Faculty Bios and Publications

Christine Sheffer, PhD
Dr. Sheffer is faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Public Health and a clinical psychologist licensed in Arkansas and Mississippi. She has extensive experience training health care providers in Arkansas and across the country with colleagues at the University of Mississippi Medical Center ACT Center. She also has extensive experience implementing and managing statewide programs that deliver brief and intensive interventions for tobacco dependence to large numbers of participants, with a particular emphasis on primary care environments and other health care settings. She served as the Vice President of the international organization, the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD), has been a member of the ATTUD Board of Directors for several years, and recently spearheaded the development of an international Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Accreditation program. Dr. Sheffer’s interests are in the development and dissemination of evidence-based treatments for tobacco dependence.

Claudia P. Barone, EdD, RN, LNC, CPC, CCNS-BC, APN
Dr. Barone is the Dean of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing and a licensed advanced practice nurse. She has served on the faculty of the College of Nursing for 20 years. A sought-after speaker, Dr. Barone has long championed the treatment of tobacco use and dependence in health care settings. She has also participated in Summer Institutes for Tobacco Control Practices sponsored by Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Sciences and teaches a graduate level course in tobacco cessation. Dr. Barone was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Advisory Board in 2008. Dr. Barone’s interest in tobacco prevention and cessation includes educating all health care providers, counseling patients in her nursing practice, and conducting research on how best to assist patients with quitting tobacco use.

Michael Anders, PhD, MPH, RRT
Dr. Anders is an Associate Professor in the Department of Respiratory and Surgical Technologies in the College of Health Related Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a licensed respiratory therapist. Dr. Anders is an accomplished educator and a sought-after speaker. He has trained a large number of health care providers in the treatment of tobacco use and dependence. Dr. Anders served as the Treasurer for the international association, Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD), is a member of the ATTUD Board of Directors, and serves as an ATTUD Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program Accreditation Commissioner. Dr. Anders’ interests are chronic disease management, addressing health care disparities, and the interdisciplinary adoption, implementation, and maintenance of evidence-based treatments for tobacco use and dependence in a wide variety of clinical settings.


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