Kristine Browning, PhD, CNP, FAANP

Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing; Co-Director, Master of Science in Nursing Program
(614) 247-8116

370 Newton Hall
1585 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210







Research Interest

Dr. Browning’s national program of research includes the examination of underlying determinants of tobacco use in order to further understand tobacco use behavior. Her work has examined socioeconomic disparities among the delivery of smoking cessation assistance by healthcare providers. Evidence-based smoking cessation interventions, including assistance, should be systematically delivered to all patients who are current smokers. Dr. Browning’s other work in tobacco control includes examining how principles of acculturation contribute to how Hispanic men and women misclassify their smoking status and state of the science papers that summarize salient tobacco control topics in special populations such as HIV-positive, low socioeconomic, and immigrants.


Continued smoking after a lung cancer diagnosis remains a significant problem as it contributes to poor disease and treatment-related outcomes. Although lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality for both men and women, there is a paucity of smoking cessation intervention research with lung cancer patients. Dr. Browning’s research has examined smoking behaviors of lung cancer patients from the perspective of the Self-Regulation of Illness Representation and found that understanding the context in which a patient perceives their disease and smoking behavior may contribute to influencing behavior change. In addition, Dr. Browning has combined her clinical experience as an adult nurse practitioner in oncology care with examining salient patient related topics in cancer survivorship care.



Research Activities

The benefits of mind-body movement in cancer survivors:  A program evaluation (Co-Principal Investigator) 09/2013-06/2015; OSU College of Nursing (Co-PIs: J. Kue, J. Overcash, F. Lyons)


The aim of this project was to determine if cancer survivors and their caregivers who participate in a mind-body movement class (Qigong, Tai Chi, or Yoga) experience a change in fatigue, depressive symptoms, sleep quality, pain, stress, balance, and grip strength from course initiation to post course participation. 


Developing an ePersonal Health Record (PHR) for delivery of tobacco dependence treatment to oncology patients who smoke (Principal Investigator) 02/2012-01/2013; OSU College of Nursing Seed Grant   


The aim of this project was to examine oncology patient perceptions about quitting smoking and the use of an electronic personal health record (ePHR) for the delivery of evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment and to pilot test patient usability of the PHR prototype.



Selected Publications

Browning, K.K., Wewers, M.E., Ferketich, A.K., Diaz, P., Koletar, S.L., Reynolds, N.R.  (2016). Adherence to tobacco treatment among HIV-infected smokers. AIDS and Behavior, 20 (3), 608-621. [PMID: 25855045]


Klemanski, D.L., Browning, K.K., Kue, J. (2016). Survivorship care plan preferences of cancer survivors and health care providers:  A systematic review and quality appraisal of the evidence. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 10(1), 71-86. [PMID: 25911150]


McDaniel, J., Browning, K.K. (2014). Smoking, chronic wound healing and implications for evidence-based practice. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, 41(5), 415-423. [PMID: 25188797]   


Browning, K.K., Wewers, M.E., Ferketich, A.K., Diaz, P. (2013).  Tobacco use and cessation in HIV-infected individuals. Clinics in Chest Medicine, 34(2), 181-190. [PMID: 23702169]


Ferketich, A.K., Diaz, P., Browning, K.K., Lu, B., Koletar, S., Reynolds, N.R., Wewers, M.E. (2013).  Safety of Varenicline among Smokers Enrolled in the Lung HIV Study.  Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 15(1), 247-254. [PMID: 22589421]


Ferketich, A.K., Otterson, G.A., King, M, Hall, N, Browning, K.K., Wewers, M.E. (2012).  A Pilot Test of a Combined Tobacco Dependence Treatment and Lung Cancer Screening Program.  Lung Cancer, 76, 211-215. [PMID: 22088938]


Browning, K.K., Baker, C.J., McNally, G.A., & Wewers, M.E. (2009). Nursing research in tobacco use and special populations. In L. Sarna, & S.A. Bialous (Eds.), Annual review of nursing research volume 27, 2009:  Advancing nursing science in tobacco control (pp. 319-342). New York: Springer Publishing Company. [PMID: 20192110]


Browning, K.K., Wewers, M.E., Ferketich, A.K., Otterson, G.A., Reynolds, N.R.  (2009). The self-regulation model of illness applied to smoking behavior in lung cancer.  Cancer Nursing, 32(4), E15-25.  [PMID: 19444080]


Browning, K.K., Ferketich, A.K., Otterson, G.A., Reynolds, N.R., Wewers, M.E. (2009).  A psychometric analysis of quality of life tools in lung cancer patients who smoke.  Lung Cancer, 66(1), 134-139.  [PMID: 19181418]


Everhart, J., Ferketich, A.K., Browning, K.K., & Wewers, M.E. (2009). Acculturation and misclassification of tobacco use status among Hispanic men and women in the United States. Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 11(3), 240-247.   [PMID: 19246626]


Browning, K.K., Ferketich, A.K., Salsberry, P., Wewers, M.E. (2008).  Socioeconomic disparity in provider delivered assistance to quit smoking.  Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 10(1), 55-61.   [PMID: 18188745]


Browning, K.K. & Wewers, M.E. (2003).  Smoking cessation and cancer.  Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 19(4), 268-275.  [PMID: 14702861]


Browning, K.K., Ahijevych, K.L., Ross, P., & Wewers, M.E. (2000).  Implementing the AHCPR Smoking Cessation Guideline in a Lung Cancer Surgery Clinic.  Oncology Nursing Forum, 27, 1248-1254.  [PMID: 11013905]


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