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Erica N. Cruvinel, Ph.D., MPH

Erica Cruvinel
Research Assistant Professor, Population Health

Professional Background

Before joining the department of Population Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), Dr. Cruvinel gained extensive experience working with underserved communities in Brazil to implement Screening, Brief interventions and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. Her doctoral research—a hybrid phone/text messaging smoking cessation program for hospitalized smokers in Brazil — was a pilot pragmatic clinical trial that involved collaborating with hospital physicians to coordinate pharmacotherapy, phone calls, and text messaging for follow up post-discharge. During her international postdoctoral training with Dr. Kimber Richter, funded by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), she undertook intensive training on secondary data analyses to analyze large databases from the World Health Organization and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In 2020, she transitioned to a postdoctoral position in the same department at KUMC with Dr. Taneisha Scheuermann in which she gained experience with the delivery of tobacco treatment among pregnant women using text messages. In the same year, Dr. Cruvinel received a NIDA Diversity Supplement to Dr. Nikki Nollen’s R01 which is examining a novel adaptive smoking cessation intervention for African American (AA) smokers. Dr. Cruvinel has been collaborating with Drs. Nollen, Richter and Scheuermann since then on her NIDA supplement research that focuses on understanding engagement of AA smokers in tobacco dependence treatment, specifically addressing the impact of marijuana and opioid use on treatment engagement.

Education and Training
  • BSc, Psychology, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais
  • MPH, Prevention of substance use disorders, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais
  • PhD, Social Psychology, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Smoking cessation interventions for hospitalized patients in Brazil, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Secondary data analyses and smoking cessation among patients with mental health diagnoses, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Smoking cessation interventions using text messages, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas



Research Interest: Tobacco treatment using mHealth; Tobacco treatment for underserved populations; Global Health

Dr. Cruvinel’s research focuses on reducing tobacco-related morbidity and mortality of tobacco users through novel systems of evidence-based care delivery, with an emphasis on mHealth interventions for underserved populations. Dr. Cruvinel’s research interests focus not only in developing novel strategies to increase access to care but also to increase engagement of smokers in treatment. She has a special interest in remote interventions because of their potential for broad reach, low cost and scalability.
Dr. Cruvinel is currently collaborating with Dr. Scheuermann on her NIDA K01 grant (DA040745) to develop and pilot-test a text message intervention for pregnant and postpartum women who smoke. As part of this project, they recruited 60 pregnant women for a cohort study and delivered weekly text message surveys to assess participants’ smoking status. They also engaged participants in online follow-up surveys to provide a detailed description of women’s smoking patterns and determinants of both abstinence and smoking. As part of her Diversity Supplement research projects, she is collaborating with Dr. Nollen on secondary data analyses from her current R01 (DA046576) to understand COVID vaccine hesitancy among AA as well as the impact of marijuana and opioid use on smoking cessation treatment engagement. Additionally, Dr. Cruvinel continues her collaboration with investigators in Brazil to develop smoking cessation interventions for underserved hospitalized patients.

  • Cruvinel, Erica, P Richter, Kimber, S Scheuermann, Taneisha, M Machado, Nathalia, Mayo, Matthew., S., R Brown, Alexandra, L Nollen, Nicole. 2022. The impact of COVID-19 on income and employment and willingness to become vaccinated among African Americans enrolled in a smoking cessation randomized trial. Vaccine.
  • Richter, K.., P., Clark, L., Wick, J.., A., Cruvinel, E., Durham, D., Shaw, P., Shih, G.., H., Befort, C.., A., Simari, R.., D.. 2020. Women Physicians and Promotion in Academic Medicine. N Engl J Med, 383 (22), 2148-2157.
  • Cruvinel, Erica, Liebman, Edward, Leite, Isabel, Hu, Jinxiang, Richter, Kimber., P.. 2020. Prevalence of smoking, quit attempts and access to cessation treatment among adults with mental illness in Brazil: a cross-sectional analysis of a National Health Survey. BMJ Open, 10 (5), e033959. |
  • Cruvinel, E., Richter, K.., P., Colugnati, F., Ronzani, T.., M.. 2019. An Experimental Feasibility Study of a Hybrid Telephone Counseling/Text Messaging Intervention for Post-Discharge Cessation Support Among Hospitalized Smokers in Brazil. Nicotine Tob Res, 21 (12), 1700-1705.
  • Cruvinel, E., Richter, K.., P., Stoney, C., Duffy, S., Fellows, J., Harrington, K.., F., Rigotti, N.., A., Sherman, S., Tindle, H.., A., Shireman, T.., I., Shelley, D., Waiwaiole, L., Cummins, S.. 2016. CHARTing a Path to Pragmatic Tobacco Treatment Research. Am J Prev Med, 51 (4), 630-6.
  • Cruvinel, E., Richter, K.., P., Bastos, R.., R., Ronzani, T.., M.. 2013. Screening and brief intervention for alcohol and other drug use in primary care: associations between organizational climate and practice. Addict Sci Clin Pract, 8 (1), 4.
  • Ronzani, Telmo., Mota, Mota, Daniela., Cristina Belchior, Cruvinel, Erica, Ferreira, Maira., Leon, Gomide, Henrique., Pinto, Mejía, Cristina., Fuentes Mejia, Martínez, Jose., Luiz Vazquez. 2017. Guide for the Implementation and Standardization of Screening and Brief Intervention Strategies in Primary and Community Health Care