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Second-hand Smoke
Exposure & Prevention


During my postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, I applied what I had learned about altering behaviors to limit lead exposure to the reduction of another environmental contaminant for children, secondhand smoke exposure (SHSe). This formative experience helped me rethink my work on lead exposure, as when I was evaluating an intervention targeting SHSe reduction for children treated for cancer, I was introduced to models of health behavior change. Most interventions aiming to reduce contaminant exposure do not properly acknowledge psychological factors that could limit or enhance their effectiveness.

Nicholson, J.S., McDermott, M.*, Huang, Q., Zhang, H., & Tyc, V.L. (2015).

Full and home smoking ban adoption after a randomized controlled trial targeting secondhand smoke exposure reduction. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 17(5), 6-12. doi. 10.1093/ntr/ntu201

Clawson, A. M.*, Nicholson, J. S., McDermott, M.*, Klosky, J. L., & Tyc, V. L. (2015).

Tobacco use and exposure among youth undergoing cancer treatment. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29(1), 80-87 doi. 10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.07.004

McDermott, M.*, Nicholson, J. S., & Tyc, V.L. (2013).

Accuracy and concordance in reporting secondhand smoke exposure among adolescents undergoing treatment for cancer and their parents. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 2(3), 125-129. doi. 10.1089/jayao.2012.0026.

Tyc, V. L., Huang, Q., Nicholson, J. S., Hovell, M. F., Lensing, S., …Schultz, B. (2013).

Intervention to reduce secondhand smoke among children with cancer: A controlled trial. Psycho-Oncology, 22(5), 1104-1111. doi. 10.1002/pon.3117

Nicholson, J. S., Tyc, V. L, & Lensing, S. (2012).

Parental psychosocial predictors of secondhand smoke exposure for children with cancer. Journal of Child Health Care, 16(3), 211-223. doi. 10.1177/1367493511426422

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