Uma S Nair, PhD

Assistant Professor, Public Health
Assistant Director, ASHLine
Phone Number: 
(520) 320-6814
Professional Bio: 

Dr. Nair is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Health Promotion Sciences (HPS) at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. She is also the manager of the Research and Evaluation Division of the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine). Dr. Nair holds a Ph.D. in Kinesiology and has a master’s degree in clinical psychology. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Nair was a post-doctoral research associate in the College of Public Health at Temple University.

Dr. Nair’s research program focuses on cancer and tobacco control research, specifically among low-income and at-risk vulnerable populations (such as women, racial minorities, and individuals with comorbid substance and nicotine dependence, and/or mental health problems). As an early career investigator, her research agenda has involved developing evidence-based interventions to facilitate health promotion among low-income underserved smokers, with special emphasis on physical activity interventions as a treatment modality for tobacco dependence. Dr. Nair has been conducting smoking intervention and health promotion research for over six years, including laboratory studies in smoking reactivity, weight concerns, and physical activity. She was the PI on the American Heart Association- funded Step Up to Quit study and has designed and developed physical activity adoption and promotion intervention to aid smoking cessation for low-income adults. More recently, she was the co-PI on a cardiovascular health promotion study (funded by the Kynett Foundation) which integrated health counseling on topics including smoking cessation, physical activity and weight management into a women’s cycling program in a county correctional facility. Dr. Nair also currently serves as a co-Investigator on a clinical trial related to child second-hand smoke exposure reduction and smoking cessation in adults.

As manager at of Research and Evaluation at ASHLine (a state-based smoking cessation quitline), Dr. Nair continues her program of research while overseeing all aspects of the program’s evaluation components including but not limited to maintaining treatment (coaching) fidelity, continuing data quality control and improvement, and creating standardized data collection procedures to assure data collection fidelity.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Prevention and Control

Academic Information

Post Doctoral: 
College of Public Health at Temple University
Doctorate: 
Kinesiology, Temple University, Philadephia, PA
Master's Degree: 
MA, Clinical psychology, SNDT University, Mumbai, India; MS, Exercise and Sport Sciences, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Undergraduate School: 
BA, Psychology and Sociology, St. Xaviers College, Mumbai, India