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Rebecca Schweitzer, DrPH

Rebecca Schweitzer, DrPH
  • Associate Member
    Population Sciences in the Pacific Program (Cancer Prevention in the Pacific)
    University of Hawaii Cancer Center
  • Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Researcher
    Office of Public Health Studies
    University of Hawaii at Manoa


  • DrPH, Community-Based and Translational Research
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • MPH, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
    University of Hawaii at Manoa

Research Focus

  • Tobacco control
  • Smoking cessation
  • Addictive behaviors
  • Behavior change motivation

Selected Publications

(Note: some publications listed under researcher's maiden name of Williams)
  • Schweitzer RJ, Wu YY, Nigg CR. (2016). Compliance Checks for Underage Cigarette and Alcohol Purchase Attempts and Associated Factors in Retail Outlets in Hawaii. Drugs: Education, Prevention, & Policy. Published online July 7, 2016. DOI: 10.1080/09687637.2016.1197182
  • Wills TA, Knight R, Sargent JD, Gibbons FX, Pagano I, Williams RJ. (2016). Longitudinal study of e-cigarette use and cigarette smoking onset among high school students in Hawaii. Tobacco Control, 25(e1),e52-e59.
  • Williams RJ, Knight R, Wills TA. (2015). Why Children Smoke in 2015 and Prospects for Stopping Them: a Review of Current Literature. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, 9(10), article 45.
  • Williams RJ, Masica AL, McBurni M, Solberg LI, Bailey SR, Hazlehurst B, Kurtz SE, Williams AE, Puro JE, Stevens,VJ. (2014). Documentation of the 5As for Smoking Cessation by Primary Care Physicians Across Distinct Health Systems. American Journal of Managed Care, 20, e82-e89.

Publication list via PubMed

Active Grants

  • R. Schweitzer, PI
    "Underage tobacco sales compliance inspections"
    These are actually 3 different projects funded by the FDA (surveillance inspections), SAMHSA (Synar Survey), and Hawaii State general funds (KATS – Kruising Against Tobacco Sales).
    These projects are ongoing and have no end date.
  • R. Schweitzer, PI of DOH contract & Evaluator
    CDC Grant Awarded to the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH)
    "State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health Division of Diabetes Translation, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Division of Population Health/School Health Branch"
    PI is the lead evaluator for this CDC-funded statewide implementation of approaches to promote health and prevent and control chronic diseases and their risk factors.
    06/30/13 – 06/29/18
  • R. Schweitzer, PI of contract
    Hawaii Community Foundation
    "Evaluation of the 2016-2020 Tobacco Use Prevention and Control in Hawai'i Five-year Strategic Plan."