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Research Projects

Current Research

  • Implementing Genomics in Practice (IGNITE) Proof of Concept Study: Genotyping in Family Medicine Clinics

    • Principal Investigator: Larisa Cavallari, PharmD, Associate Professor, Director, Center for Pharmacogenomics, University of Florida College of Pharmacy
    • PURPOSE: to examine the effect of having CYP2D6 genotype information on pain management, pain control, and physician-perceived usefulness of genotype information.
  • Genomic Medicine Implementation: The Personalized Medicine Program: Education Protocol for Healthcare Professionals

    • Principal Investigator: Kristin Weitzel, PharmD, Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Director, Personalized Medicine Program, University of Florida College of Pharmacy
    • PURPOSE: to assess whether health professional participation in pharmacogenomics educational programming changes providers’’ knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs surrounding clinical applications of pharmacogenomics data.
  • The OneFlorida Cancer Control Alliance: Automatic Tobacco Assessment and Cessation Referral for Patients with Cancer

    • Principal Investigators: Ramzi Salloum, PhD, Assistant Professor, Health Outcomes & Policy, University of Florida College of Medicine and Elizabeth Shenkman, PhD, Professor and Department Chair, Health Outcomes & Policy; Director, Institute for Child Health Policy, University of Florida College of Medicine
    • PURPOSE: to evaluate the effectiveness of automated tobacco screening and referrals on the rate of cancer patients referred to tobacco cessation services and to examine whether automated tobacco screening and referral improve quit rates at 1, 3, and 6 months post-clinical contact among patients in the intervention practices relative to the comparison practices.
  • The OneFlorida Data Trust

    • Principal Investigator: William Hogan, PhD, Professor, Health Outcomes & Policy, University of Florida College of Medicine
    • PURPOSE: to create a statewide data repository of patient information to enhance and implement efficient processes to make data available for research.
  • Optimizing Precision of Hypertension Care to Maximize Blood Pressure Control (OPTI-BP Pilot)

    • Principal Investigator: Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, PharmD, Associate Professor, University of Florida College of Pharmacy
    • PURPOSE: to modify an existing algorithm-based software application that will use plasma renin activity levels to optimize anti-hypertension drug selection recommendations
  • Implementing the 6As in Pediatric Primary Care

    • Co-Principal Investigators: Elizabeth Shenkman, PhD, Professor and Department Chair, and Ramzi Salloum, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Florida College of Medicine, Department of Health Outcomes & Policy
    • PURPOSE: to conduct a pilot, practice-based intervention focused on increasing adherence to the 6As tobacco cessation intervention steps for pediatric patients aged ages 11 to 17 years, and to incorporate American Academy of Pediatrics best practice recommendations to screen and counsel parents.
  • Maximizing HPV Vaccination: Real-time Reminders, Guidance, and Recommendations

    • Principal Investigator: Stephanie Staras, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Florida College of Medicine, Department of Health Outcomes & Policy
    • PURPOSE: to enhance an existing HPV vaccine HIT system to improve recruitment by identifying, understanding, and overcoming barriers to workflow integration, adding parent and provider valued components such as tailored decision supports and improving efficiency of the HPV vaccine HIT system.

Previous Research

  • Sport-related Concussion Surveillance and Management

    • Principal Investigator: Russell M. Bauer, PhD, ABPP, Professor, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions
    • PURPOSE: To develop Sports Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT-2) norms (expected values) for youth aged 9-18, to gather baseline and incident SCAT data aimed at helping clinicians manage concussions in their pediatric patient populations and to measure the effect of training on concussion assessment and management knowledge among primary care providers.
  • Adolescent Health Risk Assessments in Primary Care, Phase I and II

    • Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Shenkman, PhD, Professor and Department Chair, Health Outcomes & Policy; Director, Institute for Child Health Policy, University of Florida College of Medicine
    • PURPOSE: to examine provider perceptions of self-efficacy and provider and practice characteristics associated with conducting HRAs and providing counseling, to examine adolescent perceptions and suggestions for improving an existing HRA tool, and to test the feasibility of conducting an electronic version of an existent adolescent health risk assessment tool in primary care
  • Women’s Emotional Health Research Program

    • Principal Investigator: Heather Flynn, PhD, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine, Florida State University College of Medicine
    • PURPOSE: To determine feasibility of implementing an emotional health screening program in women presenting in OBGYN practices.