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SCHOLARSHIP

Publications and Awards

Grants Awarded

Centers for Disease Control and Houston Health Department

Grant Dates: 6/2022 - 5/2023

Title: Mitigating the effects of systemic racism and misinformation during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

Principal Investigator: Ezemenari M. Obasi 

Co-I: Dr. Lorraine R. Reitzel

Total Grant Award: $500,000

NIH/National Cancer Institute

Grant Number: CA272122-01

Grant Dates: 4/2022 - 3/2024

Title: 3D image analysis software for breast reconstruction surgical planning outcome assessment & clinical consultation

Principal Investigator: Dr. Fatima Merchant 

Total Grant Award: $399,000

Texas CEAL Consortium

Grant Number: 000184902

Grant Dates: 04/2022 - 03/2023

Title: Identifying facilitators and barriers to increasing COVID-19 vaccination and trial Participation in Vietnamese Americans 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jamboor Vishwanatha 

Sub-Award PI: Dr. Bich-May Nguyen

Co-I: Dr. Lauren Gilbert

Total Grant Award: $325,000.00

NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities       
Grant Number: MD015946       
Grant Dates: 10/2021 - 9/2023
Title: Podcasting HIV prevention within African American communities to decrease new infection 
Principal Investigator: Dr. Chakema Carmack (submitted as a supplement under Dr. Ezemenari M. Obasi)
Mentors: Dr. Ezemenari M. Obasi and Dr. Lorraine R. Reitzel
Total Grant Award: $581,145

NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities        
Grant Number: MD015946       
Grant Dates: 5/2021 - 4/2023
Title: Investigating SARS-CoV-2 vaccine hesitancy in Houston     
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ezemenari M. Obasi
Co-Is: Dr. Brian Reed, Dr. Isabel Martinez Leal, and Dr. Ann Chen    
Total Grant Award: $775,000
 

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas                           
Grant Number: PP210026        
Grant Dates: 9/2021- 8/2023
Title: Taking Texas Tobacco Free: Dissemination to and implementation within agencies serving Texans experiencing homelessness  
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lorraine R. Reitzel
Co-Is: Dr. Ezemenari M. Obasi, Dr. Virmarie Correa-Fernandez, Dr. Teresa Williams, and Dr. Ann Chen 
Total Grant Award: $299,978

 

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas                           
Grant Number: PP210003           
Grant Dates: 6/2021 - 5/2024 
Title: Taking Texas Tobacco Free among substance users within community-based healthcare settings in rural and medically underserved areas across Texas     
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lorraine R. Reitzel
Co-Is: Dr. Ezemenari M. Obasi, Dr. Teresa Williams, Dr. Virmarie Correa-Fernandez, and Dr. Ann Chen       
Total Grant Award: $1,998,573

NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse                                       
Grant Number: R25DA054015     
Grant Dates: 05/2021 – 1/2026 
Title: Helping Everyone Achieve a LifeTime of Health Future Addiction Scientist Training (HEALTH-FAST)
Multiple Principal Investigators: Dr. Ezemenari M. Obasi and Dr. Lorraine R. Reitzel
Total Grant Award: $1,011,631

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Gilbert, L. R., Starks, S., Gray, J., Reitzel, L. R., & Obasi, E. M. (in press). Exploring the provider and organization level barriers to Medication for Opioid Use Disorder treatment for Black Americans: A Study Protocol. Public Health Practice.

Martinez Leal, I., Martinez, J., Britton, M., Chen, T. A., Correa-Fernández, V., Kyburz, B., Nitturi, V., et al. (2022). Collaborative Learning: A qualitative study exploring factors contributing to a successful tobacco cessation train-the-trainer program as a community of practiceInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(13), 7664. 

Zvolensky, M. J., Kauffman, B. Y., Garey, L., Buckner, J. D., Businelle, M. S., & Reitzel, L.R. (2022). Financial strain among adult African American/Black cannabis users. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse,1-13.

 

Ramclam, A., Taing, M., Kyburz, B., Williams, T., Casey, K., Correa-Fernández, V., Obasi, E. M., Martinez Leal, I., Chen, T. A., O'Connor, D. P., & Reitzel, L. R. (2022). An epidemic and a pandemic collide: Assessing the feasibility of tobacco treatment among vulnerable groups at COVID-19 protective lodging. Families, Systems & Health: the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare, 40(1), 120–125.

Buckner, J. D., Lewis, E. M., Shepherd, J. M., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2022). Ethnic discrimination and alcohol-related problem severity among Hispanic/Latin drinkers: The role of social anxiety in the minority stress model. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 108730.

 

Kauffman, B. Y., Rogers, A. H., Garey, L., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2022). Anxiety and depressive symptoms among adults with obesity and chronic pain: the role of anxiety sensitivity. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 51(4), 295–308.

 

Randazza, M. P., McKay, D., Bakhshaie, J., Storch, E. A., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2022). Unhealthy alcohol use associated with obsessive-compulsive symptoms: The moderating effects of anxiety and depression. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 32,100713.

 

Buckner, J. D., Glover, N. I., Shepherd, J. M., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2022). Racial discrimination and hazardous drinking among Black drinkers: The Role of Social Anxiety in the Minority Stress ModelSubstance Use & Misuse, 57(2), 256–262.

 

Brown, H.A., Roberts, R.D. ,Chen, T.A., Businelle, M.S., Obasi, E.M., Kendzor, D.E., & Reitzel, L. R. (2022). Perceived disease risk of smoking, barriers to quitting, and cessation intervention preferences by sex amongst homeless adult concurrent tobacco product users and conventional cigarette-only usersInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,19, 3629.

 

Atrooz, F., Chen,T.A., Biekman, B., Alrousan, G., Bick, J., Salim, S. (2022). Displacement and isolation: Insights from a mental stress survey of Syrian refugees in Houston, Texas, USAInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,19, 2547.

Martinez, J., Jafry, M.Z., Chen, T.A., Businelle, M.S., Kendzor, D. E., Britton, M., Vijayaraghavan, M., & Reitzel, L R. (2022). Guest support for outdoor smoke-free policies within a homeless shelterInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,19, 2408.

Adepoju, O. E., Han, D., Chae, M., Smith, K. L., Gilbert, L., Choudhury, S., & Woodard, L. (2021). Health disparities and climate change: The intersection of three disaster events on vulnerable communities in Houston, TexasInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,19(1), 35.

Taing, M., Nitturi, V., Chen, T. A., Kyburz, B., Martinez Leal, I., Correa-Fernández, V., Obasi, E. M., et al. (2021). Implementation and outcomes of a comprehensive tobacco free workplace program in opioid treatment centersInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,19(1), 239.

Nitturi, V., Chen, T. A., Martinez Leal, I., Correa-Fernández, V., Drenner, K., Kyburz, B., Williams, T., Obasi, E.M., et al. (2021). Implementation and outcomes of a train-the-trainer program at behavioral health treatment centers as a mechanism to maintain organizational capacity to address tobacco use disorderInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,18(21),11635. 

 

Brabeck, K. M., Cardoso, J. B., Chen, T.A., Bjugstad, A., Capps, R., Capoverde, E., & Trull, A. (2021). Discrimination and PTSD among Latinx immigrant youth: The moderating effects of gender. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy. Advance online publication.

Jafry, M.Z., Martinez, J., Chen, T.A., Businelle, M.S., Kendzor, D.E., & Reitzel, L.R. (2021). Perceived social support attenuates the association between stress and health-related quality of life among adults experiencing homelessness. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,18,10713. 

 

Chen, T.A., Reitzel, L.R., Obasi, E.M., & Dave, J.M. (2021). Did school meal programs and SNAP participation improve diet quality of U.S. children from low-income households: evidence from NHANES 2013–2014? Nutrients,13(10), 3574. 

Le, K., Chen, T. A., Martinez Leal, I., Correa-Fernández, V., Obasi, E. M., Kyburz, B., Williams, T., Casey, K., Taing, M., O’Connor, D. P., & Reitzel, L. R. (2021). Organizational factors moderating changes in tobacco use dependence care delivery following a comprehensive tobacco-free workplace intervention in non-profit substance use treatment centers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,18,10485. 

 

Manning, K., Rogers A.H., Shepherd, J., Matoska, C., Ditre, J.W., Garey, L., Koffman, B.Y., & Zvolensky, M.J., (2021). Fatigue severity among adults with chronic low back pain: relations to opioid use and hazardous alcohol useFatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior, 9(3),148-158

 

Agrawal, P., Chen, T.A., McNeill, L.H., Acquati, C., Connors, S.K., Nitturi, V., Robinson, A.S., Martinez Leal, I., & Reitzel, L.R. (2021). Factors associated with breast cancer screening adherence among church-going African American women. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,18, 8494. 

 

Cavanagh L., Obasi, E.M. (2021). The moderating role of coping style on chronic stress exposure and cardiovascular reactivity among African American emerging adultsPrevention Science, 22(3), 357–366. 

Eshtehardi, S. S., Taylor, A. A., Chen, T. A., de Dios, M. A., Correa-Fernández, V., Kendzor, D. E., Businelle, M. S., et al. (2021). Sociodemographic determinants of nonadherence to depression and anxiety medication among individuals experiencing homelessness. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,18(15), 7958.

Chen, T. A., Smith, N. G., Regan, S. D., Obasi, E. M., Anderson, K. F., & Reitzel, L. R. (2021). Combining Global Positioning System (GPS) with saliva collection among sexual minority adults: a feasibility study. Plos one,16(5), e0250333. 

 

Garey L., Hébert E.T., Mayorga N.A., Chavez J., Shepherd J.M., Businelle M.S., & Zvolensky M.J. (2021). 

Evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of a mobile-based health technology for smoking cessation: Mobile Anxiety Sensitivity Program. British Journal of Clinical Psychology. Advance online publication. 

Martinez Leal, I., Taing, M., Correa-Fernández, V., Obasi, E. M., Kyburz, B., Le, K., ... & Reitzel, L. R. (2021). Addressing smoking cessation among women in substance use treatment: a qualitative approach to guiding tailored interventionsInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(11), 5764.

Nitturi, V., Chen, T. A., Zvolensky, M. J., McNeill, L. H., Obasi, E. M., & Reitzel, L. R. (2021). Anxiety sensitivity and fast-food ordering habits among black adults. Health Behavior Research, 4(1), 5. 

Le, K., Chen, T. A., Martinez Leal, I., Correa-Fernández, V., Obasi, E. M., Kyburz, B., Williams, T., Casey, K., Brown, H. A., O'Connor, D. P., & Reitzel, L. R. (2021). Organizational-level moderators impacting tobacco-related knowledge change after tobacco education training in substance use treatment centers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(14), 7597. 

Rodriguez-Cano, R., Paulus, D.J., Blalock JA, & Zvolensky, M.J. (2021). Emotion dysregulation and hazardous drinking in relation to suicidal ideation among Spanish-speaking Latinx daily smokersJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment,132,108508.   

Rogers, A. H., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2021). Transdiagnostic vulnerability factors for behavioral health problems during COVID-19. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 50(3), 179–184

Rodriguez-Cano, R., Garey, L., Bakhshaie, J., Shepherd, J. M., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2020). The synergetic effect of alcohol consumption and cigarettes per day on smoking outcomes expectancies among Latinx adult smokers.

Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse,1–22.