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Nikki L. Nollen, Ph.D.


Education and Training

Iowa State University: Bachelor of Science, Psychology
Ball State University: Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology
University of Missouri-Kansas City: Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology
University of Kansas Medical Center: Fellowship

Research Interests

Smoking Cessation and Obesity Prevention

My research focuses on behavior changes - both at the individual and the systems level - that relate to smoking and obesity among underserved and high risk groups. Within the area of smoking, the long-term goal of my research is to reduce disparities in tobacco-related morbidity and mortality for African American smokers. Within the area of obesity, the long-term goal of my research is to reduce the incidence of overweight and obesity among low income ethnic minority children.

  • Understanding Disparities in Quitting in African American and White Smokers (R01 DA031815)
  • Impacting Diet and Sedentary Behaviors in Adolescents using Handheld Computers (K23 HL090496)
  • Exercise as an Adjunct to Smoking Cessation Treatment for African American Women (Frontiers and KUMC Research Institute Clinical Pilot Program)
  • The Impact of Exercise on Brain Responses to Smoking Cues (Frontiers and KUMC Research Institute Clinical Pilot Program)


My teaching interests lie in the areas of preventive medicine, social and behavioral aspects of health, and behavioral interventions, particularly the use of motivational interviewing (MI) counseling to facilitate health behavior change. I teach two courses in the MPH program, facilitate small groups with medical students, and regularly lecture to faculty, staff, and trainees throughout the medical center.

  • PRVM 818: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health, Course Director (MPH Students)
  • PRVM 857: Motivational Interviewing in Public Health Settings, Co-Director (MPH and Dietetics and Nutrition Students)
Last modified: Jul 15, 2019

Nikki L. Nollen, Ph.D.


Nikki L. Nollen, Ph.D.

Department of Population Health
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3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160

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Biographical sketch