Adam C. Alexander, PhD

Adam C. Alexander, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Adam C. Alexander, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He earned a PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Memphis School of Public in 2018, and his dissertation titled, “Identifying pathways to postdisaster smoking and alcohol consumption after a natural disaster: Findings from Hurricane Katrina,” was awarded the Morton Dissertation Award by the University of Memphis.

Dr. Alexander is a health disparities researcher with a specialty in tobacco research. His research program is broadly focused on understanding and eliminating tobacco-related health disparities among African Americans and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and he leads an interdisciplinary research agenda that extends from the laboratory directly into the community. He is currently investigating the subjective appeal of menthol cigarettes among African Americans using laboratory methodologies, and he is also actively working with numerous community organizations to develop interventions that promote smoking cessation among African Americans and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, such as adults experiencing homelessness.

Dr. Alexander recognizes that African Americans and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations may face more and sometimes unique stressors when trying to quit smoking, which is why his research program also explores the extent to which factors such as discrimination, skin color, life stressors, including childhood trauma, affect smoking cessation outcomes. He is also interested in developing smoking cessation interventions that include strategies for minimizing stress because he thinks these interventions would be efficacious for minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.

Dr. Alexander's research sometimes extends beyond tobacco to address other health behaviors that contribute to health disparities, such as physical activity and sedentary behavior, and he also explores how stress and trauma influence mental health and other forms of substance use, such as methamphetamine, marijuana, and alcohol.


Education:

Degree-Granting Institutions:

  • University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, Ph.D., 2018 Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, MS, 2016 General Psychology
  • University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, BA, 2012 Psychology

Postgraduate Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center, Oklahoma City, OK, 9/2018−07/2020

Grant Funding:

Under Review

Principal Investigator. “A Pilot Evaluation of Three Approaches to Switch from Combustible Cigarettes to Non-Combustible Nicotine Products among Adults Experiencing Homelessness”. (HF20-028).

Principal Investigator. “HealthyCells: A Culturally-Tailored Smoking Cessation Smartphone Intervention for African Americans with Adjunctive Treatment for Sedentary Behavior”. National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. (K01MD015295).

Co-Investigator. "Assessment of Cannabis use among Adults Diagnosed with Cancer: A Survey and Prospective Daily Diary Assessment." National Cancer Institute. Administrative Supplement to P30CA225520

Co-Investigator. "The feasibility of switching to e-cigarettes with and without financial incentives for smoking abstinence among socioeconomically disadvantaged adults." National Cancer Institute.

Co-Investigator. “Automated Mobile Contingency Management for Smoking Cessation among Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Adults”. National Cancer Institute. (R01CA237331).


Selected Publications:

  1. Hernandez, D. C., Daundasekara, S. S., Zvolensky, M. J., Reitzel, L. R., Santa Maria, D., Alexander, A. C., Kendzor, D. E., & Businelle, M. S. (2020). Urban stress indirectly influences psychological symptoms through its association with distress tolerance and perceived social support among adults experiencing homelessness. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, 5301. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17155301
  2. Ahuja, N., Schmidt, M., Dillon, P. J., Alexander, A. C., & Kedia, S. (2020). Online Narratives of Methamphetamine Use and Risky Sexual Behavior: Can Shame-Free Guilt Aid in Recovery? Archives of Sexual Behavior, epub. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508020-01777-w
  3. Kendzor, D. E., Businelle, M. S., Waring, J. J. C., Mathews, A., Geller, D. W., Barton, J. M., Alexander, A.C., … Vidrine, D. J. (2019). Automated Mobile Delivery of Financial Incentives for Smoking Cessation among Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Adults: A Feasibility Study (Preprint). JMIR MHealth and UHealth. https://doi.org/10.2196/15960
  4. Alexander, A. C., Olurotimi, O.*, Hébert, E. T., Ra, C. K., Businelle, M. S., & Kendzor, D. E. (2020). Subjective social status is indirectly associated with short-term smoking cessation through nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Journal of Health Psychology, ePub. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105320911432
  5. Hébert, E. T., Ra, C. K., Alexander, A. C., Helt, A., Moisiuc, R., Kendzor, D. E., … Businelle, M. S. (2020). A Mobile Just-in-Time Adaptive Intervention for Smoking Cessation: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(3), e16907. https://doi.org/10.2196/16907
  6. Carter, A. L., & Alexander, A.C. (2020). Soul Food : [Re] framing the African-American Farming Crisis Using the Culture-Centered Approach. Frontiers in Communication, 5(February), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2020.00005
  7. Allen, A. M., Jung, A. M., Alexander, A. C., Allen, S. S., Ward, K. D., & Al’Absi, M. (2020). Cannabis Use and Stressful Life Events during the Perinatal Period: Cross‐sectional Results from Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Data, 2016. Addiction, add.15003. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.15003
  8. Carter, A. L., & Alexander, A. C. (2019). A Qualitative Exploration of Women’s Experiences Who Belong to a “Fitness Community.” American Journal of Health Education, 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1080/19325037.2019.1687365
  9. Alexander, A. C., Nollen, N. L., Ahluwalia, J. S., Hébert, E. T., Businelle, M. S., & Kendzor, D.E. (2019). Darker skin color is associated with a lower likelihood of smoking cessation among males but not females. Social Science & Medicine, 240, 112562. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112562
  10. Waring, J. J. C.*, Hébert, E. T., Alexander, A. C., Kendzor, D. E., & Businelle, M. S. (2020). Evaluating the influences of social support and smoking cues on daily smoking abstinence among socioeconomically disadvantaged adults. Addictive Behaviors, 100, 106107. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106107
  11. Alexander, A. C., Hébert, E. T., Businelle, M. S., & Kendzor, D. E. (2019). Greater perceived importance of earning abstinence-contingent incentives is associated with smoking cessation among socioeconomically disadvantaged adults. Addictive Behaviors, 95, 202–205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.04.001
  12. Alexander, A. C., Hébert, E. T., Businelle, M. S., & Kendzor, D. E. (2019). Everyday discrimination indirectly influences smoking cessation through post-quit self-efficacy. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 198, 63–69. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.01.033

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