Darla Kendzor, PhD

Leader of the Tobacco Treatment Research Program, Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the Stephenson Cancer Center; Associate Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Darla Kendzor’s research is focused on understanding and addressing the psychosocial and behavioral pathways that lead to tobacco-related health disparities. Socioeconomically disadvantaged populations suffer a disproportionate burden of cancer incidence and mortality, due in part to a higher prevalence of cigarette smoking.

Dr. Kendzor’s past research has characterized the influences of socioeconomic disadvantage, financial strain, individual and area-level deprivation, neighborhood disorder, and racial/ethnic discrimination on smoking cessation. She is currently interested in identifying practical and effective smoking cessation interventions for socioeconomically disadvantaged adults.

Her current NCI-supported research is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of offering small financial incentives for biochemically-verified smoking abstinence among socioeconomically disadvantaged adults (uninsured or receiving Medicaid benefits) who are participating in a clinic-based tobacco cessation program. This research also aims to identify treatment mechanisms and other contextual factors that influence cessation via smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment.

Supplemental funding has allowed the team to additionally focus on developing and pilot-testing an approach to offering incentives that will use smartphones to remotely verify smoking abstinence, confirm participant identity, and deliver financial incentives for smoking cessation without requiring in-person visits.


Degree-Granting Institutions
Lousiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, PhD, 2007, Clinical and Behavioral Psychology
The University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, BA, 2000, Psychology

Postgraduate Training
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Tobacco-Related Health Disparities, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2007 - 2009
Clinical Psychology Internship, Clinical Psychology, Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, 2006 - 2007

Grant Funding:

Current Funding

Kendzor, D. E. (Principal Investigator), 30% Effort, Businelle, M. S. (Co-Investigator), Wetter, D. W. (Co-Investigator), Swartz, M. (Co-Investigator), "Small Financial Incentives to Promote Smoking Cessation in Safety Net Hospital Patients," Sponsored by NIH/NCI, FederalGrant/Contract Number: 7R01CA197314
Total Direct Costs: $1,092,514.00
July 2015 - June 2020

Kendzor, D. E. (Principal Investigator), 10% Effort, Businelle, M. S. (Co-Investigator), Vidrine, D. J. (Co-Investigator),, "Mobile Contingency Management for Smoking Cessation among Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Adults," Sponsored by NIH/NCI, Federal Grant/Contract Number: Administrative Supplement to 7R01CA197314
Total Direct Costs: $80,515.00
July 2016 - June 2017

Completed Funding

Kendzor, D. E. (Principal Investigator), 80% Effort, "Pathways Between Socioeconomic Status and Behavioral Cancer Risk Factors," Sponsored by American Cancer Society, Foundation Grant/Contract Number: MRSGT-10-104-01-CPHPS
Total Direct Costs: $674,840.00
Additional Information: Mentored Research Scholar Grant
July 2010 - June 2015

Selected Publications:

Kendzor, D. E., Allicock, M., Businelle, M. S., Sandon, L. F., Gabriel, K. P., Frank, S. G. (2017). Evaluation of a Shelter-Based Diet and Physical Activity Intervention for Homeless Adults. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 14(2), 88-97. PMID: 27775471. DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0343

Peltier, M.R., Lee, J., Ma, P., Businelle, M. S., & Kendzor, D. E. (2017). The influence of sleep quality on smoking cessation in socioeconomically disadvantaged adults. Addictive Behaviors, 66, 7-12.

Businelle, M. S., Ma, P., Kendzor, D. E., Frank, S. G., Vidrine, D. J. & Wetter, D. W. An ecological momentary intervention for smoking cessation: Evaluation of feasibility and effectiveness. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(12), e321.

Businelle, M. S., Ma, P., Kendzor, D. E., Frank, S. G., Wetter, D. W., & Vidrine, D. J. (2016). Using intensive longitudinal data collected via mobile phone to detect imminent lapse in smokers undergoing a scheduled quit attempt. Journal of Medical Internet Research., 18(10), e275.

Bandiera, F. C., Atem, F., Ma, P., Businelle, M. S., & Kendzor, D. E. (2016). Post-Quit Stress Mediates the Relation between Social Support and Smoking Cessation among Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Adults. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 163, 71-76.

Kendzor, D. E., Shuval, K., Gabriel, K. P., Businelle, M. S., Ma, P., High, R. R., Cuate, E. L., Poonawalla, I. B., Rios, D. M., Demark-Wahnefried, W., Swartz, M. D., Wetter, D. W. (2016). Impact of a Mobile Phone Intervention to Reduce Sedentary Behavior in a Community Sample of Adults: A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(1), e19. PMID: 26810027. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.5137Ma, P.,

Businelle, M. S., Balis, D. B., & Kendzor, D. E. (2015). The influence of perceived neighborhood disorder on smoking cessation among urban safety net hospital patients. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 156, 157-161.

Kendzor, D. E., Businelle, M. S., Poonawalla, I. B., Cuate, E. L., Kesh, A., Rios, D. M., Ma, P., Balis, D. S. (2015). Financial incentives for abstinence among socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals in smoking cessation treatment. American Journal of Public Health, 105(6), 1198-205. PMID: 25393172. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302102

Kendzor, D. E., Finley, C. E., Barlow, C. E., Whitehurst, T. A., Businelle, M. S., Balasubramanian, B. A., Radford, N. B., Shuval, K. (2015). The association of fitness with reduced cardiometabolic risk among smokers. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 48(5), 561-9. PMID: 25891055. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.12.004

Kendzor, D. E., Businelle, M. S., Reitzel, L. R., Rios, D. M., Scheuermann, T. S., Pulvers, K., Ahluwalia, J. S. (2014). Everyday discrimination is associated with nicotine dependence among African American, Latino, and White smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 16(6), 633-40. PMID: 24302634. DOI: 10.1093/ntr/ntt198

Kendzor, D. E., Businelle, M. S., Reitzel, L. R., Castro, Y., Vidrine, J. I., Mazas, C. A., Cinciripini, P. M., Lam, C. Y., Adams, C. E., Correa-Fernández, V., Cano, M. Á., Wetter, D. W. (2014). The influence of discrimination on smoking cessation among Latinos. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 136, 143-8. PMID: 24485880. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.01.003

Kendzor, D. E., Caughy, M. O., Owen, M. T. (2012). Family income trajectory during childhood is associated with adiposity in adolescence: a latent class growth analysis. BMC Public Health, 12, 611. PMID: 22863369. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-611

Kendzor, D. E., Reitzel, L. R., Mazas, C. A., Cofta-Woerpel, L. M., Cao, Y., Ji, L., Costello, T. J., Vidrine, J. I., Businelle, M. S., Li, Y., Castro, Y., Ahluwalia, J. S., Cinciripini, P. M., Wetter, D. W. (2012). Individual- and area-level unemployment influence smoking cessation among African Americans participating in a randomized clinical trial. Social Science & Medicine, 74(9), 1394-401. PMID: 22405506. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.01.013

Kendzor, D. E., Businelle, M. S., Costello, T. J., Castro, Y., Reitzel, L. R., Cofta-Woerpel, L. M., Li, Y., Mazas, C. A., Vidrine, J. I., Cinciripini, P. M., Greisinger, A. J., Wetter, D. W. (2010). Financial strain and smoking cessation among racially/ethnically diverse smokers. American Journal of Public Health, 100(4), 702-6. PMID: 20167886. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.172676

Kendzor, D. E., Businelle, M. S., Mazas, C. A., Cofta-Woerpel, L. M., Reitzel, L. R., Vidrine, J. I., Li, Y., Costello, T. J., Cinciripini, P. M., Ahluwalia, J. S., Wetter, D. W. (2009). Pathways between socioeconomic status and modifiable risk factors among African American smokers. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 32(6), 545-57. PMID: 19757014. DOI: 10.1007/s10865-009-9226-3