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Vance A. Rabius, PhD

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

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

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Assistant Professor, Austin Regional Campus, School of Public Health, The University of Texas School of Public Health, Austin, TX

Bio Statement

Dr. Vance Rabius is an Instructor in the Department of Behavioral Science and has operational and research oversight of the Tobacco Treatment Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center.  He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health where he completed his PhD in Behavioral Science, Biomedical Statistics, and Health Economics.

Prior to accepting a research faculty appointment at MD Anderson, Dr. Rabius was a Senior Scientist at the American Cancer Society (ACS), where he directed research related to smoking cessation at the National Cancer Information Center in Austin, Texas.  In 2000, Dr. Rabius was recruited by ACS to manage the development, implementation and evaluation of the ACS Quitline and, for the 10 years of its operation, directed all related clinical trials and evaluations.  He has published numerous articles related to smoking cessation in peer-reviewed journals and presented and moderated at over 40 national and international tobacco conferences.

Research Interests

Tobacco use and cessation

  • Co-morbidities
  • Internet-based interventions
  • Quitlines
  • e-Cigarettes

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1155 Pressler Street
Unit Number: 1330
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: CPB3.3290
Phone: 713-745-4474
Fax: 713-745-4286
Email: VARabius@mdanderson.org

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2004 School of Public Health, University of Texas (Houston), Houston, TX, PHD, Behavioral Science
1977 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, MA, Social Psychology
1974 University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, BA, With Distinction, Economics and Psychology

Experience/Service

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Senior Scientist, American Cancer Society, National Cancer Information Center, Austin, TX, 2006-2010
Evaluation Manager, American Cancer Society, National Cancer Information Center, Austin, TX, 2000-2006
Research Associate, University of Texas, School of Public Health, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, Houston, TX, 1999-2005
Lecturer, University of Texas School of Public Health, Department of Biometry, Houston, TX, 1998
Tutor, University of Texas, School of Public Health, Biometry, SAS, Health Economics and Health Care Finance, Houston, TX, 1997-2000
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Texas School of Public Health, Center for Environmental Studies, Houston, TX, 1996

Consultantships

Member, NIH Scientific Advisory Board (5 R01 CA101963), Kansas City, Kansas, 2009-present

Honors and Awards

2007 North American Quitline Consortium Recognition, North American Quitline Consortium Annual Meeting
1974 Honors in Psychology, University of Kansas Department of Psychology

Professional Memberships

American Public Health Association, Washington, DC
Member, 2001-present
Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence, Jackson, MS
Member, 2006-present
North American Quitline Consortium, Phoenix, AZ
Founding Member, 2005-present
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Madison, WI
Full Member, 2004-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Volk RJ, Linder SK, Leal VB, Rabius V, Cinciripini PM, Kamath GR, Munden RF, Bevers TB. Feasibility of a patient decision aid about lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography. Prev Med 62:60-3, 5/2014. PMID: 24518006.
2. Vidrine JI, Shete S, Li Y, Cao Y, Alford MH, Galindo-Talton M, Rabius V, Sharp B, Harmonson P, Zbikowski SM, Miles L, Wetter DW. The Ask-Advise-Connect approach for smokers in a safety net healthcare system: A group-randomized trial. Am J Prev Med 45(6):737-741, 12/2013. PMCID: PMC4023543.
3. Zhang L, Malarcher A, Bombard J, Rabius V. Telephone Quitline use and effectiveness among young adults. J of Smok Cessat. e-Pub 11/2013.
4. Bombard JM, Farr SL, Dietz PM, Tong VT, Zhang L, Rabius V. Telephone smoking cessation quitline use among pregnant and non-pregnant women. Matern Child Health J 17(6):989-95, 8/2013. e-Pub 7/2012. PMID: 22798140.
5. Rabius V, Wiatrek D, McAlister AL. African-American participation and success in telephone counseling for smoking cessation. Nicotine Tob Res 14(2):240-2, 2/2012. e-Pub 7/20/2011. PMCID: PMC3968305.
6. Stoltzfus Ky, Ellerbeck Edward F, Hunt Suzanne, Rabius Vance, Carlini Beatriz, Ayers Candace and Richter Kimber P. A pilot trial of proactive versus reactive referral to tobacco quitlines. J of Smok Cessat 6(2):133-137, 12/2011.
7. Sterba KR, Rabius V, Carpenter MJ, Villars P, Wiatrek D, McAlister A. Dyadic efficacy for smoking cessation: preliminary assessment of a new instrument. Nicotine Tob Res 13(3):194-201, 3/2011. e-Pub 1/10/2011. PMCID: PMC3045465.
8. Vidrine JI, Rabius V, Alford MH, Li Y, Wetter DW. Enhancing dissemination of smoking cessation quitlines through T2 translational research: A unique partnership to address disparities in the delivery of effective cessation treatment. J Public Health Manag Pract 16(4):304-308, Jul-Aug, 7/2010. PMCID: PMC4023535.
9. Rothemich SF, Woolf SH, Johnson RE, Devers KJ, Flores SK, Villars P, Rabius V, McAfee T. Quitline services to promote smoking cessation support in primary care: A randomized controlled trial. Am J Prev Med 38(4):367-374, 4/2010. PMID: 20307804.
10. Seidman DF, Westmaas JL, Goldband S, Rabius V, Katkin ES, Pike KJ, Wiatrek D, Sloan RP. Randomized controlled trial of an interactive internet smoking cessation program with long term follow-up. Ann Behav Med 39(1):48-60, 2/2010. PMID: 20177844.
11. Bush T, Levine MD, Zbikowski S, Deprey M, Rabius V, McAfee T, Wiatrek DE. Weight gain after quitting: Attitudes, beliefs and counseling strategies of cessation counselors. J Smok Cessat 3(2):124-132, 12/2008. PMCID: PMC2889697.
12. Rabius V, Pike KJ, Wiatrek D, McAlister AL. Comparing internet assistance for smoking cessation: 13-month follow-up of a six-arm randomized controlled trial. J Med Internet Res 10(5):e45, 2008. e-Pub 11/21/2008. PMCID: PMC2630842.
13. Rabius V, Pike KJ, Hunter J, Wiatrek D, McAlister AL. Effects of frequency and duration in telephone counseling for smoking cessation. Tob Control 16 Suppl 1:i71-4, 12/2007. PMCID: PMC2598518.
14. Pike KJ, Rabius V, McAlister A, Geiger A. American Cancer Society's QUITLINK: randomized trial of internet assistance. Nicotine Tob Res 9(3):415-420, 3/2007. PMID: 17365773.
15. Ayadi MF, Adams EK, Melvin CL, Rivera CC, Gaffney CA, Pike J, Rabius V, Ferguson JN. Costs of a smoking cessation counseling intervention for pregnant women: comparison of three settings. Public Health Rep 121(2):120-6, Mar-Apr, 3/2006. PMCID: PMC1525265.
16. Rabius V, McAlister AL, Geiger A, Huang P, Todd R. Telephone counseling increases cessation rates among young adult smokers. Health Psychol 23(5):539-41, 9/2004. PMID: 15367074.
17. McAlister A, Morrison TC, Hu S, Meshack AF, Ramirez A, Gallion K, Rabius V, Huang P. Media and community campaign effects on adult tobacco use in Texas. J Health Commun 9(2):95-109, Mar-Apr, 3/2004. PMID: 15204821.
18. McAlister AL, Rabius V, Geiger A, Glynn TJ, Huang P, Todd R. Telephone assistance for smoking cessation: one year cost-effectiveness estimations. Tob Control 13(1):85-86, 3/2004. PMCID: PMC1747824.

Editorials

1. Rabius V, Karam-Hage M, Blalock JA, Cinciripini PM. "Meaningful use" provides a meaningful opportunity. Cancer 120(4):464-8, 2/15/2014. e-Pub 10/25/2013. PMCID: PMC4054930.

Abstracts

1. Rabius V, Lam C, Blalock JA, Karam-Hage M, Cinciripini PM. Use of electronic health records increases referrals to the Tobacco Treatment Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center (Poster Presentation). Proceedings of Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco, 3/2013.
2. Volk RJ, Linder SK, Leal VB, Rabius V, Cinciripini PM, Kamath GR, Munden RF, Bevers TB. Patients' reactions to a decision aid about lung cancer screening with low-dose spiral computed tomography: An uncontrolled trial (Oral Presentation). J Clin Oncol 31(suppl; abstr), 2013.
3. Rabius Vance, Cinciripini Paul, Karam-Hage, Maher, Blalock Jan, Lam Cho. Effectiveness of smoking cessation assistance for cancer patients (Poster Presentation). 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 2/2011.
4. Rabius V, McAlister AL & Wiatrek D. Smoking cessation assistance for African-Americans: Quitline utilization and effectiveness (Poster Presentation). 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 2/2010.
5. Sterba K, Rabius V, Villars P, Wiatrek D & McAlister AL. Dyadic efficacy in partnered smokers motivated to quit. 30th Meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Society for Behavioral Medicine, 4/2009.
6. Rabius V, Villars P, McAlister AL, Pike KJ & Wiatrek D. Telephone counseling with cognitive therapy for depression: Seven-month follow-up of effects on smokers with and without indicators of depression. 136th Meeting of the American Public Health Association, American Public Health Association, 10/2008.
7. Rabius V, Pike KJ, Wiatrek D & McAlister AL. Quitlink-Internet assistance for smoking cessation: 13-month follow-up. 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 2/2008.
8. Rabius V. African-American use of the American Cancer Society's Smoker's Quitline: The prevalence of depression and its relationship to quitting success. American Association for Cancer Research's 2007 Cancer Disparities Conference, American Association for Cancer Research, 11/2007.
9. Khoury R, Rabius V, Wiatrek D, Hunter J, Huang P & Harmonson P. Effect of a cigarette tax increase on Texas Quitline utilization. 2007 National Conference on Tobacco or Health, National Conference on Tobacco or Health, 10/2007.
10. Rabius V, Pike KJ, Hunter J, Wiatrek D & McAllister Al. Dose-response in telephone counseling for smoking cessation: Six-month effects of varying the number and durating of counseling sessions and current mood. 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 2/2007.
11. Rabius V, Hill TE, Huang P, Gatto FA, Wiatrek D, Hunter J & Christensen T. Subsidizing medications to facilitate cessation in telephone counseling programs. 13th World Conference on Tobacco or Health - World Conference on Tobacco or Health, 7/2006.

Book Chapters

1. Karam-Hage M, Rabius V, Cinciripini Paul M, Robinson J, Gritz E. Nicotine dependence: current treatments and future directions. In: Abeloff's Clinical Oncology. Elsevier: Philadelphia, 2014.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Promoting informed decisions about lung cancer screening
Funding Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Volk, PhD
Duration: 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2016
 
Title: Promoting Informed Decisions about Lung Cancer Screening
Funding Source: American Cancer Society (ACS)
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Volk, PhD (General Internal Medicine)
Duration: 7/1/2013 - 6/30/2017
 
Title: Continuous Smoking Home Monitoring System for Cancer Survivors Enrolled in Tobacco Treatment Program
Funding Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Alex Prokhorov
Duration: 5/1/2013 - 4/30/2016
 
Title: Application of multi-modal professional education platform to facilitate physician tobacco counseling for smokers
Funding Source: Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Role: Presenter/Contributor to Curriculum
Principal Investigator: Ludmila M Cofta-Woerpel
Duration: 3/1/2011 - 8/28/2013
 
Title: Comparing the Effectiveness of Traditional Evidence-Based Tobacco Cessation Interventions to Newer and Innovative Interventions Used by Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs
Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Role: Consultant
Principal Investigator: Comprehensive Cancer Control
Duration: 2010 - 4/2013
 
Title: Resource Center to Support the Development and Utilization of a National Quitline Data Warehouse
Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Role: Consultant
Principal Investigator: Office of Smoking and Health
Duration: 2010 - 4/30/2012
 
Title: Dissemination of a Smoking Quitline to the Underserved
Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Role: Consultant
Duration: 2010
 
Title: Cancer Control & Prevention, Quitline Analysis
Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Role: Research Scientist
Principal Investigator: Ann Malarcher
Duration: 2009 - 2010
 
Title: A Randomized Trial of Internet Access to Nicotine Patches
Funding Source: NIH/NHLBI
Role: Consultant
Duration: 2008 - present
 
Title: Supplement to UCSD Moore Cancer Center Core Grant: Reach and Assist Underserved Smokers Through Quitlines
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Principal Investigator: Shu-Hong Zhu
Duration: 2006 - 2008

Last updated: 12/5/2014