Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Christopher Sciamanna, MD, MPH

Christopher Sciamanna, MD, MPH

Professor and Vice Chair for Research Affairs, Department of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

  • Primary Health Care
  • Exercise
  • Physicians
  • Health
  • Internet
  • Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Weights and Measures
  • Counseling
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Weight Loss
  • Guidelines
  • Health Behavior

Recent Publications


Upham, K, Auer, BJ, Sciamanna, CN, Mowen, AJ, Smyth, JM, Conroy, DE, Silvis, M, Kraschnewski, JL, Rovniak, LS, Lehman, E, Kearcher, K, Vizzini, M & Cesarone, L 2020, 'Adults want to play too: Feasibility of an adult physical activity program designed to maximize enjoyment', Journal of Physical Activity and Health, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 230-235.
Stine, JG, Schreibman, I, Navabi, S, Kang, M, Dahmus, J, Soriano, C, Rivas, G, Hummer, B, Beyer, M, Tressler, H, Kimball, SR, Patterson, AD, Schmitz, K & Sciamanna, C 2020, 'Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis Fitness Intervention in Thrombosis (NASHFit): Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of a supervised aerobic exercise program to reduce elevated clotting risk in patients with NASH', Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, vol. 18, 100560.
Oser, TK, Oser, SM, Parascando, JA, Hessler-Jones, D, Sciamanna, CN, Sparling, K, Nease, D & Litchman, ML 2020, 'Social Media in the Diabetes Community: a Novel Way to Assess Psychosocial Needs in People with Diabetes and Their Caregivers', Current diabetes reports, vol. 20, no. 3, 10.


Cuffee, YL, Sciamanna, C, Gerin, W, Lehman, E, Cover, L, Johnson, AA, Pool, A & Yang, C 2019, 'The Effectiveness of Home Blood Pressure on 24-Hour Blood Pressure Control: A Randomized Controlled Trial', American journal of hypertension, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 186-192.
Zawadzki, MJ, Scott, SB, Almeida, DM, Lanza, ST, Conroy, DE, Sliwinski, MJ, Kim, J, Marcusson-Clavertz, D, Stawski, RS, Green, PM, Sciamanna, CN, Johnson, JA & Smyth, JM 2019, 'Understanding stress reports in daily life: a coordinated analysis of factors associated with the frequency of reporting stress', Journal of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 545-560.


Bluethmann, S, Sciamanna, C, Winkels, R, Sturgeon, K & Schmitz, K 2018, 'Healthy Living After Cancer Treatment: Considerations for Clinical and Community Practice', American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 215-219.
Auer, BJ, Sciamanna, C, Smyth, JM, Truica, CI, Cream, LV & Mukherjee, D 2018, 'Interest among primary care patients in group problem-solving gameplay for mental health', Preventing Chronic Disease, vol. 15, no. 6, 170488.
Smyth, JM, Johnson, J, Auer, B, Lehman, E, Talamo, G & Sciamanna, C 2018, 'Online Positive Affect Journaling in the Improvement of Mental Distress and Well-Being in General Medical Patients With Elevated Anxiety Symptoms: A Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial', JMIR Mental Health.
Sciamanna, C, Ballentine, NH, Bopp, M, Brach, JS, Chinchilli, VM, Ciccolo, JT, Conroy, MB, Fisher, A, Fox, EJ, Greenspan, SL, Jan De Beur, Suzanne, M, Kearcher, K, Kraschnewski, JL, McTigue, KM, McAuley, E, Morone, NE, Paranjape, A, Rodriguez-Colon, S, Rosenzweig, A, Smyth, JM, Stewart, KJ & Stuckey, HL 2018, 'Working to Increase Stability through Exercise (WISE): Study protocol for a pragmatic randomized controlled trial of a coached exercise program to reduce serious fall-related injuries', Contemporary Clinical Trials, vol. 74, pp. 1-10.


Smyth, JM, Sliwinski, MJ, Zawadzki, MJ, Scott, SB, Conroy, DE, Lanza, ST, Marcusson-Clavertz, D, Kim, J, Stawski, RS, Stoney, CM, Buxton, OM, Sciamanna, CN, Green, PM & Almeida, DM 2018, 'Everyday stress response targets in the science of behavior change', Behaviour Research and Therapy, vol. 101, pp. 20-29.
Pool, AC, Kraschnewski, JL, Poger, JM, Smyth, J, Stuckey, HL, Craig, TJ, Lehman, EB, Yang, C & Sciamanna, CN 2017, 'Impact of online patient reminders to improve asthma care: A randomized controlled trial', PloS one, vol. 12, no. 2, e0170447.
Sciamanna, C, Smyth, JM, Doerksen, SE, Richard, BR, Kraschnewski, J, Mowen, AJ, Hickerson, BD, Rovniak, L, Lehman, EB & Yang, C 2017, 'Physical Activity Mode and Mental Distress in Adulthood', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 52, no. 1, pp. 85-93.
Veldheer, S, Hrabovsky, S, Yingst, J, Sciamanna, C, Berg, A & Foulds, J 2018, 'The Use of Self-Directed Relapse Prevention Booklets to Assist in Maintaining Abstinence After a 6-Week Group Smoking Cessation Treatment Program: A Randomized Controlled Trial', Health Education and Behavior, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 190-197.
Pitas, NAD, Barrett, AG, Mowen, AJ, Graefe, AR, Godbey, GC & Sciamanna, CN 2017, 'The relationship between self-rated health and use of parks and participation in recreation programs, United States, 1991 and 2015', Preventing Chronic Disease, vol. 14, no. 1, 160441.
Sciamanna, CN, Mowen, AJ, Kraschnewski, JL, Smyth, JM, Rovniak, LS, Conroy, DE, Kearcher, K, Redman, C, Silvis, M, Auer, BJ, Wang, M, Lehman, E & Messina, D 2017, 'Why just exercise if you can play? Interest in a modified sports program to enhance physical activity among primary care patients', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 8, pp. 273-278.
Mowen, AJ, Barrett, AG, Graefe, AR, Kraschnewski, JL & Sciamanna, CN 2017, '“Take in two parks and call me in the morning” – Perception of parks as an essential component of our healthcare system', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 6, pp. 63-65.


Davies, R, Liu, G, Sciamanna, C, Davidson, WR, Leslie, DL & Foy, AJ 2016, 'Comparison of the Effectiveness of Stress Echocardiography Versus Myocardial Perfusion Imaging in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department With Low-Risk Chest Pain', American Journal of Cardiology, vol. 118, no. 12, pp. 1786-1791.
Rovniak, LS, Kong, L, Hovell, MF, Ding, D, Sallis, JF, Ray, CA, Kraschnewski, JL, Matthews, SA, Kiser, E, Chinchilli, VM, George, DR & Sciamanna, CN 2016, 'Engineering Online and In-Person Social Networks for Physical Activity: A Randomized Trial', Annals of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 50, no. 6, pp. 885-897.
Smyth, JM, Zawadzki, MJ, Juth, V & Sciamanna, CN 2017, 'Global life satisfaction predicts ambulatory affect, stress, and cortisol in daily life in working adults', Journal of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 320-331.
Rovniak, LS, Sciamanna, CN, George, DR, Bopp, M, Kong, L & Ding, D 2016, 'Interest in using workplace energy expenditure devices among primary care patients', Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 96-101.
Kraschnewski, JL, Sciamanna, CN, Poger, JM, Rovniak, LS, Lehman, EB, Cooper, AB, Ballentine, NH & Ciccolo, JT 2016, 'Is strength training associated with mortality benefits? A 15 year cohort study of US older adults', Preventive Medicine, vol. 87, pp. 121-127.

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