Noella Dietz, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health
Description of ResearchDr. Dietz began working full-time in the field of tobacco control in 2000. She worked on all phases of the Florida “truth” campaign evaluation from sample design and questionnaire construction to data analysis. She oversaw data management and archiving, and constructed analysis files. As a post-doctoral fellow at the UMSCCC, she specialized in tobacco media campaign evaluation. The specific media campaign evaluations she worked on included the Florida prevention campaign, the Minnesota Target Market prevention campaign, and the Minnesota cessation campaign (MPAAT). Dr. Dietz also examined secondhand smoke exposure issues in young adults residing in Florida. Her graduate and post-doctoral training gave her extensive survey research-based experience for both cross-sectional and longitudinal study designs. In addition, she has been involved in assessing the impact of media campaigns on non-targeted populations; how exposure to youth-targeted anti-tobacco advertising influences adults. Dr. Dietz was a Co-Investigator on a Team Science project (Principal Investigator: Dr. Lee) to conduct a comprehensive study of tobacco-associated cancers in the state of Florida. Further, Dr. Dietz was the Principal Investigator for an American Cancer Society (ACS) grant and Lance Armstrong Foundation grant where she used her qualitative skills to conduct focus groups to examine how relationship dynamics help or inhibit women’s smoking cessation efforts as well as issues of breast cancer survivorship. She recently concluded a study as the Principal Investigator for the Biomedical Research New Investigator grant where she examined the effects of eliminating anti-tobacco programs for youths in Florida and Minnesota. Dr. Dietz also just completed leading a multi-disciplinary research team examining adult and youth tobacco use behaviors in Florida. Dr. Dietz continues to devote her research efforts to the field of tobacco control. She was a Co-Investigator of a nationwide study of secondhand smoke health effects in worker groups and is currently a Co-Investigator examining the prevalence, validation, and effects of secondhand smoke exposure in a population-based sample of adults residing in Florida.
- Awarded the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Grant for New Investigators by the Florida Department of Health. This award examines the prevalence of tobacco use among youths since the decision to defund the anti-tobacco campaigns in Florida and Minnesota.
- Awarded the 2007 Internal ACS Pilot Grant, which examines relationship dynamics and how those factors affect women’s smoking cessation and relapse
- Currently involved in the Team Science Biomedical Research Grant, led by David J. Lee, Ph.D., which is examining tobacco use in Florida for youths and adults, to increase early detection and to initiate improved treatment for Floridians who have been diagnosed with tobacco related cancers
- Acts as co-investigator on the Flight Attendant Medical Research grant with Dr. Lee, which is examining worker health as it relates to secondhand smoke exposure
- Currently examining adults and youths and their ability or inability to successfully quit smoking
Selected Cancer-Related Publications
Collaborating in the Multidisciplinary Research Program(s):