2020 Award Recipient

Dr. Geoffrey T. Fong (方德智) (Psychology/Global Health Research)

Dr. Geoffrey T. Fong (方德智), Professor at the University of Waterloo, is internationally recognized for his application and development of social, cognitive, and health psychology to improve decision making in everyday life and in developing and evaluating interventions in global health.  His pioneering research on evaluating tobacco control policies throughout the world, has garnered international recognition for Dr. Fong in global health and reduction of chronic disease.

Dr. Fong heads a team of 150 researchers across 10 scientific fields in 29 countries, with a  focus on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), recognizing that 80% of tobacco-caused deaths in this century will be in LMICs.

Dr. Fong’s national and global contributions to both the science and policy of preventing disease are innovative, impactful, and significant.

Education Background

1984Ph.D.Social Psychology, University of Michigan, USA
1978A.B.Psychology, Stanford University, USA

Honours and Awards (selected)

  • 2020 Fellow, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
  • 2019 Medal of Honour, Health Research Foundation
  • 2019 Award of Distinguished Service in Cancer Research, Canadian Cancer Research Alliance
  • 2019 John Slade Award, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
  • 2018 Alton Ochsner Award, Relating Smoking and Disease
  • 2017 Fellow, Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Social Sciences)
  • 2017 Senior Trailblazer Award, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Institute for Population and Public Health
  • 2017 Policy Impact Award, American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)
  • 2016 Arts Excellence in Research Award, University of Waterloo
  • 2015-2019 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher, Social Sciences
  • 2015 Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
  • 2015 Luther L. Terry Award for Outstanding Research Contribution, American Cancer Society
  • 2011–2016 Canadian Cancer Society Prevention Initiative Research Scientist Award
  • 2007–2022 Senior Investigator Award, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research


  • Google Scholar: Citations = 29,324; h-index = 81; i10 = 282
  • Scopus: Citations = 16,472; h-index = 64
  • Clarivate Analytics List of Highly Cited Researchers: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • 420 Articles in Refereed Journals