About Geri Dino
Director, WV Prevention Research Center and WVCTSI Community Engagement and Outreach Core; Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences
- PhD, Kansas State University, 1984
Ten Most Recent:
Blank, M. D., Ferris, K. A., Metzger, A., Gentzler, A., Duncan, C., Jarrett, T., & Dino, G. (2017). Physical Activity and Quit Motivation Moderators of Adolescent Smoking Reduction. American Journal of Health Behavior, 41(4), 419-427. PubMed PMID: 28601101.
Nolan, J.A., Lilly, C.L., Leary, J.M., Meeteer, W., Campbell, H.D., Dino, G.A., Cottrell, L. (2016). Barriers to parent support for physical activity in Appalachia. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13, 1042-1048. PubMed PMID: 27256544.
Haggerty, T., Xiang, J., Dino. G., Doyle, G., King, D.E. Patient attitudes towards weight related discussions in rural Appalachian primary care clinics. West Virginia Medical Journal DOI: 10.21885/wvmj.2016.19
Reed, D., Jarrett, T., McDonald, D., Farley, J., Richards, T. Dino, G. Lessons of Partnership: Successes and Challenges Associated with the Dissemination of the Not-On-Tobacco Program within Cooperative Extension Service Framework. (2016). Journal of Youth Development (11, 1).
Mallow, J.A., Theeke, L.A., Crawford, P., Prendergast, E., Conner, C., Richards, T., McKown, B., Bush, D., Stabler, M.E., Zhang, J., Dino, G., & Barr, T. (2016). Understanding genomic knowledge in rural Appalachia: the West Virginia Genome Community Project. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care. PubMed PMID: 27212895, PMCID: PMC4871272
Nolan, J., Jarrett, T., Kurth, L., Horn, K., Dino, G. (2015). The Influence of Perceived School Importance on Adolescent Smoking Intensity. Psychology Research, 5(6), 380-386.
Horn K, Jarrett T, Anesetti-Rothermel A, O'Hara Tompkins N, Dino G. Developing a Dissemination Model to Improve Intervention Reach among West Virginia Youth Smokers. Front Public Health. 2014 Aug 1;2:101. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00101. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 25136547; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4117930.
Branstetter SA, Mercincavage M, Dino G, Horn K. Development and validation of a smoking expectancies measure for adolescents seeking to quit smoking. Subst Abus. 2015;36(1):119-26. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2014.897297. Epub 2015 Jan 22. PubMed PMID: 24635745; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4562463.
Branstetter SA, Blosnich J, Dino G, Nolan J, Horn K. Gender differences in cigarette smoking, social correlates and cessation among adolescents. Addict Behav. 2012 Jun;37(6):739-42. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.02.007. Epub 2012 Feb 23. PubMed PMID: 22405835; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3334461.
Horn K, Branstetter S, Zhang J, Jarrett T, Tompkins NO, Anesetti-Rothermel A, Olfert M, Richards T, Dino G. Understanding physical activity outcomes as a function of teen smoking cessation. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Jul;53(1):125-31. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.01.019. Epub 2013 Apr 9. PubMed PMID: 23578440.
Breath of Life Award, American Lung Association in West Virginia, in recognition of outstanding commitment to lung health (February 3, 2015).
Community-based Participatory Research Best Practice Award to the West Virginia Prevention Research Center, National Community Committee, National Prevention Research Centers Program, April, 2011.
Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Runner Up Award, Health Education and Behavior, “Applying Community-Based Participation Research Principles to the Development of a Smoking Cessation Program for American Indian Teens: Telling Our Story.” Announced February 2009.
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors reception to honor Not-On-Tobacco Program Web site Launch (notontobacco.com). Feb. 2009. See: http://www.huntingtonnews.net/state/090214-staff-stateteensmoking.html.
Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, West Virginia University School of Medicine, 2005.
Model Program Designation for Not On Tobacco, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Program, 2005.
Research Tested Intervention Program designation for Not On Tobacco, National Cancer Institute, 2005.
USDHHS Model Program Designation for Not On Tobacco, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Registry of Effective Programs, 2004.
Award of Research Innovation for Not On Tobacco, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Prevention Research Centers 20th Anniversary Celebration, November, 2004.
Organization Leadership Award to the Prevention Research Center, West Virginia State Health Education Council, April, 2002.
American Lung Association Best Practice Designation, Not On Tobacco, 2000.
Planned Approach to Community Health (PATCH) Award. Outstanding community program award given to the Not On Tobacco program in Morgantown, WV, 2000.
About Geri A. Dino
Dr. Dino is a professor in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Clinical and Translational Science. She is the Principal Investigator and Director of the West Virginia Prevention Research Center (PRC) and Director of the Community Engagement and Outreach Program for the WV Clinical and Translational Science Institute. As the WVPRC Director, she has had over a dozen years of leadership experience building alliances and leading public health missions that bring together researchers, clinicians, communities, and state and national partners to conduct and translate community-driven research to inform public health policy and practice.
As a researcher, she uses community-based participatory research methods to reduce chronic disease behavioral risk factors, particularly with teen tobacco use and with underserved, rural populations.
Dr. Dino has over 15 years of continuous external research funding from federal, state, and private agencies. She has an internationally-recognized program of research and publication in adolescent smoking. She co-developed the Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) teen smoking cessation program, with Dr. Kimberly Horn. N-O-T was formally adopted by the American Lung Association (ALA) in 1998. N-O-T was found to be the most commonly used packaged teen smoking cessation program in the US, and is recognized as a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) evidence-based Model Program, a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Research Tested Intervention Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Adoptable Program, and an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Model Program. In 2008, the CDC launched the N-O-T web portal to enhance program reach and to establish a new and innovative venue for dissemination research. The ALA projects that N-O-T has reached over 300,000 teen smokers since 2000, with about 1 in 5 reporting quitting at the end of the program.
Dr. Dino teaches in the MPH and PhD in Public Health Sciences programs at WVU; her courses include Management and Leadership, and Research Translation for Health. She also has an active service record. She was Associate Chair for Planning and Faculty Development for the Department of Community Medicine, serves on study sections, is a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals, chairs and participates in national committees, and provides consultation to state and national organizations on strategic planning, evaluation, community engagement and community-based research, and teen smoking prevention and cessation.
West Virginia Prevention Research Center
My primary research focus is youth smoking and smoking cessation, including factors related to nicotine addiction. Through a national research agenda, I have identified the influence of gender, community, mental health, and physical activity on teen smoking cessation success. My research demonstrated that female participants were more likely to smoke when surrounded by family and close friends that smoke and have lower cessation motivation if they had a parent that smoked. Male participants were more likely to have lower cessation motivation if they had a friend that smoked. An important component to developing effective smoking cessation interventions is determining how elements of cessation interventions and participants’ psychosocial characteristics interact to influence program outcomes. My research found that teens those who reduced but did not quit smoking were similar to those who quit on most measures except stage of change. This research also showed that youths who increased smoking were heavier smokers at baseline, more addicted, were more likely to have parents, siblings, and significant others who smoked and reported less confidence in and less motivation for quitting than did those who quit or reduced smoking. Other research found that rural youth who smoke may be at risk for pathological depression and anxiety. Through the course of a teen smoking cessation program, levels of depression and anxiety in teens improved, and stress management and mental health referrals may be beneficial components to a smoking cessation program. Finally, my research suggests that physical activity may serve to promote smoking cessation in teens. Smoking and tobacco will continue to be a focus of my research.
Grants and Research
DINO, GERI A. (PI)
WV Prevention Research Center
The WVPRC is funded as part of the national Prevention Research center’s Program to foster, conduct, and translation community-engaged prevention research into policy and practice startegies that promote the health and well-being of West Virginia, Appalachian. and other communities and populations.
West Virginia IDea-CTR: Clinical Translational Research Award: Improving Health through Partnerships and Transformative Research
WVCTSI is funded by an IDeA Clinical and Translational grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to support the mission of building clinical and translational research infrastructure and capacity to impact health disparities in West Virginia.
Role: Co-I/Director, Community Engagement and Outreach Core