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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

    Ostroff J, Li Y, Burkhalter J, Sheffer C, Borderud S. Considerations of missing data and potential selection bias: Response to Rodu. Cancer. In press.

    Zvolensky M, Bakhshaie J, Sheffer C, Perez A, Goodwin R. Major depressive disorder and smoking relapse among adults in the United States: A ten-year prospective investigation. Psychiatry Research. In press.

    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. In press.

    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 Jul 6. Epub ahead of print.
    doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.06.032
    PMC - in progress

    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 July 25. Epub ahead of print.
    PMC - in progress

    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
    PMC - in progress

    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. Epub ahead of print Sept 22, 2014. 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
    PMC - in progress

    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
    PMC - in progress

    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
    PMC- in progress

    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.
    PMC - in progress

    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.

    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.

    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

    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. 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.

    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, 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.

    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. Rates of enrollment in smoking cesstion services following faxed referrals from a children's hospital. Academic Pediatrics, 2010; 10 (3): 200-4.

    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.

    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

    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.x

    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.x

    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. Patterns of pain descriptor usage 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.

    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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