Steven A. Branstetter 

 Steven Branstetter

Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health

Contact Information

227 Biobehavioral Health Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-7525

Teaching Interests

Health promotion, statistics and methodology, behavioral theory, child and adolescent development

Research Interests

Youth tobacco use and cessation; parental and peer-influences on tobacco use; behavioral economics and tobacco use; smoking among cancer patients

Smoking Health and Behavior Laboratory Web Pages


Ph.D., University of Denver

Selected Publications

Branstetter, S.A., Mercincavage, M., Dino, G. & Horn, K. (In Press) Development and Validation of a Smoking Expectancy Measure for Adolescents Seeking to Quit Smoking.
Substance Abuse.

Branstetter, S.A., Mercincavage, M. & Muscat. (In Press) Time to first cigarette predicts 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanol (NNAL) in adolescent regular and intermittent smokers.

Mercincavage, M., Branstetter, S.A., Horn, K. & Muscat, J. (2013). Time to first cigarette predicts cessation outcomes among adolescent smokers.
Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 15(12): 1996-2004.

Branstetter, S.A. & Muscat, J. (2013). Time to First Cigarette and 4-(Methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-Pyridyl)-1-Butanol (NNAL) Levels in Adult Smokers; National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2007–2010.
Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 22 (4): 615-622.

Branstetter, S.A. & Muscat, J. (2013). Time to First Cigarette and Serum Cotinine Levels in Adolescent Smokers: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007-2010.
Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 15 (3): 701-707.

Branstetter, S.A. & Furman, W. (2013). The Buffering Effect of Parental Monitoring Knowledge and Parent-Adolescent Relationships on Negative Consequences of Adolescent Substance Use.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22 (2): 192.

Branstetter, S.A., Horn, K. & Dino, G. (2012). Gender differences in cigarette smoking, social correlates and cessation among adolescents.
Addictive Behaviors, 37 (6): 739-742.

Branstetter, S.A., Low, S. & Furman, W. (2010). The Influence of Parents and Friends on Adolescent Substance Use: A Multidimensional Approach.
Journal of Substance Use, 16 (2), 150-160.

Branstetter, S.A. Furman, W. & Cottrell, L. (2009). The Influence of Representations of Attachment, Maternal–Adolescent Relationship Quality, and Maternal Monitoring on Adolescent Substance Use: A 2-Year Longitudinal Examination.
Child Development, 80, 1448 – 1462.

Branstetter, S.A., Horn, K., Dino, G. & Zhang, J. (2009) Beyond Quitting: Predictors of Teen Smoking Acceleration, Cessation, and Reduction Following a School-Based Intervention.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence,99, 160-168.

Courses Taught

BBH 416 Health Promotion II Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
view BBH 416 syllabus

Curriculum Vitae

Steven Branstetter vitae

Strategic Themes

  • Human Development
  • Domains of Health and Behavior