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About Joan M Davis RDH, PhD

Tobacco cessation: integration of behaviorally-based tobacco dependence education (TDE)into healthcare curriculum is essential in order to better prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals to help their patients quit. As a research educator, I am committed to providing evidence-based innovations/resources to healthcare educators through open-source forums. One such resource is called Tobacco Free! Curriculum and can be found at My research explores how healthcare educators adopt, implement and integrate content requiring students to demonstrate behaviorally-based interventions such as helping a patient quit smoking or choosing healthy foods. Curricular change is needed - starting with educators.


Present Faculty Member, Southern Illinois University Carbondale