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Stephenson Cancer Center Recruits Tobacco Prevention and Control Researchers for Leadership Positions

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Campus News -

Two tobacco control researchers, Jennifer Irvin Vidrine, Ph.D., and Damon Vidrine, Dr.P.H., have been recruited to key leadership positions at the Stephenson Cancer Center located at the University of Oklahoma. Jennifer Vidrine will serve in the newly established role of Deputy Director for Tobacco Research and oversee initiatives to advance the center’s tobacco research center. Damon Vidrine will serve as co-leader for the Cancer Health Disparities Program.  
Two tobacco control researchers, Jennifer Irvin Vidrine, Ph.D., and Damon Vidrine, Dr.P.H., have been recruited to key leadership positions at the Stephenson Cancer Center located at the University of Oklahoma. Jennifer Vidrine will serve in the newly established role of Deputy Director for Tobacco Research and oversee initiatives to advance the center’s tobacco research center. Damon Vidrine will serve as co-leader for the Cancer Health Disparities Program.  
Jennifer Vidrine and Damon Vidrine were previously at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where Jennifer was Associate Professor and Deputy Chair for the Department of Health Disparities Research, and Damon was Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science. Both will join the OU Health Sciences Center faculty as Associate Professors in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. 

“We are extremely pleased to have Jenny Vidrine and Damon Vidrine join our leadership team,” said Stephenson Cancer Center Director Robert S. Mannel, M.D. “Both bring a wealth of leadership and academic experience in addition to well-developed research programs that address the devastating problem of tobacco use and addiction, especially among at risk and high-need populations.” 

Jennifer Vidrine earned a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida. She completed a clinical internship at Brown University and a postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Science at MD Anderson Cancer Center. As a faculty member at MD Anderson, she earned awards for mentorship and research activities. Jennifer’s research activities focus on developing strategies to reduce   tobacco-related health disparities, including innovative intervention and cessation programs that target tobacco use in specific populations. Her research has been supported by research grants from the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
      
Damon Vidrine earned his doctoral degree in public health at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center and joined has the faculty there in 2006. His research has been recognized with a faculty scholar award. Damon’s research activities focus on developing tobacco prevention and cessation strategies for at-risk populations, including low-income adults, HIV/AIDS patients, and inner city adults and youth. He has a particular interest in utilizing social media technologies to enhance tobacco prevention and cessation. Sponsors including the National Cancer Institute and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services have supported his research. 

Both Jennifer Vidrine and Damon Vidrine will be appointed Oklahoma TSET Research Scholars in recognition of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust’s ongoing support for research to reduce the burden of cancer and tobacco in the state. 

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