Associate Professor of Medicine

Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Health

Educational Research Consultant, Lung Health Center

Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Family
and Community Medicine

Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine
1900 University Blvd., THT-422
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294

Contact Information

Campus Address:

 THT 422

Academic Office location:

 THT 541-G1

Office Phone:

 (205) 996-5889

Office Fax (Academic):

 (205) 975-5401

Email Address:


Office Assistant
Mary Lou Lackey
Ph: (205) 996-6331
Fax: (205) 934-5401

Brief Bio
Kathleen Harrington is a health behaviorist who directs the UAB Tobacco Consult Service and is currently involved in tobacco cessation and electronic cigarette research among hospital patients. She is also involved with a program promoting enrollment in the MD-MPH joint degree program. She has designed and delivered training to apply motivational interviewing techniques to promote engagement and adherence for a variety of health issues. Kathleen Harrington received masters degrees in Education and Public Health (epidemiology) prior to completing her doctorate in Health Education and Promotion from UAB

Dr. Harrington's past research includes pediatric asthma and the role of parent health literacy, development of a verbal exchange health literacy measure, and using motivational interviewing techniques to promote supplemental oxygen adherence among patients with COPD. Dr. Harrington has taught evaluation courses in the School of Public Health and a Health Literacy elective in the School of Medicine. She has also supervised multiple students for both single and joint degree MPH internships. Dr. Harrington has adjunct faculty positions in the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Health Behavior in Ryals School of Public Health and is a Senior Scientist of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Clinical Interests
Smoking Cessation

Academic & Research Interests
Tobacco, pediatric asthma, health literacy, adherence, and education.

Key Publications
Harrington KF
, McDougal J, Piso M, Zhang B, Sadasivam R, Houston TK, Bailey WC. Web-based smoking cessation intervention that transitions from inpatient to outpatient; study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 2012; 13(123). PMID: 22852802

Harrington KH, Haven K, Gerald LB, Bailey WC. Provider perceptions of parent health literacy and effect on asthma treatment recommendations and instructions. Ped Allergy Immun Pul 2013: 26(2); 69-75. PMID:23781393

Harrington KF and Valerio M. A Model of Verbal Exchange Health Literacy. Pat Ed Counsel 2014; 94(3): 403-10. Doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2013.10.024.

Harrington, KF, Hull N, Akindoju O, Kim Y, Hendricks P, Kohler C, Bailey WC. Electronic cigarette awareness, use history, and expected future use among hospitalized cigarette smokers. Nic Tob Res 2014 PMID: 24827786

Rigotti NA, Harrington KF, Richter K, Fellows J, Sherman S, Grossman E, Chang Y, Tindle H, Ylioja T, Stoney KM, for the Consortium of Hospitals Advancing Research on Tobacco (CHART). Increasing Prevalence of Electronic Cigarette Use Among Smokers Hospitalized in 5 U.S. Cities, 2010-2013 Nic Tob Res 2015 Feb;17(2):236-44 PMID: 25168031

Harrington KF, Zhang B, Magruder T, Bailey WC, Gerald L. The impact of Parent’s Health Literacy on Pediatric Asthma Outcomes. Ped Allergy Imm Pul 2015 March; 28(1):20-26.

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