Current Team Members

Dr. Virmarie Correa-Fernández

Director

Dr. Virmarie Correa-Fernández is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences. She is a Clinical Psychologist, a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and has been working in the tobacco cessation field for more than 15 years. Her primary research focus involves examining:

  1. The psychosocial determinants and moderators (e.g., self-efficacy, outcome expectancies, social support) of different smoking cessation milestones (e.g., initial abstinence, long-term cessation, recovery from lapse),

  2. The efficacy of evidence-based treatments (EBT), particularly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), for the co-morbidity of tobacco dependence with other behavioral health problems; and

  3. The cultural and linguistic adaptations of ACT for Latinx smokers with these comorbidities. Through her funded American Cancer Society’s Mentored Research Scholar Grant (MRSG-15-018-01-CPPB), Dr. Correa-Fernández is adapting an ACT phone-based intervention to be feasible and acceptable for the treatment of tobacco dependence and comorbid depression and anxiety among Latinx.

Secondary, but complementary, areas of research interest include translational research (e.g., implementing EBT for tobacco dependence in mental health care settings, capacity building for health care professionals), understanding and promoting Latino participation in behavioral health research and psychosocial interventions, and community-based participatory research. 

Dr. Correa-Fernández is a coffee lover, and in her leisure time she likes to jog, read, travel, and spend time with friends and relatives, including visiting her hometown, Puerto Rico.

Dr. Han Joe Kim

Statistic Consultant 

Niloofar Tavakoli, M.Ed.

Graduate Research Assistant

Marshall Motsenbocker, M.S.

Graduate Research Assistant 

Danielle Llaneza, M.A.

Graduate Research Assistant

 Luane Araújo Rabello, M.S.

Graduate Research Assistant 

Domenica Cartagenova, B.S. B.A.

Research Assistant

Karen Mejia

Undergraduate Research Intern

Karla Flores, B.S.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Crystal Hernandez

Undergraduate Research Assistant

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