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Damon J. Vidrine, Dr.P.H., M.S.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Damon J. Vidrine, Dr.P.H. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Over the past 12 years, Dr. Vidrine has established a research agenda focused on cigarette smoking among special populations. To date, this line of research has led to numerous research projects, including 3 NCI-funded R01 grants. This work has also resulted in numerous peer reviewed articles and scientific presentations delivered at diverse conferences, such as the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the American Conference for the Treatment of HIV, and the World Conference on Tobacco or Health. Generally, Dr. Vidrine’s research interests include: 1) tobacco use in special populations (in particular, individuals living with HIV/AIDS); 2) the development of novel intervention and assessment approaches, and 3) QOL/functional status outcome assessment. Among his current projects is an NCI-funded R01 study designed to elucidate the relationships between HIV-disease events (e.g., HIV diagnosis, treatment failure, and disease progression) and subsequent changes in smoking behaviors, attitudes, and intentions. Specifically, the purpose of this study is to identify the mechanisms of the “Teachable Moment” phenomenon. Findings will yield valuable data on the optimal timing of smoking cessation interventions, while helping to identify potential mechanisms of behavior change for the HIV-positive population. Additional efforts involve the development of mobile health (mHealth) assessment and intervention delivery systems, such as interactive text messaging, real time smartphone applications, and sensors.

Research Interests

  • Tobacco use and cessation
  • Tobacco-related health disparities
  • Cigarette smoking in special populations
  • Mobile phone-delivered interventions and assessments
  • Health-related quality of life/functional status outcomes

Office Address

Email: dvidrine@mdanderson.org

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2002 The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX, DrPH, Disease Control, Concentration in Epidemiology and Behavioral Sciences
1997 The University of North Texas, Denton, TX, MS, Health Promotion/Health Education
1992 The University of North Texas, Denton, TX, BA, magna cum laude, Psychology/Biology

Postgraduate Training

6/2002-2/2006 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cancer Prevention - Behavioral Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Ellen R. Gritz, Ph.D.

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor (tenure track), Department of Behavioral Science, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 9/2008-8/2013
Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 3/2006-8/2008

Honors and Awards

2014-2017 Faculty Scholar Award, MD Anderson Cancer Center
2008 Excellent Protocol Review, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
2006 Excellent Protocol Review, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
2004 Excellent Protocol Review, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
1992 Graduated magna cum laude (BA), The University of North Texas
1992 Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society
1991-1992 Alpha Chi, National Honor Society

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Buchberg MK,* Fletcher FE, Vidrine DJ, Levison J, Peters MY, Hardwicke R, Yu X, Bell TK. A mixed-methods approach to understanding barriers to postpartum retention in care among low-income, HIV-infected women. AIDS Patient Care and STDs. In Press.
2. Tang Q, Vidrine DJ, Crowder E, Intille SS. Automated detection of puffing and smoking with wrist accelerometers. Proceedings from Pervasive Health 2014. In Press.
3. Nguyen NP,* Hwang LY, Markham CM, Swartz MD, Phan HT, Nong VM, Nguyen CT, Nguyen AH, Latkin CA, Vidrine DJ. Prevalence of cigarette smoking and associated factors among HIV-positive people in Vietnam. PLOS ONE. In Press.
4. Fletcher FE,* Buchberg M, Schover LR, Basen-Engquist K, Kempf MC, Arduino RC, Vidrine DJ. Perceptions of barriers and facilitators to cervical cancer screening among low-income, HIV-infected women from an integrated HIV clinic. AIDS Care 26(10):1229-35, 10/2014. e-Pub 3/2014. PMCID: PMC4087052.
5. Castro Y, Correa-Fernández V, Cano MA, Mazas C, Gonzalez K, Vidrine DJ, Vidrine JI, Wetter DW. Failure to replicate the structure of a Spanish-language brief Wisconsin Inventory of Smoking Dependence Motives across three samples of Latino smokers. Nicotine Tob Res 16(9):1277-81, 9/2014. PMCID: PMC4155477.
6. Wefel JS, Vidrine DJ, Marani SK, Swartz RJ, Veramonti TL, Meyers CA, Hoekstra HJ, Hoekstra-Weebers JE, Gritz ER. A prospective study of cognitive function in men with non-seminomatous germ cell tumors. Psychooncology 23(6):626-33, 6/2014. e-Pub 12/16/2013. PMCID: PMC4066616.
7. Fletcher FE,* Vidrine DJ, Tami-Maury I, Danysh HE, King RM, Buchberg M, Arduino RC, Gritz ER. Cervical cancer screening adherence among HIV-positive female smokers from a comprehensive HIV clinic. AIDS Behav 18(3):544-54, 3/2014. PMID: 23605155.
8. Vidrine DJ, Fletcher FE, Buchberg MK, Li Y, Arduino RC, Gritz ER. The influence of HIV disease events/stages on smoking attitudes and behaviors. BMC Public Health 14:149, 2014. e-Pub 2/2014. PMCID: PMC3929124.
9. Tami-Maury I, Vidrine DJ, Fletcher FE, Danysh H, Gritz ER. Poly-tobacco use among HIV-positive smokers: Implications for smoking cessation efforts. Nicotine Tob Res 15(12):2100-6, 2013, 12/2013. PMCID: PMC3819982.
10. Gritz ER, Danysh HE, Fletcher FE, Tami-Maury I, Arduino RC, Vidrine DJ. Long-term outcomes of a cell phone-delivered intervention for smokers living with HIV/AIDS. Clinical Infectious Diseases 57(4):608-15, 2013, 8/2013. PMCID: PMC3719892.
11. King RM,* Vidrine DJ, Danysh HE, Fletcher FE, McCurdy S, Arduino RC, Gritz ER. Factors associated with nonadherence to antiretroviral therapy in HIV-positive smokers. AIDS Patient Care STDS 26(8):479-85, 8/2012. e-Pub 5/2012. PMCID: PMC3407390.
12. Slomka JS, Kypriotakis G, Atkinson J, Diamond PM, Williams ML, Vidrine DJ, Andrade R, Arduino RC. What influences matter in decisions to participate in HIV-related healthcare research? AIDS Patient Care STDS 26(8):496-505, 8/2012. e-Pub 6/2012.
13. Vidrine DJ, Marks RM, Arduino RC, Gritz ER. Efficacy of cell phone delivered smoking cessation counseling for persons living with HIV/AIDS: 3-month outcomes. Nicotine Tob Res 14(1):106-110, 1/2012. e-Pub 6/2011. PMCID: PMC3242970.
14. Vidrine DJ, Fletcher FE, Danysh HE, Marani S, Vidrine JI, Cantor SB, Prokhorov AV. A randomized controlled trial to assess the efficacy of an interactive mobile messaging intervention for underserved smokers: Project ACTION. BMC Public Health 12:696, 2012 Aug 25, 2012. PMCID: PMC3585470.
15. Vidrine DJ, Vidrine JI. Active vs passive recruitment to quitline studies: public health implications. J Natl Cancer Inst 103(12):909-10, 6/2011. e-Pub 6/2011. PMID: 21666099.
16. Wefel JS, Vidrine DJ, Veramonti TL, Meyers CA, Marani SK, Hoekstra HJ, Hoekstra-Weebers JE, Shahani L, Gritz ER. Cognitive impairment in men with testicular cancer prior to adjuvant therapy. Cancer 117(1):190-6, 1/2011. PMID: 20737560.
17. Fingeret MC, Vidrine DJ, Reece GP, Gillenwater AM, Gritz ER. Body image assessment in head and neck cancer patients. Head Neck 32(3):301-9, 3/2010. PMCID: PMC2821979.
18. Tuinman MA, Hoekstra HJ, Vidrine DJ, Gritz ER, Sleijfer DT, Fleer J, Hoekstra-Weebers JE. Sexual function, depressive symptoms and marital status in nonseminoma testicular cancer patients: a longitudinal study. Psychooncology 19(3):238-47, 3/2010. e-Pub 3/2009. PMID: 19319832.
19. Vidrine DJ, Hoekstra-Weebers JE, Hoekstra HJ, Tuinman MA, Marani S, Gritz ER. The effects of testicular cancer treatment on health-related quality of life. Urology 75(3):636-41, 3/2010. e-Pub 12/2009. PMID: 19963242.
20. Vidrine JI, Vidrine DJ, Costello TJ, Mazas C, Cofta-Woerpel L, Mejia LM, Wetter DW. The Smoking Consequences Questionnaire: Factor structure and predictive validity among Spanish-speaking Latino smokers in the United States. Nicotine Tob Res 11(11):1280-8, 11/2009. e-Pub 8/2009. PMCID: PMC2762927.
21. Vidrine DJ. Cigarette smoking and HIV/AIDS: health implications, smoker characteristics and cessation strategies. AIDS Educ Prev 21(3 Suppl):3-13, 6/2009. e-Pub 2009. PMID: 19537950.
22. Gritz ER, Vidrine DJ, Fingeret MC. Smoking cessation: A critical component of medical management in chronic disease populations. Am J Prev Med 33(6 Suppl):S414-S422, 12/2007. PMID: 18021917.
23. Vidrine DJ, Arduino RC, Gritz ER. The effects of smoking abstinence on symptom burden and quality of life among persons living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Patient Care STDS 21(9):659-666, 9/2007. PMID: 17919093.
24. Fingeret MC, Vidrine DJ, Arduino RC, Gritz ER. The association between body image and smoking cessation among individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Body Image 4(2):201-206, 6/2007. e-Pub 2/2007. PMCID: PMC1950121.
25. Tuinman MA, Hoekstra HJ, Sleijfer DT, Fleer J, Vidrine DJ, Gritz ER, Hoekstra-Weebers JE. Testicular cancer: A longitudinal pilot study on stress response symptoms and quality of life in couples before and after chemotherapy. Support Care Cancer 15(3):279-286, 3/2007. e-Pub 8/2006. PMCID: PMC2092408.
26. Vidrine DJ. The potential of behavior-change interventions to improve the HIV/AIDS survivorship experience: The example of smoking cessation. Res Initiat Treat Action 12(2):15-17, 2007. PMID: 17489117.
27. Vidrine DJ, Arduino RC, Gritz ER. Impact of a cell phone intervention on mediating mechanisms of smoking cessation in individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Nicotine Tob Res 8(Suppl 1):S103-S108, 12/2006. PMID: 17491177.
28. Walker MS, Vidrine DJ, Gritz ER, Larsen RJ, Yan Y, Govindan R, Fisher EB. Smoking relapse during the first year after treatment for early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 15(12):2370-2377, 12/2006. e-Pub 11/2006. PMID: 17132767.
29. Vidrine DJ, Arduino RC, Lazev AB, Gritz ER. A randomized trial of a proactive cellular telephone intervention for smokers living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS 20(2):253-260, 1/2006. PMID: 16511419.
30. Gritz ER, Fingeret MC, Vidrine DJ, Lazev AB, Mehta NV, Reece GP. Successes and failures of the teachable moment: Smoking cessation in cancer patients. Cancer 106(1):17-27, 1/2006. PMID: 16311986.
31. Vidrine DJ, Amick BC, Gritz ER, Arduino RC. Assessing a conceptual framework of health-related quality of life in a HIV/AIDS population. Qual Life Res 14(4):923-933, 5/2005. PMID: 16041890.
32. Lazev A, Vidrine DJ, Arduino R, Gritz E. Increasing access to smoking cessation treatment in a low-income, HIV-positive population: the feasibility of using cellular telephones. Nicotine Tob Res 6(2):281-6, 4/2004. PMID: 15203801.
33. Gritz ER, Vidrine DJ, Lazev AB, Amick BC, Arduino RC. Smoking behavior in a low-income multiethnic HIV/AIDS population. Nicotine Tob Res 6(1):71-77, 2/2004. PMID: 14982690.
34. Vidrine DJ, Amick BC, Gritz ER, Arduino RC. Validity of the Household and Leisure Time Activities Questionnaire (HLTA) in a multiethnic HIV-positive population. AIDS Care 16(2):187-197, 2/2004. PMID: 14676025.
35. Vidrine DJ, Amick BC, Gritz ER, Arduino RC. Functional status and overall quality of life in a multiethnic HIV-positive population. AIDS Patient Care STDS 17(4):187-197, 4/2003. PMID: 12737642.
36. Vidrine DJ, Bungum T, Gunn B. Effects of racial and ethnic identity on food preference among Texas WIC participants. Tex Public Health Assoc J 50(3):4-7, 1998.
37. Vidrine DJ, Bungum T, Pearson K. Nutritional, demographic, and behavioral differences between subjects from two similar WIC clinics with different prevalences of anemia. Tex Public Health Assoc J 50(1):5-8, 1998.
38. Kypriotakis G,* Gritz ER, Tami-Maury I, Buchberg MK, Danysh H, Aigner CA, Arduino RC, Vidrine DJ. A longitudinal mediation model of smoking abstinence in people living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS and Behavior. Submitted.
39. Nguyen NP,* Tran BX, Hwang LY, Markham CM, Swartz MD, Vidrine Irvin JI, Phan HT, Latkin CA, Vidrine DJ. Effects of cigarette smoking and nicotine dependence on antiretroviral adherence among HIV-positive patients in Vietnam. AIDS Education and Prevention. Submitted.
40. Vidrine DJ, Kypriotakis GK, Liang L, Fletcher FE, Arduino RC, Tami-Maury I, Gritz ER. Mediators of a smoking cessation intervention for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Submitted.
41. Nguyen NP, Tran BX, Hwang LY, Markham CM, Swartz MD, Vidrine Irvin JI, Phan HT, Latkin CA, Vidrine DJ. Motivation to quit smoking among HIV-positive smokers in Vietnam. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Submitted.
42. Kypriotakis G,* Vidrine DJ, Francis LE, Rose JH. The longitudinal relationship between quality of life and survival in advanced stage cancer. Psycho-Oncology. Submitted.

Invited Articles

1. Vidrine DJ. Understanding noncompliance. Texas Women Infants Children (WIC) News 1:18-19, 1996.
2. Vidrine DJ. Food habits vary by culture. Texas Women Infants Children (WIC) News 6:25-26, 1995.

Book Chapters

1. Gritz ER, Lam CY, Vidrine DJ, Fingeret MC. Cancer prevention: Tobacco dependence and its treatment. In: DeVita, Hellman, and Rosenberg’s Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology, 9th. Ed(s) VT DeVita, Jr., TS Lawrence, SA Rosenberg. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia, 529–542, 2011.
2. Gritz ER, Lam CY, Vidrine DJ, Fingeret MC. Cancer prevention: Tobacco dependence and its treatment. In: Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology, 8th. Ed(s) VT DeVita, Jr., TS Lawrence, SA Rosenberg. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Baltimore, MD, 593-607, 2008.
3. Gritz ER, Fingeret MC, Vidrine DJ. Tobacco Control in the Oncology Setting. In: The American Society of Clinical Oncology Cancer Prevention Curriculum. ASCO: Alexandria, VA, 2007.
4. Gritz ER, Fingeret MC, Vidrine DJ. Smoking cessation: A critical component of successful treatment for head and neck cancer. In: 2005 Journal of Clinical Oncology Educational Book. ASCO: Alexandria, VA, 2005.
5. Vidrine DJ, Gritz ER. Psychosocial outcomes after testicular cancer treatment. In: American Cancer Society Atlas of Clinical Oncology: Germ Cell Tumors. Ed(s) Raghavan D. BC Decker Inc. Hamilton, London, 295-305, 2003.
6. Gritz ER, Lazev AB, Vidrine DJ. Smoking cessation for cancer patients: Bridging the gap between research and treatment. In: The American Society of Clinical Oncology: 2003 Educational Book. Ed(s) ASCO. ASCO Publications: Alexandria, VA, 2003.
7. Gritz ER, Vidrine DJ, Lazev AB. Smoking cessation in cancer patients: Never too late to quit. In: Evidence Based Cancer Care and Prevention. Ed(s) Given B, Given CW, Champion V, Kozachik S, Devoss D. Springer Publishers: New York, NY, 2003.

Last updated: 11/25/2014