Ernestine Jennings, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Ernestine Jennings, PhD provides individual treatment focused on activating health behavior change and coping with chronic illness. In addition, she leads weight management groups in The Miriam Hospital Weight Management Program. Dr. Jennings' research has focused on using behavioral interventions to improve physical and mental health in both apparently healthy and known disease populations. She is specifically interested in developing smoking cessation interventions for women. She is a research mentor within the Brown University Clinical Psychology Residency.

Dr. Jennings can be reached by email at [email protected].



Behavioral Medicine Clinical Services, Providence, RI
146 West River Street, Suite 11A
Providence, RI 02904


  • Post Graduate:  Oklahoma State University
  • Residency:  The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Fellowship:  The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University


Bock, B., Rosen, R., Fava, J., Gaskins, R., Jennings, E., Thind, H., Carmody, J., Dunsiger, S., Gidron, N., Becker, B., & Marcus, B. (2014). Testing the efficacy of yoga as a complementary therapy for smoking cessation: design and methods of the BreathEasy trial.Contemporary Clinical Trials, 38(2):321-32.

Whiteley JA, Williams DM, Jennings EG, Ciccolo JT, Bock BC, Dunsiger S, Marcus BH. (2013). The challenges of translating an efficacious smoking cessation program, Commit to Quit, to the community setting of YMCAs. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 3(1):47-58.

Bock, B., Fava, J., Gaskins, R., Morrow, K., Williams, D., Jennings, E., Becker, B., Tremont, G., & Marcus, B. (2012). Yoga as a complementary treatment for smoking cessation in women. Journal of Women’s Health, 21(2):240-8.

Williams, D., Papandonatos, G., Jennings, E., Napolitano, M., Lewis, B., Whiteley, J., Bock, B., Albrecht, A., Dunsiger, S., Parisi, A., King, A., & Marcus, B. (2011). Does tailoring on additional theoretical constructs enhance the efficacy of a print-based physical activity promotion intervention? Health Psychology, 30(4):432-41.

Williams, D.M., Dunsiger, S., Ussher, M.H., Whiteley, J.A., Jennings, E., & Ciccolo, J.T. (2011). Acute effects of moderate intensity exercise on core affect and cigarette cravings. Addictive Behaviors, 36(8):894-7.

Ciccolo, J., Dunsiger, S., Williams, D., Bartholomew, J., Jennings E., Ussher, M., Kraemer, W., and Marcus, B. (2011). Resistance training as an aid to standard smoking cessation treatment: A pilot study. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 13(8):756-60.​

Jennings, E., Pekmezi, D., Marcus-Blank, B., & Marcus, B. (2008). Community smoking cessation resources. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, 2, 452-457.