University
  • Founder, Tobacco Control Research Forum, Tel Aviv University
  • Chair, Tobacco Subcommittee, Healthy Israel 2020
  • Member, Public Committee for the Reduction of Tobacco Use and Harm
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Global Tobacco Control, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University
  • Temporary Advisor, European Advisory Council on Health Research (EACHR), World Health Organization
  • Steering Group Member, EvipNet Europe, World Health Organization



Prof. Leah (Laura) Rosen was born in the U.S. and immigrated to Israel in 1986. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Rutgers University and an M.S. in Biostatistics from the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Public Health at Hebrew University. Before coming to Tel Aviv University, she was the National Coordinator of Healthy Israel 2020, Israel’s health targeting initiative. She is a member of the Israel National Council for Smoking Prevention, and a former member of the Israel National Council for Health Promotion and the Public Committee for Reduction of Smoking and its Damages. Prof. Rosen is the former Chair of the Department of Health Promotion.

Prof. Rosen’s primary career goal is to contribute to public health at the national and global levels by conducting research, advancing public health research methods and evidence-based health policy, as well as by teaching and mentoring students. She focuses on methodological issues of public health and health promotion research, including understanding and improving the evidence base for public health policy, systematic reviews and rigorous evaluation of health promotion interventions. Dr. Rosen's primary area of research is in tobacco control, particularly in the areas of tobacco smoke exposure and policy, and contributing to the evidence base for a smoke-free society.



Prof. Rosen’s main substantive research interest is tobacco, one of the major public health problems of our time. This includes the epidemiology of tobacco use, exposure, and harm, with a focus on the Israeli context; and development and evaluation of intervention programs and strategies to reduce tobacco use and exposure at the individual, local, and national levels. She has received grants for her research from the Flight Attendant Research Institute, the Chief Scientists’ Office of the Israel Ministry of Health, the Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research, the Health Promotion Fund of the Associate Director of the Israel Ministry of Health, the Israel Cancer Association and the Harvard School of Public Health.


Research interests include:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the recent governmentally-approved National Tobacco Control Plan
  • Development and evaluation of an intervention to protect young children from tobacco smoke exposure
  • Tobacco use initiation and cessation
  • Changes in tobacco use during Israeli military service
  • Exposure of the Israeli public to tobacco smoke
  • Public and policy-maker attitudes towards governmental intervention for tobacco control
  • Risk perceptions regarding tobacco smoke exposure of adults and children
  • Religion and tobacco control
  • Systematic reviews for public health
  • Evaluation strategies for health promotion programs


Recent Publications

Click here for a complete list of Prof. Rosen's Peer-Reviewed Articles.

  1. Rosen L, Suhami R. The art and science of study identification: A comparative analysis of two systematic reviews. BMC Medical Research Methodology. In press, 28Jan16 
  2. Rosen L, Myers V, Winickoff J,Kott J. Effectiveness of Interventions to Reduce Tobacco Smoke Pollution in Homes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, In Press.
  3. Rosen L, Zucker D, Hovell M, Brown N, Ran A, Myers V. Feasibility of Measuring Tobacco Smoke Air Pollution in Homes: Report from a Pilot Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015; 12(12):15129-15142.
  4. Laura J Rosen, Efrat Tillinger, Nurit Guttman, Shira Rosenblat, David M Zucker, Frances Stillman, Vicki Myers. Parental receptivity to child biomarker testing for tobacco smoke exposure: A qualitative study. Patient Educ Couns 2015 Nov 9;98(11):1439-45. Epub 2015 Jun 9.
  5. Laura J Rosen, Maya Peled-Raz. Tobacco policy in Israel: 1948-2014 and beyond. Isr J Health Policy Res 2015 1;4:12. Epub 2015 May 1.
  6. Laura J Rosen, Vicki Myers, Melbourne Hovell, David Zucker, Michal Ben Noach. Meta-analysis of parental protection of children from tobacco smoke exposure. Pediatrics 2014 Apr 24;133(4):698-714. Epub 2014 Mar 24.
  7. Alex Ioscovich, Elyad M Davidson, Sharon Orbach-Zinger, Zvia Rudich, Simon Ivry, Laura J Rosen, Alexander Avidan,Yehuda Ginosar. Performance of aseptic technique during neuraxial analgesia for labor before and after the publication of international guidelines on aseptic technique. Isr J Health Policy Res 2014 25;3(1). Epub 2014 Mar 25.
  8. Laura J Rosen, David A Rier, Greg Connolly, Anat Oren, Carla Landau, Robert Schwartz. Do health policy advisors know what the public wants? An empirical comparison of how health policy advisors assess public preferences regarding smoke-free air, and what the public actually prefers. Isr J Health Policy Res 2013 21;2(1):20. Epub 2013 May 21.
  9. Laura J Rosen, David A Rier, Robert Schwartz, Anat Oren, Anna Kopel, Alexandra Gevman, Mitch Zeller, Gregory Connolly. Public support for smoke-free areas in Israel: a case for action. Health Policy 2012 Jul 13;106(2):161-8. Epub 2012 Apr 13.
  10. Michal Ben Noach, David M Steinberg, David A Rier, Rebecca Goldsmith, Tal Shimony, Laura J Rosen. Ethnic differences in patterns of secondhand smoke exposure among adolescents in Israel. Nicotine Tob Res 2012 Jun 6;14(6):648-56. Epub 2012 Feb 6.
  11. Laura J Rosen, Michal Ben Noach, Jonathan P Winickoff, Mel F Hovell. Parental smoking cessation to protect young children: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Pediatrics 2012 Jan 26;129(1):141-52. Epub 2011 Dec 26.
  12. Laura J Rosen, Nurit Guttman, Melbourne F Hovell, Michal Ben Noach, Jonathan P Winickoff, Shosh Tchernokovski,Joseph K Rosenblum, Uri Rubenstein, Vered Seidmann, Constantine I Vardavas, Neil E Klepeis, David M Zucker. Development, design, and conceptual issues of project zero exposure: A program to protect young children from tobacco smoke exposure. BMC Public Health 2011 28;11:508. Epub 2011 Jun 28.
  13. Laura J Rosen, David M Zucker, Bruce J Rosen, Gregory N Connolly. Second-hand smoke levels in Israeli bars, pubs and cafes before and after implementation of smoke-free legislation. Eur J Public Health 2011 Feb 28;21(1):15-20. Epub 2010 Jan 28.
  14. Laura J Rosen, Michal Ben Noach. Systematic reviews on tobacco control from Cochrane and the Community Guide: different methods, similar findings. J Clin Epidemiol 2010 Jun 13;63(6):596-606. Epub 2010 Jan 13.
  15. Laura J Rosen, Michal Ben Noach, Elliot Rosenberg. Missing the forest (plot) for the trees? A critique of the systematic review in tobacco control. BMC Med Res Methodol 2010 25;10:34. Epub 2010 Apr 25.


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