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Geri A. Dino

Professor and Director, Prevention Research Center
3820 HSS
Box: 9190




WV Prevention Research Center (SPH)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (SPH)


PhD, Kansas State University, 1984
Teaches courses in Management of Public Health and Research Translation.

Dr. Dino is a professor in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Clinical and Translational Science. She is the Co-Principal Investigator and Co-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 PRC 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.


Ten Most Recent:

Development and validation of a smoking expectancies measure for adolescents seeking to quit smoking.
Branstetter SA, Mercincavage M, Dino GA, Horn KA.
Subst Abus. 2014; [Epub ahead of print]

Understanding physical activity outcomes as a function of teen smoking cessation.
Horn KA, Branstetter SA, Zhang J, Jarrett TD, O'Hara-Tompkins NM, Anesetti-Rothermel A, Olfert M, Richards T, Dino GA.
J Adolesc Health. 2013;53(1):125-131.

Parental influences on 7-9 year olds' physical activity: a conceptual model.
Leary JM, Ice CL, Dino GA, Loprinzi P, Cottrell LA.
Prev Med. 2013;56(5):341-344.

Parent health risk and support for child physical activity.
Nolan JA, Cottrell LA, Dino GA.
Am J Health Behav. 2013;37(1):32-42.

Gender differences in cigarette smoking, social correlates and cessation among adolescents.
Branstetter SA, Blosnich JR, Dino GA, Nolan J, Horn KA.
Addict Behav. 2012;37(6):739-742.


The role of physical therapists in smoking cessation: Opportunities for improving treatment outcomes.
Pignataro RM, Ohtake PJ, Swisher AK, Dino GA.
Phys Ther. 2012;92(5):757-766.

Beyond reach and effectiveness: evaluating the Not-On-Tobacco (N-O-T) program in West Virginia from 2000 to 2005.
Anesetti-Rothermel A, Noerachmanto N, Horn KA, Dino GA.
Health Promot Pract. 2011;13(4):506-514.

Adolescent smoking cessation: promising strategies and evidence-based recommendations.
Dino GA, Pignataro R, Breland A, Murray PJ, Horn KA.
Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2011;22(3):614-xiv.

Effects of physical activity on teen smoking cessation.
Horn KA, Dino GA, Branstetter SA, Zhang J, Noerachmanto N, Jarrett T, Taylor M.
Pediatrics. 2011;128(4):e801-e811.

Ensuring accountability in public health prevention research: evaluating the Prevention Research Centers Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Wright DS, Grunbaum JA, Dawkins N, Dino GA, Chervin D, Barnes K, Olarita-Dhungana J, Simoes E.
J Public Health Manag Pract. 2011;17(2):E1-E9.


Research Program

Translational Tobacco and Reduction Research (T2R2)