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Nipapun Kungskulniti, DrPH is an Associate Professor, Mahidol University Faculty of Public Health.  She has extensive experience in environmental health and health policy both inside and outside government.  She has worked collaboratively with researchers in the US and Australia on environmental policy and tobacco control investigations in Thailand.  Most recently she has worked on research on secondhand smoke exposure in international airports in Asia, and with a team of researchers focusing on indicators for and compliance with obligations of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. She has authored and presented her research in over 20 international conferences worldwide.

Jeremiah Mock is a health anthropologist who conducts social science research in the fields of public health, community development and education. He also conducts intensive training courses for community members, non-profit staff, public health professionals, community health nursing professors, and students on how to use social science methods in public health projects. His main research has been in health promotion and cancer prevention. He has conducted studies with partners on identifying sociocultural and political-economic determinants of child nutrition in Indonesia; developing culturally-meaningful models for smoking prevention in Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos; evaluating community-based projects that promoted hepatitis B immunization and cervical cancer screening for Vietnamese in California; and assessing environmental health conditions in Syria.


Dr. Mock has worked with partners on community-based participatory research and action project with Minnesota’s Khmer, Lao, Hmong, and Vietnamese communities to understand how living in America has reshaped their cultural patterns of tobacco use. Currently, he is working on a study of “eco life” in Japan and Thailand.


For nine years, Dr. Mock was a research scientist and faculty member at the UCSF School of Nursing and UCSF School of Medicine. From 2009-2016, Dr. Mock was a Visiting Associate Professor at Osaka University Center for the Study of Communication-Design where he taught research methods, academic writing and academic presentations. In Japan, he also lectured at Kobe University, Kochi University and Kochi Prefectural University. Dr. Mock is an expert in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and he has published more than 22 articles in highly regarded international peer-reviewed journals and he has given over 30 presentations at international conferences.

Naowarut Charoenca, M.S., Dr. P.H., is an Associate Professor at Mahidol University Faculty of Public Health, Bangkok.  She has been a member of SRNT since 2005 and has been an active member serving as an abstract reviewer, on the Policy Committee, Global Network Committee, Program Committee and as Assistant Secretary General for the First Regional SRNT meeting in Asia in 2008 in Bangkok. She has attended and/or presented research in nearly every SRNT meeting in the United States through 2013. She frequently travels to China, India, and Japan to contribute to tobacco control activities as part of her Faculty’s involvement in Global Health initiatives.

Dr. Charoenca has M.S. and Dr. P.H. degrees in Public Health from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. As an environmental health specialist, her expertise involves water and air quality, risk assessment and management, and environmental design and priority setting. In her tobacco research, she has conducted community-based intervention studies, clinical case-control studies, school clinic smoking cessation research and document and policy-relevant research in Thailand.


She works with a team of researchers in her faculty on tobacco-related research on secondhand smoke exposure, tobacco industry interference, crop replacement of tobacco production, and compliance and legal enforcement through policy and practice in Thailand. She has worked with several US and Canadian researchers on multi-country comparative studies of environmental exposures. She has received research awards from the Ministry of Public Health and Tobacco Control Research and Knowledge Management Center in Thailand. She served on the WHO expert committee that assessed Thailand’s national plan and helped to formulate its present National Strategic Plan. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the Ministry of Public Health for the National Strategic Plan on Tobacco Control in Thailand.

Importantly, she is committed to using her experience as AAOLA representative to provide voice and opportunity for the predominantly low and middle income countries. At Mahidol University of Public Health, she teaches graduate students in an international public health program that educates many health professionals including doctors, dentists and nurses from more than 30 countries.

Stephen Hamann, MPH, MEd, DEd

Senior Researcher and Trainer

Naowarut Charoenca, MSc, DrPH

Senior Researcher and Trainer

Jeremiah Mock, MSc, PhD

Principal Researcher and Trainer

Stephen Hamann has multiple qualifications in public administration and academic research. His BA degree was in psychology with substantial study in law and political science at the University of Iowa. Service in the US Army provided him wide experience in public health practice which informed his work in county and state public health positions in Illinois, Montana and Hawaii from 1973 to 1989. He completed a Master of Public Health Degree at the University of Illinois in 1976 and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Education at the University of Hawaii in 1985 and 1992 respectively.


He continually sought challenges through work for the International Rescue Committee in Thailand in 1981 and 1982, later returning to Thailand after his doctoral degree to serve as Assistant Dean for Medical Education at Rangsit University Medical College, Bangkok, Thailand from 1993 to 2004. He then worked for the Thai Health Promotion Foundation as an International Affairs Consultant and with the Tobacco Control Research and Knowledge Management Center, a research center funded by the same Foundation until 2017. He has wide experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of health-related programs. 

Nipapun Kungskulniti, MSc, DrPH

Senior Researcher and Trainer

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