Rochester, Minnesota


patten.Christi@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


The research of Christi A. Patten, Ph.D., focuses on developing novel, theory-based behavioral interventions for tobacco cessation.

Focus areas

  • Tobacco cessation interventions for adolescents and smokers with psychiatric comorbidity
  • Social support and smoking cessation
  • Community-based participatory research to reduce health disparities among underserved populations
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded intervention programs to reduce tobacco disparities among Alaska Native adolescents and pregnant women

Significance to patient care

The findings of Dr. Patten's research can be readily integrated within existing systems of care for patients, such as Alaska Native pregnant women, in order to successfully introduce tobacco cessation interventions and strategies.

Professional highlights

  • Chair, Interventions to Prevent and Treat Addictions study section, NIH, 2015-present
  • Director, Community Engagement Program, Clinical and Translational Science Program, Mayo Clinic, 2015-present
  • Chair, Risk, Prevention and Intervention for Addictions study section, NIH, 2012-2015
  • Research core director, National Cancer Institute-funded grant focused on American Indians and Alaska Natives, 2011-present
  • Recipient, New Investigator Award, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 2001


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Psychiatry & Psychology
  2. Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Psychiatry & Psychology

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Psychology


  1. Senior Research Fellowship Nicotine Research Center, Mayo Clinic
  2. Research Fellowship Nicotine Research Center, Mayo Clinic
  3. Internship - Clinical Psychology Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
  4. PhD - Clinical Psychology San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program
  5. Practicum - Psychology Behavioral Medicine Clinic, San Diego State University
  6. Practicum - Psychology Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program, Veterans Administration Hospital
  7. Practicum - Psychology Department of Psychiatry & Psychology
  8. MA - Clinical Psychology Mankato State University
  9. BA - Psychology Augsburg College

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