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Christopher Sciamanna, MD, MPH

Christopher Sciamanna, MD, MPH

Professor, 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
  • Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Health
  • Physicians
  • Internet
  • Weights and Measures
  • Counseling
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Weight Loss
  • Smokers
  • Guidelines

Clinical Trials

Trial Assessing Light-Intensity Exercise on the Health of Older Breast Cancer Survivors (TALIE-HO Breast Cancer Survivors)

Recent Publications

2024

Kurth, JD, Sciamanna, CN, Herrell, C, Moeller, M & Stine, JG 2024, 'Comparing preferences to evaluations of barrier self-efficacy for two strength training programs in US older adults', PloS one, vol. 19, no. 5 May, e0302892. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0302892
Agans, JP, Ma, F, Schade, S & Sciamanna, C 2024, 'Supporting physical activity adoption through recommender system technology: A pilot study', Journal of Health Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/13591053241242541

2023

Rao, P, Kazak, AE, Doerksen, SE, Koehly, LM, Verdery, AM, Heitzenrater, J, Harding, BA, Byrnes, CL, Costigan, HJ, Rovniak, LS, Sciamanna, CN, Van Scoy, LJ & Schmitz, KH 2023, 'AYA-UNITE: Lessons Learned on Intervention Development Promoting Social and Physical Health of Adolescent/Young Adult Cancer Survivors', Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 929-934. https://doi.org/10.1089/jayao.2023.0093
Sciamanna, CN, Lemaster, KA, Danilovich, MK, Conroy, DE, Schmitz, KH, Silvis, M, Ladwig, M & Ballentine, N 2023, 'Accuracy of Self-Reported Physical Capacities as a Clinical Screening Test for Older Adults With Mobility Disability', Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, vol. 9. https://doi.org/10.1177/23337214231167979
Bluethmann, SM, Flores, E, Grotte, M, Heitzenrater, J, Truica, CI, Olsen, NJ, Sciamanna, C & Schmitz, KH 2023, 'Adapting an Evidence-Based Exercise and Education Program for Older Breast Cancer Survivors for the REJOIN Trial', Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 59-67. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2022-0013
Rovniak, LS, Cho, JAY, Freivalds, A, Kong, LAN, De Araujo-Greecher, M, Bopp, M, Sciamanna, CN & Rothrock, L 2023, 'Effects of Desk Pedaling Work Rate on Concurrent Work Performance among Physically Inactive Adults: A Randomized Experiment', Medicine and science in sports and exercise, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 20-31. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0000000000003026
Ladwig, MA, Sciamanna, CN, Luzier, G, Blaker, JM, Agans, JP & Visek, AJ 2023, 'Improving reflective evaluations of sport through repeated experiences of fun—rationale, design, feasibility, and acceptability of the PlayFit Youth Sport Program', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 9, no. 1, 118. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-023-01350-x
Veldheer, S, Whitehead-Zimmers, M, Bordner, C, Watt, B, Conroy, DE, Schmitz, KH & Sciamanna, C 2023, 'Participant Preferences for the Development of a Digitally Delivered Gardening Intervention to Improve Diet, Physical Activity, and Cardiovascular Health: Cross-sectional Study', JMIR Formative Research, vol. 7, e41498. https://doi.org/10.2196/41498

2022

Tate, DF, Kraschnewski, JL, Martinez, C, Diamond, M, Veldheer, S, Hwang, KO, Lehman, EB, Yang, C & Sciamanna, CN 2022, 'A cluster-randomized controlled trial of automated internet weight-loss programs in primary care: Role of automated provider feedback', Obesity, vol. 30, no. 12, pp. 2363-2375. https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.23506
Olson, JL, Mama, SK, Brunke-Reese, D, Lagoa, CM, Sciamanna, CN & Conroy, DE 2022, 'Broad versus narrow bandwidth measures of experienced automaticity for physical activity', Psychology and Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2022.2146690
Sciamanna, CN, Ballentine, NH, Bopp, M, Chinchilli, VM, Ciccolo, JT, Delauter, G, Fisher, A, Fox, EJ, Jan De Beur, SM, Kearcher, K, Kraschnewski, JL, Lehman, E, McTigue, KM, McAuley, E, Paranjape, A, Rodriguez-Colon, S, Rovniak, LS, Rutt, K, Smyth, JM, Stewart, KJ, Stuckey, HL & Tsay, A 2022, 'Correction to: Working to increase stability through exercise (WISE): screening, recruitment, and baseline characteristics (Trials, (2021), 22, 1, (809), 10.1186/s13063-021-05761-0)', Trials, vol. 23, no. 1, 34. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-022-06018-0
Foulds, J, Cobb, CO, Yen, MS, Veldheer, S, Brosnan, P, Yingst, J, Hrabovsky, S, Lopez, AA, Allen, SI, Bullen, C, Wang, X, Sciamanna, C, Hammett, E, Hummer, BL, Lester, C, Richie, JP, Chowdhury, N, Graham, JT, Kang, L, Sun, S & Eissenberg, T 2022, 'Effect of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems on Cigarette Abstinence in Smokers With No Plans to Quit: Exploratory Analysis of a Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 24, no. 7, pp. 955-961. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntab247
Zaorsky, NG, Garrett, S, Spratt, DE, Nguyen, PL, Sciamanna, C & Schmitz, K 2022, 'Exercise: A Treatment That Should Be Prescribed With Radiation Therapy', International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, vol. 112, no. 1, pp. 96-98. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrobp.2021.08.005
Veldheer, S, Tuan, WJ, Al-Shaar, L, Wadsworth, M, Sinoway, L, Schmitz, KH, Sciamanna, C & Gao, X 2023, 'Gardening Is Associated With Better Cardiovascular Health Status Among Older Adults in the United States: Analysis of the 2019 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey', Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vol. 123, no. 5, pp. 761-769.e3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2022.10.018
Ghahramani, N, Chinchilli, VM, Kraschnewski, JL, Lengerich, EJ & Sciamanna, CN 2022, 'Improving Caregiver Burden by a Peer-Led Mentoring Program for Caregivers of Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease: Randomized Controlled Trial', Journal of Patient Experience, vol. 9. https://doi.org/10.1177/23743735221076314
Gordon, BR, Caru, M, Blair, CK, Bluethmann, SM, Conroy, DE, Doerksen, SE, Hakun, JG, Sturgeon, KM, Potiaumpai, M, Sciamanna, CN & Schmitz, KH 2022, 'Light-intensity and moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity among older adult breast cancer survivors with obesity: A narrative review', Cancer medicine, vol. 11, no. 23, pp. 4602-4611. https://doi.org/10.1002/cam4.4841
Stine, JG, Schreibman, IR, Faust, AJ, Dahmus, J, Stern, B, Soriano, C, Rivas, G, Hummer, B, Kimball, SR, Geyer, NR, Chinchilli, VM, Loomba, R, Schmitz, K, Sciamanna, C, Strine, C, Wentzel, R, Marlin, S, Sica, C, Vesek, J, Eyster, E, Sinoway, L, Bentz, K, Handley, N, Hershey Fell, B, Mottilla, S, Christ, C, George, S, Novchich, T, Beyer, M, Clarke, K, Myers, T, Glading-Steinruck, M, Krok, K, Ma, T, Riley, T, Thompson, E, Tressler, H, Broach, J, Doan, T, Patrick, S, Reed, S, Hamilton, C, Slavoski, K & Tregea, D 2022, 'NASHFit: A randomized controlled trial of an exercise training program to reduce clotting risk in patients with NASH', Hepatology, vol. 76, no. 1, pp. 172-185. https://doi.org/10.1002/hep.32274
Yingst, JM, Lester, C, Livelsberger, C, Allen, SI, Hammett, E, Veldheer, S, Hummer, B, Bordner, C, Zhu, J, Sciamanna, CN, Trushin, N, Tan, HS, Wilson, SJ, Twining, RC, Foulds, J & Grigson, PS 2022, 'Pilot randomized controlled trial evaluating the effect of random nicotine delivery on cigarettes per day and smoke exposure', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 188, pp. 30-37. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainresbull.2022.07.017
Stine, JG, Schreibman, IR, Faust, AJ, Dahmus, J, Stern, B, Soriano, C, Rivas, G, Hummer, B, Kimball, SR, Geyer, NR, Chinchilli, VM, Schmitz, K & Sciamanna, C 2022, 'Reply', Hepatology, vol. 76, no. 1, pp. E18-E19. https://doi.org/10.1002/hep.32390
Butzner, M, Leslie, D, Cuffee, Y, Hollenbeak, CS, Sciamanna, C & Abraham, TP 2022, 'Sex differences in clinical outcomes for obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the USA: A retrospective observational study of administrative claims data', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 3, e058151. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058151
Kuzmik, A, Liu, Y, Cuffee, Y, Kong, L, Sciamanna, CN & Rovniak, LS 2022, 'The Association between Gender and Physical Activity Was Partially Mediated by Social Network Size during COVID-19', International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 19, no. 5, 2495. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052495

2021

Ladwig, MA, Sciamanna, CN, Rutt, KN, Blaker, JM, Kearcher, K, Auer, BJ, Rovniak, LS, Conroy, DE, Gottschall, JS, Silvis, ML, 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2021.101476
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conctc.2021.100736
Ghahramani, N, Chinchilli, VM, Kraschnewski, JL, Lengerich, E & Sciamanna, CN 2021, 'Effect of Peer Mentoring on Quality of Life among CKD Patients: Randomized Controlled Trial', Kidney Diseases, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 323-334. https://doi.org/10.1159/000514477
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. 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, vol. 19, no. 8, pp. 1723-1725. 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
Veldheer, S, Scartozzi, C, Bordner, CR, Opara, C, Williams, B, Weaver, L, Rodriguez, D, Berg, A & Sciamanna, C 2021, 'Impact of a Prescription Produce Program on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Risk Outcomes', Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, vol. 53, no. 12, pp. 1008-1017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2021.07.005
Butzner, M, Leslie, D, Cuffee, Y, Hollenbeak, CS, Sciamanna, C & Abraham, T 2021, 'Stable Rates of Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in a Contemporary Era', Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, vol. 8, 765876. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcvm.2021.765876
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jgo.2021.05.011
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
Ladwig, MA, Sciamanna, CN, Auer, BJ, Oser, TK, Stine, JG & Agans, JP 2021, 'When American adults do move, how do they do so? Trends in physical activity intensity, type, and modality: 1988-2017', Journal of Physical Activity and Health, vol. 18, no. 10, pp. 1181-1198. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2020-0424

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 2021, 'Breaking Down Barriers to Physical Activity in Patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease', Digestive Diseases and Sciences, vol. 66, no. 10, pp. 3604-3611. 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