Mary Ellen Wewers RN, PhD, MPH

Mary Ellen Wewers RN, PhD, MPH
ProfessorCollege of Public
349 Cunz Hall 1841 Neil Avenue Columbus Ohio 43210
Phone:614-292-3137Fax: 614-292-3572
  • Cancer Control
  • Administrative

General Research Interest

Tobacco dependence treatment and control in underserved groups of smokers

Research Description

Dr. Wewers investigates tobacco cessation among rural Appalachians who smoke and use smokeless tobacco. This work involved partnerships with community health departments and rural county extension agents. Most recently, she was funded through a R21 mechanism to investigate smokeless tobacco marketing approaches among Ohio Appalachians. This project involves testing a novel methodology that characterizes geographical patterning of pro- and anti-tobacco exposures in an economically disadvantaged region.

Transinstitutional Work

Our group is part of a larger transdisciplinary team that investigates cancer-related health disparities using a community-based research approach with underserved smokers who reside in rural Appalachian Ohio. This work also includes the investigation of tobacco use and cessation among Appalachian women at risk for cervical disease. We are also part of a larger research effort to investigate the effect of cigarette smoking and cessation among smokers infected with HIV.  This is a longitudinal study to characterize clinical outcomes in continuing smokers compared to those who successfully quit.  We are testing various behavioral approaches to increase a smoker’s readiness to quit smoking, while also describing the effect of combined behavioral counseling and pharmacotherapy on abstinence from smoking.

Current Publications

  • Wewers MEAssociations between self-reported in-home smoking behaviours and surface nicotine concentrations in multiunit subsidised housing.Tob Control 23 27-32 1/1/2014
  • Jradi H, Wewers M, Pirie PL, Binkley PF, Ferketich AKTobacco dependence curricula in Middle Eastern and North African medical education.Tob Control 22 427-8 11/1/2013
  • Hood NE, Wewers M, Ferketich AK, Klein EG, Pirie PLPredictors of voluntary home-smoking restrictions and associations with an objective measure of in-home smoking among subsidized housing tenants.Am J Health Promot 28 97-104 11/1/2013
  • Hood NE, Ferketich AK, Klein EG, Wewers M, Pirie PLSmoking behaviors and cessation interests among multiunit subsidized housing tenants, Columbus, Ohio, 2011.Prev Chronic Dis 10 E108; quiz E108 7/3/2013
  • Hood NE, Ferketich AK, Klein EG, Wewers M, Pirie PLIndividual, social, and environmental factors associated with support for smoke-free housing policies among subsidized multiunit housing tenants.Nicotine Tob Res 15(6) 1075-83 6/1/2013
  • Hood NE, Ferketich AK, Paskett ED, Wewers MTreatment adherence in a lay health adviser intervention to treat tobacco dependence.Health Educ Res 28(1) 72-82 2/1/2013
  • Ferketich AK, Diaz P, Browning KK, Lu B, Koletar SL, Reynolds NR, Wewers MSafety of varenicline among smokers enrolled in the lung HIV study.Nicotine Tob Res 15(1) 247-54 1/1/2013
  • Nemeth JM, Liu ST, Klein EG, Ferketich AK, Kwan MP, Wewers MFactors influencing smokeless tobacco use in rural Ohio Appalachia.J Community Health 37(6) 1208-17 12/1/2012
  • Reiter PL, Broder-Oldach B, Wewers M, Klein EG, Paskett ED, Katz MLAppalachian residents' perspectives on new U.S. cigarette warning labels.J Community Health 37(6) 1269-78 12/1/2012
  • Liu ST, Nemeth JM, Klein EG, Ferketich AK, Kwan MP, Wewers MAdolescent and adult perceptions of traditional and novel smokeless tobacco products and packaging in rural Ohio.Tob Control in press 10/9/2012
  • Klein EG, Ferketich AK, Abdel-Rasoul M, Kwan MP, Kenda L, Wewers MSmokeless tobacco marketing and sales practices in Appalachian Ohio following federal regulations.Nicotine Tob Res 14(7) 880-4 7/1/2012
  • Ferketich AK, Otterson GA, King M, Hall N, Browning KK, Wewers MEA pilot test of a combined tobacco dependence treatment and lung cancer screening program.Lung Cancer 76(2) 211-5 5/1/2012
  • Wewers M, Salsberry PJ, Ferketich AK, Ahijevych KL, Hood NE, Paskett EDRisk factors for smoking in rural women.J Womens Health (Larchmt) 21(5) 548-56 5/1/2012

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