Julianna Nemeth, PhD, MA

Assistant Professor

Julianna Nemeth, PhD, MA


1841 Neil Ave
308 Cunz Hall
Columbus, OH, 43210
Email: nemeth.37@osu.edu
Phone: 614-247-7142

Professional Overview

I am an intervention scientist dedicated to conducting the scientific work needed to improve health and reduce disparities for those impacted by violence in the context of trauma—most notably women and children exposed to domestic violence and homelessness. In the United States, one in three women will experience domestic violence and over one million youth are homeless. An interconnected web of comorbid conditions are concentrated within these populations, including undiagnosed head injury, disability from mental health, alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use and exposure to forced or coerced sexual activity.  My work focuses on building and optimizing behavioral interventions for these populations recognizing the chaotic circumstances in which they live and are trying to recover, heal, and make behavioral change. As the leading cause of premature morbidity and mortality, and due to its high prevalence within these populations, I have increasingly focused my scholarship on understanding smoking behavior and cessation.  Informed by nearly two decades of community work in violence prevention and crisis response, and trained as a feminist theorist, I also bring gender, culture, justice and community practice lenses to the study of health behavior and the promotion of health equity. I am the co-founder of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, a 501(c)3 organization recognized by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and the Office on Violence Against Women as Ohio’s coalition addressing sexual violence response and its prevention.  I was awarded a K07 Career Development Grant (2017-2022) from the National Cancer Institute to develop a smoking cessation intervention for homeless youth using novel, optimization methodology (Multiphase Optimization STrategy).  In addition, I serve as an evaluator on an Office of Victims of Crime funded demonstration grant (2016-2019) awarded to the Ohio Domestic Violence Network; this work focuses on the creation, implementation and evaluation of the C.A.R.E. model, designed to increase advocacy organizations’ capacity to better meet the complex and often interconnected health concerns of domestic violence survivors—including brain injury, mental health, trauma and substance use.



Postdoctoral Researcher, Tobacco Control, Ohio State University, 2016-2017
Ph.D., Health Behavior and Health Promotion, Ohio State University, 2015
Predoctoral Fellow, Behavioral Oncology, Mary Margaret Walther Foundation, Behavioral Cooperative Oncology Group Center for Symptom Management, 2013-2015
M.A., Women’s Studies, Ohio State University, 2001
B.A., Religion (major), Sociology (minor), Wittenberg University, 1998


Board of Trustees Student Recognition Award, Recipient, Ohio State University, 2015
Delta Omega, Member, Ohio State University Alpha Epsilon Chapter, Inducted 2015
Phi Kappa Phi, Member, Ohio State University Chapter, Inducted 2010
Phi Beta Kappa, Member, Wittenberg University Chapter, Inducted 1998

Selected Publications

  1. Nemeth JM, Mengo C, Kulow E, Brown A, and Ramirez R. Provider Perceptions and Domestic Violence (DV) Survivor Experiences of Traumatic and Anoxic-Hypoxic Brain Injury: Implications for DV Advocacy Service Provision. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. 2019.
  2. Mengo C, Beujolas, Brieanne, Kulow E, Ramirez R, Brown A, Nemeth J. Knowledge and Perspectives of Domestic Violence Service Providers about Survivors with Mental Health Disability. Journal of Family Violence, 2019.
  3. Nemeth JM, Thomson T, Lu B, Peng J, Krebs V, Doogan N, Ferketich A, Post D, Browning C, Paskett E, Wewers ME.   A social-contextual investigation of smoking among rural women: multi-level factors associated with smoking status and considerations for cessation.  Rural and Remote Health.  Epub 2018 Mar 4;18(1):4338. doi: 10.22605/RRH4338.  
  4. Nemeth JM, Cooper S, Wermert A, Shoben A, Wewers ME.  The relationship between telephone services and smoking cessation among rural smokers enrolled in quitline tobacco dependence treatment. Preventive Medicine Reports.  2017; 8(Dec 2017): 226-31. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.10.010
  5. Nemeth JM, Thomson T, Lu B, Peng J, Krebs V, Doogan N, Ferketich A, Post D, Browning C, Paskett E, Wewers ME. A social-contextual investigation of smoking among rural women: multi-level factors associated with smoking status and considerations for cessation.  Rural and Remote Health. In Press. 
  6. Thomson T, Nemeth J, Peng J, Lu B, Ferketich A, Paskett E, Wewers ME. Address-Based Sampling for Recruiting Rural Subpopulations: A Two-Phase, Multi-Mode Approach. The
    Journal of Rural Health. In press. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12249.
  7. Bonomi A, Eaton AA, Nemeth JM, Gillum TL. The Abuse Litmus Test: a classroom tool to assess power and control in on-screen relationships. Family Relations. May 16, 2017; epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1111/fare.12237.
  8. Curry E, Nemeth JM, Wermert A, Conroy S, Shoben A, et al. A descriptive report of electronic cigarette use after participation in a community-based tobacco cessation trial. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. January 21, 2017, epub ahead of print.
  9. Wewers ME, Shoben A, Conroy S, Curry E, Ferketich AK, Murray DM, Nemeth J, Wermert A. Effectiveness of two community health worker models of tobacco dependence treatment among community residents of Ohio Appalachia. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2016 September 30; epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntw265
  10. Nemeth JM, Bonomi AE, Lu B, Lomax RG, Wewers ME. Risk factors for smoking in rural women: the role of gender-based sexual and intimate partner violence. Journal of Women's Health. 2016; 25(12): 1282-91.
  11. Thomson TL, Krebs V, Nemeth JM, Lu B, Peng J, Doogan NJ, Ferketich AK, Post DM, Browning CR, Paskett ED, Wewers ME. Social networks and smoking in rural women: intervention implications. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2016; 40(4): 405-15.
  12. Liu ST, Nemeth JM, Klein EG, Ferketich AK, Kwan MP, Wewers ME. Risk perceptions of smokeless tobacco among adolescent and adult users and nonusers. Journal of Health Communication. 2015; 20(5): 599-606.
  13. Bonomi AE, Nemeth JM, Altenburger LE, Anderson ML, Snyder A, Dotto I. Fiction or not? Fifty Shades is associated with health risks in adolescent and young adult females. Journal of Women's Health. 2014; 23(9): 720-8.
  14. Liu ST, Nemeth JM, Klein EG, Ferketich AK, Kwan MP, Wewers ME. Adolescent and adult perceptions of traditional and novel smokeless tobacco products and packaging in rural Ohio. Tobacco Control. 2014 May; 23(3):209-14.
  15. Kurta ML, Krok JL, Hade EM, Williams J, Nemeth J, Paskett ED. The association between sexual abuse and adherence to risk-appropriate cervical cancer screening guidelines: a study of women in Appalachian Ohio. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. 2014; 23(3): 568-569.
  16. Nemeth JM, Bonomi AE, Lomax RG. Initial validation of the Retrospective Teen Dating Violence Assessment (RTDVA). Journal of Women’s Health. 2013; 22(3): 36.
  17. Bonomi AE, Anderson ML, Nemeth J, Rivara FP, Buettner C. History of dating violence and the association with late adolescent health. BMC Public Health. 2013; 13(1):821-32.
  18. Krivoshey MS, Adkins R, Hayes R, Nemeth JM, Klein E. Sexual assault reporting procedures at Ohio colleges. Journal of American College Health. 2013; 61(3):142-7.
  19. Nemeth JM, Liu ST, Klein EG, Ferketich AK, Kwan MP, Wewers ME. Factors influencing smokeless tobacco use in rural Ohio Appalachia. Journal of Community Health. 2012;
    37(6): 1208-17.
  20. Bonomi AE, Anderson ML, Nemeth J, Buettner C, Bartle-Haring S, Schipper D. Dating violence victimization across the teen years: Abuse frequency, number of abusive partners, and age at first occurrence. BMC Public Health. 2012; 12(1):637.
  21. Nemeth JM, Bonomi AE, Lee M, Ludwin J. Sexual infidelity as trigger for intimate partner violence. Journal of Women’s Health. 2012; 21(9):942-9.