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
sjv152@psu.edu

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
  • Vaping
  • Nicotine
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Smoking
  • Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Tobacco
  • Tobacco Use
  • Health
  • Equipment and Supplies

Recent Publications

2020

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
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. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/nty233
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. https://doi.org/10.1089/jayao.2019.0035

2019

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2019.04.021
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 & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, vol. 21, no. 9, pp. 1206-1212. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/nty138
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. https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.43.2.14
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. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0220300
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soard.2019.05.018
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. https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.43.4.4

2018

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. https://doi.org/10.18001/TRS.4.1.4
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conctc.2018.05.006
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.08.001
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. https://doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2018-054432
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.04.011
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. https://doi.org/10.21423/jrs-v06n01p015
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. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2018.1453890
Veldheer, S, Yingst, J, Midya, V, Hummer, B, Lester, C, Krebs, N, Hrabovsky, S, Wilhelm, A, Liao, JJ, 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.10.041
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. https://doi.org/10.12788/jhm.2907
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. https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd15.170289

2017

Yingst, JM, Veldheer, S, Hammett, E, Hrabovsky, S & Foulds, J 2017, 'A method for classifying user-reported electronic cigarette liquid flavors', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 19, no. 11, ntw383, pp. 1381-1385. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntw383
Allen, SI, Foulds, J, Pachas, GN, Veldheer, S, Cather, C, Azzouz, N, Hrabovsky, S, Hameed, A, Yingst, J, Hammett, E, Modesto, J, Krebs, NM, Zhu, J, Liao, J, Muscat, JE, Richie, J & Evins, AE 2017, 'A two-site, two-arm, 34-week, double-blind, parallel-group, randomized controlled trial of reduced nicotine cigarettes in smokers with mood and/or anxiety disorders: trial design and protocol', BMC Public Health, vol. 17, no. 1, 100, pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3946-4
Hobkirk, A, Nichols, TT, Foulds, J, Yingst, JM, Veldheer, S, Hrabovsky, S, Richie, J, Eissenberg, T & Wilson, S 2018, 'Changes in resting state functional brain connectivity and withdrawal symptoms are associated with acute electronic cigarette use', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 138, pp. 56-63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainresbull.2017.05.010
Hammett, E, Veldheer, S, Yingst, J, Hrabovsky, S & Foulds, J 2017, 'Characteristics, use patterns and perceptions of electronic cigarette users who were never traditional cigarette smokers', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 65, pp. 92-97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.10.007
Krebs, NM, Allen, SI, Veldheer, S, Martinez, DJ, Horn, K, Livelsberger, C, Modesto, J, Kuprewicz, R, Wilhelm, A, Hrabovsky, S, Kazi, A, Fazzi, A, Liao, J, Zhu, J, Wasserman, E, Reilly, SM, Reinhart, L, Trushin, N, Moyer, RE, Bascom, R, Foulds, J, Richie, JP & Muscat, JE 2017, 'Correction: Reduced nicotine content cigarettes in smokers of low socioeconomic status: Study protocol for a randomized control trial. [Trials. 18, (2017) (300)] DOI: 10.1186/s13063-017-2038-9', Trials, vol. 18, no. 1, 598. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-017-2356-y
Hrabovsky, S, Yingst, JM, Veldheer, S, Hammett, E & Foulds, J 2017, 'Measurement of exhaled breath carbon monoxide in clinical practice: A study of levels in Central Pennsylvania community members', Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 310-315. https://doi.org/10.1002/2327-6924.12460
Krebs, NM, Allen, SI, Veldheer, S, Martinez, DJ, Horn, K, Livelsberger, C, Modesto, J, Kuprewicz, R, Wilhelm, A, Hrabovsky, S, Kazi, A, Fazzi, A, Liao, J, Zhu, J, Wasserman, E, Reilly, SM, Reinhart, L, Trushin, N, Moyer, RE, Bascom, R, Foulds, J, Richie, JP & Muscat, JE 2017, 'Reduced nicotine content cigarettes in smokers of low socioeconomic status: Study protocol for a randomized control trial', Trials, vol. 18, no. 1, 300. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-017-2038-9
Yingst, JM, Veldheer, S, Hammett, E, Hrabovsky, S & Foulds, J 2017, 'Should electronic cigarette use be covered by clean indoor air laws?', Tobacco Control, vol. 26, no. e1, pp. e16-e18. https://doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2016-053074
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

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