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Victoria H. Coleman-Cowger Ph.D.

Academic Title: Visiting Instructor
Primary Appointment: Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Additional Title(s): Clinical Psychologist, Principal Research Scientist
Location: WPratt Ste.880
Phone: 410-372-2748

Personal History:

Victoria Coleman-Cowger, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and Principal Research Scientist with Battelle in Baltimore, MD. She collaborates with University of Maryland and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on grant projects related to perinatal smoking cessation and relapse prevention. Dr. Coleman-Cowger has published widely in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of women's health, mental health, substance use, and health disparity issues.

Research Interests:

Smoking cessation, health disparities, women's health, and mental health.

Clinical Speciality:

Mental health; Obstetrics

Grants & Contracts :

NIDA 1R34DA032683
09/15/2012 - 08/30/2015
Phone-Based Postpartum Continuing Care: Smoking Cessation Beginning in Pregnancy: Smoking is a leading cause of death and other negative health outcomes. While a high percentage of women quit smoking during pregnancy, the majority relapse in the first 6 months postpartum. This study develops and pilot tests a phone-based postpartum continuing care (PPCC) protocol based on existing evidence-based approaches to increase smoking cessation, reduce relapse, increase early re-intervention, and reduce infant exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in the postpartum period.
Role: Principal Investigator


Coleman-Cowger, V. H. (2012). Smoking cessation intervention for pregnant women: A call for extension to the postpartum period. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16, 937-940.

Coleman-Cowger, V. H. (2012). Mental Health Treatment Need among Pregnant and Postpartum Women/Girls Entering Substance Abuse Treatment. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 345-350.

Coleman-Cowger, V. H., Dennis, M. L., Funk, R. R., Godley, S. H., & Lennox, R. D. (2013). Comparison of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) and the Global Appraisal of Individual needs (GAIN) in Predicting the Effectiveness of Drug Treatment Programs for Pregnant and Postpartum Women. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44, 34-41.

Coleman-Cowger, V. H., & Catlin, M. L. (2013). Changes in Tobacco Use Patterns among Adolescents in Substance Abuse Treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 45, 227-234.

Scott, C. K., Coleman-Cowger, V. H., & Funk, R. R. (2014). Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder among Substance-Using Women Entering Cook County Jail. Women & Criminal Justice. 24, 44-61.

Coleman-Cowger, V. H., Anderson, B. L., Mahoney, J., & Schulkin, J. (2014). Smoking Cessation during Pregnancy and Postpartum: Practice Patterns among Obstetrician-Gynecologists. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 8, 14-24.

Coleman-Cowger, V.H., Ihnes, P., Belur, V. K., Dennis, M. L., & Scott, C. K. (in press). The impact of co-occurring substance use and other psychiatric disorders on risk behaviors by age. Drogues: Sante et Societe.

England, L., Anderson, B., Tong, V., Schulkin, J., Mahoney, J., Coleman-Cowger, V.H., & Melstrom, P. (in press). Screening practices and attitudes of obstetricians-gynecologists toward new and emerging tobacco products.  American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.