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

  • Ferketich AK, Pennell M, Seiber EE, Wang L, Farietta T, Jin Y, Wewers MEProvider-delivered tobacco dependence treatment to medicaid smokers.Nicotine Tob Res 16 786-93 6/1/2014
  • Liu ST, Nemeth JM, Klein EG, Ferketich AK, Kwan MP, Wewers MEAdolescent and adult perceptions of traditional and novel smokeless tobacco products and packaging in rural Ohio.Tob Control 23 209-14 5/1/2014
  • Nelms E, Wang L, Pennell M, Wewers ME, Seiber E, Adolph MD, Paskett ED, Ferketich AKTrust in physicians among rural Medicaid-enrolled smokers.J Rural Health 30 214-20 1/1/2014
  • Hood NE, Ferketich AK, Klein EG, Pirie P, 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
  • Hood NE, Wewers ME, Ferketich AK, Klein EG, Pirie PPredictors 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
  • Jradi H, Wewers ME, Pirie PL, Binkley PF, Ferketich AKTobacco dependence curricula in Middle Eastern and North African medical education.Tob Control 22 427-8 11/1/2013
  • Jradi H, Wewers ME, Pirie PR, Binkley PF, Ferketich KCigarette and waterpipe smoking associated knowledge and behaviour among medical students in Lebanon.East Mediterr Health J 19 861-8 10/1/2013
  • Wewers ME, Ferketich AK, Diaz P, Browning KKTobacco use and cessation in HIV-infected individuals.Clin Chest Med 34 181-90 6/1/2013
  • Hood NE, Ferketich AK, Klein EG, Wewers ME, Pirie PIndividual, social, and environmental factors associated with support for smoke-free housing policies among subsidized multiunit housing tenants.Nicotine Tob Res 15 1075-83 6/1/2013
  • Hood NE, Ferketich AK, Paskett ED, Wewers METreatment adherence in a lay health adviser intervention to treat tobacco dependence.Health Educ Res 28 72-82 2/1/2013
  • Hood NE, Ferketich AK, Klein EG, Wewers ME, Pirie PSmoking behaviors and cessation interests among multiunit subsidized housing tenants, Columbus, Ohio, 2011.Prev Chronic Dis 10 E108; quiz E108 1/1/2013
  • Ferketich AK, Diaz P, Browning KK, Lu B, Koletar SL, Reynolds NR, Wewers MESafety of varenicline among smokers enrolled in the lung HIV study.Nicotine Tob Res 15 247-54 1/1/2013

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