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
cns10@psu.edu

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

2021

Ladwig, MA, Sciamanna, CN, Rovniak, LS, Conroy, DE, Gottschall, JS, Silvis, ML, Smyth, JM, Wang, M & Auer, BJ 2021, 'Comparative effectiveness of an adult social physical play versus traditional group exercise program for adherence and fitness: Protocol for a randomized-controlled trial', Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, vol. 21, 100736. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conctc.2021.100736
Cobb, CO, Foulds, J, Yen, MS, Veldheer, S, Lopez, AA, Yingst, J, Bullen, C, Kang, L, Eissenberg, T, Allen, SI, Brosnan, P, Chowdhury, N, Cobb, CO, Graham, JT, Hammett, E, Hrabovsky, S, Hummer, BL, Lester, C, Lopez, AA, Richie, JP, Sciamanna, C, Sun, S, Lipato, T & Yingst, J 2021, 'Effect of an electronic nicotine delivery system with 0, 8, or 36 mg/mL liquid nicotine versus a cigarette substitute on tobacco-related toxicant exposure: a four-arm, parallel-group, randomised, controlled trial', The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2213-2600(21)00022-9
Hughes, A, Dahmus, J, Rivas, G, Hummer, B, Chen See, JR, Wright, JR, Lamendella, R, Schmitz, KH, Sciamanna, C, Ruffin, M, Patterson, AD, Loomba, R & Stine, JG 2021, 'Exercise Training Reverses Gut Dysbiosis in Patients With Biopsy-Proven Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis: A Proof of Concept Study', Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cgh.2020.08.063
Sciamanna, CN, Ladwig, MA, Conroy, DE, Schmitz, KH, Silvis, ML, Ballentine, NH, Auer, BJ & Danilovich, MK 2021, 'Feasibility and impact of a 1-minute daily functional exercise regimen prescribed to older adults by their primary care physician', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 21, 101307. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2020.101307
Sciamanna, CN, Du, P & Cialdini, RB 2021, 'Using Persuasion science to improve COVID-19 contact tracing', American journal of infection control, vol. 49, no. 4, pp. 528-529. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2020.11.004

2020

Sciamanna, CN & Danilovich, MK 2020, 'A call for screening for physical dysfunction in clinical practice', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 20, 101258. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2020.101258
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. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2018-0306
Stine, JG, Soriano, C, Schreibman, I, Rivas, G, Hummer, B, Yoo, E, Schmitz, K & Sciamanna, C 2020, 'Breaking Down Barriers to Physical Activity in Patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease', Digestive Diseases and Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10620-020-06673-w
Rovniak, LS, Adams, MA, Sciamanna, CN, Kong, L, Sullivan, N, Costalas, S, Bopp, M & Kuzmik, A 2020, 'Effects of bluetooth-enabled desk ellipticals on office work performance: Rationale, design, and protocol for a randomized trial with overweight and obese adults', JMIR Research Protocols, vol. 9, no. 1, e16275. https://doi.org/10.2196/16275
Stine, JG, Xu, D, Schmitz, K, Sciamanna, C & Kimball, SR 2020, 'Exercise Attenuates Ribosomal Protein Six Phosphorylation in Fatty Liver Disease', Digestive Diseases and Sciences, vol. 65, no. 11, pp. 3238-3243. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10620-020-06226-1
Veldheer, S, Winkels, RM, Cooper, J, Groff, C, Lepley, J, Bordner, C, Wagner, A, George, DR & Sciamanna, C 2020, 'Growing Healthy Hearts: Gardening Program Feasibility in a Hospital-Based Community Garden', Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, vol. 52, no. 10, pp. 958-963. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2020.07.006
Koetter, P, Pelton, M, Gonzalo, J, Du, P, Exten, C, Bogale, K, Buzzelli, L, Connolly, M, Edel, K, Hoffman, A, Legro, NR, Medina, D, Sood, N, Blaker, J, Kearcher, K & Sciamanna, C 2020, 'Implementation and Process of a COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative: Leveraging Health Professional Students to Extend the Workforce During a Pandemic', American journal of infection control, vol. 48, no. 12, pp. 1451-1456. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2020.08.012
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conctc.2020.100560
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11892-020-1294-3

2019

Chuang, CH, Weisman, CS, Velott, DL, Lehman, E, Chinchilli, VM, Francis, EB, Moos, MK, Sciamanna, CN, Armitage, CJ & Legro, RS 2019, 'Reproductive Life Planning and Contraceptive Action Planning for Privately Insured Women: The MyNewOptions Study', Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 219-227. https://doi.org/10.1363/psrh.12123
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. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajh/hpy160
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-018-00008-x

2018

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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1559827618755681
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. https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd15.170488
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2018.09.006

2017

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2017.09.009
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. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0170447
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2016.09.014
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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1090198117710979
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. https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd14.160441
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.10.009
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.02.006

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