Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

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.

  • Tobacco Products
  • Smokers
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
  • Nicotine
  • Vaping
  • Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Smoking
  • Health
  • Tobacco
  • Tobacco Use
  • Social Class

Recent Publications


Foulds, J, Cobb, CO, Yen, MS, Veldheer, S, Brosnan, P, Yingst, J, Hrabovsky, S, Lopez, AA, Allen, S, 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 & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 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.


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.


Du, P, Fan, T, Yingst, J, Veldheer, S, Hrabovsky, S, Chen, C & Foulds, J 2019, 'Changes in E-Cigarette Use Behaviors and Dependence in Long-term E-Cigarette Users', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 57, no. 3, pp. 374-383.
Allen, SI, Wasserman, E, Veldheer, S, Yingst, J, Hrabovsky, S, Liao, J, Krebs, NM, Horn, K, Reinhart, L, Modesto, J, Putt, K, Evins, AE, Muscat, JE, Richie, JP & Foulds, J 2019, 'Characteristics of Adult Cigarette Smokers Who "relight" and the Effects of Exposure to Tobacco Smoke Constituents', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 21, no. 9, pp. 1206-1212.
Hrabovsky, SM, Midya, V, Lester, C, Veldheer, S, Yingst, JM, Allen, SI, Krebs, NM, Liao, J, Reinhart, L, Modesto, J, Evins, AE, Richie, JP, Muscat, JE, Horn, K & Foulds, J 2019, 'Effect of cigarette rod length on smokers switching to SPECTRUM cigarettes', American Journal of Health Behavior, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 380-392.
Yingst, JM, Foulds, J, Veldheer, S, Hrabovsky, S, Trushin, N, Eissenberg, TT, Williams, J, Richie, JP, Nichols, TT, Wilson, SJ & Hobkirk, AL 2019, 'Nicotine absorption during electronic cigarette use among regular users', PloS one, vol. 14, no. 7, e0220300.
Zickgraf, HF, Stefano, E, Price, J, Veldheer, S, Rogers, A & Rigby, A 2019, 'The relationship between food insecurity and binge and night eating symptoms in prebariatric surgery patients is mediated by depressive symptoms', Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, vol. 15, no. 8, pp. 1374-1379.
Veldheer, S, Wright, RR & Foulds, J 2019, 'What Low-income Smokers Have Learned from Public Health Pedagogy: A narrative inquiry', American Journal of Health Behavior, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 691-704.


Veldheer, S, Midya, V, Lester, C, Liao, J, Yingst, J, Hrabovsky, S, Allen, SI, Krebs, NM, Reinhart, L, Evins, AE, Horn, K, Richie, J, Muscat, J & Foulds, J 2018, 'Acceptability of SPECTRUM Research Cigarettes among Participants in Trials of Reduced Nicotine Content Cigarettes', Tobacco Regulatory Science, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 573-585.
Veldheer, S, Midya, V, Lester, C, Liao, JJ, Yingst, JM, Hrabovsky, S, Allen, SI, Krebs, NM, Reinhart, L, Evins, AE, Horn, K, Richie, J, Muscat, J & Foulds, J 2018, 'Acceptability of Switching from Usual Brand to SPECTRUM Research Cigarettes with Normal Nicotine Content', Tobacco Regulatory Science, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 573-585.
Kazi, A, Fazzi, A, Krebs, NM, Merchlinski, AJ, Kline, B, Veldheer, S, Richie, J, Foulds, J, Lane, T, Donny, EC & Muscat, J 2018, 'Cigarette Management System: An operating procedures guide to obtaining and managing investigational tobacco products for regulatory science research', Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, vol. 11, pp. 69-74.
Yingst, J, Foulds, J, Veldheer, S & Du, P 2019, 'Device characteristics of long term electronic cigarette users: A follow-up study', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 91, pp. 238-243.
Yingst, JM, Lester, C, Veldheer, S, Allen, SI, Du, P & Foulds, J 2019, 'E-cigarette users commonly stealth vape in places where e-cigarette use is prohibited', Tobacco Control, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 493-497.
Foulds, J, Hobkirk, A, Wasserman, E, Richie, J, Veldheer, S, Krebs, NM, Reinhart, L & Muscat, J 2018, 'Estimation of compliance with exclusive smoking of very low nicotine content cigarettes using plasma cotinine', Preventive Medicine, vol. 117, pp. 24-29.
Yingst, J, Veldheer, S & Foulds, J 2018, 'Knowledge and Perceptions of FDA Regulation among US Adults in 2015', Journal of Regulatory Science, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 15-19.
Yingst, JM, Veldheer, S, Hrabovsky, S, Hammett, E, Nicholson, J, Berg, A & Foulds, J 2018, 'Pilot Randomized Trial of an Automated Smoking Cessation Intervention via Mobile Phone Text Messages as an Adjunct to Varenicline in Primary Care', Journal of Health Communication, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 370-378.
Veldheer, S, Yingst, J, Midya, V, Hummer, B, Lester, C, Krebs, N, Hrabovsky, S, Wilhelm, A, Liao, J, Yen, MS, Cobb, C, Eissenberg, T & Foulds, J 2019, 'Pulmonary and other health effects of electronic cigarette use among adult smokers participating in a randomized controlled smoking reduction trial', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 91, pp. 95-101.
Hammett, E, Veldheer, S, Hrabovsky, S, Yingst, J, Berg, A, Poole, E, Stauffer, D & Foulds, J 2018, 'TXT2STAYQUIT: Pilot randomized trial of brief automated smoking cessation texting intervention for inpatient smokers discharged from the hospital', Journal of Hospital Medicine, vol. 13, no. 7, pp. 488-489.
Allen, SI, Foulds, J, Wasserman, E, Veldheer, S, Hrabovsky, S, Yingst, J & Liu, G 2018, 'Tobacco use among middle and high school students in Pennsylvania', Preventing Chronic Disease, vol. 15, no. 2, 170289.

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