Staff: Maria L. Roditis, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Maria L. Roditis, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Maria Roditis, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a Program Director in the Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB) within the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Prior to joining NCI, Dr. Roditis was a Health Scientist at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Office of Health Communication and Education. At CTP, she conducted research to support the FDA's "The Real Cost" national youth tobacco prevention campaign.
Dr. Roditis earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology and her M.P.H. from Indiana University, Bloomington where she was trained in the Mayo Clinic model of tobacco dependence treatment and provided smoking cessation services to the community. After receiving her doctorate, she trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco and at Stanford University School of Medicine, Division of Adolescent Medicine where her research focused on adolescent decision making and perceptions of risks related to tobacco product use.
Dr. Roditis has conducted and has been involved with studies addressing adolescent perceptions of addiction and strategies for messaging on addiction, as well as studies assessing youth perceptions and use of multiple tobacco products.
Current and/or past BRP mentors include Stephanie Land.
- Youth tobacco use
- Health communication
- Tobacco control policy
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Roditis ML, Dineva A, Smith A, Walker M, Delahanty J, D'lorio E, Holtz KD. Reactions to electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) prevention messages: results from qualitative research used to inform FDA's first youth ENDS prevention campaign. Tob Control 2019 Sep 10.
- Roditis ML, Jones C, Dineva AP, Alexander TN. Lessons on Addiction Messages From "The Real Cost" Campaign. Am J Prev Med 2019 Feb; 56(2 Suppl 1):S24-S30.
- Roditis M, Delucchi K, Cash D, Halpern-Felsher B. Adolescents' Perceptions of Health Risks, Social Risks, and Benefits Differ Across Tobacco Products. J Adolesc Health 2016 May; 58(5):558-66.
- Roditis M, Lee J, Halpern-Felsher BL. Adolescent (Mis)Perceptions About Nicotine Addiction: Results From a Mixed-Methods Study. Health Educ Behav 2016 Apr; 43(2):156-64.
- Roditis ML, Halpern-Felsher B. Adolescents' Perceptions of Risks and Benefits of Conventional Cigarettes, E-cigarettes, and Marijuana: A Qualitative Analysis. J Adolesc Health 2015 Aug; 57(2):179-85.