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Lois Biener, PhD

University Of Massachusetts - Boston

University Of Massachusetts - Boston
Phone: (617) 287-7200
Fax: (617) 287-7210


lois.biener@umb.edu

Lois Biener, PhD

University Of Massachusetts - Boston

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Adjunct Professor, Psychology, University Of Massachusetts - Boston
  • Senior Research Fellow, Center for Survey Research, University Of Massachusetts - Boston

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

Dr. Biener, a Senior Research Fellow at CSR since 1990, received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Columbia University. She has been involved in research evaluating tobacco control interventions for over 20 years. She has served on federal advisory panels for major tobacco control interventions in the United States and has provided expert assistance to the state programs in Massachusetts, California, Maine, New York, and Wisconsin. Her international consulting has included invited presentations in Taiwan, Germany and Australia. She has served on external review panels for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Smoking and Health and the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit. Much of her research and writing has focused on the impact of media, marketing and policy interventions on smoking behavior of adults and youth. Her work was one of the original investigations to isolate and discuss the importance of emotional content as a factor contributing to the effectiveness of anti-tobacco television advertisements. Dr. Biener has particular expertise in the design and implementation of population surveys. She directed the surveys of Massachusetts residents for the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program from 1993 to 2000, and then was awarded a National Cancer Institute grant to conduct a longitudinal study of Massachusetts population to evaluation the impact of the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program. Dr. Biener has also contributed to the design and evaluation of survey questions for a number of national surveys in the United States, and has conducted original work on refining survey measures of awareness and response to new tobacco products coming into the market.

Publications

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  • Bolcic-Jankovic D, Biener L. Public opinion about FDA regulation of menthol and nicotine. Tobacco Control 2014. PubMed
  • Stepanov I, Biener L, Yershova K, Nyman AL, Bliss R, Parascandola M, Hatsukami DK. Monitoring Tobacco-Specific N-Nitrosamines and Nicotine in Novel Smokeless Tobacco Products: Findings from Round II of the New Product Watch. Nicotine Tob Res 2014. PubMed
  • Biener L, Roman AM, Mc Inerney SA, Bolcic-Jankovic D, Hatsukami DK, Loukas A, O'Connor RJ, Romito L. Snus use and rejection in the USA. Tobacco Control 2014. PubMed
  • Nyman AL, Biener L. The New Product Watch: Successes and Challenges of Crowdsourcing as a Method of Surveillance. J Public Health Manag Pract 2013. PubMed
  • Biener L, Nyman AL, Stepanov I, Hatsukami D. Public education about the relative harm of tobacco products: an intervention for tobacco control professionals. Tobacco Control 2013. PubMed
  • Alpert HR, Connolly GN, Biener L. A prospective cohort study challenging the effectiveness of population-based medical intervention for smoking cessation. Tobacco Control 2012. PubMed
  • Stepanov I, Biener L, Knezevich A, Nyman AL, Bliss R, Jensen J, Hecht SS, Hatsukami DK. Monitoring tobacco-specific N-nitrosamines and nicotine in novel Marlboro and Camel smokeless tobacco products: findings from Round 1 of the New Product Watch. Nicotine Tob Res 2012; 14:274-81. PubMed
  • Stepanov I, Jensen J, Biener L, Bliss RL, Hecht SS, Hatsukami DK. Increased Pouch Sizes and Resulting Changes in the Amounts of Nicotine and Tobacco-Specific N-Nitrosamines in Single Pouches of Camel Snus and Marlboro Snus. Nicotine Tob Res 2012. PubMed
  • Hatsukami DK, Biener L, Leischow SJ, Zeller MR. Tobacco and Nicotine Product Testing. Nicotine Tob Res 2011. PubMed
  • Biener L, McCausland K, Curry L, Cullen J. Prevalence of Trial of Snus Products Among Adult Smokers. Am J Public Health 2011. PubMed
  • Biener L, Hamilton WL, Siegel M, Sullivan EM. Individual, social-normative, and policy predictors of smoking cessation: a multilevel longitudinal analysis. Am J Public Health 2010; 100:547-54. PubMed
  • Rogers JD, Biener L, Clark PI. Test marketing of new smokeless tobacco products in four U.S. cities. Nicotine Tob Res 2010; 12:69-72. PubMed
  • Durkin SJ, Biener L, Wakefield MA. Effects of different types of antismoking ads on reducing disparities in smoking cessation among socioeconomic subgroups. Am J Public Health 2009; 99:2217-23. PubMed
  • Biener L, Bogen K. Receptivity to Taboka and Camel Snus in a U.S. test market. Nicotine Tob Res 2009; 11:1154-9. PubMed
  • Levy DE,Biener L,Rigotti NA. The natural history of light smokers: A population-based cohort study. Nicotine Tob Res 2009; 11:156-63. PubMed
  • Bogen K, Biener L, Garrett CA, Allen J, Cummings KM, Hartman A, Marcus S, McNeill A, O'Connor RJ, Parascandola M, Pederson L. Surveillance indicators for potential reduced exposure products (PREPs): developing survey items to measure awareness. Harm Reduct J 2009; 6:27. PubMed
  • Giovino GA, Biener L, Hartman AM, Marcus SE, Schooley MW, Pechacek TF, Vallone D. Monitoring the tobacco use epidemic I. Overview: Optimizing measurement to facilitate change. Prev Med 2009; 48:S4-10. PubMed
  • Hamilton WL, Biener L, Brennan RT. Do local tobacco regulations influence perceived smoking norms? Evidence from adult and youth surveys in Massachusetts. 2008; 23:709-22. PubMed
  • Biener L, Wakefield M, Shiner CM, Siegel M. How broadcast volume and emotional content affect youth recall of anti-tobacco advertising. Am J Prev Med 2008; 35:14-9. PubMed
  • Siegel M, Albers AB, Cheng DM, Hamilton WL, Biener L. Local restaurant smoking regulations and the adolescent smoking initiation process: results of a multilevel contextual analysis among Massachusetts youth. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2008; 162:477-83. PubMed
  • Levy DE, Thorndike AN, Biener L, Rigotti NA. Use of nicotine replacement therapy to reduce or delay smoking but not to quit: prevalence and association with subsequent cessation efforts. Tob Control 2007; 16:384-9. PubMed
  • Biener L, Garrett CA, Skeer M, Siegel M, Connolly G. The effects on smokers of Boston's smoke-free bar ordinance: a longitudinal analysis of changes in compliance, patronage, policy support, and smoking at home. J Public Health Manag Pract 2007; 13:630-6. PubMed
  • Biener L, Bogen K, Connolly G. Impact of corrective health information on consumers' perceptions of "reduced exposure" tobacco products. Tobacco Control 2007; 16:306-11. PubMed
  • Biener L, Reimer RL, Wakefield M, Szczypka G, Rigotti NA, Connolly G. Impact of smoking cessation aids and mass media among recent quitters. Am J Prev Med 2006; 30:217-24. PubMed
  • Conley Thomson C, Siegel M, Winickoff J, Biener L, Rigotti NA. Household smoking bans and adolescents' perceived prevalence of smoking and social acceptability of smoking. Prev Med 2005; 41:349-56. PubMed
  • Biener L, Garrett CA, Gilpin EA, Roman AM, Currivan DB. Consequences of declining survey response rates for smoking prevalence estimates. Am J Prev Med 2004; 27:254-7. PubMed
  • Biener L. Anti-tobacco advertisements by Massachusetts and Philip Morris: what teenagers think. Tobacco Control 2002; 11 Suppl 2:ii43-6. PubMed
  • Thorndike AN, Biener L, Rigotti NA. Effect on smoking cessation of switching nicotine replacement therapy to over-the-counter status. Am J Public Health 2002; 92:437-42. PubMed
  • Hamilton WL, Biener L, Rodger CN. Who supports tobacco excise taxes? Factors associated with towns' and individuals' support in Massachusetts. J Public Health Manag Pract 2005; 11:333-40. PubMed
  • Biener L, Ji M, Gilpin EA, Albers AB. The impact of emotional tone, message, and broadcast parameters in youth anti-smoking advertisements. J Health Commun 2004; 9:259-74. PubMed
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