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Susan Veldheer, DEd, RD, LDN

Susan Veldheer, DEd, RD, LDN

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

Dr. Susan Veldheer’s research broadly focuses on behavioral health interventions for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Using an interdisciplinary and community-engaged research approach, Dr. Veldheer has designed and tested interventions related to improving dietary intake of fruits and vegetables; assessing barriers to treatment for both smoking cessation and obesity; and understanding perceptions of public health interventions among patients, providers and community members.

Dr. Veldheer recently led a gardening intervention at the Hershey Community garden to improve dietary intake of fruits and vegetables among patients with risk factors for cardiovascular disease. In addition, she has conducted randomized trials to assess the effectiveness and potential health effects of tobacco cessation interventions and novel tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes and reduced-nicotine-content cigarettes.

Finally, using qualitative research methods and supported by a Clinical and Translational Science Institute Bridges to Translation award, she is conducting studies to understand the perceptions of screening for social determinants of health among both patients and clinical care team members.

Dr. Susan Veldheer is a Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute KL2 Scholar (2022-2024). 

  • Tobacco Products
  • Smokers
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
  • Nicotine
  • Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Vaping
  • Health
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Smoking
  • Tobacco
  • Gardening
  • Vegetables

Recent Publications


Yingst, J, Midya, V, White, A, Foulds, J, Cobb, CO, Veldheer, S, Yen, MS & Eissenberg, T 2024, 'Effects of liquid nicotine concentration and flavour on the acceptability of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) among people who smoke participating in a randomised controlled trial to reduce cigarette consumption', Tobacco Control, pp. 1-10.
Yu, Z, Li, Y, Ba, DM, Veldheer, SJ, Sun, L, Geng, T & Gao, X 2024, 'Trends in Calcium Intake among the US Population: Results from the NHANES (1999–2018)', Nutrients, vol. 16, no. 5, 726.


Burse, NR, Weng, X, Wang, L, Cuffee, YL & Veldheer, S 2023, 'Influence of social and behavioral determinants on health-related quality of life among cancer survivors in the USA', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 31, no. 1, 67.
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.


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.
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.
Fan, T, Yingst, JM, Bascom, R, Tuanquin, L, Veldheer, S, Branstetter, S, Foulds, J & Muscat, JE 2022, 'Feasibility of Patient Navigation-Based Smoking Cessation Program in Cancer Patients', International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 19, no. 7, 4034.
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.
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.
Foulds, J, Veldheer, S, Pachas, G, Hrabovsky, S, Hameed, A, Allen, SI, Cather, C, Azzouz, N, Yingst, J, Hammett, E, Modesto, J, Krebs, NM, Lester, C, Trushin, N, Reinhart, L, Wasserman, E, Zhu, J, Liao, J, Muscat, JE, Richie, JP & Evins, AE 2022, 'The effects of reduced nicotine content cigarettes on biomarkers of nicotine and toxicant exposure, smoking behavior and psychiatric symptoms in smokers with mood or anxiety disorders: A double-blind randomized trial', PloS one, vol. 17, no. 11 November, e0275522.


Zhang, X, Liu, Y, Li, S, Lichtenstein, AH, Chen, S, Na, M, Veldheer, S, Xing, A, Wang, Y, Wu, S & Gao, X 2021, 'Alcohol consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and mortality: a prospective cohort study', Nutrition Journal, vol. 20, no. 1, 13.
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.
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.
Krebs, NM, Zhu, J, Wasserman, E, Kuprewicz, R, Martinez, DJ, Veldheer, S, Livelsberger, C, Modesto, J, Reinhart, L, Trushin, N, Reilly, SM, Liao, J, Fazzi, A, Bascom, R, Richie, JP, Foulds, J, Horn, K & Muscat, JE 2021, 'Switching to Progressively Reduced Nicotine Content Cigarettes in Smokers with Low Socioeconomic Status: A Double-Blind Randomized Clinical Trial', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 992-1001.


Veldheer, S, Scartozzi, C, Knehans, A, Oser, T, Sood, N, George, DR, Smith, A, Cohen, A & Winkels, RM 2020, 'A systematic scoping review of how healthcare organizations are facilitating access to fruits and vegetables in their patient populations', Journal of Nutrition, vol. 150, no. 11, pp. 2859-2873.
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.
Yingst, J, Foulds, J, Veldheer, S, Cobb, CO, Yen, MS, Hrabovsky, S, Allen, SI, Bullen, C & Eissenberg, T 2020, 'Measurement of Electronic Cigarette Frequency of Use among Smokers Participating in a Randomized Controlled Trial', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 22, no. 5, pp. 699-704.
Winkels, RM, Artrip, R, Tupinio, M, Veldheer, S, Dandekar, SC & George, DR 2020, 'Opportunities for Growth: Evaluating the Feasibility of a Community Gardening Intervention Pairing Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors with Experienced Gardeners', Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 115-119.