Karin R. Riggs, MSW
Research interests and experience
- Behavior change: health behavior change; motivational interviewing; tailored interventions; multiple risk behavior change
- Tobacco: tobacco prevention and treatment; tobacco related health disparities; tobacco use and multiple risk factors
- Health disparities: culturally tailored interventions; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health
- Mental health: depression; tobacco use and mental illness; motivational interviewing; acceptance and commitment therapy
A strong interest in behavioral health research brought Karin R. Riggs to Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) in 2009. Working closely with GHRI Senior Investigator Jennifer McClure, PhD, and others, Ms. Riggs focuses on tobacco use and other risk factors, such as depression, obesity, and other substance use. Her other research interests include health disparities, the role of minority stress on tobacco use, and culturally tailored interventions. A clinical instructor at the University of Washington (UW) since 2007, Ms. Riggs teaches a course on tobacco and public health and a seminar on tobacco-related health disparities. She also mentors students and serves as a program manager in the UW Tobacco Studies Program.
McClure JB, Riggs KR, St John J, Catz SL. [More] evidence to support oral health promotion services targeted to smokers calling tobacco quitlines. BMC Public Health. 2013 Apr 11;13:336. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-336. PubMed
McClure JB, Shortreed SM, Bogart A, Derry H, Riggs K, St John J, Nair V, An L. The effect of program design on engagement with an internet-based smoking intervention: randomized factorial trial. J Med Internet Res. 2013 Mar 25;15(3):e69. doi: 10.2196/jmir.2508. PubMed
Balsam KF, Beadnell B, Riggs KR. Understanding sexual orientation health disparities in smoking: a population-based analysis. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2012;82(4):482-93. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2012.01186.x. PubMed
McClure JB, Derry H, Riggs KR, Westbrook EW, St John J, Shortreed SM, Bogart A, An L. Questions about quitting (Q(2)): design and methods of a Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) randomized screening experiment for an online, motivational smoking cessation intervention. Contemp Clin Trials. 2012 Sep;33(5):1094-102. Epub 2012 Jul 4. PubMed
McClure JB, Riggs KR, St John J, Cerutti B, Zbikowski S. Understanding oral health promotion needs and opportunities of tobacco quitline callers. Public Health Rep. 2012;127(4):401-6. PubMed
McClure JB, Catz SL, Ludman EJ, Richards J, Riggs K, Grothaus L. Feasibility and acceptability of a multiple risk factor intervention: The Step Up randomized pilot trial. BMC Public Health. 2011 Mar 17;11:167. PubMed
Kealey KA, Ludman EJ, Mann SL, Marek PM, Phares MM, Riggs KR, Peterson Jr AV. Overcoming barriers to recruitment and retention in adolescent smoking cessation. Nicotine Tob Res. 2007;9:257-70. PubMed
To view more publications, please see Ms. Riggs' CV.