Geri Dino, Ph.D.
Prevention Research Center
Dr. Dino has over 15 years of continuous external research funding from federal, state, and private agencies. She has an internationally-recognized program of research and publication in adolescent smoking. She co-developed the Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) teen smoking cessation program, with Dr. Kimberly Horn. N-O-T was formally adopted by the American Lung Association (ALA) in 1998. N-O-T was found to be the most commonly used packaged teen smoking cessation program in the US, and is recognized as a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) evidence-based Model Program, a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Research Tested Intervention Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Adoptable Program, and an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Model Program. In 2008, the CDC launched the N-O-T web portal to enhance program reach and to establish a new and innovative venue for dissemination research. The ALA projects that N-O-T has reached over 300,000 teen smokers since 2000, with about 1 in 5 reporting quitting at the end of the program.
Dr. Dino also has expertise in participatory program and systems evaluation. She was Co-Chair of the national Prevention Research Centers evaluation project, is PI of a multi-year state-funded project to evaluate WV’s Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention program, and was Co-PI on a project to evaluate the WV Healthy Lifestyles Act directed toward childhood obesity. She is also part of the WVPRC’s a multi-year evaluation of WV’s Tobacco Program that provides the state health department with ongoing policy and practice recommendations.
Dr. Dino teaches in the MPH and PhD in Public Health Sciences programs at WVU; her courses include Management and Leadership, and Research Translation for Health. She also has an active service record. She was Associate Chair for Planning and Faculty Development for the Department of Community Medicine, serves on study sections, is a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals, chairs and participates in national committees, and provides consultation to state and national organizations on strategic planning, evaluation, community engagement and community-based research, and teen smoking prevention and cessation.