PSU Profiles
Keywords
Last Name
Institution

Christopher Sciamanna

TitleProfessor
InstitutionCollege of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
Address500 University Drive Hershey PA 17033
Phone7175318161

 Overview 
 overview
TITLE:

Chris N. Sciamanna, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences
Chief, Division of Population Health Research & Development
Penn State College of Medicine

EDUCATION:

Fellowship, General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine (1998)
M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health (1996)
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine (1995)
M.D., Jefferson Medical College (1992)

NARRATIVE:
Dr. Sciamanna is a general internist with a Masters in Public Health degree. He has spent the past 20 years developing and testing the impact of interventions, both online and face-to-face, for smoking, physical inactivity, stress reduction and obesity. He has published over 75 peer-reviewed papers, has been the PI of 4 NIH R01 intervention trials. He is now the PI of a PCORI Large Pragmatic Trial to test the impact of Band Together (www.BTPennState.org), including strength, aerobic and balance training - on recurrent fragility fractures among seniors. He is the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine, overseeing 50 inpatient and outpatient providers as well as 10 faculty members with current external research grant funding. He has his own panel of primary care patients, who are the inspiration for the type of programs he develops as well as how he crafts the user experience to be something patients look forward to..


 Bibliographic 
 selected publications
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.
List All   |   Timeline
  1. Kraschnewski JL, Sciamanna CN, Poger JM, Rovniak LS, Lehman EB, Cooper AB, Ballentine NH, Ciccolo JT. Is strength training associated with mortality benefits? A 15year cohort study of US older adults. Prev Med. 2016 Jun; 87:121-7.
    View in: PubMed
  2. Rovniak LS, Sciamanna CN, George DR, Bopp M, Kong L, Ding D. Interest in Using Workplace Energy Expenditure Devices Among Primary Care Patients. J Prim Care Community Health. 2016 Apr; 7(2):96-101.
    View in: PubMed
  3. Chuang CH, Velott DL, Weisman CS, Sciamanna CN, Legro RS, Chinchilli VM, Moos MK, Francis EB, Confer LN, Lehman EB, Armitage CJ. Reducing Unintended Pregnancies Through Web-Based Reproductive Life Planning and Contraceptive Action Planning among Privately Insured Women: Study Protocol for the MyNewOptions Randomized, Controlled Trial. Womens Health Issues. 2015 Nov-Dec; 25(6):641-8.
    View in: PubMed
  4. Foulds J, Veldheer S, Hrabovsky S, Yingst J, Sciamanna C, Chen G, Maccani JZ, Berg A. The effect of motivational lung age feedback on short-term quit rates in smokers seeking intensive group treatment: A randomized controlled pilot study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Aug 1; 153:271-7.
    View in: PubMed
  5. Yingst JM, Veldheer S, Hrabovsky S, Sciamanna C, Foulds J. Reasons for non-adherence to nicotine patch therapy during the first month of a quit attempt. Int J Clin Pract. 2015 Aug; 69(8):883-8.
    View in: PubMed
  6. Foy AJ, Liu G, Davidson WR, Sciamanna C, Leslie DL. Comparative effectiveness of diagnostic testing strategies in emergency department patients with chest pain: an analysis of downstream testing, interventions, and outcomes. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Mar; 175(3):428-36.
    View in: PubMed
  7. Sciamanna CN, Patel VA, Kraschnewski JL, Rovniak LS, Messina DA, Stuckey HL, Curry WJ, Chuang CH, Sherwood LL, Hess SL. A strength training program for primary care patients, central Pennsylvania, 2012. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014; 11:E107.
    View in: PubMed
  8. Carroll JK, Winters PC, Sanders MR, Decker F, Ngo T, Sciamanna CN. Clinician-targeted intervention and patient-reported counseling on physical activity. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014; 11:E89.
    View in: PubMed
  9. Kraschnewski JL, Sciamanna CN, Ciccolo JT, Rovniak LS, Lehman EB, Candotti C, Ballentine NH. Is exercise used as medicine? Association of meeting strength training guidelines and functional limitations among older US adults. Prev Med. 2014 Sep; 66:1-5.
    View in: PubMed
  10. Varlotto JM, Decamp MM, Flickinger JC, Lake J, Recht A, Belani CP, Reed MF, Toth JW, Mackley HB, Sciamanna CN, Lipton A, Ali SM, Mahraj RP, Gilbert CR, Yao N. Would screening for lung cancer benefit 75- to 84-year-old residents of the United States? Front Oncol. 2014; 4:37.
    View in: PubMed
  11. Pool AC, Kraschnewski JL, Cover LA, Lehman EB, Stuckey HL, Hwang KO, Pollak KI, Sciamanna CN. The impact of physician weight discussion on weight loss in US adults. Obes Res Clin Pract. 2014 Mar-Apr; 8(2):e131-9.
    View in: PubMed
  12. Kraschnewski JL, Hwang KO, George DR, Lehman EB, Sciamanna CN. Feasibility of utilising an all-volunteer workforce as a disruptive innovation for the US obesity epidemic. Obes Res Clin Pract. 2014 Sep-Oct; 8(5):e488-96.
    View in: PubMed
  13. Veldheer S, Yingst J, Foulds G, Hrabovsky S, Berg A, Sciamanna C, Foulds J. Once bitten, twice shy: concern about gaining weight after smoking cessation and its association with seeking treatment. Int J Clin Pract. 2014 Mar; 68(3):388-95.
    View in: PubMed
  14. Thiboutot J, Sciamanna CN, Falkner B, Kephart DK, Stuckey HL, Adelman AM, Curry WJ, Lehman EB. Effects of a web-based patient activation intervention to overcome clinical inertia on blood pressure control: cluster randomized controlled trial. J Med Internet Res. 2013; 15(9):e158.
    View in: PubMed
  15. Rovniak LS, Sallis JF, Kraschnewski JL, Sciamanna CN, Kiser EJ, Ray CA, Chinchilli VM, Ding D, Matthews SA, Bopp M, George DR, Hovell MF. Engineering online and in-person social networks to sustain physical activity: application of a conceptual model. BMC Public Health. 2013; 13:753.
    View in: PubMed
  16. Rovniak LS, Denlinger L, Duveneck E, Sciamanna CN, Kong L, Freivalds A, Ray CA. Feasibility of using a compact elliptical device to increase energy expenditure during sedentary activities. J Sci Med Sport. 2014 Jul; 17(4):376-80.
    View in: PubMed
  17. Kraschnewski JL, Sciamanna CN, Stuckey HL, Chuang CH, Lehman EB, Hwang KO, Sherwood LL, Nembhard HB. A silent response to the obesity epidemic: decline in US physician weight counseling. Med Care. 2013 Feb; 51(2):186-92.
    View in: PubMed
  18. Hwang KO, Ning J, Trickey AW, Sciamanna CN. Website usage and weight loss in a free commercial online weight loss program: retrospective cohort study. J Med Internet Res. 2013; 15(1):e11.
    View in: PubMed
  19. Wieland LS, Falzon L, Sciamanna CN, Trudeau KJ, Brodney S, Schwartz JE, Davidson KW. Interactive computer-based interventions for weight loss or weight maintenance in overweight or obese people. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012; 8:CD007675.
    View in: PubMed
  20. Kraschnewski JL, Sciamanna CN, Pollak KI, Stuckey HL, Sherwood NE. The epidemiology of weight counseling for adults in the United States: a case of positive deviance. Int J Obes (Lond). 2013 May; 37(5):751-3.
    View in: PubMed
  21. Hwang KO, Stuckey HL, Chen MC, Kraschnewski JL, Forjuoh SN, Poger JM, McTigue KM, Sciamanna CN. Primary care providers' perspectives on online weight-loss programs: a big wish list. J Med Internet Res. 2012; 14(1):e16.
    View in: PubMed
  22. Hwang KO, Etchegaray JM, Sciamanna CN, Bernstam EV, Thomas EJ. Structural social support predicts functional social support in an online weight loss programme. Health Expect. 2014 Jun; 17(3):345-52.
    View in: PubMed
  23. Kraschnewski JL, Stuckey HL, Rovniak LS, Lehman EB, Reddy M, Poger JM, Kephart DK, Coups EJ, Sciamanna CN. Efficacy of a weight-loss website based on positive deviance. A randomized trial. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Dec; 41(6):610-4.
    View in: PubMed
  24. Swan BA, Becker J, Brawer R, Sciamanna CN. Factors influencing the implementation of a point-of-care screening tool for delirium. Medsurg Nurs. 2011 Nov-Dec; 20(6):318-22.
    View in: PubMed
  25. Sciamanna CN, Kiernan M, Rolls BJ, Boan J, Stuckey H, Kephart D, Miller CK, Jensen G, Hartmann TJ, Loken E, Hwang KO, Williams RJ, Clark MA, Schubart JR, Nezu AM, Lehman E, Dellasega C. Practices associated with weight loss versus weight-loss maintenance results of a national survey. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Aug; 41(2):159-66.
    View in: PubMed
  26. Beck MJ, Haidet P, Todoric K, Lehman E, Sciamanna C. Reliability of a point-based VTE risk assessment tool in the hands of medical residents. J Hosp Med. 2011 Apr; 6(4):195-201.
    View in: PubMed
  27. Schubart JR, Stuckey HL, Ganeshamoorthy A, Sciamanna CN. Chronic health conditions and internet behavioral interventions: a review of factors to enhance user engagement. Comput Inform Nurs. 2011 Feb; 29(2):81-92.
    View in: PubMed
  28. Schubart JR, Stuckey HL, Ganeshamoorthy A, Sciamanna CN. Chronic health conditions and internet behavioral interventions: a review of factors to enhance user engagement. Comput Inform Nurs. 2011 Feb; 29(2 Suppl):TC9-20.
    View in: PubMed
  29. Stuckey HL, Boan J, Kraschnewski JL, Miller-Day M, Lehman EB, Sciamanna CN. Using positive deviance for determining successful weight-control practices. Qual Health Res. 2011 Apr; 21(4):563-79.
    View in: PubMed
  30. Thiboutot J, Stuckey H, Binette A, Kephart D, Curry W, Falkner B, Sciamanna C. A web-based patient activation intervention to improve hypertension care: study design and baseline characteristics in the web hypertension study. Contemp Clin Trials. 2010 Nov; 31(6):634-46.
    View in: PubMed
  31. Napolitano MA, Borradaile KE, Lewis BA, Whiteley JA, Longval JL, Parisi AF, Albrecht AE, Sciamanna CN, Jakicic JM, Papandonatos GD, Marcus BH. Accelerometer use in a physical activity intervention trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2010 Nov; 31(6):514-23.
    View in: PubMed
  32. Carroll JK, Lewis BA, Marcus BH, Lehman EB, Shaffer ML, Sciamanna CN. Computerized tailored physical activity reports. A randomized controlled trial. Am J Prev Med. 2010 Aug; 39(2):148-56.
    View in: PubMed
  33. Kraschnewski JL, Boan J, Esposito J, Sherwood NE, Lehman EB, Kephart DK, Sciamanna CN. Long-term weight loss maintenance in the United States. Int J Obes (Lond). 2010 Nov; 34(11):1644-54.
    View in: PubMed
  34. Jones L, Sciamanna C, Lehman E. Are those who use specific complementary and alternative medicine therapies less likely to be immunized? Prev Med. 2010 Mar; 50(3):148-54.
    View in: PubMed
  35. Adams SY, Crawford AG, Rimal RN, Lee JS, Janneck LM, Sciamanna CN. The effects of a computer-tailored message on secondary prevention in type 2 diabetes: a randomized trial. Popul Health Manag. 2009 Aug; 12(4):197-204.
    View in: PubMed
  36. Politi MC, Clark MA, Armstrong G, McGarry KA, Sciamanna CN. Patient-provider communication about sexual health among unmarried middle-aged and older women. J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Apr; 24(4):511-6.
    View in: PubMed
  37. Marcus BH, Ciccolo JT, Sciamanna CN. Using electronic/computer interventions to promote physical activity. Br J Sports Med. 2009 Feb; 43(2):102-5.
    View in: PubMed
  38. Weston CM, Sciamanna CN, Nash DB. Evaluating online continuing medical education seminars: evidence for improving clinical practices. Am J Med Qual. 2008 Nov-Dec; 23(6):475-83.
    View in: PubMed
  39. Politi MC, Clark MA, Rogers ML, McGarry K, Sciamanna CN. Patient-provider communication and cancer screening among unmarried women. Patient Educ Couns. 2008 Nov; 73(2):251-5.
    View in: PubMed
  40. Lewis B, Williams D, Dunsiger S, Sciamanna C, Whiteley J, Napolitano M, Bock B, Jakicic J, Getz M, Marcus B. User attitudes towards physical activity websites in a randomized controlled trial. Prev Med. 2008 Nov; 47(5):508-13.
    View in: PubMed
  41. Carroll JK, Fiscella K, Meldrum SC, Williams GC, Sciamanna CN, Jean-Pierre P, Morrow GR, Epstein RM. Clinician-patient communication about physical activity in an underserved population. J Am Board Fam Med. 2008 Mar-Apr; 21(2):118-27.
    View in: PubMed
  42. Whiteley JA, Napolitano MA, Lewis BA, Williams DM, Albrecht A, Neighbors CJ, Sciamanna CN, Marcus BH. Commit to Quit in the YMCAs: translating an evidence-based quit smoking program for women into a community setting. Nicotine Tob Res. 2007 Nov; 9(11):1227-35.
    View in: PubMed
  43. Marcus BH, Napolitano MA, King AC, Lewis BA, Whiteley JA, Albrecht A, Parisi A, Bock B, Pinto B, Sciamanna C, Jakicic J, Papandonatos GD. Telephone versus print delivery of an individualized motivationally tailored physical activity intervention: Project STRIDE. Health Psychol. 2007 Jul; 26(4):401-9.
    View in: PubMed
  44. Neighbors CJ, Rogers ML, Shenassa ED, Sciamanna CN, Clark MA, Novak SP. Ethnic/racial disparities in hospital procedure volume for lung resection for lung cancer. Med Care. 2007 Jul; 45(7):655-63.
    View in: PubMed
  45. Marcus BH, Lewis BA, Williams DM, Dunsiger S, Jakicic JM, Whiteley JA, Albrecht AE, Napolitano MA, Bock BC, Tate DF, Sciamanna CN, Parisi AF. A comparison of Internet and print-based physical activity interventions. Arch Intern Med. 2007 May 14; 167(9):944-9.
    View in: PubMed
  46. Sciamanna CN, Rogers ML, Shenassa ED, Houston TK. Patient access to U.S. physicians who conduct internet or e-mail consults. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Mar; 22(3):378-81.
    View in: PubMed
  47. Hartmann CW, Sciamanna CN, Blanch DC, Mui S, Lawless H, Manocchia M, Rosen RK, Pietropaoli A. A website to improve asthma care by suggesting patient questions for physicians: qualitative analysis of user experiences. J Med Internet Res. 2007; 9(1):e3.
    View in: PubMed
  48. Sciamanna CN, Alvarez K, Miller J, Gary T, Bowen M. Attitudes toward nurse practitioner-led chronic disease management to improve outpatient quality of care. Am J Med Qual. 2006 Nov-Dec; 21(6):375-81.
    View in: PubMed
  49. Napolitano MA, Whiteley JA, Papandonatos G, Dutton G, Farrell NC, Albrecht A, Bock B, Bazzarre T, Sciamanna C, Dunn AL, Marcus BH. Outcomes from the women's wellness project: a community-focused physical activity trial for women. Prev Med. 2006 Dec; 43(6):447-53.
    View in: PubMed
  50. Marcus BH, Napolitano MA, King AC, Lewis BA, Whiteley JA, Albrecht AE, Parisi AF, Bock BC, Pinto BM, Sciamanna CA, Jakicic JM, Papandonatos GD. Examination of print and telephone channels for physical activity promotion: Rationale, design, and baseline data from Project STRIDE. Contemp Clin Trials. 2007 Jan; 28(1):90-104.
    View in: PubMed
  51. Sciamanna CN, Nicholson RA, Lofland JH, Manocchia M, Mui S, Hartman CW. Effects of a Website designed to improve the management of migraines. Headache. 2006 Jan; 46(1):92-100.
    View in: PubMed
  52. Alvarez K, Sciamanna CN. Empowering patients to improve safety. Am J Med Qual. 2006 Jan-Feb; 21(1):5-6.
    View in: PubMed
  53. Pinto BM, Goldstein MG, Ashba J, Sciamanna CN, Jette A. Randomized controlled trial of physical activity counseling for older primary care patients. Am J Prev Med. 2005 Nov; 29(4):247-55.
    View in: PubMed
  54. Roumm AR, Sciamanna CN, Nash DB. Health care provider use of private sector internal error-reporting systems. Am J Med Qual. 2005 Nov-Dec; 20(6):304-12.
    View in: PubMed
  55. Diaz JA, Sciamanna CN, Evangelou E, Stamp MJ, Ferguson T. Brief report: What types of Internet guidance do patients want from their physicians? J Gen Intern Med. 2005 Aug; 20(8):683-5.
    View in: PubMed
  56. Sciamanna CN, Harrold LR, Manocchia M, Walker NJ, Mui S. The effect of web-based, personalized, osteoarthritis quality improvement feedback on patient satisfaction with osteoarthritis care. Am J Med Qual. 2005 May-Jun; 20(3):127-37.
    View in: PubMed
  57. Sciamanna CN, Novak SP, Marcus BH. Effects of using a computer in a doctor's office on patient attitudes toward using computerized prompts in routine care. Int J Med Inform. 2005 Jun; 74(5):357-65.
    View in: PubMed
  58. Robbins JM, Webb DA, Sciamanna CN. Cardiovascular comorbidities among public health clinic patients with diabetes: the Urban Diabetics Study. BMC Public Health. 2005 Feb 8; 5:15.
    View in: PubMed
  59. Sciamanna CN. Will high-quality care be the norm by the time I need it? Am J Med Qual. 2005 Jan-Feb; 20(1):5-6.
    View in: PubMed
  60. Sciamanna CN, Goldstein MG, Marcus BH, Lawrence K, Pinto BM. Accuracy of recall of exercise counseling among primary care patients. Prev Med. 2004 Dec; 39(6):1063-7.
    View in: PubMed
  61. Gramling R, Irvin JE, Nash J, Sciamanna C, Culpepper L. Numeracy and medicine: key family physician attitudes about communicating probability with patients. J Am Board Fam Pract. 2004 Nov-Dec; 17(6):473.
    View in: PubMed
  62. Babor TF, Sciamanna CN, Pronk NP. Assessing multiple risk behaviors in primary care. Screening issues and related concepts. Am J Prev Med. 2004 Aug; 27(2 Suppl):42-53.
    View in: PubMed
  63. Sciamanna CN, Novak SP, Houston TK, Gramling R, Marcus BH. Visit satisfaction and tailored health behavior communications in primary care. Am J Prev Med. 2004 Jun; 26(5):426-30.
    View in: PubMed
  64. Sciamanna CN, Gifford DR, Smith RJ. Design and acceptability of patient-oriented computerized diabetes care reminders for use at the point of care. Med Inform Internet Med. 2004 Jun; 29(2):157-68.
    View in: PubMed
  65. Bock B, Graham A, Sciamanna C, Krishnamoorthy J, Whiteley J, Carmona-Barros R, Niaura R, Abrams D. Smoking cessation treatment on the Internet: content, quality, and usability. Nicotine Tob Res. 2004 Apr; 6(2):207-19.
    View in: PubMed
  66. Sciamanna CN, Marcus BH, Goldstein MG, Lawrence K, Swartz S, Bock B, Graham AL, Ahern DK. Feasibility of incorporating computer-tailored health behaviour communications in primary care settings. Inform Prim Care. 2004; 12(1):40-8.
    View in: PubMed
  67. Sciamanna CN, Clark MA, Diaz JA, Newton S. Filling the gaps in physician communication. The role of the Internet among primary care patients. Int J Med Inform. 2003 Dec; 72(1-3):1-8.
    View in: PubMed
  68. Flynn M, Sciamanna C, Vigilante K. Inadequate physician knowledge of the effects of diet on blood lipids and lipoproteins. Nutr J. 2003 Dec 1; 2:19.
    View in: PubMed
  69. Fagan MJ, Diaz JA, Reinert SE, Sciamanna CN, Fagan DM. Impact of interpretation method on clinic visit length. J Gen Intern Med. 2003 Aug; 18(8):634-8.
    View in: PubMed
  70. Sciamanna CN, Clark MA. Effects of a fingerprint reader on survey responses of primary care patients. J Health Psychol. 2003 Jan; 8(1):187-92.
    View in: PubMed
  71. Napolitano MA, Fotheringham M, Tate D, Sciamanna C, Leslie E, Owen N, Bauman A, Marcus B. Evaluation of an internet-based physical activity intervention: a preliminary investigation. Ann Behav Med. 2003; 25(2):92-9.
    View in: PubMed
  72. Sciamanna CN, Lewis B, Tate D, Napolitano MA, Fotheringham M, Marcus BH. User attitudes toward a physical activity promotion website. Prev Med. 2002 Dec; 35(6):612-5.
    View in: PubMed
  73. DePue JD, Goldstein MG, Schilling A, Reiss P, Papandonatos G, Sciamanna C, Kazura A. Dissemination of the AHCPR clinical practice guideline in community health centres. Tob Control. 2002 Dec; 11(4):329-35.
    View in: PubMed
  74. Sciamanna CN, Clark MA, Houston TK, Diaz JA. Unmet needs of primary care patients in using the Internet for health-related activities. J Med Internet Res. 2002 Dec; 4(3):E19.
    View in: PubMed
  75. Sciamanna CN, DePue JD, Goldstein MG, Park ER, Gans KM, Monroe AD, Reiss PT. Nutrition counseling in the promoting cancer prevention in primary care study. Prev Med. 2002 Nov; 35(5):437-46.
    View in: PubMed
  76. Sciamanna CN, Diaz J, Myne P. Patient attitudes toward using computers to improve health services delivery. BMC Health Serv Res. 2002 Sep 11; 2(1):19.
    View in: PubMed
  77. Sciamanna CN, Zampi A, Weinstock MA. Comparison of sun protection behaviors among physicians and patients. Am J Health Promot. 2002 Jul-Aug; 16(6):319-22, ii.
    View in: PubMed
  78. Sciamanna C, Gans KM, Goldstein MG. Physician-delivered nutrition counseling: why and how? Med Health R I. 2000 Nov; 83(11):351-5.
    View in: PubMed
  79. Sciamanna CN, Tate DF, Lang W, Wing RR. Who reports receiving advice to lose weight? Results from a multistate survey. Arch Intern Med. 2000 Aug 14-28; 160(15):2334-9.
    View in: PubMed
  80. Sciamanna CN, Stillman FA, Hoch JS, Butler JH, Gass KG, Ford DE. Opportunities for improving inpatient smoking cessation programs: a community hospital experience. Prev Med. 2000 Jun; 30(6):496-503.
    View in: PubMed
  81. Sciamanna CN, Hoch JS, Duke GC, Fogle MN, Ford DE. Comparison of five measures of motivation to quit smoking among a sample of hospitalized smokers. J Gen Intern Med. 2000 Jan; 15(1):16-23.
    View in: PubMed
  82. Sciamanna CN, Ford DE, Flynn JA, Langford C. An evidence-based interactive computer program to assist physicians in counseling smokers to quit. MD Comput. 1999 Sep-Oct; 16(5):54-60.
    View in: PubMed
  83. Ford DE, Sciamanna C. Nutritional counseling in community office practices. Arch Intern Med. 1997 Feb 10; 157(3):361-2.
    View in: PubMed
Sciamanna's Networks
Click the "See All" links for more information and interactive visualizations!
Concepts
_
Co-Authors
_
Similar People
_
Same Department
Physical Neighbors
_