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Irene Tami-Maury

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant 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

Irene Tami-Maury, DMD, MSc,  DrPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral  Science at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She also holds an  adjunct appointment at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston,TX. Dr. Tami-Maury conducts research on two specific areas: 1) Tobacco  prevention and control in vulnerable populations (e.g., people living with  HIV/AIDS, individuals infected with tuberculosis, sexual and gender  minorities, adolescents and emerging adults, cancer patients, immigrants, etc.),  and 2) eHealth/mHealth research and e-learning/training for health care providers. Dr. Tami-Maury has a particular  interest in developing, implementing, and evaluating tobacco prevention and  cessation programs with a focus on developing countries and underserved areas  of the US.

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1155 Pressler Street
Department of Behavioral Science
Unit Number: 1330
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: CPB3.3231
Fax: 713-794-4730
Email: itami@mdanderson,org

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2010 University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, DrPH, Public Health (Epidemiology and International Health)
1999 Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela, MSc, Oral Medicine
1994 Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela, DMD, Dentistry

Postgraduate Training

5/2014 Summer Workshop, Social Media: New Media Training Institute, 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality, Houston, TX
1/2014-2/2014 Conference Workshop, Advancing LGBT Health - Strategies for Achieving Affordable and Effective Health Care, 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality, Houston, TX
6/2013 eHealth Research Institute Workshop, eHealth Research Institute: Organization Development, Rice University, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
6/2013 11th Annual Disparities in Health in America Workshop, 11th Annual Disparities in Health in America Workshop: Celebrating Social Entrepreneurs Working Towards Social Justice, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
6/2013 Summer Workshop, Community-Based Participatory Research Summer Institute, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
7/2012 Summer Workshop, Methods in Community-Based Participatory Research, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
6/2011-8/2011 Graduate Course, Tools and Methods for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses, University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston, TX
2/2011-6/2014 Latinos contra el Cancer Training Program, Community-Based Participatory Research (Community-Based Participatory Research, The University of Texas School of Public Health & the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
2/2011-3/2011 Tobacco Specialist, ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS
1/2011-3/2013 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Behavioral Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Dr. Ellen R. Gritz

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Instructor, Department of Behavioral Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 3/2013-2/2015
Population Science Fellow, Department of Behavioral Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1/2011-2/2013
Program Coordinator, World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization Collaborating Center on International Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 2/2009-12/2010
Teaching/Research Assistant, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 8/2006-1/2009
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 10/2005-7/2006
Instructor, Department of Clinical Stomatology, School of Dentistry, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela, 6/1998-5/2000
Aggregate Professor (rank in between Assistant Professor and Associate Professor), Department of Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery and Oral Pathology, School of Dentistry, Universidad Santa Maria, Caracas, Venezuela, 8/1997-5/2005

Consultantships

WHO/PAHO Consultant, World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization, Washington, DC, 2007-present
WHO/PAHO Consultant, V Jornadas Nacionales de Bioseguridad, Panama, 2007

Honors and Awards

2015-present Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities (GMaP) Region 4 Early Career Cancer Health Disparities Researcher Scholarship Award, National Hispanic Science Network’s Fifteenth Annual International Conference, San Antonio, TX
2015 Travel (NIDA R13DA26647-07), National Hispanic Science Network’s Fifteenth Annual International Conference, San Antonio, TX
2014 NIDCR Building Bridges Travel Award, 26th Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
2011-2014 Latinos Contra el Cancer Community Networks Program Training Opportunity, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX
2010 International Student Academic Excellence Award - Doctoral Student, Birmingham, AL, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
2010 President's Diversity Award - Graduate Student, Birmingham, AL, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
2010 Volker International Student Scholarship, Birmingham, AL, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
2007-2008 Caroline and Charles W. Ireland Scholarship, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Foreign Student Office, Birmingham, AL
2007 Excellent Student Award: Emerging Leader, Birmingham, AL, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
2005-2007 Fulbright Scholarship, Federal Government, United States of America
2005 Travel Grant Award, 3rd IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment World Congress, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Rio de Janerio, Brazil
2003 Travel Grant Award, 8th STI/AIDS World Congress, 40 IUSTI World General Assembly, XIV Pan-American Congress of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Tamí-Maury I, Wagh AJ, Abou N, Gritz ER, Chambers M. Dental care in Texas: An opportunity for implementing a comprehensive and patient-centric approach during and after cancer treatment. Texas Dental Journal. In Press.
2. Wilson L, Moran L, Zarate-Grajales R, Warren N, Ventura CA, Tamí-Maury I, Mendes IA. Qualitative description of global health nursing competencies by nursing faculty in Africa and the Americas. Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem. In Press.
3. Tamí-Maury I, Aigner CJ, Rush S, Hong JH, Strom SS, Prokhorov AV, Gritz ER. The association of smoking with English and Spanish language use as a proxy of acculturation among Mexican Americans. J Immigr Minor Health. e-Pub 2/2016. PMID: 26914836.
4. Maury de Tamí I, Tamí-Maury I. Brief Comment on the Article About Human Anaplasmosis by Arraga-Alvarado et al. Am J Trop Med Hyg 93(5):1124, 11/2015. PMID: 26537775.
5. Marcano M, Baasch A, Mejía JL, Tamí-Maury I. Names for cigars or cigarettes used by the Latino consumer in the United States of America. Rev Panam Salud Publica 38(5):431-2, 11/2015. PMID: 26837530.
6. Tamí-Maury I, Lin MT, Lapham HL, Hong JH, Cage C, Shete S, Gritz ER. A pilot study to assess tobacco use among sexual minorities in Houston, Texas. Am J Addict 24(5). e-Pub 5/2015. PMID: 26009978.
7. Vidrine DJ, Kypriotakis G, Li L, Arduino RC, Fletcher FE, Tamí-Maury I, Gritz ER. Mediators of a smoking cessation intervention for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Drug Alcohol Depend 147(1):76-80, 2/2015. e-Pub 12/2014. PMID: 25542824.
8. Tamí-Maury I, Aigner CJ, Hong J, Strom S, Chambers MS, Gritz ER. Perception of tobacco use prevention and cessation among faculty members in Latin American and Caribbean dental schools. J Cancer Educ 29(4). e-Pub 1/2014. PMCID: PMC4082477.
9. Tami-Maury I, Oliveira A, Foushee R, Kohler C, Michael M. Use of dental services among diabetic in rural Alabama Black Belt. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine 4(4):129-137, 2014.
10. Tamí-Maury I, Vidrine DJ, Fletcher FE, Danysh H, Arduino R, Gritz ER. Poly-Tobacco Use Among HIV-Positive Smokers: Implications for Smoking Cessation Efforts. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 15(12):2100-2106, 12/2013. PMCID: PMC3819982.
11. 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 Behavior 18(1). e-Pub 4/2013. PMID: 23605155.
12. Gritz ER, Danysh HE, Fletcher FE, Tami-Maury I, Cororve-Fingeret M, Marks-King R, Arduino RC, Vidrine DJ. Long-term Outcomes of a Cell Phone-Delivered Intervention for Smokers Living With HIV/AIDS. Clin Infect Dis 57(4):608-615, 2013. PMCID: PMC3719892.
13. Tami-Maury I, Willig J, Jolly P, Vermund S, Aban I, Hill J, Wilson C. Oral Lesions: Poor Markers of Virologic Failure in HIV-Infected Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy. International Scholarly Research Network (ISRN) Infectious Diseases 2013(Article ID 269728), 2013.
14. Wilson L, Harper DC, Tami-Maury I, Zarate R, Salas S, Farley J, Warren N, Mendes I, Ventura C. Global health competencies for nurses in the Americas. J Prof Nurs 28(4):213-222, Jul-Aug, 7/2012. PMID: 22818191.
15. Tamí-Maury I, Coulibaly YI, Cissoko SS, Dao S, Kristensen S. First report of HIV-related oral manifestations in Mali. Pan Afr Med J 11(1):18, 2012. e-Pub 1/2012. PMCID: PMC3283017.
16. Tamí-Maury I, Willig J, Vermund S, Jolly P, Aban I, Hill J, Wilson CM. Contemporary profile of oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS and associated risk factors in a Southeastern US clinic. J Public Health Dent 71(4):257-264, 2011. e-Pub 5/2011. PMID: 22320283.
17. Tamí-Maury I, Willig JH, Jolly PE, Vermund S, Aban I, Hill J, Wilson C, Kempf MC. Prevalence, Incidence, and Recurrence of Oral Lesions among HIV-infected Patients on ART in Alabama: a two-year longitudinal study. The Southern Medical Journal 104(8):561-566, 2011. PMID: 21886064.
18. Vasquez M, Mesa L, Almandarez O, Santos A, Matute R, Diaz L, Cruz A, Acosta S, Garcia M, Wilson L, Azuero A, Tamí-Maury I, Holcomb L., Saenz K.. Evaluation of a Strengthening Families (Familias Fuertes) Intervention for Parents and Adolescents in Honduras. The Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research (SOJNR) 10(3):1-25, 2010.
19. Tami-Maury I, Aguero M, Estupinan-Day S. Estudio piloto sobre politicas de salud bucal y VIH [Pilot study on oral health policy and HIV]. Revista Panamericana de Salud Publica/Pan American Journal of Public Health 26(6):536-540, 2009. PMID: 201077058.
20. Tami-Maury I. Laser de CO2 en tejidos blandos bucales [CO2 laser on oral soft tissues]. Revista Odontologica Universidad Santa Maria 1(1):12-20, 2005.
21. Tami-Maury I, Martinez L, Laforest S, Lovino M. Tratamiento de leucoplasia vellosa con resina de podofilo al 25% [Oral hairy leucoplakia treatment with 25% podofiline resin]. Rev Cubana Estomatol 42(3), 2005.
22. Tami IC, Tami-Maury I. Identificacion morfologica de Ehrlichia sp. en las plaquetas de pacientes con infeccion por VIH en Venezuela [Morphologic identification of Ehrlichia sp. in the platelets of HIV infected patients in Venezuela]. Revista Panamericana de Salud Publica/Pan American Journal of Public Health 16(5):345-349, 2004. PMID: 15729984.
23. Tami-Maury I, Perrone M, Tami IC, Mata M, Sanchez M. Determinacion de inmunoglobulina A en saliva de un grupo de pacientes VIH positivos en Venezuela (Immunoglobulin A in saliva of HIV positive patients in Venezuela). Revista Farmacia al Dia 13(4), 2002.
24. Tami-Maury I, Lopez T, Moustarih Y, Moretta N, Montilla G, Rivera H. Quiste dentigero: revision bibliografica y presentacion de un caso (Dentigerous cyst: Bibliographic review and clinical case presentation). Revista Acta Odontologica 38(2):61-67, 2000.
25. Tami-Maury I, Tinoco PJ. Carcinoma verrugoso de Ackerman: revision bibliografica y presentacion de un caso (Ackerman Tumor: Bibliographic review and clinic case presentation). Revista Acta Odontologica 36(2):6-10, 1998.
26. Tami-Maury I, Tami I, Portillo M, Sanchez M. La saliva: una alternativa para el diagnostico de la infeccion por virus de Inmunodeficiencia Humana (Saliva: an alternative for HIV infection diagnosis). Revista Acta Odontologica 36(3):68-73, 1998.
27. Kypriotakis G, Gritz ER, Tami-Maury I, Buchberg M, Danysh HE, Aigner C, Arduino RC, Vidrine DJ. A longitudinal mediation model of smoking abstinence in people living with HIV/AIDS. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Submitted.
28. Tamí-Maury I, Brown L, Lapham H, Chang S. Community based participatory research through virtual communities. Technology and Health Care. Submitted.
29. Khalik GE, Mahesh Adavni S, Tami-Maury I, Prokhorov AV. Measuring cancer risk perception among young adults: A perceived temporal susceptibility to cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Submitted.
30. Swartz M, Aigner C, Fellman B, Urbauer D, Rush S, Ester C, Ba F, Lipizzi EL, Tami-Maury I. No association between acculturation with breast and cervicalcancer screening practices among Mexican Americans in Houston, TX. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Submitted.
31. Lin CC, Tamí-Maury I, MA WF, Cho L, Tsai MH Lin MT, Li CI, Liu CS, Li TC, Chiu CF, Lu IY, Gritz ER. Social and cultural content of betel quid consumption and its potential health consequences. Health Psychology. Submitted.
32. Ainger C, Gritz ER, Tami-Maury I, Baum G, Arduino R, Vidrine DJ. The role of pain in quitting among HIV positive smokers enrolled in a smoking cessation trail. AIDS and Behavior. Submitted.
33. Tami-Maury I, Gritz ER. Tobacco Use and tuberculosis in high HIV-prevalence states in India. Journal of Infection in Developing Countries. Submitted.

Invited Articles

1. Tami-Maury I, Silva MG, Marcano M, Baasch A, Davila L, Caixeta R, Prokhorov AV. Dental student's prevalence, perception, and predictors of tobacco consumption in Latin America. Salud Publica de Mexico, special issue on tobacco (in press). In Press.
2. Prokhorov A, Calabro K, Tami-Maury I. Nicotine and tobacco use prevention among youth and families. Nursing Oncology. Submitted.

Abstracts

1. Ogundeji O, Tami-Maury I, Saroha E, Warriner A, Bachmann LH, Sturdevant M, Kempf MC. Challenges in Caring for HIV Pregnant Women in the Birmingham Metropolitan Area, 8/2008.
2. Tami-Maury I, Ucar MA, Zamora C, Rangel R, Blanco L, Marin M, Santos J, Marin JO. HIV/AIDS in the Dental Office: A Multi-Focal Problem Between Dental Care Workers and Patients (#CDD0743), 2006.
3. Cuevas M, Tami-Maury I, Perez M, Viamonte M, Gonzales I, Buisse A, Viloria C, Amanau C, Berecivar D. Chewing Xylitol and Sorbitol Gum to Reduce Oral Candiddiasis Risk in Diabetics. Focus on Fungal Infection (#34), 3/2005.
4. Tami-Maury I, Zamora MA. Dental Attention Program for HIV Patients in Venezuela (#F12342), 7/2002.
5. Tami-Maury I. HIV Infection and Visual Oral Self Examination (#F12220), 7/2002.
6. Tami-Maury I, Mata M. Most Common Oral Manifestations of HIV Infection in Venezuela. International Dental Journal 50(6), 2000.
7. Lazarde J, Tami-Maury I. Candida Species and Candida Albacans in Saliva of Erythematous Candidisis. International Dental Journal 49(5), 10/1999.
8. Guevara L, Tami-Maury I. Chlorhexidine: An Alternative Treatment for Denture Stomatitis. International Dental Journal 49(5), 10/1999.
9. Tami-Maury I, Tami I, Perrone M, Mata, M; Wally V, Sanchez M. Immunoglobulin A in Saliva from HIV Infected Patients in Venezuela. International Dental Journal 49(5), 10/1999.
10. Tami-Maury I, Tami I, Portillo M, Sanchez M. Test in Saliva for HIV Infection. International Dental Journal 48(5), 10/1998.
11. Tami-Maury I, Aigner JA, Rush S, Hong J, Strom S, Gritz ER. The association of acculturation with smoking status among Mexican Americans using a multidimensional approach for assessing English and Spanish language. International Journal of Epidemiology. Submitted.

Book Chapters

1. Graham W, Toll B, Tamí-Maury I, Gritz ER. Cancer prevention: Tobacco dependence and its treatment. In: DeVita, Hellman, and Rosenberg’s Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology, 10th. Ed(s) VT DeVita, Jr., TS Lawrence, SA Rosenberg. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia. In Press.

Books (edited and written)

1. Martin KA, Celliti A, Tami-Maury I. Libros y Aprendizaje [Books and Learning]. University of Alabama at Birmingham: Birmingham, AL, 2006.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Project Quitting Schedule; Adapting and testing a smartphone application for Spanish-speaking cancer patients interested in quitting smoking.
Funding Source: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Sister Institution Network Fund Grant
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Duration: 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018
 
Title: Non-invasive oral cancer screening among HIV smokers
Funding Source: Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), Baylor-UT Houston Developmental Mini-Grant Funding for Pilot Projects
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 1/1/2016 - 7/31/2016
 
Title: Biobehavioral and Cultural Determinants of Betel Quid Chewing, Dependence, and Withdrawal in Taiwan
Funding Source: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Sister Institution Network Fund
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Gritz ER
Duration: 9/1/2015 - 8/31/2016
 
Title: Project COMET: Colombia and Mexico against Tobacco use
Funding Source: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Sister Institution Network Fund
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 1/1/2015 - 1/1/2017
 
Title: Tobacco prevention and cessation competencies for dental students in Latin America and the Caribbean
Funding Source: Halliburton Employees Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention and the Olla S. Stribling Fund
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 1/18/2012 - 1/17/2014
 
Title: Middle Range Evaluation of Familas Fuertes Parent/Adolescent Education Program
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Wilson, L
Duration: 10/1/2008 - 9/30/2009
 
Title: Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Bamako District, Mali
Funding Source: NIH/Fogarty, Framework Programs for Global Health
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 3/1/2008 - 2/28/2009
 
Title: Antiretroviral Therapy Exposure in HIV Positive Pregnant Women and their Infants in the South
Funding Source: UAB Minority Health and Research Center Health Disparities Charles Barkley Award
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Kempf MC
Duration: 2/1/2008 - 1/31/2009

Last updated: 6/15/2016