Joanne G. Patterson, PhD, MPH, MSW

Assistant Professor

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We know that living in discriminatory contexts effects the economic and social resources available to LGBTQ people, which shapes health decision-making. I want to understand that process and figure out, with community members, where we can intervene at a population level. I want us to create a level playing field for LGBTQ people in cancer prevention and control.


353 Cunz Hall
1841 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210




Dr. Joanne G. Patterson is a healthy equity scholar and behavioral scientist whose research program aims to reduce cancer inequities, with a special focus on minoritized lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations. Her research is informed by the socio-ecological model and applies an intersectionality framework to investigate determinants of cancer inequities and develop upstream interventions that are targeted to the unique contexts experienced by multiply minoritized populations. She has specific interests in tobacco and alcohol use, cancer screening, and upstream socioeconomic factors, including food insecurity.

Dr. Patterson’s tobacco research has a strong focus on regulatory science; conducting studies designed to guide federal regulation of tobacco products. In this area, she is specifically focused on public education about the risks of nicotine and tobacco product use, product advertising, and warnings. At OSU, collaborates on multiple studies in tobacco-related communications, which have been funded by the National Cancer Institute and The Ohio State University James Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is currently funded by a National Cancer Institute K99/R00 Career Development Award to examine the effect of exposure to anti-tobacco messages on polytobacco use among minoritized LGBT young adults.

Dr. Patterson's community-engaged work aims to build organizational capacity to conduct research that benefits minoritized LGBT populations. Current research partnerships include a formative program evaluation for an LGBT-focused tobacco cessation program and public education campaign in Ohio.

Health Equity; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health; Social Determinants of Health; Cancer Prevention; Tobacco Prevention and Cessation; Tobacco Regulatory Science; Health Communications; Community Engaged Research; Implementation Science

PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education; University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN
MPH, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Boston University School of Public Health, Boston MA
MSW, Program Planning and Evaluation (Macro); Boston University School of Social Work, Boston MA
BA, English; Wesleyan College, Macon GA

Lee D, Keller-Hamilton B, Wedel A, Wagener T, Stevens E, Patterson JG. Minoritized sexual identity and perceived effectiveness of Instagram public health messaging about e-cigarettes. J Health Comm 2022. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2022.2059724

Patterson JG, Keller-Hamilton B, Wedel A, Wagener TL, Stevens EM. Responses to e-cigarette health messages among young adult sexual minoritized women and nonbinary people assigned female at birth: Assessing the influence of message theme and format. Drug Alcohol Depend 2022; 21: 109249. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.109249

Keller-Hamilton B, Miranda A, LaPolt D, Stevens EM, Wedel A, Wagener TL, Patterson JG. Associations of race and ethnicity with tobacco messaging exposures and tobacco use among bisexual and pansexual women. Prev Med Rep 2022; 25: 101657. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2021.101657

Patterson JG, Hinton A, Cooper SE, Wewers ME. Differences in quit attempts, successful quits, methods, and motivations in a longitudinal cohort of adult tobacco users by sexual orientation". Nicotine Tob Res 2021; ntab116. PMID: 34060633. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntab116

Patterson JG, LaPolt DT, Miranda AR, Zettler PJ, Berman M, Roberts ME, Keller-Hamilton B, Ferketich AF. Switching stories: user testimonials on continue to contradict JUUL’s switch ≠ cessation narrative. Tob Control (online first) 2020. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-055816 PMID: 33154067

Patterson JG, Russomanno JR, Jabson Tree JM. Disparities in food insecurity and food assistance at the intersection of race and sexual orientation: A population-based study of adult women in the United States. Soc Sci Med – Pop Health 2020;12:100655. PMCID: PMC7442904 doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100655

Roberts ME, Teferra A, Keller-Hamilton B, Patterson JG, Ferketich A. Shared and Unique Risk Factors for Tobacco Use among Rural versus Urban Adolescents. Prev Med 2020; 106239 PMCID: PMC7680386 doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106239

Russomanno J, Patterson, JG, Jabson JM. Food Security and Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Individuals in the Southeast United States: A Qualitative Study. Transgender Health 2019; 4(1), 1-11. doi: 10.1089/trgh.2018.0024 PMID: 31032424

Patterson JG, Jabson JM. Sexual orientation measurement and chronic disease disparities: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009-2014. Ann Epi 2018; 28(2): 72-85. PMCID: PMC6484349 doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2017.12.001