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Ken Ward
Dr. Ken Ward
Kenneth D. Ward, Ph.D.
Director and Professor, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Phone: 901-678-1702
Robison Hall 201
Curriculum Vitae


  • Residency, Clinical Health Psychology, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Memphis
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, University of Memphis
  • A.B., Psychology, Brown University

Research Interests:

  • Tobacco use epidemiology and intervention
  • Global health
  • Psychosocial risk factors for chronic diseases
  • Physical activity, bone health, and osteoporosis prevention

Recent Publications:

  • Ward, K.D., Asfar, T., Al-Ali, R., Vander Weg, M.W., Eissenberg, T., & Maziak, W. Randomized trial of the effectiveness of combined behavioral/ pharmacological smoking cessation treatment in Syrian primary care clinics. In press, Addiction.
  • Ward, K.D., Kedia, S., Webb, L., & Relyea, G. Nicotine dependence among clients receiving publicly funded substance abuse treatment. In press, Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
  • Mzayek, F., Khader, Y., Eissenberg, T. Al Ali, R., Ward, K.D., & Maziak, W. Patterns of waterpipe and cigarette smoking initiation in school children: Irbid Longitudinal Smoking Study. In press, Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
  • Mzayek, F., Khader, Y., Eissenberg, T., Ward, K.D., & Maziak, W. (2011). Design, baseline results of Irbid Longitudinal, School-based Smoking Study. American Journal of Health Behavior, 35, 746-755.
  • Asfar, T., Al-Ali, R., Ward, K.D., Vander Weg, M.W., & Maziak, W. (2011). Are primary health care providers prepared to implement an anti-smoking program in Syria?  Patient Education and Counseling, 85, 201-205.
  • Maziak, W., Rastam, S., Shihadeh, A.L., Bazzi, A., Ibrahim, I., Zaatari, G.S., Ward, K.D., & Eissenberg, T. (2011). Nicotine exposure in daily waterpipe smokers and its relation to puff topography. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 397-399.
  • Rastam, S., Maziak, W., al Ali, R., Ward, K.D., & Eissenberg, T. (2011). Comparative analysis of waterpipe and cigarette suppression of abstinence and craving symptoms. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 555-559.
  • Cobb, C., Ward, K.D., Maziak, W., Shihadeh, A.L., & Eissenberg, T. (2010). Waterpipe tobacco smoking: an emerging health crisis in the United States. American Journal of Health Behavior, 34, 275-285.
  • Kilzieh, N., Rastam, S., Ward, K.D., & Maziak, W. (2010). Gender, depression, and physical impairment: an epidemiologic perspective from Aleppo, Syria. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 45, 595-602.

Courses Taught:

PUBH 7130/8130: Social Determinants of Health (syllabus)
PUBH 7450/8450: Randomized Clinical Trials (syllabus)
PUBH 7992: Master’s Project Seminar
PUBH 8900: Doctoral Professional Development Seminar

Kenneth D. Ward, PhD, is Faudree Professor and Director of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Preventive Medicine at University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and Intervention Director of the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies. Dr. Ward is a clinical health psychologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. His current professional service includes being Senior Editor of the journal Addiction and Editorial Board Member of the American Journal of Health Behavior and Journal of Addiction. Dr. Ward's major research focus is tobacco use, including epidemiology and prevention/cessation intervention development and evaluation. Other research interests include cardiovascular risk factor management, physical activity, and osteoporosis prevention. His work focuses on underserved urban populations in the U. S. and developing countries. Dr. Ward's work has been funded by the American Heart Association, American Legacy Foundation, Fogarty International Center (NIH), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and The Urban Child Institute. His current research includes studies of the effects of natural disasters on substance use, development of tobacco interventions for disaster survivors, the use of community based physical activity to aid smoking cessation, post‐cessation weight gain prevention in pre‐diabetics, lifestyle determinants of children's bone growth, and epidemiological, clinical laboratory, and intervention studies with cigarette and waterpipe users in the Middle East.

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