Dr. Gardiner received his Doctorate in Behavioral Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley, where he focused on Youth Violence as a public health issue. Throughout his research career, Dr. Gardiner has maintained his community activism to address racial disparities in health, through writing, organizing, evaluating and public speaking. For the past 20 years, Dr. Gardiner has lectured around the country on African American health disparities generally and menthol smoking in the Black Community, particularly. Recently, Dr. Gardiner retired from the University of California Office of the President, where he was a Senior Program Officer for the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) for the past 23 years. Among many interests at the TRDRP, Dr. Gardiner also focused on the “Triangulum;” the intersection between tobacco, marijuana and electronic cigarettes, the latter being the delivery devise for the two before mention drugs and others substances.
Dr. Gardiner is Co-Chair of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), a group of Black professionals dedicated to fighting the scourge of tobacco impacting the African American community in California and Nationally. It has been AATCLC work around the country that has led to many menthol restrictions and prohibitions, and Dr. Gardiner has played an important role in these activities.