Andrea Vansickel

Andrea Vansickel

Senior Principal Scientist
Regulatory Sciences

Andrea Rae Vansickel, Ph.D., serves as a Senior Principal Scientist, Population Sciences and Director of In-Market Research and Advocacy, Regulatory Sciences for Altria Client Services in Richmond, VA In this role, she leads a team responsible for postmarket surveillance studies and scientific support for Altria's underage prevention initiatives, FDA engagement, and  efforts toward tobacco harm reduction. 

Dr. Vansickel is a classically trained behavioral pharmacologist, educated in experimental psychology-behavioral neuroscience, and psychopharmacology at the University of Kentucky and in the clinical pharmacology of tobacco at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has published many papers and book chapters related to human behavioral pharmacologic models, human abuse liability testing, and the clinical pharmacology of e-vapor products, among others.  

Dr. Vansickel has been building programs and infrastructure to support regulatory research and engagement efforts for Altria since January of 2012.  These programs relate to tobacco abuse liability testing, e-vapor topography, cross-sectional surveys, actual use trials and prospective cohort studies, among others.  

Prior to joining the Altria family of companies, Dr. Vansickel was an NIH-funded post-doctoral fellow at the Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. There she conducted research in the clinical pharmacology of novel and alternative tobacco products, including hookah and e-vapor.

Ph.D., Experimental Psychology from University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2009

M.A., Experimental Psychology from University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2006

B.A., Psychology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA, 2003