Contact Information

Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Presidential Professor
Director, Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE)
University of Utah
383 Colorow Drive, Room 361
Salt Lake City, UT  84108



Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2012


Alex Ortega, PhD.



Ph.D. University of Wisconsin
M.S. University of Wisconsin
M.S. University of Oregon
B.A.. Whitman College

About Me

David W. Wetter, Ph.D., is a Professor and the Elma W. Schneider Chair in the Department of Psychology at Rice University. He joined Rice in the Fall of 2014. His work is targeted at eliminating disparities in health-related behavior through translational research. Specific research foci include: theoretical models of addictive and cancer risk behaviors; the development and evaluation of theoretically-based interventions; and, translational research to implement and disseminate those interventions in real world settings. His research spans the continuum from cells to society, and focuses on high-risk and underserved populations, with a major focus on low socioeconomic status individuals, minorities, and women.
He is a passionate advocate for students and training. In the last 5 years alone, Dr. Wetter has mentored 10 postdoctoral fellows, 8 of whom are now faculty members. During that same time period, his fellows won 3 institution-wide awards and 2 divisional awards for outstanding research accomplishments, and 5 current mentees have NIH or ACS funded career development awards. He was the inaugural winner of the Leading Mentor in Cancer Prevention and winner of the Robert M. Chamberlain Outstanding Mentor Award in his previous position at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
His professional service includes serving as chair of the Community Level Health Promotion study section at the National Institutes of Health, contributing to the 2000 Report of the Surgeon General on Reducing Tobacco Use, member of the editorial board for Health Psychology, scientific consultant for two U.S. Public Health Service tobacco treatment guidelines, program chair for two annual meetings of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, chair of the Cancer Forum of the American Public Health Association, and invited participant in numerous NIH workgroups.
He has an extensive NIH-funded grant portfolio and over 170 peer-reviewed publications. His research program has received awards from the Society of Behavioral Medicine, American Society for Preventive Oncology, the Health Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and MD Anderson. Dr. Wetter earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a M.S. in Epidemiology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Health Disparities Research at MD Anderson and an adjunct appointment at The University of Texas School of Public Health.

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*Castro Y, Fernández ME, Strong LL, Stewart D, Hernandez Robles E., Krasny S, Heredia N, Adams CE, Correa-Fernández V, Eakin EG, Resnicow K, Basen-Engquist KB, Wetter DW. Adaptation of a counseling intervention to address multiple cancer risk factors among Mexican Americans. Health Education & Behavior. In Press.

*Vidrine JI, Businelle MB, Reitzel LR, Cao Y, Cinciripini PM, Marcus MT, Li Y, Wetter DW. Coping mediates the association of mindfulness with psychological stress, affect and depression among smokers preparing to quit. Mindfulness. In Press.

*Vidrine JI, Shete S, Li Y, Cao Y, Alford MH, Galindo-Talton M, Rabius V, Sharp B, Harmonson P, Zbikowski SM, Miles L, Wetter DW. Efficacy of Ask Advise Connect in a Safety Net Healthcare System. Am J Prev Med. In Press.

*Adams CE, Cano MA, Heppner WL, Stewart DW, Correa-Fernández V, Vidrine JI, Li Y, Cinciripini PM, Ahluwalia JS, Wetter DW. Testing a moderated mediation model of mindfulness, psychosocial stress, and alcohol use among African American smokers. Mindfulness. In Press.

Watkins KL, Reitzel LR, Wetter DW, McNeill LH. HPV Awareness, Knowledge and Attitudes among Older African-American Women. Am J Health Behav. In Press.

Cui Y, Robinson JD, Engelmann JF, Lam CY, Minnix JA, Karam-Hage M, Wetter DW, Dani JA, Kosten TR, Cinciripini PM. Reinforcement sensitivity underlying treatment-seeking smokers’ affect, smoking reinforcement motives, and affective responses. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. In Press.