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Christine Sheffer

Associate Medical Professor


Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education



Harris Hall 400

p: 212-650-6860

f: 212-650-7778


  • Profile

    Christine Sheffer joined Sophie Davis faculty in early 2012 as an Associate Medical Professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Sheffer’s research includes the examination of disparities in tobacco dependence treatment outcomes and the development of interventions to address these disparities, developing incremental increases in the efficacy of evidence-based treatments for tobacco dependence, and training health care providers in the evidence-based treatments of tobacco dependence. She is the Executive Director of the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP), the accrediting body for Tobacco Treatment Specialist training programs; and has served in multiple capacities in the leadership of the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD). She is an internationally recognized expert in the field of tobacco dependence research and training.
  • Education

    PhD, 2002, Clinical Psychology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

    MA, 1997, Psychology University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL

    BA, 1995, Psychology University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL

    BA, 1984, Linguistics State University of New York at Binghamton, NY

  • Research Interests

    • Understanding the bio-behavioral mechanisms that underlie addiction

    • Improving upon and disseminating brief and intensive evidence-based treatments for tobacco dependence

    • Examining barriers to the utilization of evidence-based treatments for tobacco dependence

    • Examining the tobacco use intervention practices of healthcare providers

    • Training healthcare providers in the treatment of tobacco use and dependence

  • Publications

    Training Issues Committee of the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence: Sheffer C, Payne T, Ostroff J, Jolicoeur D, Steinberg M, Czabafy S, Foulds J, Bars M, Wassum K, Perry B. Increasing the Quality and Availability of Evidence-based Treatment for Tobacco Dependence through Unified Certification of Tobacco Treatment Specialists. Journal of Smoking Cessation 2015; March: p.1-7. doi: 10.1017/jsc.2014.30

    Sheffer C, Mennemeier M, Dornhoffer J, Kimbrell T, Bickel W, Brackman S, Brown G. Recruitment and retention of smokers versus nonsmokers in an rTMS study. Journal of Substance Abuse and Alcoholism 2014;3:1019-26.

    Bickel WK, Moody L. Quisenberry AJ, Ramey CT. Sheffer C. A Competing Neurobehavioral Decision Systems Model of SES-Related Health and Behavioral Disparities. Preventative Medicine 2014; 68:37-43. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.06.032

    Goodwin R, Sheffer C, Bhaksaran J, Chartrand H, Hart C, Sareen J, Bolton J. Drug use, abuse and dependence and the persistence of nicotine dependence. Nicotine and Tobacco Research 2014; 16 (12):1606-12. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntu115.
    Sheffer C, Christensen D, Landes, R. Carter L, Jackson L. Bickel WK. Delay discounting: A strong prognostic indicator of relapse to smoking. Addictive Behaviors 2014; 39(11):1682-9. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.04.019

    Borderud S, Li Y, Burkhalter J, Sheffer C, Ostroff J. E-cigarette use among cancer patients: Characteristics of e-cigarette uses and their smoking cessation outcomes. Cancer 2014; 120:3327-35. doi: 10.1002/cncr.28811

    Varghese M, Sheffer C, Stitzer M, Landes R, Brackman S, Guidry T. Socioeconomic Disparities in telephone treatment-based  treatment of tobacco dependence. American Journal of Public Health 2014; 104 (8):e76-84 doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.301951

    Payne Y, Gaughf N, Sutton M, Sheffer C, Elci O, Cropsey K, Taylor S, , Netters T, Whitworth C, Deutsch P, Crews K. The impact of brief tobacco treatment training on practice behaviors, self-efficacy, and attitudes among healthcare providers. International Journal of Clinical Practice 2014; 68(7): 882-9 doi: 10.1111/ijcp.12386

    Sheffer C, Mennemeier M, Dornhoffer J, Kimbrell T, Bickel W, Brackman S, Chelette K, Brown G, *Vuong M. Focal electrical stimulation as an effective sham control for active rTMS and biofeedback treatments. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback 2013; 38(3):171-176.doi: 10.1007/s10484-013-9221-x

    Sheffer C, Mennemeier M, Landes R, Bickel W, Brackman S, Dornhoffer J, Kimbrell T, Brown G. Neuromodulation of delay discounting, the reflection effect, and cigarette consumption. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2013; 45(2):206-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2013.01.012

    Sheffer C, Stitzer M, Landes R, Brackman S, Guidry T. In-person and telephone treatment for tobacco dependence: A comparison of treatment outcomes and participant characteristics. American Journal of Public Health 2013; 103(8):e74-82. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.301144.

    Sheffer C, Stitzer M, Landes R, Brackman S, Munn T, Moore P. Socioeconomic disparities in community-based treatment of tobacco dependence. American Journal of Public Health. 2012; 102(3):e8-16. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300519. PMC3487677

    Sheffer C, Anders M, Brackman, S, Steinberg M, Barone C. Tobacco intervention practices of primary care physicians treating lower socioeconomic status patients. American Journal of the Medical Sciences. 2012; 343(5):388-96. PMC3263323

    Sheffer C, Mackillop J, McGeary , Reid L, Carter L, Yi R, Jones B, Christensen D, Stitzer M, Jackson L, Bickel W. Delay discounting, locus of control, and cognitive impulsiveness independently predict tobacco dependence treatment outcomes in a highly dependent, lower socioeconomic status group of smokers. American Journal on Addictions. 2012; 21(3):221-232. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2012.00224.x PMC3567840

    Anders M, Sheffer C, Barone C, Holmes, T, Simpson, D, Duncan A. Emergency department-initiated smoking cessation. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2011;35:546-556. PMC3716374

    Sheffer C, Brackman SL, Cottoms N, Olson M. Understanding the barriers to use of the free, proactive telephone counseling for tobacco dependence in the Arkansas Mississippi Delta region. Qualitative Health Research. 2011; 21(8): 1075 - 1085. doi: 10.1177/1049732311404248. PMC3369823

    Love S, Sheffer C, Bursac Z, Prewitt T, Krukowski K, West D. Offer of a weight management program to weight-concerned smokers improves tobacco dependence treatment outcomes. American Journal on Addictions 2011;20:1-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2010.00091.x  

    Sheffer C, Stitzer M, Wheeler J. Smoke-free medical facility campus legislation: Support, resistance, difficulties, and cost. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6:246-258. doi:10.3390/ijerph6010246. PMC2672337

    Sheffer C, Barone C, Anders M. Training healthcare providers in the treatment of tobacco use and dependence: Pre- and post-training results. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2009; 15:607-13. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2008.01058.x

    Sheffer C, Stitzer M, Payne T, Applegate B, Bourne D, Wheeler J.  Treatment for tobacco dependence for rural, lower-income smokers: Outcomes, predictors, and measurement considerations. American Journal of Health Promotion 2009; 23:328-338. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.06031933

    Sheffer C, Green L, Ramiah K, Raczynski J, et al. Recommendations from the American Schools of Public Health/Legacy Scholarship, Training, and Education Program for Tobacco Use Prevention (STEP UP) strategy meeting Chicago, May 3, 2005. Public Health Reports 2006;121: 629-33. PMC1564443

    Book Chapters
    Mennemeier M, Sheffer C, Hayer A, Buchanan R. Translational studies using TMS. In Translational neuroscience: A guide to a successful program. E. Garcia-Rill (Ed), Wiley-Blackwell: West Sussex, UK, 2012.

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