About Geri Dino
Director, WV Prevention Research Center and WVCTSI Community Engagement and Outreach Core; Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences
Co-Leader, Youth and Community Resilience
- West Virginia University School of Public Health
- WV Prevention Research Center
- PhD, Kansas State University, 1984
Ten Most Recent:
Haggerty T, Sedney C, Giacobbi P, Workman S, Chafin, A, Dino G. (2019). The Use of mHealth in Clinical Settings for Patient Education: A Scoping Review. Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine. 2019 (Accepted).
OzgaiHess, J.E., Felicione, N.J., Ferguson, S.G., Dino, G., Elswick, D., Whitworth, C., Turiano, N., & Blank, M.D. (2019). Piloting a clinical laboratory method to evaluate the influence of potential modified risk tobacco products on smokers' quit-related motivation, choice, and behavior. Addictive Behaviors, 99, 106105. PMID: 31470240; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106105.
Haggerty, T., Hanks, H., Xiang, J., Unger, K., & Dino, G. A (2019). Comparison of Rural and Academic Training Environments for Third Year Medical Students on a Family Medicine Rotation. Family Medicine, 51(5), 430-433. PubMed PMID: 31081915. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106105
Ahmadi-Montecalvo, H., Lilly, C., Zullig, K.J., Cottrell, L., Jarret, T., Dino, G. (2019). A latent class analysis of the occurrence of risk behaviors among adolescents. American Journal of Health Behavior. 43(3), 449-463. PubMed PMID: 31046877
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.
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 Dino
Dr. Dino has been the Principal Investigator and Director of the CDC-funded West Virginia Prevention Research Center (PRC) since 2000 and the Director of the NIH-funded WV Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Community Engagement and Outreach (CEO) Core since its 2012 inception. In these roles, she builds alliances and leads missions with state and national partners to conduct and translate community-engaged research to promote health and reduce chronic disease risk factors. She mentors faculty and students in stakeholder-driven research that results in practical and relevant solutions to pressing public health inequities. Much of her research has been in youth tobacco use and cessation. She used community-engaged research approaches to develop, and nationally evaluate and disseminate the Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) adolescent smoking cessation program in collaboration with the American Lung Association, state and local education and public health agencies, and community members. N-O-T received multiple Federal designations as a model program. It was “designed for dissemination” and reached over 300,000 youth, nationally. Her current research interests include tobacco and other substance use, and community engaged efforts to build youth and community resilience. As CEO Director, she co-lead the development of the WV Practice-based Research Network, the first primary care PBRN in WV. She also advises WV public health agencies, other state, and local partners on strategic planning and implementation, multi-stakeholder capacity building, research and evaluation.
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