Theodore Wagener, PhD

Theodore Wagener


College of Medicine


Internal Medicine

Academic Title

Assoc Professor

Research Program

Cancer Control

Leadership Title

Co-leader, Cancer Control Program

Director, Center for Tobacco Research

Theodore Wagener, PhD, is the director of the Center for Tobacco Research and co-leader of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where his research focuses on tobacco cessation and tobacco regulatory science.

Dr. Wagener’s research has a specialized focus on evaluating the behavioral, pharmacological and toxicological effects of cigarette and non-cigarette tobacco products, such as electronic cigarettes and hookah. He also has expertise developing and testing motivational, enhancement-based smoking cessation and secondhand smoke reduction interventions for children of parents who smoke.

One of his recent studies seeks to evaluate the changes in biomarkers of harmful tobacco constituent exposure among first- and second-generation e-cigarettes, as well as the changes in biomarkers of toxicant effect among these same participants.

Dr. Wagener has co-authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed publications, including the American Journal of Health Behavior, PLOS One, Addictive Behaviors and Tobacco Control. Additionally, he has presented his findings at several annual meetings of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.


  • Doctorate, Oklahoma State University

    Stillwater, OK (USA)

  • Master's Degree, Oklahoma State University

    Stillwater, OK (USA)

  • Doctorate, Oklahoma State University

    Stillwater, OK (USA)

  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Brown University

    Providence, RI (USA)


  • Brown University

    Providence, RI (USA)

Office Location

Suite 525

1590 N High, Columbus, OH 43210


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