About Stephanie Staras
Stephanie A. S. Staras, M.S.P.H., Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics and director of the department’s Division of Health Outcomes and Implementation Science. She is also the Director of Precision Public Health for the CTSI and Associate Director of the Institute for Child Health Policy.
Dr. Staras is an expert in human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine implementation research. She has served as principal investigator on nine implementation research grants, including two R01-level pragmatic implementation trials for improving HPV vaccination among Florida teens and preteens. Dr. Staras’ work highlights the strong association between HPV vaccine initiation and parents’ beliefs about the HPV vaccine’s ability to prevent cancer safely. Additionally, she led one of a handful of studies to assess a direct link between provider recommendations and parent beliefs. By simultaneously targeting parents with reminders and providers with an in-clinic, parent-tailored decision aid, Dr. Staras’ real-world, multi-level implementation trial demonstrated a synergistic increase on HPV vaccine initiation among girls. To target interventions at geographic areas of the greatest need, Dr. Staras characterized HPV-related disease burden in Florida by triangulating data with an environmental scan that includes vaccination records, stakeholder interviews, and a provider discrete choice experiment.
Dr Staras is an expert in implementation science. She was a fellow of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)- sponsored training program entitled Mentored Training in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer program (2016 to 2018), has served as a faculty lead in the NCI-sponsored Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (2020), and co-leads an Implementation Science Learning Group that annually introduces 5-10 UF postdoctoral candidates and junior faculty members to implementation science (2021-2023). Additionally, she has served or is serving as the implementation science expert on six research grants – two funded by NIH.