Thomas Ylioja, MSW, PhD

Thomas Ylioja
Thomas Ylioja, PhD, is a tobacco cessation expert at National Jewish Health. Dr. Ylioja serves as the Clinical Director of Health Initiatives Programs.
Assistant Professor
Division of Medical, Behavioral & Community Health
Clinical Director, Health Initiatives Programs
Health Initiatives Program
Department of Medicine
Research AreasResearch Areas
  • Health Behavior Change
  • Health Systems Change
  • Population Health Management
  • Tobacco Dependence

Special Interests

Thomas Ylioja is a licensed social worker with several years of healthcare practice and research experience. His clinical and research expertise is working with individuals who use tobacco and other substances to make healthy lifestyle changes, with an emphasis on patient groups with health disparities or social disadvantage. He collaborates nationally with researchers, clinicians, and states to build strong connections between health systems and the tobacco quitline, and to enhance the tobacco treatment patients receive at the bedside and in the clinic. At Health Initiatives, he is responsible for clinical development, health coach training, and quality improvement programs.


University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, PhD, Social Work
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, MSW

Board Certification

Pennsylvania Board of Social Workers, Licensed Social Worker

Professional Memberships

Society of Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Society for Social Work and Research
Council on Social Work Education

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