Tobacco Regulatory, Experimental & Clinical Science Lab

Alayna P. Tackett, M.S.

Clinical Psychology Resident, Brown Medical School
Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology
Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center Student Scholar

Alayna Tackett, M.S. is a fifth year student in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program under the mentorship of Larry Mullins, Ph.D. and Theodore Wagener, Ph.D. Alayna’s research interests include modifiable health behaviors associated with maladaptive functioning in children with chronic health conditions (e.g., adherence, risky health behaviors, smoking) and psychosocial difficulties associated with chronic health conditions. For her dissertation, Alayna examined secondhand smoke exposure in youth with sickle cell disease and the subsequent impact on health outcomes (i.e., acute chest syndrome, sickle cell crises, emergency department visits).

Currently, Alayna is completing her pre-doctoral residency at Alpert Medical School at Brown University. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, Alayna is interested in helping families adjust to newly diagnosed chronic illness, adherence issues associated with difficult medical regimens, and the impact secondhand smoke exposure has on chronic health conditions. She hopes to contribute to the field of pediatric psychology by writing grants, developing research protocols, and training students at all levels to foster advancements for children and caregivers impacted by chronic illness conditions.


B.A. Psychology – Northern Kentucky University
M.S. Clinical Psychology, Pediatric Psychology Track - Oklahoma State University
Internship/Residency – Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Pediatric Psychology Track - Oklahoma State University (July 2017 Expected)

Current Grant Funding:

Recent Publications:
Wagener, T. L., Meier, E., Tackett, A. P., Matheny, J. D., & Pechacek, T. F. (2016). A Proposed Collaboration Against Big Tobacco: Common Ground Between the Vaping and Public Health Community in the United States. Nicotine Tob Res, 18(5), 730-736. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntv241

Tackett, A. P., Lechner, W. V., Meier, E., Grant, D. M., Driskill, L. M., Tahirkheli, N. N., & Wagener, T. L. (2015). Biochemically verified smoking cessation and vaping beliefs among vape store customers. Addiction, 110(5), 868-874. doi:10.1111/add.12878

Wagener, T. L., Tackett, A. P., & Borrelli, B. (2015). Caregivers' interest in using smokeless tobacco products: Novel methods that may reduce children's exposure to secondhand smoke. J Health Psychol. doi:10.1177/1359105315576347

Lechner, W. V., Tackett, A. P., Grant, D. M., Tahirkheli, N. N., Driskill, L. M., & Wagener, T. L. (2015). Effects of duration of electronic cigarette use. Nicotine Tob Res, 17(2), 180-185. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntu061

Meier, E. M., Tackett, A. P., Miller, M. B., Grant, D. M., & Wagener, T. L. (2015). Which nicotine products are gateways to regular use? First-tried tobacco and current use in college students. Am J Prev Med, 48(1 Suppl 1), S86-93. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2014.09.018