Lunch Time Research Seminar 11/ 16 “Smoke What?”:The Intersection of Tobacco & Marijuana Use amo


Please join us for the upcoming Lunch Time Research Seminar featuring Dr. Craig Fryer Thursday, November 16th, 2017 12:15-1:45PM ROOM: 4E26 of SSW Bldg. 525 W. Redwood Street, **Pizza and refreshments will be provided** please RSVP by 11/14 to jcanapp@ssw.umaryland.edu Presenter: Craig S. Fryer, DrPH, MPH Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Associate Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity University of Maryland, College Park Title: “Smoke What?”: The Intersection of Tobacco and Marijuana Use among Urban Youth and Young Adults Abstract: Despite the decrease in cigarette use prevalence rates among youth in the past two decades, tobacco-related racial and ethnic health disparities continue to persist in the United States. While a number of sociodemographic mechanisms have been identified as important dynamics in the perpetuation of health disparities (e.g., SES, education, and access to healthcare and treatment), these factors do not comprehensively explain the experiences of young racial and ethnic tobacco users. Equally important, the use of mixed methods research (MMR) study designs has steadily increased in the health sciences. MMR studies offer unique opportunities to elucidate complex behavioral phenomena by integrating both qualitative and quantitative methods in study design, data collection, and analysis. This presentation will review critical factors shaping the smoking experiences of urban, racial and ethnic youth and young adults and highlight a few examples of the use of MMR in tobacco control with young people. Bio: Dr. Fryer obtained his MPH from the University of Pittsburgh in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences with a concentration in child welfare and his DrPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University with an emphasis in the social determinants of health behavior and health outcomes. Trained as behavioral scientist, Dr. Fryer utilizes mixed methods research designs to examine the sociocultural context of health and health status, with an emphasis in community-engaged research. His work focuses on racial and ethnic health disparities in substance use and dependence, specifically tobacco and marijuana use among urban youth and young adult populations. Dr. Fryer was the Principal Investigator of the five-year, NIH-funded (National Cancer Institute) K01 career development award, Correlates of Nicotine Dependence among Urban African American Youth. Additionally, he recently completed his role as Co-Investigator/Site PI on a FDA/NCI-funded, Assessing Risk Perceptions for Small Cigars/Cigarillos among Young Adults and three grants within the Center for Health Equity funded by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Collateral research endeavors include: African American men’s health; behavioral intervention research; and the respectful, recruitment and retention of underrepresented communities in research.

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