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Psychology professor discusses ADHD, cigarette smoking at Faires Faculty Forum

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Posted on Monday, March 8, 2021

Dr. Jessica Rhodes, assistant professor of psychology at Westminster College, will present “ADHD & Cigarette Smoking: An Examination of Prognostically Relevant Behaviors and Mediators of a Complex Relationship” at the Faires Faculty Forum at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, via Zoom.

Rhodes will discuss her findings that analyze the relationship between individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and cigarette smoking. Rhodes said individuals with comorbid psychiatric illnesses smoke at significantly higher rates than the general population, raising the need for additional research on this vulnerability. Rhodes will expand on the factors that contribute to this phenomenon as well as discuss prevention and treatment options.

Rhodes, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2016, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from D’Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y. and her master’s and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University at Buffalo.

The Faires Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as dean of the College and vice president for academic affairs.  Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

Contact Rhodes at 724-946-6240 or for additional information on ADHD behaviors.

Zoom links will be emailed to current and emeritus faculty prior to the forum. For others who wish to attend, please contact Dr. Erin Wilson, faculty development officer, at to obtain a link.

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