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Faculty and Staff Profile

Kathleen Cartmell

Associate Professor
Clemson University Department of Public Health Sciences

Office: 519 Edwards Hall
Phone: 864 656-2719

 Educational Background

2013 Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina PhD

1998 International Health and Epidemiology
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health MPH

1990 Political Science
College of Charleston BA

 Courses Taught

As a teacher, Dr. Cartmell has taught doctoral level courses in research design and methods, measurement and instrumentation in research, scientific writing and applied epidemiology and biostatistics. Starting in Fall of 2019, as a new Clemson faculty, she is looking forward to teaching courses in the areas of healthcare delivery and public health.


Dr. Kathleen Cartmell is a health services researcher, with a focus on dissemination and implementation of evidence-based strategies for cancer prevention and control. She received her PhD from the Medical University of South Carolina in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and her Master of Public Health Degree from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. Most of her research focuses on developing and testing interventions to optimize the delivery of HPV vaccination and tobacco cessation at the health system and community levels. Dr. Cartmell also conducts research in India and Kenya, designed to optimize the delivery of palliative care in low resource settings.

 Research Interests

Dr. Cartmell's current research projects include: 1) a multi-level intervention to optimize HPV vaccination in South Carolina; 2) several studies evaluating strategies to optimize the reach and effect of tobacco cessation services at the health system level; 3) a secondary data analysis-based study to evaluate the effect of implementation of a comprehensive evidence-based tobacco cessation service on healthcare utilization and cost outcomes; and 4) a palliative care navigation intervention in Kolkata, India that utilizes community health workers to expand access and quality of services to medically underserved rural patients.

 Research Publications

Cartmell, K.B., Dismuke, C.E., Dooley, M., Mueller, M., Nahhas, G.J., Warren, G.W., ...Cummings, K.M. (2018). Effect of an evidence-based inpatient tobacco dependence treatment service on 1-year post-discharge healthcare costs. Medical Care, 56(10), 883-889.

Kilpatrick, D.J., Cartmell, K.B., Abdoulaye, D., Cummings, K.M., Warren, G.W., Wynne, K.L., ... Gillam, P.S. (2019). A collaborative model for facilitating the delivery of smoking cessation treatments to cancer patients: Results from three oncology practices in South Carolina. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 14(2), 112-124.

Cartmell, K.B., Mzik. C.R., Sundstrom, B.L., Luque, J.S., & White, A. (2018). HPV vaccination communication messages, messengers and messaging strategies. Journal of Cancer Education, Doi: 10.1007/s13187-018-1405-x (epub ahead of print).

Potts, M., Cartmell, K.B., Qanungo, S., Nemeth, L. (2019). A qualitative evaluation of a home-based palliative care program utilizing community health workers in a low resource country. Indian Journal of Palliative Care, 25(2), 181-189.

Lee, S.J., Park, Y.J., & Cartmell K.B. (2018). Sarcopenia in cancer survivors is associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk. Supportive Care in Cancer; 26(7), 2313-2321.

Cartmell, K.B., Young-Pierce, J., McGue, S., Alberg, A.J., Luque, J., Zubizeretta, M., & Brandt, H. (2018). Barriers, facilitators and potential strategies for improving HPV vaccination: A statewide assessment to inform action. Papillomavirus Research, 5, 21-31.

Luque, J.S., Soulen, G., Davila, C.B., & Cartmell, K. (2018). Access to healthcare for uninsured latina immigrants in South Carolina. BMC Health Services Research, 18(310).

Mendhi, M., Cartmell, K.B., Newman, S., Premji, S., & Pope, C. (2018). Review of educational interventions to increase traditional birth attendants' neonatal resuscitation self-efficacy. Women and Birth, 2018 May 21, E-Pub ahead of print available at Doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2018.04.016.

Cartmell, K.B., Dooley, M., Mueller, M., Nahhas, G., Dismuke, C., Warren, G., & Cummings, K.M. (2018). Effect of an evidence-based inpatient tobacco dependence treatment service on 30, 90 and 180 day hospital readmission rates. Medical Care, 56(4), 358-363.

Cartmell, K.B., Sterba, K.R., Pickett, K., Zapka, J., Alberg, A.J., Sood, A.J., & Esnaola NF. (2018) Availability of patient-centered cancer support services: A statewide survey of cancer centers. PLOS One, 13(3).

McDonnell, K.K., Strayer, S.M., Sercy, E., Campbell, C., Friedman D,B., Cartmell, K.B., & Eberth, J.M. (2018). Developing and testing a brief clinic-based lung cancer screening decision aid for primary care settings. Health Expectations, 21(4), 796-804.

Sundstorm, B., Aylor, E., Cartmell, K.B., Brandt, H.M., Bryant, D.C., Hughes Halbert, C., & Young-Pierce, J. (2018). Beyond birds-and-bees: a qualitative content analysis of online HPV vaccination communication, Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 11(3), 205-214.

Potts, M., Cartmell, K.B., Nemeth, L., Bhattacharjee, G., & Qanungo, S. (2017). A systematic review of palliative care intervention outcome and outcome measures in low resource countries. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 55(5), 1382-1396.e7.

Kelemen, L.E., Abbott, S., Qin, B., Peres, L.C., Moorman, P.G., Cartmell, K.B., & Schildkraut, J.M. (2017). Cigarette smoking and the association with serous ovarian cancer in African American women: African american cancer epidemiology study (AACES); Cancer Causes and Control, 28(7), 699-709.

Nahhas, G.J., Wilson, D., Talbot, V., Cartmell, K.B., Warren, G.W., Toll, B.A., Carpenter, M.J., Cummings, M. (2016) Implementation of an "opt-out" tobacco-cessation service. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 19(8), 937-943.

Bond, S.M., Cartmell, K.B., Lopez, C.M., Ford, M.E., Brandt, H.M., Gore, E.I., & Alberg, A.J. (2016). Racial and ethnic group knowledge, perceptions and behaviors about HPV, HPV vaccination, and cervical cancer among adolescent females. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 29(5), 429-35.

Alberg, A.J., Moorman, P.G., Crankshaw, S., Wang, F., Bandera, E.V., Cartmell, K.B., ...Schildkraut JM. (2016). Socioeconomic status in relation to the risk of ovarian cancer in African American women: A population-based case-control study; American Journal of Epidemiology, 184(4), 274-283.

Mitchell-Brown, F.M., Nemeth, L., Cartmell, K., Newman, S., & Goto K. (2016) A study of Hmong immigrants' experience with diabetes education: A community engaged qualitative study. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 28(6), 540-549.

Cartmell, K.B., Bonilha, H.S., Matson, T., Bryant, D.C., Zapka. J., Bentz, T.A., Ford, M.E., Hughes-Halbert, C., Simpson, K.N., & Alberg, A.J. (2016).
Patient participation in cancer clinical trials: A pilot test of lay navigation. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communication, 3, 86-93.

Ersek, J., Eberth, J., McDonnell, K., Strayer, S., Sercy, E., Cartmell, K. & Friedman, D. (2016). Knowledge, attitudes and use of low-dose computed tomography for lung cancer screening among family physicians. Cancer, 122(15), 2324-2331.

Alberg, A.J., Cartmell, K.B., Sterba, K.R., Bolick, S., Daguise, V.G., & Hebert, J.R. (2013). Outcome evaluation of a state comprehensive cancer control plan: Laying the foundation. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 19(4), 300-307.

Carter, C.L., Onicescu, G., Cartmell, K.B., Sterba, K.R., Tomsic, J. & Alberg, A.J. (2012). The comparative effectiveness of a team-based versus group-based physical activity intervention for cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer, 20(8), 1699-1707.

Bryant, D.C., Williamson, D., Cartmell, K.B., Ford. M. (2011). A lay patient navigation training curriculum targeting disparities in cancer clinical trials. Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, 22(2), 68-75.

Carpenter, M.J., Ford, M.E., Cartmell, K., & Alberg, A.J. (2011). Misperceptions of nicotine replacement therapy within racially and ethnically diverse groups. Journal of the National Medical Association, 103(9-10), 879-888.

Cartmell, K.B., Miner, C., Carpenter, M.J., Vitoc, C.S., Biggers, S., Onicescu, G., ...Alberg, A.J. (2011). Secondhand smoke exposure in young people and parental rules against smoking at home and in the car, Public Health Reports, 126(4), 575-582.

Ryan, K.K., Garrett-Mayer, E., Alberg, A.J., Cartmell, K.B., & Carpenter, M.J. (2011). Predictors of cessation pharmacotherapy use among black and nonhispanic white smokers, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 13(8), 646-652.

Carter, C.L., Onicescu, G., Cartmell, K.B., Sterba, K.R., Tomsic, J., Fox, T., Dunmeyer, E. & Alberg, A.J. (2010). Factors associated with cancer survivors’ selection between two group physical activity programs. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 4(4), 388-98.

Reed, S.G., Cartmell, K.C., Duffy, N.G., Herrin, A.E., Sinha, D., Hollinger, A., ...Day, T.A. (2010). Oral cancer preventive practices of South Carolina dentists and physicians. Journal of Cancer Education, 25(2), 166-173.

Carpenter, M.J., Garrett-Mayer, E., Cartmell, K.B., Vitoc, C., Biggers, S. & Alberg, A.J. (2009). Adolescent non-daily smokers: Favorable views of tobacco yet receptive to cessation. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 11(4), 348-355.

 Honors and Awards

2019 MUSC College of Health Professions Alumni Association Outstanding Achievement in Research Award

2018 MUSC High Impact Publication Recognition, MUSC College of Medicine Dean's Office

2018 MUSC High Performing Instructor Recognition (based on receipt of 4.5/5 or higher in student evaluation ratings over a 5-year period), MUSC College of Medicine Dean's Office.

2016 MUSC Innovators' Award Recipient, April 2016.

2014 Alpha Eta Society: National Scholastic Honor Society for the Allied Health Professions (GPA in PhD Program: 3.97)

2012 MUSC College of Health Professions Scholarship; 2011-2012 Academic Year

2012 MUSC Women’s Club Scholarship; 2011-2012 Academic Year

2012 The Perry V. Halushka 2012 MUSC Student Research Day, 1st Place Oral Presentation, Health Disparities Award

2011 The Perry V. Halushka 2011 MUSC Student Research Day, 1st Place Oral Presentation, Health Disparities Award

2011 The Perry V. Halushka 2011 MUSC Student Research Day, 1st Place Award, Interprofessional Collaboration Research Award

2011 2011 Second Place Abstract selected for oral presentation. American Association of Cancer Institutes Clinical Research Initiative Meeting. Chicago Illinois, July 2011


News story describing Dr. Cartmell's work in SC to increase HPV vaccination
Publication in Papillomavirus Research reporting on SC barriers, facilitators and optimal strategies for increasing HPV vaccination
Publication in Medical Care on the effect of an evidence-based tobacco cessation service on hospital readmission rates
Publication In Medical Care on the effect of an evidence-based tobacco cessation service on healthcare costs
Publication in Journal of Smoking Cessation on a statewide project to increase delivery of tobacco cessation in SC cancer centers