Kenneth D. Ward, Ph.D.
Director and Professor, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Robison Hall 201
- Residency, Clinical Health Psychology, University of Mississippi Medical Center
- Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Memphis
- M.S., Clinical Psychology, University of Memphis
- A.B., Psychology, Brown University
- Tobacco use epidemiology and intervention
- Global health
- Psychosocial risk factors for chronic diseases
- Physical activity, bone health, and osteoporosis prevention
- Ward, K.D., Asfar, T., Al-Ali, R., Vander Weg, M.W., Eissenberg, T., & Maziak, W. Randomized
trial of the effectiveness of combined behavioral/ pharmacological smoking cessation
treatment in Syrian primary care clinics. In press, Addiction.
- Ward, K.D., Kedia, S., Webb, L., & Relyea, G. Nicotine dependence among clients receiving publicly
funded substance abuse treatment. In press, Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
- Mzayek, F., Khader, Y., Eissenberg, T. Al Ali, R., Ward, K.D., & Maziak, W. Patterns of waterpipe and cigarette smoking initiation in school children:
Irbid Longitudinal Smoking Study. In press, Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
- Mzayek, F., Khader, Y., Eissenberg, T., Ward, K.D., & Maziak, W. (2011). Design, baseline results of Irbid Longitudinal, School-based
Smoking Study. American Journal of Health Behavior, 35, 746-755.
- Asfar, T., Al-Ali, R., Ward, K.D., Vander Weg, M.W., & Maziak, W. (2011). Are primary health care providers prepared
to implement an anti-smoking program in Syria? Patient Education and Counseling, 85, 201-205.
- Maziak, W., Rastam, S., Shihadeh, A.L., Bazzi, A., Ibrahim, I., Zaatari, G.S., Ward, K.D., & Eissenberg, T. (2011). Nicotine exposure in daily waterpipe smokers and its relation
to puff topography. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 397-399.
- Rastam, S., Maziak, W., al Ali, R., Ward, K.D., & Eissenberg, T. (2011). Comparative analysis of waterpipe and cigarette suppression
of abstinence and craving symptoms. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 555-559.
- Cobb, C., Ward, K.D., Maziak, W., Shihadeh, A.L., & Eissenberg, T. (2010). Waterpipe tobacco smoking: an
emerging health crisis in the United States. American Journal of Health Behavior, 34, 275-285.
- Kilzieh, N., Rastam, S., Ward, K.D., & Maziak, W. (2010). Gender, depression, and physical impairment: an epidemiologic
perspective from Aleppo, Syria. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 45, 595-602.
PUBH 7130/8130: Social Determinants of Health (syllabus)
PUBH 7450/8450: Randomized Clinical Trials (syllabus)
PUBH 7992: Master’s Project Seminar
PUBH 8900: Doctoral Professional Development Seminar
Kenneth D. Ward, PhD, is Faudree Professor and Director of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
in the School of Public Health. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Preventive
Medicine at University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and Intervention Director
of the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies. Dr. Ward is a clinical health psychologist
and a fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Society of Behavioral
Medicine. His current professional service includes being Senior Editor of the journal
Addiction and Editorial Board Member of the American Journal of Health Behavior and Journal of Addiction. Dr. Ward's major research focus is tobacco use, including epidemiology and prevention/cessation
intervention development and evaluation. Other research interests include cardiovascular
risk factor management, physical activity, and osteoporosis prevention. His work focuses
on underserved urban populations in the U. S. and developing countries. Dr. Ward's
work has been funded by the American Heart Association, American Legacy Foundation,
Fogarty International Center (NIH), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National
Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institute on Drug
Abuse, and The Urban Child Institute. His current research includes studies of the
effects of natural disasters on substance use, development of tobacco interventions
for disaster survivors, the use of community based physical activity to aid smoking
cessation, post‐cessation weight gain prevention in pre‐diabetics, lifestyle determinants
of children's bone growth, and epidemiological, clinical laboratory, and intervention
studies with cigarette and waterpipe users in the Middle East.