A photo of Melinda Mahabee-Gittens.

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


My Biography & Research


Dr. Melinda Mahabee-Gittens is a professor at the University of Cincinnati and attending emergency medicine physician in the Emergency Department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include research on tobacco prevention and education in medical settings.

She has extensive research experience in survey design and tobacco intervention development, and primary quantitative data collection and analysis. She has provided parents and adolescents with tobacco prevention, tobacco cessation and secondhand smoke reduction counseling both in the research and clinical setting. She has been successfully funded for her research by the NIH/National Cancer Institute (K23CA117864 and K22CA163747), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R03HS11038), the American Lung Association (CG-004-N), and the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Woman Scholars Award.

She recently was co-investigator on a technology transfer grant, funded by NHLBI (1-R41HL083540 and 2-R42-HL083540) to develop and evaluate a web-based tobacco cessation educational program for pediatric respiratory therapists and nurses. She is currently the PI on a Career Development award from the National Cancer Institute which is designed to develop and evaluate a parental tobacco cessation intervention in the ED setting.

Research Interests

Tobacco prevention; tobacco cessation

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine

My Education

MD: State University of New York at Brooklyn, NY, 1992.

Residency: The Children's Hospital at Yale-New Haven, CT, 1995.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1999.

MS: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1999.

My Publications

Dixon CA, Pomerantz WJ, Hart KW, Lindsell CJ, Mahabee-Gittens EM. An evaluation of a dog bite prevention intervention in the pediatric emergency department. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Oct;75(4 Suppl 3):S308-12.

Mahabee-Gittens EM, Dixon CA, Vaughn LM, Duma EM, Gordon JS. Parental Tobacco Screening and Counseling in the Pediatric Emergency Department: Practitioners' Attitudes, Perceived Barriers, and Suggestions for Implementation and Maintenance. J Emerg Nurs. 2013 Sep 9. pii: S0099-1767(13)00217-1.

Mahabee-Gittens EM, Stone L, Gordon JS. Pediatric emergency department is a promising venue for adult tobacco cessation interventions. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Oct;15(10):1792-3.

Mahabee-Gittens EM, Xiao Y, Gordon JS, Khoury JC. The dynamic role of parental influences in preventing adolescent smoking initiation. Addict Behav. 2013 Apr;38(4):1905-11.

Gordon JS, Mahabee-Gittens EM, Andrews JA, Christiansen SM, Byron DJ. A randomized clinical trial of a web-based tobacco cessation education program. Pediatrics. 2013 Feb;131(2):e455-62.

Vaughn LM, Nabors L, Pelley TJ, Hampton RR, Jacquez F, Mahabee-Gittens EM. Obesity screening in the pediatric emergency department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Jun;28(6):548-52.

Mahabee-Gittens EM, Xiao Y, Gordon JS, Khoury JC. Continued importance of family factors in youth smoking behavior. Nicotine Tob Res. 2012 Dec;14(12):1458-66.

Mahabee-Gittens EM, Khoury JC, Huang B, Dorn LD, Ammerman RT, Gordon JS. The Protective Influence of Family Bonding on Smoking Initiation in Adolescents by Racial/Ethnic and Age Subgroups. J Child Adolesc Subst Abuse. 2011 Jul;20(3):270-287.

Bennett BL, Mahabee-Gittens M, Chua MS, Hirsch R. Elevated cardiac troponin I level in cases of thoracic nonaccidental trauma. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2011 Oct;27(10):941-4.

Bennett BL, Chua MS, Care M, Kachelmeyer A, Mahabee-Gittens M. Retrospective review to determine the utility of follow-up skeletal surveys in child abuse evaluations when the initial skeletal survey is normal. BMC Res Notes. 2011 Sep 12;4:354. 4-354.