Noella Dietz, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences
Description of Research
Dr. Noella Dietz is the Scientific Director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s (SCCC) Non-Therapeutic Research Support Core. Dr. Dietz has extensive experience in the field of tobacco control and program evaluation, with specializations in survey research-based cross-sectional and longitudinal study designs and qualitative methodology. She began working in the field of tobacco control in 2000 working on all phases of the Florida “truth” prevention campaign evaluation as well as the Minnesota prevention campaign, the Minnesota cessation campaign, and the more recent Tobacco Free Florida prevention and cessation campaign targeting youth, young adults, and adults. Dr. Dietz also assessed the impact of tobacco control media campaigns on non-targeted populations; that is, how exposure to youth-targeted anti-tobacco advertising influenced adults. Specifically, she has worked on studies on secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure issues, including young adults, SHS health effects in worker groups, and as a Co-Investigator examining the prevalence, validation, and health effects of SHS exposure in a population-based sample of nonsmoking adults residing in Florida. Dr. Dietz worked as a Co-Investigator on a Team Science project that conducted a comprehensive study of tobacco-associated cancers in the state of Florida. Further, she secured funding from the American Cancer Society (ACS) to use her qualitative skills to assess issues related to smoking cessation among women. Dr. Dietz completed a multi-disciplinary research team investigation as part of a Biomedical Research Program Grant (PI: Lee) where the documented burden of tobacco use in the South Florida area led to the development of a community wide smoking cessation intervention targeting a medically at-risk population. Dr. Dietz also led a multi-disciplinary research team investigation examining tobacco control efforts for the Tobacco Free Florida campaign. As a Co-Investigator, Dr. Dietz has collaborated with Dr. Webb Hooper (PI) examining culturally specific tobacco control interventions among African American smokers. Finally, Dr. Dietz recently completed a studying examining the mode effects of using different consent processes when asking for biological materials from youth to examine tobacco use. Dr. Dietz continues to collaborate with a range of investigators at the SCCC and devotes her research efforts to cancer prevention and control through the field of tobacco control, program evaluation, and survey research-based studies.
- Awarded the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Grant for New Investigators by the Florida Department of Health. This award examined the prevalence of tobacco use among youths after the successful anti-tobacco campaigns in Florida and Minnesota were terminated.
- Co-Investigator for the Team Science Biomedical Research Grant (PI: Lee) examining tobacco use in Florida for youth and adults, to increase early detection and to initiate improved treatment for Floridians who have been diagnosed with tobacco related cancers.
- Acted as co-investigator on the Flight Attendant Medical Research grants examining worker health and SHS and the prevalence, validation, and health effects of SHS exposure among a population-based sample of adults in Florida.
- Awarded funds to assess the prevalence of tobacco use and cessation efforts among youth, young adults, and adult populations in Florida as part of the launch of the Tobacco Free Florida tobacco control program.