Laura Akers, Ph.D.

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Education & Training

B.S., 1988
University of California, Berkeley, CA
Political Economy of Natural Resources

M.S., 2007
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Psychology

Ph.D., 2012
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Psychology (Social/Personality)

Laura Akers’ research interests focus primarily on the relationship between cognitive framing and behavior, especially the roles of narrative, metaphor, and cognitive style in motivation and behavior change. She is the principal investigator of a five-year study to help teach women to better support their husbands/domestic partners in quitting smokeless tobacco. She is also collaborating with ORI’s Gerard Saucier in studying the mindsets behind sociopolitical violence, and she has a particular interest in environmental ethics and moral psychology. Dr. Akers is also experienced in cost-effectiveness analysis.

Current Projects

Developing an Efficacious and Cost-Effective Fall Prevention Program

PROJECT PERIOD

06/15/14 - 03/31/19

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

CURRENT STATUS

Active and Not Recruiting

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Fuzhong Li

Co-Investigators
Laura Akers

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A Multi-Media Approach to Partner Support in Smokeless Tobacco Cessation

PROJECT PERIOD

09/01/12 - 08/31/17

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Active and Recruiting

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Laura Akers

Co-Investigators
Judy Andrews, Edward Lichtenstein, Herbert Severson

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Publications

Mahabee-Gittens, E. M., Ammerman, R. T., Khoury, J. C., Stone, L., Meyers, G. T., Witry, J. K., . . . Akers, L., Gordon, J. S. (2017). Healthy families: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of a screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment intervention for caregivers to reduce secondhand smoke exposure among pediatric emergency patients. BMC Public Health, 17, 1-13. doi:10.1186/s12889-017-4278-8

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Severson, H. H., Danaher, B. G., Ebbert, J. O., van Meter, N., Lichtenstein, E., Widdop, C., Crowley, R., Akers, L., & Seeley, J. R. (2015). Randomized trial of nicotine lozenges and phone counseling for smokeless tobacco cessation. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 17(3), 309-315.

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Akers, L., Gordon, J. S., Brady, M. Z., Andrews, J. A., & Severson, H. H. (2015). Utility of Responsiveness Theory for Classifying Supportive Behaviors to Enhance Smokeless Tobacco Cessation. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntv282

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Akers, L., Gordon, J.S., Reyna, S., & Severson, H.H. (2014). Metaphors of smokeless tobacco addiction and cessation. Addiction Research & Theory 22(1): 49-56.

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Saucier, G., Akers, L. G., Shen-Miller, S., Stankov, L., & Knezevic, G. (2009). Patterns of thinking in militant extremism. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4, 256-271.

Danaher, B. G., Lichtenstein, E., Andrews, J. A., Severson, H. H., Akers, L., & Barckley, M. (2009). Women helping chewers: Effects of partner support on 12-month tobacco abstinence in a smokeless tobacco cessation trial. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 11(3), 332-335.

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Akers, L., Severson, H. H., Andrews, J. A. & Lichtenstein, E.  (2007). Cost effectiveness of self-help smokeless tobacco cessation programs. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 9, 907-914.

Severson, H. H., Andrews, J. A., Lichtenstein, E., Danaher, B. G., & Akers, L. (2007). Self-help cessation programs for smokeless tobacco users: Long-term follow-up of a randomized trial. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 9(2), 281-289.

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Akers, L., Gordon, J. S., Andrews, J. A., Barckley, M., Lichtenstein, E., & Severson, H. H. (2006).  Cost-effectiveness of changing health professionals’ behavior:  Training dental hygienists in brief interventions for smokeless tobacco cessation. Preventive Medicine, 43, 482- 487.

Gordon, J. S., Akers, L., Severson, H. H., Danaher, B. G., & Boles, S. B. (2006). Successful participant recruitment strategies for an online smokeless tobacco cessation program. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 8, S35-S41.

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Gordon, J. S., Andrews, J. A., Lichtenstein, E., Severson, H. H. & Akers, L. (2005).   Disseminating a smokeless tobacco cessation intervention model to dental hygienists:   A Randomized comparison of personalized instruction and self study methods. Health Psychology, 24 (5), 447-455.

Gordon, J.S., Andrews, J.A., Lichtenstein, E., Severson, H.H., Akers, L. & Williams, C. (2002). Ophthalmologists' and optomotrists' attitudes and behaviors regarding tobacco cessation intervention. Tobacco Control, 11, 84-85.

Lichtenstein, E., Andrews, J. A., Barckley, M., Akers, L., & Severson, H. H. (2002). Women helping chewers: Partner support and smokeless tobacco cessation. Health Psychology, 21, 273-278.

Severson, H. H., Andrews, J. A., Lichtenstein, E., Gordon, J. S., Barckley, M. & Akers, L. (2000) A self-help cessation program for smokeless tobacco users: Comparison of two interventions. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 2(4), 363-370.

Severson, H. H., Akers, L., Andrews, J. A., Lichtenstein, E. & Jerome, A. (2000). Evaluating two self-help interventions for smokeless tobacco use. Addictive Behaviors, 25(3), 465-470.

Severson, H.H., Andrews, J.A., Lichtenstein, E., Wall, M., & Akers, L. (1997). Reducing maternal smoking and relapse: Long-term evaluation of a pediatric intervention. Preventive Medicine 26: 120-130.

Experience

2009-
Associate Scientist,
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR

2009-
Research Associate,
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR

2006-12
Research Assistant,
Psychology Deptartment (G. Saucier), University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

1998-09
Research Assistant III / Economic Analyst,
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR

1996-98
Research Assistant II / Economic Analyst,
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR

1993-96
Administrative Assistant II,
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR

1990-93
Editor, Environmental Vehicles Review,
Oakland, CA

1987-91
Senior Writer/Editor, Bevilacqua-Knight (BKI)
Oakland, CA, as contractor to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and other organizations

1985-87
EPRI MediaBaseTM Project Coordinator,
Bevilacqua-Knight (BKI), Oakland, CA

Other Interests

Other publications:

Akers, L.G. (2010). Empathy, ethics, and wonder. In C. Lewis and P. Smithka, Eds. Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside. Chicago: Open Court Press. pp. 145-156.

Akers, L.G. (2008). Lessons learned from yellowjackets. Journal of Environmental Philosophy 5(2): 35-46 .

Professional blog:

livingindialogue.wordpress.com