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

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

Recent Publications


Ladwig, MA, Sciamanna, C, Rutt, KN, Blaker, JM, Kearcher, K, Auer, BJ, Rovniak, L, Conroy, DE, Gottschall, J, Silvis, M, Smyth, JM & Wang, M 2021, 'Adult outdoor group sport play during a pandemic: Feasibility, acceptability, and program adherence results from a study of modifications to mitigate COVID-19 risk', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 23, 101476.
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.
Randomised Control Trial Methods Workgroup of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products 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, vol. 9, no. 8, pp. 840-850.
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, vol. 19, no. 8, pp. 1723-1725.
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.
Bluethmann, SM, Truica, C, Klepin, HD, Olsen, N, Sciamanna, C, Chinchilli, VM & Schmitz, KH 2021, 'Study design and methods for the using exercise to relieve joint pain and improve AI adherence in older breast cancer survivors (REJOIN) trial', Journal of Geriatric Oncology, vol. 12, no. 7, pp. 1146-1153.
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.


Sciamanna, CN & Danilovich, MK 2020, 'A call for screening for physical dysfunction in clinical practice', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 20, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.

Clinical Trials Search

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