Mary Ellen Wewers

Professor Emeritus, Health Behavior and Health Promotion

Mary Ellen Wewers

College of Public Health
Phone: 614-292-3137
Topics: smoking, tobacco, addiction


Dr. Wewers' research specialty is tobacco cessation with special interests in underserved populations. She has conducted tobacco-related research since the mid-1980s. She served as a member of the Expert Panel for the USPHS Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence Clinical Practice Guideline. Her current research includes NCI-funded observational and intervention studies in Ohio Appalachia.


M.P.H., Health Care Management and Policy, Harvard School of Public Health, 1999
Ph.D., Nursing, University of Maryland at Baltimore, 1986
M.S., Nursing, University of Arkansas, 1980
B.S.N., Nursing, Saint Louis University, 1972

Awards and Honors

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Ohio State University President and Provost's Distinguished Service Award

Selected Publications

Hood, N.E., Ferketich, A.K., Paskett, E.D., Wewers, M.E. (2013). Treatment adherence in a lay health adviser intervention to treat tobacco dependence. Health Education Research. 28, 72-82.

Ferketich, A.K., Diaz, P., Browning, K.K., Lu, B., Koletar, S.L., Reynolds, N.R., Wewers, M.E. (2013). Safety of varenicline among smokers enrolled in the lung HIV study. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 15, 247-254.

Hood, N.E., Ferketich, A.K., Klein, E.G., Pirie, P., Wewers, M.E. (2012) Associations between self-reported in-home smoking behaviors and surface nicotine concentrations in multiunit subsidized housing. Tobacco Control. Vol. Online First, (Nov 2012)

Klein, E.G, Ferketich, A.K., Abdel-Rasoul, M., Kwan, M.P., Kenda, L., Wewers, M.E. (2012). Smokeless tobacco marketing and sales practices in Appalachian Ohio following federal regulations. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 14, 880-884.

Wewers, M.E., Salsberry, P., Ferketich, A.K., Ahijevych, K.A., Hood, N.E., Paskett, E.D. (2012). Risk factors for smoking in rural women. Journal of Women’s Health. 21, 548-556.

Borlawsky, T.B., Lele, O., Jensen, D., Hood, N.E., Wewers, M.E. (2011). Enabling distributed electronic research data collections for a rural Appalachian tobacco cessation study. Journal of the American Informatics Association. 18 Suppl 1, i140-143.

Troyer, M., Ferketich, A., Murray, D., Paskett, E., Wewers, M.E. (2011). Characteristics of rural Appalachian women who enroll in a tobacco dependence treatment clinical trial. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 13, 880-885.

Wewers, M.E., Ferketich, A.K., Harness,J. Paskett, E.D. (2009). Effectiveness of a nurse-managed, lay-led tobacco cessation intervention among Ohio Appalachian women. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 18, 3451-3458.

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