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Jessica Yingst, DrPH

Jessica Yingst, DrPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Division of Health Services and Behavioral Research
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
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Research Interests

Dr. Jessica Yingst is a public health researcher focused on understanding methods to reduce harms associated with tobacco use.

Dr. Yingst is a member of the Penn State Center for Research on Tobacco and Health and serves as the Associate Director of the Penn State Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Program at the Penn State College of Medicine.

  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
  • Tobacco Products
  • Smokers
  • Vaping
  • Nicotine
  • Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Smoking
  • Tobacco
  • Tobacco Use
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Health

Clinical Trials

Effectiveness of smoking cessation resources available to patients of the Penn State Cancer Institute (PSCI)

Recent Publications


Salinas, KZ, Saran, S, Saulnier, K, Hoglen, B, Houser, KR, Krebs, NM, Kaynak, Ö, Bordner, CR, Yingst, JM, Foulds, J, Allen, SI & Hobkirk, AL 2024, 'A Comparison of Mental Health Symptoms among Adults Who Vape Nicotine, Cannabis, or Both', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 59, no. 4, pp. 601-607.
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.
Yingst, JM, Bordner, C, Hrabovsky, S, Hobkirk, AL, Trushin, N, Richie, J & Foulds, J 2024, 'Nicotine Delivery of a Menthol-Flavored Heat-not-Burn Tobacco Product During Directed Use', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 397-401.
D'Souza, GC, Pinto, CN, Exten, CL, Yingst, JM, Foulds, J, Anderson, J, Allen, R & Calo, WA 2024, 'Understanding factors associated with COVID-19 vaccination among health care workers using the Diffusion of Innovation Theory', American journal of infection control.


Randomized Control Trial Methods Workgroup of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products 2023, 'Changes in Nicotine Dependence among Smokers Using Electronic Cigarettes to Reduce Cigarette Smoking in a Randomized Controlled Trial', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 372-378.
Foulds, J, Allen, SI & Yingst, J 2023, 'Cytisinicline to Speed Smoking Cessation in the United States', JAMA, vol. 330, no. 2, pp. 129-130.
Yingst, JM, Carrillo, M, Chan, KH, Choi, K, Dao, J, Kulkarni, P, Bordner, C, Goyal, N, Foulds, J & Bascom, R 2023, 'Effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions among persons with cancer: A systematic review', Psycho-Oncology, vol. 32, no. 8, pp. 1147-1162.


Saran, SK, Salinas, KZ, Foulds, J, Kaynak, Ö, Hoglen, B, Houser, KR, Krebs, NM, Yingst, JM, Allen, SI, Bordner, CR & Hobkirk, AL 2022, 'A Comparison of Vaping Behavior, Perceptions, and Dependence among Individuals Who Vape Nicotine, Cannabis, or Both', International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 19, no. 16, 10392.
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.
Hobkirk, AL, Hoglen, B, Sheng, T, Kristich, A, Yingst, JM, Houser, KR, Krebs, NM, Allen, SI, Bordner, CR, Livelsberger, C & Foulds, J 2022, 'Intentions and Attempts to Quit JUUL E-Cigarette Use: The Role of Perceived Harm and Addiction', Preventing Chronic Disease, vol. 19, E06.
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.
Sobieski, E, Yingst, J & Foulds, J 2022, 'Quitting electronic cigarettes: Factors associated with quitting and quit attempts in long-term users', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 127, 107220.
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.


Krebs, NM, D'Souza, G, Bordner, C, Allen, SI, Hobkirk, A, Foulds, J & Yingst, J 2021, 'COVID-19 Vaccination Uptake and Hesitancy among Current Tobacco Users', Tobacco Use Insights, vol. 14, pp. 1-7.
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.
Hobkirk, AL, Houser, KR, Hoglen, B, Bitzer, ZT, Fendrich, A, Bordner, CR, Foulds, J, Wang, J, Mukherjee, D, Yingst, JM, Karunanayaka, P, Goel, R, Richie, JP, Elias, RJ & Yang, QX 2021, 'Evidence From an fMRI Study That Dessert-Flavored E-Cigarettes Engage Taste-Related, but Not Smoking-Related, Brain Circuitry for Female Daily Smokers', Experimental and clinical psychopharmacology, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 947-958.
Yingst, JM, Bordner, CR, Hobkirk, AL, Hoglen, B, Allen, SI, Krebs, NM, Houser, KR, Livelsberger, C & Foulds, J 2021, 'Response to flavored cartridge/pod-based product ban among adult juul users: “you get nicotine however you can get it”', International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 18, no. 1, 207, pp. 1-13.
Yingst, JM, Krebs, NM, Bordner, CR, Hobkirk, AL, Allen, SI & Foulds, J 2021, 'Tobacco use changes and perceived health risks among current tobacco users during the COVID-19 pandemic', International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 18, no. 4, 1795, pp. 1-11.


Hobkirk, AL, Bitzer, Z, Goel, R, Sica, CT, Livelsberger, C, Yingst, J, Houser, KR, Rupprecht, S, Trushin, N, Karunanayaka, P, Foulds, J, Richie, JP, Spreen, L, Hoglen, B, Wang, J, Elias, RJ & Yang, QX 2020, 'An Electronic Aerosol Delivery System for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging', Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, vol. 14.
Du, P, Bascom, R, Fan, T, Sinharoy, A, Yingst, J, Mondal, P & Foulds, J 2020, 'Changes in flavor preference in a cohort of long-term electronic cigarette users', Annals of the American Thoracic Society, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 573-581.
Yingst, J, Foulds, J & Hobkirk, AL 2021, 'Dependence and Use Characteristics of Adult JUUL Electronic Cigarette Users', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 61-66.
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.