Research Highlights

Be Smoke Free

Principal Investigator: Judith Gordon, PhD
Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Co-investigator: Julie S. Armin, PhD, Uma S. Nair, PhD
The goals of this study are to compare two quit smoking programs delivered by telephone coaches. One is a standard quit smoking program that uses behavioral techniques, and the other uses a technique called guided imagery to help people quit smoking. Read More

Comprehensive Lifestyle Improvement Program for Men with Prostate Cancer (CLIPP)

Principal Investigator: Amit M. Algotar, MD, PhD, MPH

The Comprehensive Lifestyle Improvement Program for Men with Prostate Cancer (CLIPP) is a lifestyle modification intervention study.  The study focuses on changing lifestyle behaviors such as being more physically active and eating a healthier diet.

Improving Advance Care Planning for Cancer Patients

Principal Investigator: Julie S. Armin, PhD
Funding Agency: American Academy of Family Physicians

Improving Advance Care Planning for Cancer Patients Through Better Care Coordination: Seeking Insights from Family Physicians, Medical Oncologists, and People Living with Cancer.

Needs Assessment of Foster Youth with Disabilities

Principal Investigator: Jacy K. Farkas
Funding Agency: Arizona Department of Health Services

The needs assessment will explore the needs and availability of services, support and other assistance for these youth in their transition to adulthood across state and tribal child welfare agencies in Arizona. Read more

Project I-AADAPT: Identify and Address Alzheimer's and Dementia in Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities through Prevention and Training

Principal Investigator: Yumi Shirai, PhD
Funding Agency: Office of the Arizona Attorney General

A Program for Family Members, Caregivers.

Project Phase: Menstrual Cycle Variability in Smoking-Related Symptoms

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Co-PrincipIe Investigators: Alicia M. Allen, PhD, MPH and Uma S. Nair, PhD
The purpose of Project Phase is to examine the relationship between the menstrual cycle and quitting smoking. Participants complete telephone-based phone counseling sessions and use Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) patches to help with quitting smoking. Read More

Project Together: Expressing Bereavement through Peer-Based Interdisciplinary Arts for Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Principal Investigator: Yumi Shirai, PhD
Funding Agency: National Endowment for the Arts

Project Together provides opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to articulate grief at the death of a parent caregiver or close family member through art-making at the University of Arizona ArtWorks Studio. The project will enhance, implement and evaluate a twelve-week expressive arts curriculum that facilitates a group bereavement process for adults with IDD. It will engage audiences and raise community awareness through presentation of the artists’ works at the University Art Museum.

RENEW – DMPA: A Novel Approach to Help Women of Reproductive Age Quit Smoking

Principal Investigator: Alicia M. Allen, PhD, MPH
Funding Agency: Prevent Cancer Foundation

The goal of the RENEW Team is to Recovery through ENgaging and Empowering Women.  With our DMPA project, we are exploring the use of DMPA (depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, commonly known as depo provera) to help women quit smoking.  Tobacco use, mostly cigarette smoking, is estimated to cause 1 out of every 3 cancers. This is of concern for women, given they are more susceptible to the harmful effects of smoking than men. Most smoking cessation medications (such as the nicotine patch) are less effective in women compared to men. Ovarian hormones (notably estradiol) may be one of the reasons why women have a more difficult time quitting smoking than men. This project will preliminarily examine the effect of Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate to help women quit smoking.

RENEW – Moms’ Voice: Development of an Adjunctive Behavioral Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) during the Postpartum Period

Principal Investigator: Alicia M. Allen, PhD, MPH
Funding Agency: University of Arizona

The goal of the RENEW Team is to Recovery through ENgaging and Empowering Women.  With our Moms’ Voice project, we are speaking with women who are in recovery from OUD and are either pregnancy or have recently had a baby.  We are also speaking with those who support these women including partners, family, friends, healthcare providers, and other professionals.  The question we are asking is – what more can we do to help women with OUD after having a baby?