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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


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.


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

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Tang Q, Vidrine DJ, Crowder E, Intille SS. Automated detection of puffing and smoking with wrist accelerometers. Proceedings from Pervasive Health 2014. In Press.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Wefel JS, Vidrine DJ, Marani MS, Swartz RJ, Veramonti TL, Meyers CA, Hoekstra HJ, Hoekstra-Weebers JEHM, Gritz ER. A prospective study of cognitive function in men with non-seminomatous germ cell tumors. Psycho-Oncology 23(6):626-33, 2014, 6/2014. PMID: 24339329.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. 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.
28. 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.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth and Young Adults
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Perry
Duration: 9/1/2013 - 8/31/2018
Title: An Evidence-Based Smoking Cessation Program for Underserved Persons Living with HIV/AIDS
Funding Source: CMS
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 6/15/2013 - 12/31/2017
Title: Enhancing Cancer Outreach for Low Income Adults with Innovative Smoking Cessation
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 4/12/2010 - 1/31/2016
Title: The influence of HIV disease events/stages on smoking attitudes and behaviors
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 7/1/2008 - 5/31/2014
Title: An innovative telephone intervention for HIV+ smokers
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Principal Investigator: Ellen R. Gritz, Ph. D. and Damon J. Vidrine, Dr.P.H.
Duration: 2/1/2006 - 12/31/2012

Last updated: 10/24/2014