Deric Kenne

Deric R. Kenne, PhD

College of Public Health
Associate Professor - Health Policy and Management
Office Hours:
By appointment.
Contact Information


Ph.D., Public Administration, The University of Akron, 2010; MS, Psychology, Mississippi State University, 1998.

Deric R. Kenne, Ph.D. has over 15 years of experience as a researcher and practitioner in the fields of mental health and substance use in both academic and nonprofit settings.  He has helped secure over $7.6 million in state and federally-funded research and service grants and has authored or co-authored numerous articles. His teaching experience includes graduate and undergraduate courses in general psychology, program evaluation, behavioral statistics, drug abuse and policymaking. He has interests in adult and adolescent substance abuse prevention and treatment, community-based interventions,mental health, policy and evaluation. His current research activities include projects examining mental health and substance use among college students, mental health awareness training and suicide prevention, barriers to treatment and health services access among opiate-using pregnant women, and electronic cigarette use, awareness, and perception of harm. 


Research Areas

  • Substance Abuse & Treatment
  • Mental Health
  • Program Evaluation


Substance Abuse, Mental Health, drug addiction, Substance Use, Mental Health First Aid, MHFA, program evaluation, Gatekeeper Training, Mental Wellness, College Mental Health, electronic cigarettes, Vaping, E-Cigarettes


  • Laurene, K.R., *Kodukula, G.N.S., Fischbein, R., & Kenne, D.R. (2018). What is the draw? Assessing a risk model and conventional exploration model of e-cigarette use. Journal of Substance Use, 1-8.
  • Hamilton, K.M., Falletta, L., Fischbein, R., and Kenne, D.R. (2018). Nonmedical use of prescription drugs during sexual activity as a predictor of condom use among a sample of college students. Journal of American College Health.
  • Kenne, D.R., Fischbein, R.L., DeLuca, T., *Bryant, J., Laurene, K., Mulvany, J., Leahy, P., & Banks, D. (2018). Economic Disparities: SPARK Ohio and Narrowing the Kindergarten Readiness Gap. Child Development Research, vol. 2018, Article ID 4383792, 1
  • Fischbein, R.L., Lanese, B., Falletta, L., *Bryant, J., & Kenne, D.R. (2018). Pregnant or Recently Pregnant Opioid Users: Contraception Decisions, Perceptions and Preferences. Contraception and Reproductive Medicine, 3(4), 1-9.
  • Falletta, L., Hamilton, K., Fischbein, R., Aultman, J., Kinney, B., & Kenne, D.R. (2018). Perceptions of Child Protective Services among Pregnant, Opioid-Using Women in Substance Abuse Treatment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 79, 125-135.
  • *Yang, S., Tan, A.S.L., *Hamilton, K., Fischbein, R., & Kenne, D. R. (2018). Roadblock Not Gateway: Effect of Visual Vaping Cues on Harm Perceptions. Tobacco Regulatory Science, 4(2), 88-103.
  • Kenne, D.R., Fischbein, R.L., Tan, A.S.L., *Banks, M. (2017). The Use of Substances Other Than Nicotine in Electronic-Cigarettes Among a Cross-Sectional Sample of College Students. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 11, 1-8.
  • *Reinhold, B., Fischbein, R.L., *Bhamidipalli, S.S., *Bryant, J., & Kenne, D.R. (2017). Associations of attitudes towards electronic cigarettes with advertisement exposure and social determinants: A cross sectional study. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 15:1
  • Hand, R.K., Kenne, D.K., Wolfram, T.M., Abram, J.K., & Fleming, M. (2016). Assessing the viability of social media for disseminating evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines through content analysis of Twitter messages and health professional inter
  • Kenne, D.R., *Hamilton, K., *Birmingham, L., Oglesby, W.H., Fischbein, R.L., & Delahanty, D.L. (2016). Perceptions of harm and reasons for misuse of prescription opioid drugs and reasons for not seeking treatment for physical or emotional pain among
  • Fischbein, R., DeLuca, T., *Bryant, J.A., Leahy, P., Banks, D., & Kenne, D.R. (2016). Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids: An early childhood intervention program description and evaluation. The International Journal of Early Childhood Lear
  • Kenne, D.R., *Mix, D., *Banks, M., & Fischbein, R. (2016). Electronic cigarette initiation and correlates of use among never, former and current tobacco cigarette smoking college students. Journal of Substance Use, 21(5), 491-494.
  • *Hruska, B., *Bernier, J., *Kenner, F., Kenne, D.R., Boros, A.P., Richardson, C.J., & Delahanty, D.L. (2014). Examining the relationships between posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, positive smoking outcome expectancies, and cigarette smoking in


Center for Public Policy & Health

Research Institutes and Initiatives

Healthy Communities Research Initiative