Lee Westmaas, PhD
Director, Tobacco Control Research, Behavioral Research Center
Lee Westmaas, PhD, is the director of tobacco control research in the Behavioral Research Center (BRC) at the American Cancer Society. His research focuses on factors that individually and interactively influence smokers’ motivation to quit and their success in quitting. These include social factors (e.g., social pressure, social support during quitting), psychological factors (e.g., depression, personality, gender), biological influences (e.g., the relationship between physiological stress responses and cravings or relapse, and the ability of social support to affect this relationship), and environmental factors (e.g., anti-smoking messages). Dr. Westmaas uses these results to develop strategies that increase the demand for, and the effectiveness of, smoking cessation interventions, particularly those that use the Internet and Email to provide tailored, personalized cessation treatment. He is also involved in adapting cessation interventions for populations that experience disparities in the prevalence and effects of tobacco use.
Dr. Westmaas received his doctorate in health psychology from the University of California, Irvine, and completed postdoctoral training at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto) and the Tobacco Research and Intervention Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida (Tampa).
Westmaas, J. L., Bontemps-Jones, J., & Bauer, J. (2010). Social support in smoking cessation: Reconciling theory and evidence , Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
Seidman, D., Westmaas, J. L., Goldband, S., Rabius, V., Katkin, E. S., Pike, J. et al. (2010). Randomized controlled trial of an interactive internet smoking cessation program with long term follow-up. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 39(1), 48-60.
Xu, X., Floyd, A. H. L., Westmaas, J. L., & Aron, A. (2010). Self-expansion and smoking cessation, Addictive Behaviors, 35, 295-301
Pachankis, J., Westmaas, J. L., & Dougherty, L. (in press). The Influence of Sexual Orientation and Masculinity on Young Men’s Tobacco Smoking. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology
Westmaas, J. L., & Langsam, K. (2005). Unaided smoking cessation and predictors of failure to quit in a community sample: Effects of gender. Addictive Behaviors, 30,1405-1424.