Amy Ferketich, PhD

Interim Co-Chair

Amy Ferketich, PhD

Public health is focused on keeping the public healthy through many ways, including policies, programs, education and research. It is a field that has something for everyone, from the basic scientist to the policymaker. Teaching ‘Global Public Health’ is a true joy, because many students realize that the field of public health offers what they have been looking for but couldn’t find in other courses.


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Dr. Ferketich’s research falls into the following areas within the field of tobacco control: smoking cessation, tobacco use surveillance, tobacco policy, and tobacco regulatory science. With respect to smoking cessation, her independent research is largely focused on smokers who can be reached through healthcare providers and the healthcare system. In the past, she has led projects that target Medicaid-enrolled smokers in Southeast Ohio and smokers with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Her current work includes co-directing a smoking cessation project within NCI-funded P01. The intervention inovllves an ask-advise-refer model delivered to female smokers in Appalachian primary care clinics. Her surveillance work includes secondary analyses of population-based data from the US, China, and Italy. Her research in the area of tobacco control policy has involved work with clean indoor air ordinances and tobacco advertising. Finally, her current work in tobacco regulatory science includes an NCI-funded R01 (with Marielle Brinkman) that is focused on examining the impact of waterpipe warning labels.

tobacco control: smoking cessation, tobacco use surveillance, tobacco policy, and tobacco regulatory science

M.A.S., Statistics, The Ohio State University 2001
Ph.D., Public Health, The Ohio State University 2000
M.A., Exercise Physiology, The Ohio State University 1994
B.S., Nutrition and Dietetics, Kent State University 1992
B.S., Physical Education, Kent State University 1992

  • College of Public Health’s Excellence in Teaching Award, October, 2007
  • Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, March, 2016
  • Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Spotlight Mentor Recognition, 2017

Tetreault E, Teferra A, Keller-Hamilton B, Shaw S, Kahassai S, Curran H, Paskett E, Ferketich AK. Perceived changes in mood and anxiety among male youth during the COVID-19 pandemic: findings from a mixed-methods study. Journal of Adolescent Health, Epub June 7, 2021.

Keller-Hamilton B, Lu B, Roberts ME, Berman ML, Root ED, Ferketich AK. Electronic Cigarette Use and Risk of Cigarette and Smokeless Tobacco Initiation among Adolescent Boys: A Propensity Score Matched Analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 114: 106770, 2021.

Patterson JG, Lapolt DT, Miranda AR, Zettler PJ, Berman M, Roberts ME, Keller-Hamilton B, Ferketich AK. Switching stories: user testimonials on continue to contradict JUUL's switch ≠ cessation narrative. Tobacco Control, Epub November 5, 2020.

Keller-Hamilton B, Roberts ME, Slater, MD, Berman M, Ferketich AK. Adolescent males’ responses to blu’s fake warnings. Recall of Cigarette Advertisements Making “Natural” Claims. Tobacco Control, Epub: February 16, 2019.

Friedman KL, Roberts ME, Keller-Hamilton B, Yates KA, Paskett ED, Berman ML, Slater MD, Lu B, Ferketich AK. Attitudes towards Tobacco, Alcohol, and Non-Alcoholic Beverage Advertisement Themes among Adolescent Boys. Substance Use & Misuse, 53(10):1706-1714, 2018.

Roberts ME, Keller-Hamilton B, Hinton A, Browning CR, Slater MD, Xi W, Ferketich AK. The magnitude and impact of tobacco marketing exposure in adolescents’ day-to-day lives: An ecological momentary assessment (EM) study. Addictive Behaviors, 88:144-149, 2018.

Ferketich AK. The value of state-based surveillance and surveys in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 107:850-852, 2017.

Wang L, Lu B, Wewers ME, Foraker RE, Ouyang L, Ferketich AK. Are Retailers Compliant with Zoning Regulations that Ban Tobacco Sales near Schools in Changsha, China? Tobacco Control, 26:446-451, 2017.

Wang L, Jin Y, Berman M, Ferketich AK. Would a cigarette by any other name taste as good in China? Tobacco Control, 25:638-639, 2016.

Jin Y, Lu B, Klein EG, Berman M, Foraker RE, Ferketich AK. The Impact of Tobacco-Free Pharmacy Policies on Tobacco Retailer Density. American Journal of Public Health, 106(4): 679-685, 2016.

Ferketich AK, Lugo A, LaVecchia C, Fernandez E, Boffetta P, Clancy L, Gallus S. Relation between national-level tobacco control policies and individual-level voluntary home smoking bans in Europe. Tobacco Control, 25(1):60-65, 2016.

Wang L, Jin Y, Lu B, Ferketich AK. Smoking cessation assistance utilization in 14 low and middle income countries. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18(5):1076-1082, 2016.

Jradi H, Wewers ME, Pirie PP, Binkley PF, Ferketich AK. Tobacco Dependence curricula in Middle Eastern and North African medical education. Tobacco Control, 22(6):427-428, 2013.

Ferketich AK, Diaz P, Browning KK, Lu B, Koletar SL, Reynolds NR, Wewers ME. Safety of varenicline among smokers enrolled in the Lung HIV study. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 15(1):247-254, 2013.