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David W Wetter, Ph.D., M.S.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Professor (with tenure), Department of Health Disparities Research, Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Department Chair, Department of Health Disparities Research, Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Cullen Trust for Health Care Chair, Department of Health Disparities Research, Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Professor (with tenure), Department of Behavioral Science, Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Adjunct Professor, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

David W. Wetter, Ph.D. Cullen Trust for Health Care Chair and Professor in the Department of Health Disparities Research, exemplifies a scientist who is committed to translational research, with a specific focus on underserved populations.

Dr. Wetter's research has covered the entire translational continuum from discovery to development to delivery/dissemination:

• Discovery  Dr. Wetter has published extensively on the discovery and development of transdisciplinary models of the biobehavioral pathways and mechanisms linking the social determinants of health (e.g., racejethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender) to cancer risk behaviors. This research has addressed a plethora of diverse populations (e.g., Latinos, African Americans, socioeconomically disadvantaged, pregnant women) and incorporated state of the science technological advancements in new ways (e.g., ecological momentary assessment, census data, GIS/GPS).

• Development  Dr. Wetter has developed three distinct, theoretically-based behavioral treatments for reducing cancer risk behaviors. One approach uses smartphones to deliver interventions that have been personalized using state-of-the-science ecological momentary assessment techniques. Motivation And Problem Solving (MAPS) is an hybrid approach to behavior change based on a dynamic conceptualization of motivation. Mindfulness-Based Addiction Treatment (MBAT) is a new "third wave" therapy approach designed to change metacognition and executive functioning .

• Delivery/Dissemination  Dr. Wetter and colleagues have trained counselors from several national quitline providers in delivering MAPS, developed a system change approach for linking patients to preventive services in primary care practices, and created networks of community partners for disseminating evidence based interventions in both Texas and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Wetter has an extensive NIH-funded grant portfolio and over 140 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to numerous R01s, Dr. Wetter is a PI (multiple PI format) for two major NIH-funded centers/collaborative partnerships. In the NCI-funded partnership between the University of Puerto Rico and MD Anderson, Dr. Wetter led the creation of a consortium of over 60 government, community, education, and religious organizations in Puerto Rico to facilitate cancer prevention and control interventions, policy, and research. Similarly, the NCI-funded  Latinos Contra El Cancer Community Networks Program Center conducts research and builds capacity to implement evidence-based cancer control interventions in the Latino community across Texas. His research program has received awards from the Society of Behavioral Medicine, American Society for Preventive Oncology, the Health Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and MD Anderson.

Dr. Wetter has mentored 21 postdoctoral fellows, 16 of whom are now faculty members at various universities across the country. His mentees have received 9 NIH or ACS funded career development awards, and Dr. Wetter was the inaugural winner of the Leading Mentor in Cancer Prevention and winner of the Robert M. Chamberlain Outstanding Mentor Award.

Dr. Wetter has a wide variety of leadership responsibilities at MD Anderson. As Chair, he has created a very well-funded, collaborative, and collegial department dedicated to addressing critical issues among our society's most vulnerable populations. Dr. Wetter contributed to the mission of MD Anderson in a variety of ways. He serves on MDACC's Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) Executive Committee and was recently named as the Associate Director for Health Disparities Research. He directs the institutional Minority and Women Clinical Trials Recruitment Program (MWR), and co-directs the Center for Community Engaged Translational Research (CCETR) of the Duncan Family Institute.

Dr. Wetter's relevant professional service has included serving as chair of several NIH study sections, contributing to the Report of the Surgeon General on Reducing Tobacco Use, scientific consultant for two U.S. Public Health Service tobacco treatment guidelines, program chair for the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, chair of the Cancer Forum of the American Public Health Association, and invited participant in numerous NIH workgroups.

Dr. Wetter earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a M.S. in Epidemiology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Behavioral Science at MD Anderson and an adjunct appointment at The University of Texas School of Public Health.

Research Interests

          Theoretical models of addictive and cancer risk behaviors;

          The epidemiology and public health impact of those behaviors; and,

          The development, evaluation, and dissemination of theoretically-based interventions

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1993 University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, MS, Epidemiology
1993 University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, PHD, Psychology (Clinical)
1988 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, MS, Sport Psychology
1982 Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, BA, Cum Laude, Economics

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. *Correa-Fernández V, Ji L, Castro Y, Heppner WL, Vidrine JI, Costello TJ, Mullen PD, Cofta-Woerpel L, Velasquez MM, Greisinger A, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Mediators of the association of major depressive syndrome and anxiety syndrome with postpartum smoking relapse. J Consult Clin Psychol 80(4):636-48, 8/2012. PMCID: PMC3378794.
2. *Kendzor DE, Businelle MS, Costello TJ, Castro Y, Reitzel LR, Vidrine JI, Li Y, Mullen PD, Velasquez MM, Cinciripini PM, Cofta-Woerpel LM, Wetter DW. Breast feeding is associated with postpartum smoking abstinence among women who quit smoking due to pregnancy. Nicotine Tob Res 12(10):983-988, 2010. e-Pub 8/2010. PMCID: PMC2948049.
3. Versace F, Robinson JD, Lam CY, Minnix JA, Brown VL, Carter BL, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Cigarette cues capture smokers' attention: Evidence from event-related potentials. Psychophysiology 47(3):435-41, 2010. PMCID: PMC4037913.
4. *Kendzor DE, Businelle MS, Costello TJ, Castro Y, Reitzel LR, Cofta-Woerpel LM, Li Y, Mazas CA, Vidrine JI, Cinciripini PM, Greisinger AJ, Wetter DW. Financial strain and smoking cessation among racially/ethnically diverse smokers. Am J Public Health 100(4):702-706, 2010. PMCID: PMC2836332.
5. Carter BL, Paris MM, Lam CY, Robinson JD, Traylor AC, Waters AJ, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Real-time craving differences between Black and White smokers. Am J Addict 19(2):136-140, 2010. PMID: 20163385.
6. Waters AJ, Reitzel LR, Cinciripini P, Li Y, Marcus MT, Vidrine JI, Wetter DW. Associations between mindfulness and implicit cognition and self-reported affect. Subst Abus 30(4):328-337, 2009. PMID: 19904668.
7. *Vidrine JI, Businelle MS, Cinciripini P, Li Y, Marcus MT, Waters AJ, Reitzel LR, Wetter DW. Associations of mindfulness with nicotine dependence, withdrawal, and agency. Subst Abus 30(4):318-327, 2009. PMID: 19904667.
8. Waters AJ, Carter BL, Robinson JD, Wetter DW, Lam CY, Kerst W, Cinciripini PM. Attentional bias is associated with incentive-related physiological and subjective measures. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol 17(4):247-257, 2009. PMID: 19653790.
9. Zevallos JP, Mallen MJ, Lam CY, Karam-Hage M, Blalock J, Wetter DW, Garden AS, Sturgis EM, Cinciripini PM. Complications of radiotherapy in laryngopharyngeal cancer: Effects of a prospective smoking cessation program. Cancer 115(19):4636-4644, 2009. PMID: 19569250.
10. Carter BL, Lam CY, Robinson JD, Paris MM, Waters AJ, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Generalized craving, self-report of arousal, and cue reactivity after brief abstinence. Nicotine Tob Res 11(7):823-826, 2009. PMCID: PMC2699928.
11. *Businelle MS, Kendzor DE, Costello TJ, Cofta-Woerpel L, Li Y, Mazas CA, Vidrine JI, Reitzel LR, Cinciripini PM, Ahluwalia JS, Wetter DW. Light versus heavy smoking among African-American men and women. Addict Behav 34(2):197-203, 2009. PMCID: PMC2614080.
12. *Reitzel LR, Costello TJ, Mazas CA, Vidrine JI, Businelle MS, Kendzor DE, Li Y, Cofta-Woerpel L, Wetter DW. Low-level smoking among Spanish-speaking Latino smokers: Relationships with demographics, tobacco dependence, withdrawal, and cessation. Nicotine Tob Res 11(2):178-184, 2009. PMCID: PMC2658909.
13. *Vidrine JI, Vidrine DJ, Costello TJ, Mazas C, Cofta-Woerpel L, Mejia LM, Wetter DW. The Smoking Consequences Questionnaire: Factor structure and predictive validity among Spanish-speaking Latino smokers in the United States. Nicotine Tob Res 11(11):1280-1288, 2009. PMCID: PMC2762927.
14. Ortiz AP, Díaz-Toro EC, Calo WA, Correa-Fernández V, Cases A, Santos-Ortiz MC, Mazas C, Mejía L, Wetter DW. Characteristics of smokers accessing the Puerto Rico Quitline. P R Health Sci J 27(3):213-219, 2008. PMCID: PMC2763363.
15. Lam CY, Robinson JD, Carter BL, Wetter DW, Minnix JA, Cinciripini PM. Nicotine differentially inhibits acoustic startle reflex in African American and Caucasian American smokers. Addict Behav 33(12):1521-1528, 2008. PMCID: PMC2612003.
16. Blalock JA, Robinson JD, Wetter DW, Schreindorfer LS, Cinciripini PM. Nicotine withdrawal in smokers with current depressive disorders undergoing intensive smoking cessation treatment. Psychol Addict Behav 22(1):122-128, 2008. PMID: 18298238.
17. *Kendzor DE, Costello TJ, Li Y, Vidrine JI, Mazas CA, Reitzel LR, Cinciripini PM, Cofta-Woerpel LM, Businelle MS, Wetter DW. Race/ethnicity and multiple cancer risk factors among individuals seeking smoking cessation treatment. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 17(11):2937-2945, 2008. PMID: 18990734.
18. Carter BL, Lam CY, Robinson JD, Paris MM, Waters AJ, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Real-time craving and mood assessments before and after smoking. Nicotine Tob Res 10(7):1165-1169, 2008. PMID: 18629726.
19. *Kendzor DE, Cofta-Woerpel LM, Mazas CA, Li Y, Vidrine JI, Reitzel LR, Costello TJ, Businelle MS, Ahluwalia JS, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Socioeconomic status, negative affect, and modifiable cancer risk factors in African American smokers. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 17(10):2546-2554, 2008. PMCID: PMC2602870.
20. *Rowan PJ, Cofta-Woerpel L, Mazas CA, Vidrine JI, Reitzel LR, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Evaluating reactivity to ecological momentary assessment during smoking cessation. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol 15(4):382-389, 2007. PMID: 17696685.
21. Robinson JD, Cinciripini PM, Carter BL, Lam CY, Wetter DW. Facial EMG as an index of affective response to nicotine. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol 15(4):390-399, 2007. PMID: 17696686.
22. Robinson JD, Cinciripini PM, Tiffany ST, Carter BL, Lam CY, Wetter DW. Gender differences in affective response to acute nicotine administration and deprivation. Addict Behav 32(3):543-561, 2007. PMID: 16842931.
23. Waters AJ, Carter BL, Robinson JD, Wetter DW, Lam CY, Cinciripini PM. Implicit attitudes to smoking are associated with craving and dependence. Drug Alcohol Depend 91(2-3):178-86, 2007. PMCID: PMC3275631.
24. Wetter DW, Mazas C, Daza P, Nguyen L, Fouladi RT, Li Y, Cofta-Woerpel L. Reaching and treating Spanish speaking smokers through the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service: A randomized controlled trial. Cancer 109 (2 Suppl)(2 Suppl):406-413, 2007. PMID: 17149758.
25. *Cofta-Woerpel L, Wright KL, Wetter DW. Smoking cessation 3: Multicomponent interventions. Behav Med 32(4):135-149, 2007. PMID: 17348429.
26. Robinson JD, Lam CY, Minnix JA, Wetter DW, Tomlinson GE, Minna JD, Chen TT, Cinciripini PM. The DRD2 Taql-B polymorphism and its relationship to smoking abstinence and withdrawal symptoms. Pharmacogenomics J 7(4):266-274, 2007. PMID: 17189962.
27. *Reitzel LR, Vidrine JI, Li Y, Mullen PD, Velasquez MM, Cinciripini PM, Cofta-Woerpel L, Greisinger A, Wetter DW. The influence of subjective social status on vulnerability to postpartum smoking among young pregnant women. Am J Public Health 97(8):1476-1482, 2007. PMCID: PMC1931465.
28. Carter BL, Robinson JD, Lam CY, Wetter DW, Tsan JY, Day SX, Cinciripini PM. A psychometric evaluation of cigarette stimuli used in a cue reactivity study. Nicotine Tob Res 8:361-369, 2006. PMID: 16801294.
29. *Mazas CA, Cofta-Woerpel L, Daza P, Fouladi RT, Vidrine JI, Cinciripini PM, Gritz ER, Wetter DW. At-risk drinking in employed men and women. Ann Behav Med 31:279-287, 2006. PMID: 16700642.
30. *Vidrine JI, Anderson CB, Pollak KI, Wetter DW. Gender differences in adolescent smoking: Mediator and moderator effects of self-generated expected smoking outcomes. Am J Health Promot 20:383-387, 2006. PMID: 16871816.
31. *Daza P, Cofta-Woerpel L, Mazas CA, Fouladi RT, Cinciripini PM, Gritz ER, Wetter DW. Racial and ethnic differences in predictors of smoking cessation. Substance Use and Misuse 41:317-339, 2006. PMID: 16467009.
32. Blalock JA, Robinson JD, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Relationship of DSM-IV-based depressive disorders to smoking cessation and smoking reduction in pregnant smokers. American Journal of Addictions 15:268-277, 2006. PMID: 16867921.
33. *Cofta-Woerpel L, Wright KL, Wetter DW. Smoking cessation 1: Pharmacological treatments. Behav Med 32:47-56, 2006. PMID: 16903614.
34. *Vidrine JI, Cofta-Woerpel L, Daza P, Wright KL, Wetter DW. Smoking cessation 2: Behavioral treatments. Behav Med 32:99-109, 2006. PMID: 17120385.
35. Cinciripini PM, Robinson JD, Carter BL, Lam C, Wu X, de Moor CA, Baile WF, Wetter DW. The effects of smoking deprivation and nicotine administration on emotional reactivity. Nicotine Tob Res 8:379-392, 2006. PMID: 16801296.

Invited Articles

1. Halbert CH, Wetter DW. Introduction to the special section on cancer disparities. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 17(11):2906-2907, 11/2008. PMID: 18990729.

Book Chapters

1. Carter BL, Day SX, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Momentary health interventions. In: Where are we and where are we going? The Science of Real-Time Data Capture: Self-Reports in Health Research. Oxford University: New York, 289-307, 2007.
2. Curry, SJ, Wetter DW, Grothaus LC, McClure JB, Taplin SH. Behavioral science research methods: Designing and evaluating interventions for cancer prevention and control. In: Handbook of Cancer Control and Behavioral Science: A Resource for Researchers, Practitioners, and Policymakers, 2007.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: NIH National Center for Research Resources Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA): Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences – Community Engagement
Funding Source: NIH/NCATS
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: McPherson
Duration: 7/1/2012 - 8/31/2017
Title: UPRCC /MDACC partnership for excellence in cancer research
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 10/30/2008 - 8/31/2018

Last updated: 7/28/2014