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Ludmila Cofta-Woerpel

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement


Ludmila Cofta-Woerpel, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science, Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences. Her research focuses on smoking cessation and relapse prevention interventions, tobacco use among special populations, and the study of post-cessation nicotine withdrawal using Ecological Momentary Assessment conducted in real time, in the smoker’s natural environment. She also conducts health communication studies with focus on health information seeking and health information delivery. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters.

Dr. Cofta-Woerpel has experience in community-based research conducted in real-life public health service and clinical practice settings as well as expertise in community dissemination of evidence-based cancer prevention and control best practices. She co-directs the Tobacco Outreach and Education Program (TOEP) where she is responsible for the delivery of tobacco education to health care professionals. Dr. Cofta-Woerpel is committed to community outreach and partnership, especially involving the underserved. She has experience designing, implementing and evaluating public education, professional education and other dissemination programs. Her interactive CME-accredited tobacco training using virtual patients was created for health care professionals with funding from CPRIT and can be reached from the TOEP website or MD Anderson's Professional Oncology Education website.

A keen interest and expertise in technology applications for health-related research and dissemination complement Dr. Cofta-Woerpel’s research and community outreach. She is Co-Director of MD Anderson’s e-Health Technology, a program of the Duncan Family Institute for Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment and Cancer Center Support Grant developing shared resource. e-Health Technology creates custom interactive websites and mobile applications including sensor integration for projects across the cancer control continuum.

Dr. Cofta-Woerpel serves on institutional committees including the Faculty Senate’s Faculty Welfare Committee and the Faculty Health Advisory Committee.  In 2010-2015, she was a member of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate and in 2013-2015, a member of the Institutional Faculty Advisory Committee (IFAC) and Chair of the Shared Governance Task Force of the IFAC. She is a Fulbright Alumna and holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.  

Research Interests

behavior change related to lifestyle risk factors

smoking cessation and relapse prevention

health communication

e-Health, m-Health and health information technology

health disparities and underserved populations

dissemination of evidence-based best practices

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1992 Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, PHD, Psychology

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Lam CY, Businelle MS, Cofta-Woerpel L, McClure JB, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Positive smoking outcome expectancies mediate the relation between alcohol consumption and smoking urge among women during a quit attempt. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 28(1):163-172, 2014.
2. Businelle MS, Lam CY, Kendzor DE, McClure JB, Cofta-Woerpel L, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Alcohol consumption and urges to smoke among women during a smoking cessation attempt. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 21(1):29-37, 2013.
3. Kreuter MW, Fernandez ME, Brown M, Cofta-Woerpel L, Pfeiffer D, Adams-Piphus B, Krebill H, Gonzalez DA, Campos DM, Kirklin GT, Betsworth S, Casey C & Luke D. Increasing information-seeking about Human Papillomavirus vaccination through community partnerships in African American and Hispanic communities. Family and Community Health 35(1):15-30, 2012.
4. Correa-Fernandez V, Ji L, Castro Y, Heppner WL, Vidrine JI, Costello T, Dolan-Mullen P, Cofta-Woerpel L, Velasquez MM, Greisinger A, Cinciripini P, Wetter DW. Mediators of the association of major depressive syndrome and anxiety syndrome with postpartum smoking relapse. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 80(4):636-48, 2012.
5. Cofta-Woerpel L, McClure JB, Li Y, Urbauer D, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Early cessation success or failure among women attempting to quit smoking: Trajectories and volatility of urge and negative mood during the first post-cessation week. J Abnorm Psychol 120(3):596-606, 8/2011. PMCID: PMC3153568.
6. Reitzel LR, McClure JB, Cofta-Woerpel L, Mazas CA, Cao Y, Cinciripini PM, Vidrine JI, Li Y, Wetter DW. The efficacy of computer-delivered treatment for smoking cessation. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 20(7):1555-1557, 7/2011. e-Pub 5/2011. PMCID: PMC3132322.
7. Wetter DW, McClure JB, Cofta-Woerpel L, Costello TJ, Reitzel LR, Businelle MS, Cinciripini PM. A randomized clinical trial of a palmtop computer-delivered treatment for smoking relapse prevention among women. Psychol Addict Behav 25(2):365-371, 6/2011. PMID: 21500879.
8. Reitzel LR, Cromley EK, Li Y, Cao Y, Dela Mater R, Mazas CA, Cofta-Woerpel L, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. The effect of tobacco outlet density and proximity on smoking cessation. Am J Public Health 101(2):315-20, 2/2011. e-Pub 12/2010. PMID: 21164089.
9. Bowen DJ, Kreuter M, Spring B, Cofta-Woerpel L, Linnan L, Weiner D, Bakken S, Kaplan CP, Squiers L, Fabrizio C, Fernandez M. How we design feasibility studies. Am J Prev Med 36(5):452–457, 5/2009. PMCID: PMC2859314.
10. 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, 2/2009. e-Pub 10/2008. PMCID: PMC2614080.
11. Cofta-Woerpel L, Randhawa V, McFadden HG, Fought A, Bullard E, Spring B. ACCISS study rationale and design: Activating Collaborative Cancer Information Service Support for cervical cancer screening. BMC Public Health 9:444-454, 2009. e-Pub 12/2009. PMCID: PMC2790457.
12. Shaw BR, Dubenske LL, Han JY, Cofta-Woerpel L, Bush N, Gustafson DH, McTavish F. Antecedent characteristics of online cancer information seeking among rural breast cancer patients: An application of the Cognitive-Social Health Information Processing (C-SHIP) Model. J Health Commun 13(4):389-408, 2008. PMID: 18569368.
13. 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.
14. 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):382-390, 8/2007. PMID: 17696685.
15. Cofta-Woerpel L, Wright KL, Wetter DW. Smoking Cessation 3: Multicomponent Interventions. Behav Med 32(4):135-149, 2007. PMID: 17348429.
16. 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(3):279-87, 6/2006. PMID: 16700642.
17. Cofta-Woerpel L, Wright KL, Wetter DW. Smoking cessation 1: Pharmacological treatments. Behav Med 32(2):47-56, 2006. PMID: 16903614.
18. Vidrine JI, Cofta-Woerpel L, Daza P, Wright KL, Wetter DW. Smoking cessation 2: Behavioral treatments. Behav Med 32(3):99-109, 2006. PMID: 17120385.

Last updated: 11/29/2015