Michael D. Celestin, Jr., MA, CHES, CTTS


Behavioral & Community Health Sciences

LEC 224




Biography & Expertise

Michael D. Celestin, Jr. is an Instructor in the Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Department here at LSUH-NO SPH. He currently serves as Associate Director for the Louisiana Tobacco Control Initiative (TCI), a research and practice based program that seeks to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use within state healthcare delivery systems. Mr. Celestin has more than 17 years of experience in tobacco prevention and cessation program development, implementation and evaluation in community and health system settings.  Mr. Celestin earned his MA in Human Performance and Health Promotion at the University of New Orleans and his BA in Interpersonal and Public Communication at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is also a certified Health Education Specialist and Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Mr. Celestin is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy, with a concentration in Health Policy, at Southern University in the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Mr. Celestin has published several peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and has given numerous oral and poster presentations at local, state and national professional and scientific conferences regarding tobacco control in Louisiana. His current research focuses on health systems change strategies for tobacco and cancer control, smoking cessation among women of childbearing age including pregnant smokers, and use of social media tools in public health practice to improve patient and provider health communication.


MA Human Performance & Health Promotion University of New Orleans 2003
BS Interpersonal and Public Communications University of Lafayette at Lafayette 1997

Selected Publications

Celestin, M. D., Hart, A., & Moody-Thomas, S. Partnering with Health Care Systems to Assess Tobacco Treatment Practices and Beliefs Among Clinicians: Evaluating the Process. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 11.
Tseng, T., Moody-Thomas, S., Horswell, R., Yi, Y., Celestin, M. D., & Jones, K. D. Using a Health Informatics System to Assess Effect of a Federal Cigarette Tax Increase on Readiness to Quit Among Low-Income Smokers, Louisiana, 2009. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 11.
Tseng, T. S., Nuss, H. J., Yu, Q., Celestin, M. D., & Moody-Thomas, S. (2017). Self-management practices of smokers with asthma and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A cross-sectional survey..
Moody-Thomas, S., Nasuti, L., Yi, Y., Celestin, M. D., Horswell, R., & Land, T. G. (2015, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Effect of Systems Change and Use of Electronic Health Records on Quit Rates Among Tobacco Users in a Public Hospital System. American Public Health Association, 105(S2), e1-e7.
Tseng, T. S., Moody-Thomas, S., Horswell, R., Yi, Y., Celestin, M. D., & Jones, K. D. (2014, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Using a health informatics system to assess effect of a federal cigarette tax increase on readiness to quit among low-income smokers, Louisiana, 2009. 11, E52.
Moody-Thomas, S., Celestin, M. D., & Horswell, R. (2013). Use of systems change and health information technology to integrate comprehensive tobacco cessation services in a statewide system for delivery of healthcare. Scientific Research Publishing, Inc,, 03(01), 75-83.
Moody-Thomas, S., Celestin, Jr, M. D., Tseng, T. S., & Horswell, R. (2013, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Patient tobacco use, quit attempts, and perceptions of healthcare provider practices in a safety-net healthcare system. , 13(3), 367-74.
Moody-Thomas, S., Horswell, R., Celestin, M. D., Dellinger, A. B., Kaiser, M., & Butler, M. (2011, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Awareness and implementation of the 2000 United States public health service tobacco dependence treatment guideline in a public hospital system. , 14(2), 79-85.