Lisa Sanderson Cox, PhD

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Lisa Sanderson Cox, PhD


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Lisa Sanderson Cox, PhD is a faculty member in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, a member of the University of Kansas Cancer Center (KUCC) and Adjunct Faculty within the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas.

She completed her bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University, her doctorate in clinical psychology at Purdue University, her residency at the University of Virginia, a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic and was previously an assistant professor at Georgetown University. Dr. Cox specializes in tobacco use treatment, cancer prevention and health disparities research, with focus on advancing treatment of Latino and African American smokers.

Dr. Cox is the Principal Investigator on the NCI-funded R01 study, Enhancing Tobacco Use Treatment among African American Light Smokers (2R01CA91912), and has completed NCI supported research evaluating tobacco use among Latinos. She serves as co-Investigator developing hospital-, telephone-, and telemedicine-based tobacco use treatment interventions and developing smoking cessation efforts through Latino community-based participatory research.

Dr. Cox is former co-chair of the Health Disparities Network of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. She also is active nationally in training healthcare providers in tobacco use treatment.

Locally, she enjoys participating in JUNTOS community activities, and being involved in health education through her church and local public schools. Lisa also likes sledding or swimming (depending on the season), dancing, singing and reading with her three children.


Reaching and Treating Latino Smokers


Cox LS, Tiffany ST.  Associative and nonassociative tolerance: the effects of dose and interdose interval. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior. 1997 May-Jun;57(1-2):31-6.

Cepeda-Benito A, Tiffany ST, Cox LS.  Context-specific morphine tolerance on the paw-pressure and tail-shock vocalization tests: evidence of associate tolerance without conditioned compensatory responding.  Psychopharmacology.  1999 Aug;145(4):426-32.

Tiffany ST, Cox LS, Elash CE.  Effects of transdermal nicotine patches on abstinence-induced and cue-elicited craving in cigarette smokers.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 2000 Apr;68(2):233-40.

Cicirelli VG, MacLean AP, Cox LS.  Hastening death: A comparison of two end-of-life decisions.  Death Studies.  2000;24(5):401-419.

Cox LS, Tiffany ST, Christen AG. Evaluation of the brief Questionnaire of Smoking Urges (QSU-Brief) in laboratory and clinical settings.  Nicotine and Tobacco Research.  2001 Feb;3(1):7-16.

Cox LS, Patten CA, Ebbert JO, Drews AA, Croghan GA, Clark MM, Wolter TD, Decker PA, Hurt RD.  Tobacco use outcomes among patients with lung cancer treated for nicotine dependence.  Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2002;20(16):3461-3469.

Cox LS, Sloan JA, Patten CA, Bonner JA, McGinnis WL, Stella PJ, Marks RS.  Smoking behavior change of 215 patients with newly diagnosed stage IIIA/IIIB non-small cell lung cancer.  Psycho-Oncology.  2002;11, 1-7.

Lapid MI, Hall-Flavin DK,  Cox LS, Lichty EJ, Krahn LE.  Smokeless tobacco use among addiction patients: A brief report. Journal of Addictive Diseases.  2002;21(2):27-33.

Dale LC, Ebbert JO, Schroeder DR, Croghan IT, Rasmussen DF, Trautman JA, Cox LS, Hurt RD. Bupropion for the treatment of nicotine dependence in spit tobacco users: A pilot study.  Nicotine and Tobacco Research.  2002 Aug;4(3):267-74.

Cox LS, Patten CA, Krahn LE, Hurt RD, Croghan IT, Wolter TD, Schroeder DR, Tri D, Offord KP.  The effect of nicotine patch therapy on depression in nonsmokers: a preliminary study.  Journal of Addictive Diseases.  2003;22(4):75-85. 

Cox LS, Africano NL, Tercyak KP, Taylor KL.  Nicotine dependence treatment for patients with cancer.  Cancer.  2003 Aug 1;98(3):632-44.

Cox LS, Clark MM, Jett JR, Patten CA, Schroeder DR, Nirelli LM, Swensen SJ, Hurt RD.  Change in smoking status after spiral chest computed tomography scan screening. Cancer.  2003 Dec 1;98(11):2495-501.

Clark MM, Cox LS, Jett JR, Patten CA, Schroeder DR, Nirelli LM, Vickers K, Hurt RD, Swensen SJ.  Effectiveness of smoking cessation self-help materials in a lung cancer screening population.  Lung Cancer.  2004 Apr;44(1):13-21.

Patten CA, Offord KP, Hurt RD, Cox LS, Quigg SM, Croghan IT, Wolter TD. Training support persons to intervene with smokers: A preliminary study.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2004;26(5):386-390. 

Cox LS, Patten CA, Niaura RS, Decker PA, Rigotti N, Sachs DP, Buist AS, Hurt RD. Efficacy of bupropion for relapse prevention in smokers with and without a past history of major depression.  Journal of General Internal Medicine.  2004 Aug;19(8):828-34.  PMCID: PMC1492503.

Sheppard VB, Cox LS, Kanamori MJ, Cañar J, Rodríguez Y, Goodman M, Pomeroy J, Mandelblatt J, Huerta EE; Latin American Cancer Research Coalition.  Brief report: if you build it, they will come: methods for recruiting Latinos into cancer research.  Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2005 May;20(5):444-447.

Cox LS, Canar J, Feng S, Ford MM, Tercyak KP.  Social and behavioral correlates of cigarette smoking among mid-Atlantic Latino primary care patients. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention. 2005;14(8):1976-1980.

Berg CJ, Cox LS, Nazir N, Mussulman LM, Ahluwalia JS, Ellerbeck EF. Correlates of home smoking restrictions among rural smokers. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2006 Jun;8(3):353-60.

Nollen NL, Mayo MS, Cox LS, Okuyemi KS, Choi WS, Kaur H, Ahluwalia JS. Predictors of Quitting Among African American Light Smokers Enrolled in a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2006; 21(6): 590-595.

Okuyemi KS, Cox LS, Nollen NL, Snow TM, Kaur H, Choi WS, Nazir N, Mayo MS, Ahluwalia JS. Baseline characteristics and recruitment strategies in a randomized clinical trial of African American light smokers. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2007 Jan-Feb;21(3):183-191.

Richter KP, Hamilton AK, Hall S, Catley D, Cox LS, Grobe J.  Patterns of smoking and methadone dose in drug treatment patients. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. 2007 Apr;15(2):144-53.

Taylor KL, Cox LS, Zincke N, Mehta L, McGuire C, Gelmann E.  Lung cancer screening as a teachable moment for smoking cessation. Lung Cancer. 2007 Apr;56(1):125-34.

Cox LS, Bronars CA, Thomas JL, Okuyemi KS, King G, Mayo MS, Ahluwalia JS. Achieving high rates of consent for genetic testing among African American smokers. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2007 Jun;9(6):711-6.

Okuyemi KS, Pulvers KM, Cox LS, Thomas JL, Kaur H, Mayo MS, Nazir N, Etter JF, Ahluwalia JS. Nicotine dependence among African American light smokers: a comparison of three scales. Addictive Behaviors. 2007 Oct;32(10):1989-2002.

Cupertino AP, Mahnken JD, Richter K, Cox LS, Casey G, Resnicow K, Ellerbeck EF. Long-term engagement in smoking cessation counseling among rural smokers. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. 2007;18(4 Suppl):39-51.

Okuyemi KS, Faseru B, Cox LS, Bronars CA, Ahluwalia JS. Relationship between menthol cigarettes and cessation among African American light smokers.  Addiction. 2007 Dec;102(12):1979-86. Epub 2007 Oct 4.

Cupertino AP, Richter KP, Cox LS, Nazir N, Greiner KA, Ahluwalia JS, Ellerbeck EF. Smoking cessation pharmacotherapy preferences in rural primary care. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2008 Feb;100(2):301-7.  PMCID: PMC2821185

Berg CJ, Cox LS, Mahnken JD, Greiner KA, Ellerbeck EF. Correlates of self-efficacy among rural smokers. Journal of Health Psychology. 2008 Apr;13(3):416-21.

Cox LS, Cupertino AP, Mussulman LM, Nazir N, Greiner KA, Mahnken JD, Ahluwalia JS, Ellerbeck EF. Design and baseline characteristics from the KAN-QUIT disease management intervention for rural smokers in primary care. Preventive Medicine. 2008 Aug;47(2):200-5. PMCID: PMC2577567.

Ellerbeck EF, Mahnken JD, Cupertino AP, Cox LS, Greiner KA, Mussulman LM, Nazir N, Shireman TI, Resnicow K, Ahluwalia JS.  Effect of varying levels of disease management on smoking cessation:  a randomized trial.  Annals of Internal Medicine. 2009 Apr;150(7):437-46. PMCID: PMC2825176.

Faseru B, Cox LS, Bronars CA, Opole I, Reed GA, Mayo MS, Ahluwalia JS, Okuyemi KS. Design, recruitment, and retention of African‑American smokers in a pharmacokinetic study. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2010 Jan 19;10:6.  PMCID: PMC2850393

Cupertino AP, Richter K, Cox LS, Garrett S, Mujica F, Ramirez R, Ellerbeck EF. Feasibility of a Spanish/English computerized decision aid to facilitate smoking cessation efforts in underserved communities. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved.  2010 May;21(2):504-517.

Cox LS, Faseru B, Mayo MS, Krebill R, Snow TS, Bronars CA, Nollen NL, Choi WS, Okuyemi KS, Salzman GA, Benowitz NL, Tyndale RF, Ahluwalia JS.  Design, baseline characteristics, and retention of African American light smokers into a randomized trial involving biological data.  Trials. 2011 Jan 25;12:22.  PMCID: PMC3038942

Cox LS, Wick JA, Nazir N, Cupertino AP, Mussulman LM, Ahluwalia JS, Ellerbeck EF. Predictors of early versus late smoking abstinence within a 24-month disease management program. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.  2011 Mar;13(3):215-20.  Epub 2011 Jan 13.  PMCID: PMC3045464

Nollen NL, Cox LS, Nazir N, Ellerbeck E, Owen A, Pankey S, Thompson N, Ahluwalia J. A pilot clinical trial of varenicline for cessation in Black smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.  2011 Apr 15. (Epub ahead of print)  PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process

Morgan G, Schnoll R, Alfano C, Cox LS, Evans S, Goldstein A, Ostroff J, Park E, Sarna L. National Institutes of Health Conference on Treating Tobacco Dependence at the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Centers. Journal of Oncology Practice. 2011 May; 7(3):178-182.

Cox LS, Okuyemi K, Choi WS, Ahluwalia JS. A review of tobacco use treatments in U.S. ethnic minority populations. American Journal of Health Promotion.  2011 May-Jun;25(5 Suppl):S11-30.  PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process

Cupertino AP, Cox LS, Garrett S, Suarez N, Sandt H, Mendoza I, Ellerbeck EF. Tobacco use and interest in smoking cessation among Latinos attending community health fairs. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2011 Aug;13(4):719-24.

Thompson N, Nollen NL, Nazir N, Cox LS, Faseru B, Goggin K, Ahluwalia JS. Unannounced telephone pill counts for assessing varenicline adherence in a pilot clinical trial. Patient Preference and Adherence. 2011 Sep;5:475-482.  PMCID: PMC3191924

Cox LS, Cupertino AP, Tercyak KP. Interest in participating in smoking cessation programs among Latino primary care patients.  Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.  2011 Dec:18(4):392-9.  PMCID: PMC329918

Faseru B, Choi WS, Krebill R, Mayo MS, Nollen NL, Okuyemi KS, Ahluwalia JS, Cox LS. Factors associated with smoking menthol cigarettes among treatment-seeking African American light smokers. Addictive Behaviors. 2011 Dec;36(12):1321-1324. Epub 2011 Jul 22.

Cox LS, Nollen NL, Mayo MS, Choi WS, Faseru B, Benowitz NL, Tyndale RF, Okuyemi KS, Ahluwalia JS. Bupropion for smoking cessation in African American light smokers: A randomized controlled trial. 2012 Journal of National Cancer Institute. 2012; 104(4): 1-9, doi: 10.1093/jnci/djr513.  PMCID: PMC3283533

Clausius RL, Krebill R, Mayo MS, Bronars C, Martin L, Ahluwalia JS, Cox LS. Evaluation of the Brief Questionnaire of Smoking Urges in Black light smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2012; doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntr267

Okuyemi KS, Faseru B, Reed GA, Cox LS, Bronars CA, Opole I, Whembolua G, Mayo MS, Ahluwalia JS, Benowitz NL.  Effects of menthol on the pharmacokinetics of bupropion among black smokers.  Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2012; doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntr268.  PMCID: PMC Journal – in Process

Buchanan TS, Berg CJ, Cox LS, Nazir N, Benowitz NL, Yu L, Yturralde O, Jacob

P, Choi, WS, Ahluwalia JS, Nollen NL.  Adherence to varenicline among African American smokers: An exploratory analysis comparing plasma concentration, pill count, and self-report. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.  2012 In press.

Berg CJ, Cox LS, Choi WS, Mayo MS, Krebill R, Bronars CA, Ahluwalia JS. Assessment of depression among African American light smokers. Journal of Health Psychology. 2012 Mar; 17(2):197-206.

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