Darla Kendzor, PhD
Leader of the Tobacco Treatment Research Program, Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the Stephenson Cancer Center; Associate Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
Darla Kendzor’s research is focused on understanding and addressing the psychosocial and behavioral pathways that lead to tobacco-related health disparities.
Her current NCI-supported research is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of offering small financial incentives for biochemically-verified smoking abstinence among socioeconomically disadvantaged adults (uninsured or receiving Medicaid benefits) who are participating in a clinic-based tobacco cessation program. This research also aims to identify treatment mechanisms and other contextual factors that influence cessation via smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment.
Supplemental funding has allowed the her to additionally focus on developing and pilot-testing an approach to offering incentives that will use smartphones to remotely verify smoking abstinence, confirm participant identity, and deliver financial incentives for smoking cessation without requiring in-person visits.
Michael Businelle, PhD
Director of the mHealth Shared Resource at Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the Stephenson Cancer Center, Associate Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
Michael Businelle was recruited to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2015 to develop and direct the Stephenson Cancer Center Mobile Health (mHealth) Shared Resource. The mHealth resource is staffed by 4 programmers, a program manager, and a research technician. The InsightTM platform enables researchers to rapidly create mobile applications that can utilize ecological momentary assessments (EMA) and sensor data (i.e., activity monitor, mobile carbon monoxide monitor, e-cigarette device) to identify environmental, cognitive, affective, physiological, and behavioral antecedents of cancer risk behaviors (e.g., smoking, heavy alcohol use, poor diet / inactivity / obesity, etc.) and deliver context-specific adaptive interventions in real-time. The mHealth resource currently supports over 20 studies (2 studies collected data outside the US – Cambodia, and Scotland).
Since 2011, Dr. Businelle has been the PI on 10 intervention studies that have been funded by the NIH, ACS, and internal funds and he has a strong publication record (i.e., over 100 peer reviewed publications) in the areas of smoking cessation, health disparities, and mHealth. Nine of these studies include collection of EMA data to identify mechanisms of health risk behaviors in socioeconomically disadvantaged samples. This information has been used to develop novel interventions that automatically tailor treatment content based upon an individual’s current symptoms/needs. In upcoming studies, Dr. Businelle plans to integrate real-time wearable sensor data (e.g., smoking, eating, drinking gestures) to inform intervention algorithms.