Robert C. Klesges, PhD

Robert C. Klesges, PhD

Member, St. Jude Adjunct Faculty

Contact Information

Robert Klesges, PhD
Epidemiology and Cancer Control
MS 735, Room S-603
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678
Email: bob.klesges@stjude.org
Phone: (901) 595-5842
FAX: 901) 595-5845


Education

BA-Pepperdine University, Malibu, California (1976)
MS-University of Wyoming, Laramie (1978)
PhD-University of Wyoming, Laramie (1980)


Research Interests


Current Research

Efficacy of a Tobacco Quit Line for Childhood Cancer Survivors (XPD07-140, QUITLINE), Principal Investigator
St. Jude Consortium for Interventional Research, Co-Director and Steering Committee
Long-Term Follow-up: Comparison Group Recruitment Feasibility Study for Physical Performance and Physical Activity (MOPALS), Co-Investigator


Selected Publications

Klesges RC, Talcott GW, Oh J, Colvin LW. Tobacco Use in the Military. Changes in the Smoking-and-Health Environment: 1964 to 2014, A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA, Centers for Disease Control. 2014 (in press).

Klosky JL, Hum AM, Zhang N, Ali KS, Srivastava DK, Klesges RC, Emmons KM, Ness KK, Stovall M, Robison LL, Hudson MM. Smokeless and dual tobacco use among males surviving childhood cancer: A report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Cancer Epidemiol, Biomarkers Prev 22:1025-9, 2013.

Talcott GW, Cigrang J, Sherrill-Mittlemn D, Snyder DK, Baskter M, Tatum JL, Cassiday D, Sonnet S, Balderama-Durbin C, Klesges RC, Ebbert JO, Slep AM, Heyman RE. Tobacco use during military deployment. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 15(8):1348-54, 2013.

Klesges RC, Talcott W, Ebbert JO, Murphy JG, McDevitt-Murphy M, Thomas F, Reese GJ, Nicholas RA. Effect of the Alchol Misconduct Prevention Program (AMPP) in Air Force Technical Training. Mil Med 178(4):445-51,  2013.

Stockton MB, McClanahan BS, Lanctot JQ, Klesges RC, Beech BM. Identification of facilitators and barriers to participation in weight gain prevention research by African American girls. Contemp Clin Trials 33:38-45, 2012.

Klesges RC, Vander Weg M, Sherrill-Mittleman DA. Smoking and Body Weight: Is smoking associated with body weight in youth and are concerns related to body weight associated with smoking in youth and young adults. Surgeon General Report of Smoking and Health, Rockville, MD, 2012.

Asfar T, Ebbert JO, Klesges RC, Klosky JL. Use of smoking reduction strategies among U.S. tobacco quitlines. Addictive Behaviors 37:583-586, 2012.

Richey PA, Klesges RC, Talcott GW, DeBon M, Womack C, Thomas F, Hryshko-Mullen A. Efficacy of a Smoking Quit Line in the Military: Baseline Design and Analysis. Contemporary Clinical Trials 33:959-968, 2012.

Klesges RC, Hare M. The DASH Diet Predicts Weight Gain: What does this mean for my pediatric practice. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 165:567-568, 2011.

Dalton WT, Klesges LM, Sherrill-Mittleman D, Stockton MB, Allen S, Klesges RC. Family context as it related to weight-related behaviors in preadolescent African American girls. American Journal of Health Behavior 201(35):269-279, 2011.

Klesges RC, Ebbert JO, Morgan GD, Sherrill-Mittleman D, Asfar T, Talcott W, DeBon M. Impact of differing definitions of dual tobacco use: Implications for Studying Dual Use and A Call for Operational Definitions. Nicotine and Tobacco Research 13:523-531, 2011.

Asfar T, Ebbert JO, Klesges RC, Relyea GE. Do Smoking Reduction Interventions Promote Cessation in Smokers Not Ready to Quit. Addictive Behaviors 36(7):764-768, 2011.

DeBon M, Vander Weg MW, Sherrill-Mittleman D, Klesges RC, Talcott GW. Drinking and driving and riding with an alcohol impaired driver among United States Air Force recruits. Traffic Inj Prev Apr;12(2):128-35, 2011.

Klesges RC, Sherrill-Mittleman D, Ebbert JO, Talcott GW, DeBon M. Tobacco use harm reduction, elimination, and escalation in a large military cohort. American Journal of Public Health 2010.

Klesges RC, Obarzanek E, Kumanyika S, Murray DM, Klesges LM, Relyea GE, Stockton MB, Lanctot JQ, Beech BM, McClanahan BS, Sherrill-Mittleman D, Slawson DL. The Memphis Girls health Enrichment Multi-site Studies (GEMS): An evaluation of the efficacy of a two-year obesity prevention intervention in African American girls. Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine 164(11);1-8. 2010.

Stockton MB, Lanctot JQ, McClanahan BS, Klesges LM, Klesges RC, Kumanyika S, Sherrill-Mittleman D. Self-perception and body image discrepancy associations with body mass index among 8-10-year-old African American Girls. J Pediatr Psychol 34:1144-54, 2009.

Cooper TV, Taylor T, Murray AA, DeBon MW, Vander Weg MW, Klesges RC, Talcott GW. Differences between intermittent and light daily smokers in a population of U.S. Military recruits. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 12(5):465-473, 2010.

Sherrill-Mittleman DA, Klesges LM, Lanctot JQ, Stockton ML, Klesges RC. Measurement characteristics of dietary psychosocial scales in a weight gain prevention study with 8- to 10-year-old African-American girls. Health Educ Res 24:586-95, 2009.

Klesges RC, Vander Weg M, Sherrill-Mittleman DA. Smoking and Body Weight: Is smoking associated with body weight in youth and are concerns related to body weight associated with smoking in youth and young adults. Surgeon General Report of Smoking and Health Rockville, MD, 2009 (in press).

Klesges RC, Sherrill-Mittleman DA, DeBon M, Talcott GW, Vanecek RJ. Do we believe the tobacco industry lied to us? Association with smoking behavior and other correlates in a military population. Health Educ Res 24(6):909-21, 2009.

Stockton MB, Lanctot JQ, McClanahan BS, Klesges LM, Klesges RC, Kumanyika S, Sherrill-Mittleman D. Self-perception and body image associations with body mass index among 8-10-year-old African American Girls. J Pediatr Psychol 2009 Apr 14. [Epub ahead of print]

Sherrill-Mittleman D, Klesges RC, Massey V, Vander Weg MW, DeBon M. Relationship between smoking status and body weight in a military population of young adults. Addict Behav 34:400–2, 2009.

McClanahan BS, Stockton MB, Lanctot JQ, Relyea G, Klesges RC, Slawson DL, Schilling LP. Measurement of body composition in 8-10-year-old African-American girls: A comparison of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and foot-to-foot bioimpedance methods. Int J Pediatr Obes 26:1–8, 2009.

Asfar T, Klesges RC, Sanford SD, Sherrill-Mittleman D, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Somes G, Boyet JM, Lando H. Trial Design: The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital cancer survivors Tobacco Quit Line Study. Contemp Clin Trials 2009.

Bondurant S, Wedge R (eds), & Klesges RC (Contributor). Combating Tobacco in Military and Veteran Populations. Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C., National Academies Press, 2009.

Warner DO, Klesges RC, Dale LC, Offord KP, Schroeder DR, Vickers KS, Hathaway JC. Telephone quitlines to help surgical patients quit smoking patient and provider attitudes. Am J Prev Med 35(6 Suppl):S486–93, 2008.

Reddy JG, Ebbert JO, Klesges LM, Enders FT, Klesges RC, Lanctot JQ, McClanahan BS. The relationship between caffeine and blood pressure in preadolescent African American girls. Ethn Dis 18:283–8, 2008.

Lanctot JQ, Klesges RC, Stockton MB, Klesges LM. Prevalence and characteristics of energy underreporting in African-American girls. Obesity 16:1407–12, 2008.

Klesges RC, Obarzanek E, Klesges LM, Stockton MB, Beech BM, Murray DM, Lanctot JQ, Sherrill-Mittleman DA. Memphis Girls health Enrichment Multi-site Studies (GEMS): Phase 2: design and baseline. Contemp Clin Trials 29:42-55, 2008.

Klosky JL, Tyc VL, Garces-Webb DM, Buscemi J, Klesges RC, Hudson MM. Emerging issues in smoking among adolescent and adult cancer survivors: a comprehensive review. Cancer 110:2408-19, 2007.

Robinson LA, Murray DM, Alfano CM, Zbikowski SM, Blitstein JL, Klesges RC. Ethnic differences in predictors of adolescent smoking onset and escalation: a longitudinal study from 7th to 12th grade. Nicotine Tob Res 8:297-307, 2006.

Last update: February 2014