Positions

Overview

  • Kathleen Harrington is a health behaviorist who directs the UAB Tobacco Consult Service and is currently involved in tobacco cessation and electronic cigarette research among hospital patients. She is also involved with a program promoting enrollment in the MD-MPH joint degree program. She has designed and delivered training to apply motivational interviewing techniques to promote engagement and adherence for a variety of health issues. Kathleen Harrington received masters degrees in Education and Public Health (epidemiology) prior to completing her doctorate in Health Education and Promotion from UAB.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2019 Determinants of cigarette smoking status in a national cohort of black and white adult ever smokers in the USA: A cross-sectional analysis of the REGARDS study 2019
    2019 Characteristics at the time of oxygen initiation associated with its adherence: Findings from the COPD Long-term Oxygen Treatment Trial 2019
    2019 Quality Improvement Project to Improve Screening for Tobacco Use in Adolescent Inpatients at a Children's Hospital. 2019
    2019 Association of community food environment and obesity among US adults: A geographical information system analysis 2019
    2018 Smoking duration alone provides stronger risk estimates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than pack-years 2018
    2018 Electronic Cigarette Awareness, Use, and Perceptions among Cancer Patients. 2018
    2018 The relationships of expectancies with e-cigarette use among hospitalized smokers: A prospective longitudinal study 2018
    2018 Clinical differences in COPD patients with variable patterns of hypoxemia 2018
    2018 The long-term oxygen treatment trial for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Rationale, design, and lessons learned 2018
    2017 Accuracy of self-reported smoking abstinence in clinical trials of hospital-initiated smoking interventions 2017
    2017 Electronic Cigarette Use in US Adults at Risk for or with COPD: Analysis from Two Observational Cohorts 2017
    2017 Improving Inpatient Asthma Management: The Implementation and Evaluation of a Pediatric Asthma Clinical Pathway. 2017
    2016 CHARTing a Path to Pragmatic Tobacco Treatment Research 2016
    2016 Effectiveness of Non-Primary Care-Based Smoking Cessation Interventions for Adults with Diabetes: A Systematic Literature Review 2016
    2016 Smoking Cessation and Electronic Cigarette Use among Head and Neck Cancer Patients 2016
    2015 Differences in Electronic Cigarette Awareness, Use History, and Advertisement Exposure Between Black and White Hospitalized Cigarette Smokers 2015
    2015 Fidelity monitoring across the seven studies in the Consortium of Hospitals Advancing Research on Tobacco (CHART) 2015
    2015 Hospitalized smokers' expectancies for electronic cigarettes versus tobacco cigarettes 2015
    2015 Increasing prevalence of electronic cigarette use among smokers hospitalized in 5 US cities, 2010-2013 2015
    2015 The Impact of Parent's Health Literacy on Pediatric Asthma Outcomes 2015
    2014 A conceptual model of verbal exchange health literacy 2014
    2014 A novel iterative-learner simulation model: fellows as teachers. 2014
    2014 Electronic cigarette awareness, use history, and expected future use among hospitalized cigarette smokers 2014
    2014 Interprofessional simulation training improves knowledge and teamwork in nursing and medical students during internal medicine clerkship 2014
    2013 Parent report and electronic medical record agreement on asthma education provided and children's tobacco smoke exposure 2013
    2013 High-Fidelity Simulation Enhances Learning During a Third Year Medical Student Pediatric Clerkship 2013
    2013 Disparities in lung transplantation before and after introduction of the lung allocation score 2013
    2013 Provider perceptions of parent health literacy and effect on asthma treatment recommendations and instructions 2013
    2012 Can a school-based hand hygiene program reduce asthma exacerbations among elementary school children? 2012
    2012 Inappropriate home albuterol use during an acute asthma exacerbation 2012
    2012 Web-based smoking cessation intervention that transitions from inpatient to outpatient: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial 2012
    2012 Measurement characteristics of the pediatric asthma health outcome measure 2012
    2011 Redesigning a large school-based clinical trial in response to changes in community practice 2011
    2009 Smoking cessation through the utilization of pharmacotherapy 2009
    2009 Increasing adherence to inhaled steroid therapy among schoolchildren: Randomized, controlled Trial of school-based supervised asthma therapy 2009
    2009 Fourth Graders' Reports of Fruit and Vegetable Intake at School Lunch: Does Treatment Assignment Affect Accuracy? 2009
    2008 Internet-based monitoring of asthma symptoms, peak flow meter readings, and absence data in a school-based clinical trial 2008
    2008 Design of the supervised asthma therapy study: Implementing an adherence intervention in urban elementary schools 2008
    2007 Images of sexual stereotypes in rap videos and the health of African American female adolescents 2007
    2006 Predictors of Inconsistent Contraceptive Use among Adolescent Girls: Findings from a Prospective Study 2006
    2006 Efficacy of an HIV prevention program among female adolescents experiencing gender-based violence 2006
    2006 Biologically confirmed sexually transmitted infection and depressive symptomatology among African-American female adolescents 2006
    2005 Adverse health consequences that co-occur with depression: A longitudinal study of black adolescent females 2005
    2005 Self-esteem and theoretical mediators of safer sex among African American female adolescents: Implications for sexual risk reduction interventions 2005
    2005 Hi5+: Systematic Development of a Family Intervention to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Intake 2005
    2005 Implementation of a Family Intervention to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Intake: The Hi5+ Experience 2005
    2004 Attitudes of young African American fathers toward early childbearing 2004
    2004 Self-concept and adolescents' refusal of unprotected sex: A test of mediating mechanisms among African American girls 2004
    2004 Efficacy of an HIV prevention intervention for African American adolescent girls: A randomized controlled trial 2004
    2004 Relationship characteristics and sexual practices of African American adolescent girls who desire pregnancy. 2004
    2004 The role of social support in the psychological well-being of African American girls who experience dating violence victimization 2004
    2004 Using cognitive mapping to develop a community-based family intervention 2004
    2003 Identification of strategies for promoting condom use: A prospective analysis of high-risk African American female teens 2003
    2003 Religiosity and risky sexual behavior in African-American adolescent females 2003
    2003 Prevalence of Obesity in Children in Alabama and Texas Participating in Social Programs [5] 2003
    2003 A prospective study of exposure to rap music videos and African American female adolescents' health 2003
    2003 Infrequent parental monitoring predicts sexually transmitted infections among low-income African American female adolescents 2003
    2003 Pregnancy desire among disadvantaged African American adolescent females 2003
    2003 Value of Consistent Condom Use: A Study of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention among African American Adolescent Females 2003
    2002 Predictors of infection with Trichomonas vaginalis: A prospective study of low income African-American adolescent females 2002
    2002 Association of adolescents' history of sexually transmitted disease (STD) and their current high-risk behavior and STD status: A case for intensifying clinic-based prevention efforts 2002
    2002 Activity of African-American female teenagers in black organisations is associated with STD/HIV protective behaviours: A prospective analysis 2002
    2002 Body image and African American females' sexual health 2002
    2002 Low parental monitoring predicts subsequent pregnancy among African-American adolescent females 2002
    2002 Psychosocial and behavioral correlates of refusing unwanted sex among African-American adolescent females 2002
    2002 Adolescents' ambivalence about becoming pregnant predicts infrequent contraceptive use: A prospective analysis of nonpregnant African American females 2002
    2002 Associations between biologically confirmed marijuana use and laboratory-confirmed sexually transmitted diseases among African American adolescent females 2002
    2002 Condom use and correlates of African American adolescent females' infrequent communication with sex partners about preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy 2002
    2002 Gang involvement and the health of African American female adolescents. 2002
    2002 HIV/STD prevention benefits of living in supportive families: A prospective analysis of high risk African-American female teens 2002
    2002 Participation by African-American adolescent females in social organization: Associations with HIV-protective behaviors 2002
    2002 Pregnant African-American teens are less likely than their nonpregnant peers to use condoms 2002
    2002 Prevalence and correlates of Chlamydia trachomatis among sexually active African-American adolescent females 2002
    2002 Psychosocial predictors of pregnancy among low-income African-American adolescent females: A prospective analysis 2002
    2002 Sexual risk behaviors associated with having older sex partners: A study of black adolescent females 2002
    2001 Correlates of casual sex among African-American female teens 2001
    2001 Correct condom application among African-American adolescent females: The relationship to perceived self-efficacy and the association to confirmed STDs 2001
    2001 Parental monitoring: Association with adolescents' risk behaviors 2001
    2001 Correlates of using dual methods for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy prevention among high-risk african-american female teens 2001
    2001 Exposure to X-rated movies and adolescents' sexual and contraceptive-related attitudes and behaviors 2001
    2001 Socioeconomic status and self-reported gonorrhea among African American female adolescents 2001
    2001 A prospective study of psychological distress and sexual risk behavior among black adolescent females. 2001
    2001 Condom carrying is not associated with condom use and lower prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases among minority adolescent females 2001
    2001 Correlates of Adolescent Females' Worry About Undesired Pregnancy: The Importance of Partner Desire for Pregnancy 2001
    2001 Dating violence and the sexual health of black adolescent females. 2001
    2001 HIV/STD-protective benefits of living with mothers in perceived supportive families: A study of high-risk African American female teens 2001
    2001 Parent-adolescent communication and sexual risk behaviors among African American adolescent females 2001
    2001 Psychosocial correlates of adolescents' worry about STD versus HIV infection: Similarities and differences 2001
    2001 Self-obtained vaginal swabs for diagnosis of treatable sexually transmitted diseases in adolescent girls 2001
    2001 Validity of self-reported sexually transmitted diseases among african american female adolescents participating in an HIV/STD prevention intervention trial 2001
    2000 Correlates of unprotected vaginal sex among African American female adolescents: Importance of relationship dynamics 2000
    2000 Increasing the fruit and vegetable consumption of fourth-graders: Results from the high 5 project 2000
    2000 Methods, Results, and Lessons Learned from Process Evaluation of the High 5 School-Based Nutrition Intervention 2000
    1998 Design of 'High 5': A school-based study to promote fruit and vegetable consumption for reduction of cancer risk 1998
    1997 Recruitment Issues in School-Based Research: Lessons Learned from the High 5 Alabama Project 1997

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Harrington's past research includes pediatric asthma and the role of parent health literacy, development of a verbal exchange health literacy measure, and using motivational interviewing techniques to promote supplemental oxygen adherence among patients with COPD. Dr. Harrington has taught evaluation courses in the School of Public Health and a Health Literacy elective in the School of Medicine. She has also supervised multiple students for both single and joint degree MPH internships. Dr. Harrington has adjunct faculty positions in the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Health Behavior in Ryals School of Public Health and is a Senior Scientist of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Full Name

  • Kathleen Harrington