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Mary Ellen Wewers, PhD, MPH
Professor of Health Behaviors & Health Promotion
Division of Health Behaviors and Health Promotions
College of Public Health
The Ohio State University
Mary Ellen Wewers is a professor and associate dean for research in The Ohio State University School of Public Health. She has conducted tobacco-related research since the mid-1980's. She served as the only nurse scientist on both the AHCPR (1996) and AHRQ (2000) Expert Panels that developed Clinical Practice Tobacco Cessation Guidelines. She also serves on the current panel that was reconvened in 2006.

Dr. Wewers has maintained NIH funding since 1988, first with a KO8 award that examined reinforcement for a smoking behavior. As part of this training grant, Dr. Wewers learned laboratory-based techniques necessary to measure nicotine and cotinine in bodily fluids, as well as quantify neurohormones through radioimmunoassay and receptor binding techniques. In a later R29 award, she conducted animal and human studies to characterize the influence of opioid peptides in the reinforcement of nicotine dependence.

Dr. Wewers' work also focuses on underserved smokers, particularly rural Appalachians who smoke and use smokeless tobacco. Her most recent NCI R01 grant ("Tobacco Use and Cessation among Appalachian Women") investigates tobacco use and cessation among Appalachian women at risk for cervical disease.

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