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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 trained as a clinical psychologist and has worked with underserved communities in Arkansas and Mississippi. Her most recent research has focused on examining socioeconomic disparities in tobacco dependence treatment outcomes and developing interventions to address these disparities.

  • 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

    • 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. In press.

    • 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. In press.

    • 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 group of smokers. American Journal on Addictions. In press.

    • 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.

    • Sheffer C, Brackman SL, Cottoms N, Olson M. A qualitative investigation into understanding the underutilization of free telephone counseling for tobacco dependence in the Arkansas Mississippi Delta region. Qualitative Health Research. 2011; 21(8): 1075 - 1085. doi: 10.1177/1049732311404248. Pubmed Central journal - in process.

    • Sheffer C, Barone C, Anders A. Training nurses in the treatment of tobacco use and dependence: Pre- and post-training results. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2011:67(1):176-183. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05483.x. PMC3057535

    • 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 2010;20:1-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2010.00091.

    • Sheffer C, Stitzer M, Brandon T, Bursac Z. Effectiveness of adding relapse prevention materials to telephone counseling. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2010; 39: 71-77. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2010.03.013.

    • Sisterhen L, Sheffer C, Bursac Z, Fisher E. The outcome of faxed referrals to a statewide tobacco dependence treatment program. Academic Pediatrics, 2010; 10 (3): 200-4. doi:10.1016/j.acap.2010.03.001 PubMed Central journal – in process.

    • 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 PubMed Central 2672337.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Crews K, Sheffer C, Payne T, Applegate B, Martin A, Sutton T. A survey of oral and maxillofacial surgeons' tobacco-related knowledge, attitudes, and intervention behaviors. Journal of the American Dental Association. 2008; 139:1643-51.

    • Applegate B, Sheffer C, Payne T, Crew K, Payne T, Smith P. a survey of the tobacco-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of primary care providers in Mississippi. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2008. 14: 537-544. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2753.2007.00910.

    • Sheffer C, Deisinger J, Cassisi J, Lofland K. A revised taxonomy of chronic pain patients. Pain Medicine. 2007; 8:312-25. doi:10.1111/j.1526-4637.2006.00176.

    • 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.

    • Sheffer, C, O'Bannon, R. Initial Results from the Arkansas Smoking Cessation Network Program. Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society 2004; 100:356-60.

    • Cassisi J, Umeda M, Deisinger J, Sheffer C, Lofland K, Jackson C. Differences in the factor structure of pain descriptors in African Americans and European-Americans with chronic pain. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology 2004;10:81-89. doi: 10.1037/1099-9809.10.1.81.

    • Smith P, Sheffer C, Applegate B, Payne T, Crews K. Proceedings from tobacco update 2002. Smoking cessation research in primary care treatment centers: The SCRIPT –MS project. American Journal of the Medical Sciences 2003; 326:238-241.

    • Sheffer C, Cassisi J, Ferraresi L, Lofland K, McCracken, L. Sex differences in the presentation of chronic low back pain. Psychology of Women Quarterly 2002;26: 329-340. doi: 10.1111/1471-6402.00072.

    • Sheffer C, Penn D, Cassisi J. The effect of impression management demands on heart rate, self-reported social anxiety, and social competence in undergraduate males. Journal of Anxiety Disorders 2001; 15:171-182. doi:10.1016/S0887-6185(01)00057-3.

    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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