Martha Tingen

 Martha Tingen, PhD 

Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Graduate Studies & Nursing
Co-Director, Child Health Discovery Institute 
Charles W. Linder, MD, Endowed Chair in Pediatrics 

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Dr. Tingen is a behavioral nurse scientist targeting primary and secondary prevention of tobacco use in children and parents through culturally tailored interventions.  She also addresses multiple risk factor reduction to include passive smoke exposure asthma, obesity, and alcohol largely focusing on health disparities through a community-based participatory (CBPR) approach.  Overall goals include prevention premature death and disabilities of cancer and cardiovascular disease through promoting health behavior choices in families. 

University of South Carolina, South Carolina, 1995
Nursing Science

University of South Carolina, 1994
Nurse Practitioner Program

Medical College of Georgia, Georgia, 1983

University of South Carolina, South Carolina, 1979

  • Preventing Tobacco use and passive smoke exposure in children and families
  • Developing skills for healthy behavior choices in parents and children related to preventing obesity
  • Examining mechanistic pathways of passive smoke exposure and obesity and passive smoke exposure and asthma.
  • Developing tailored interventions for smoking cessation and healthy lifestyle choices in minority and disparate populations including rural communities.
  • Conducting community-based participatory research (CBPR) in school and community settings and testing treatment effects through randomized control trials (RCT).
  • Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Office of Prevention Services and Programs - “Alcohol Use/Abuse Prevention Services.” Oct. 2011 through  Sept. 30, 2012
  • NIH/NCI R01 - “Impact of a Tobacco Control Intervention in African American Families.” 8/1/07 through 5/31/13
  • NIH/NHLBI R01 - “Promoting Asthma Wellness in Rural Communities.” 8/1/08 through 5/31/13
  • NIH/NHLBI R01- A Social Ecological Based, Multi-Level Smoking Cessation Intervention in Public Housing Neighborhoods
  • 3/96 Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Omicron, Exemplary Educator Award
  • 5/96 Outstanding Professor of the Year, School of Nursing (SON), elected by class of '96
  • 5/98 Outstanding Professor of the Year, School of Nursing (SON), elected by class of '98
  • 2/00 Mentor in publishing for the National Oncology Nursing Society “Mentor/Fellow Program.”
  • 4/02 Phoebe Kandel Rohrer Founder's Award: Exemplary research and education, MCG SON
  • 5/02 Outstanding Faculty of the Year, School of Nursing, elected by class of 2002
  • 3/03 Outstanding Research Award, Beta Omicron Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 4/04 Nominated Outstanding Nurse of the Year (10th District Georgia Nursing Association)
  • 4/05 Nominated Outstanding Nurse of the Year (10th District Georgia Nursing Association)
  • 3/05 Outstanding Research Award, Beta Omicron Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 4/09 Outstanding Clinical Science Research Award, School of Medicine, MCG
  • 5/12 Distinguished Researcher Award, Georgia Health Sciences Research Institute

Pub Med

Tingen MS, Andrews JO, Heath J, Turnmire A, Waller J, Treiber FA. (In Press). Comparison of Enrollment Rates of African American Families into a School-Based Tobacco Prevention Trial Using Two Recruitment Strategies in Urban and Rural Settings. American Journal of Health Promotion.

Caldwell AL, Griffin D, Xu H, Tingen MS. (2012). The Effect of Type of Delivery on Weight Loss in the Immediate Newborn Period. Journal of Perinatology. Submitted and pending review.

Heath J, Inglett S, Young S, Joshua T, Sakievich N, Hawkins J, Andrews JO, Tingen MS. (2012). The Impact of the Georgia Health Sciences University Nursing Faculty Practice on Tobacco Cessation Rates. Nursing Clinics of North America.2012 Mar; 47 (1):1-12. PMID: 22289393

Andrews JO, Newman SD, Heath J, Williams LB, Tingen MS. (2012). Community-Based Participatory Research and Smoking Cessation Interventions: A Review of the Evidence. Nursing Clinics of North America. 47(1):81-96. PMID: 22289400

Andrews JO, Tingen MS, Jarriel SC, Caleb MS, Simmons A, Brunson J, Mueller M, Ahluwalia JS, Newman S, Cox M, Magwood G, Hurman C. (2012). Application of a CBPR Framework to Inform a Multi-level Tobacco Cessation Intervention in Public Housing Neighborhoods. American Journal of Community Psychology. 50 (1): 129-140.PMID: 22124619

Wright LB, Gregoski MJ, Tingen MS, Barnes VA, Treiber FA. (2011) Impact of Stress Reduction Interventions on Hostility and Ambulatory Systolic Blood Pressure in African American Adolescents. J Black Psychol. 2011 May;37(2):210-233.

Gregoski MJ, Barnes VA, Tingen MS, Harshfield GA, Treiber FA. (2011) Breathing awareness meditation and LifeSkills Training programs influence upon ambulatory blood pressure and sodium excretion among African American adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2011 Jan;48(1):59-64. Epub 2010 Sep 24.

Gregoski MJ, Barnes VA, Tingen MS, Dong Y, Zhu H, Treiber FA. (2011) Differential Impact of Stress Reduction Programs upon Ambulatory Blood Pressure among African American Adolescents: Influences of Endothelin-1 Gene and Chronic Stress Exposure. Int J Hypertens. 2012;2012:510291. Epub 2011 Nov 24.

Tingen MS, Andrews JO, Stevenson AW (2009). Primary and secondary tobacco prevention in youth. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 27:171-93. PMID: 20192104 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Tingen MS, Burnett A, Murchison R, Zhu H. (2009). The Importance of Nursing Research. Journal of Nursing Education, 48 (3), 167-170. PMID: 19297969 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Andrews JO, Heath J, Barone CP, Tingen MS. (2008). Time to quit? New strategies for tobacco-dependent patients. The Nurse Practitioner, 33 (11), 34-42.

Andrews JO, Bentley G, Brown LM, Pretlow L, Tingen MS (2008).The Effect of a Multi-Level Intervention to Promote Smoking Cessation in Public Housing Neighborhoods: The Sister to Sister Pilot Study. American Journal of Health Behavior. (Recipient of the Research Award at the 2007 American Academy of Health Behavior Conference).

Andrews J, Bentley G, Crawford S, Pretlow L, Tingen MS. (2007). Using Community Based Participatory Research to Develop a Culturally Sensitive Smoking Cessation Intervention with Public Housing Neighborhoods. Ethnicity & Disease, 17, 331-337. PMID: 17682367 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Andrews J, Felton G, Wewers M, Waller J, Tingen MS (2007). The effect of a multi-component smoking cessation intervention in African American women residing in public housing. Research in Nursing & Health, 30 (1), 45-60.PMID:17243107 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Tingen MS, Waller JL, Smith TM, Baker RR, Reyes J, Treiber FA (2006). Tobacco prevention in children and cessation in family members. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 18(4), 169-179.PMID: 16573730 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


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