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UofSC Researchers Available to Discuss All Aspects of Tobacco Use and Cessation

Released: 14-Apr-2014 9:30 AM EDT
Source Newsroom: University of South Carolina
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Nancy Fleischer, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health, whose research focuses on how the broader socioeconomic environment impacts health disparities and the health of vulnerable populations, in the U.S. and around the world. Her recent work examines the growing health disparities in low- and middle-income countries related to chronic disease risk, and how those disparities are affected by policies and social processes.

Christy Kollath-Cattano, a postdoctoral research associate in the Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health. She is available to discuss the influence of tobacco counter-marketing campaigns and media influences on tobacco consumption among adolescents.

Elma I. Lorenzo-Blanco, an assistant professor in the clinical/community psychology program at the University of South Carolina. She specializes in Latino/a mental health and substance use; specifically she investigates the associations of Latino/a depression and cigarette smoking in Latino/a youth and adults and plans to translate her research into policy, prevention, and intervention strategies.

Karen McDonnell, a faculty affiliate at the Cancer Prevention and Control Program in the Arnold School of Public Health, focuses on improving smoking cessation rates for patients undergoing smoking related surgical procedures and their family members who smoke cigarettes. She is a Tobacco Treatment Specialist, RN, and Oncology Certified Nurse.

Ramzi Salloum, an assistant professor with the Department of Health Services Policy and Management of the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, conducts health services research with applications to cancer prevention and control. He can discuss how individuals make decisions related to their health and healthcare, with a particular emphasis on cancer prevention, screening, and treatment, using behavioral economics to understand health-related decision-making among vulnerable populations, and the role of public policy on these decisions, as well as hookah (waterpipe) smoking among the college age population.

Jim Thrasher, an associate professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health, focuses his research on media and policy interventions that address smoking behaviors and the packaging of tobacco products. He is available to discuss the impact of tobacco control policies, the characteristics of cigarette package warning labels on socially disadvantaged populations, evaluation of media campaigns, and development and dissemination of mobile health interventions to support smoking cessation.

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