Stephanie Staras

Stephanie Staras, Ph.D.

Associate Professor And Division Director

Department: MD-HOBI-GENERAL
Business Phone: (352) 294-8299
Business Email: sstaras@mail.ufl.edu

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 a faculty member of the University of Florida’s Institute for Child Health Policy.

Dr. Staras is an expert in human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine implementation research. She has served as principal investigator on eight implementation research grants, including a 5-year, $2.9 million grant from the NCI in 2019 to evaluate a multi-level intervention to boost HPV vaccine rates among 11- and 12-year-olds in Florida. 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 is characterizing HPV-related disease burden in the University of Florida Cancer Catchment Area by triangulating data with an environmental scan that includes vaccination records, stakeholder interviews, and a provider discrete choice experiment.

Dr. Staras is a graduate of the highly recognized Mentored Training in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer program sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. Her excellence in research also was recognized by her inclusion in the University of Florida’s 2018-2019 University Term Professorship cohort. Dr. Staras also contributes her implementation science expertise to research grants on meningococcal B vaccination, smoking cessation, and cancer screenings.

Accomplishments

University of Florida Term Professorship
2018-2019 · University of Florida
University of Florida Exemplary Teaching Award
2018 · University of Florida
Fellow in the National Cancer Institute’s Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer
2016-2018 · Washington University in St. Louis
Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program Recipient. Research project entitled: “Development of an Alcohol-Related HIV preventive intervention among African American and Hispanic adolescent women.”
2012-2014 · National Institutes of Health
18th Annual Summer Course: Principles of STD / HIV Research Scholarship
2010 · University of Washington Center for AIDS and STD’s
Travel Grant Recipient
2007 · promising new investigators to the 17th International Society of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research Meeting
Co-recipient of the Award for Excellence in International Health
2001 · Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Best Epidemiologist in the Workforce of Tomorrow Award
2000 · Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologist
1999 Charles C. Shepard Award for Excellence in Research-– presented to the graduating student who is deemed by the faculty to have prepared the most scholarly research thesis.
1999 · Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Publications

2021
Perceptions and Knowledge About the MenB Vaccine Among Parents of High School Students.
Journal of community health. [DOI] 10.1007/s10900-020-00954-1. [PMID] 33389475.
2020
Postcard reminders for HPV vaccination mainly primed parents for providers’ recommendations.
Preventive medicine reports. 20 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pmedr.2020.101188. [PMID] 32953426.
2020
“I can be the Judge of What’s Serious”: A Qualitative Pilot Study of Parents’ Responses to Messaging About Side Effects of the HPV Vaccine.
Maternal and child health journal. 24(4):456-461 [DOI] 10.1007/s10995-019-02856-8. [PMID] 31893386.
2020
An Implementation Trial to Improve Tobacco Treatment for Cancer Patients: Patient Preferences, Treatment Acceptability and Effectiveness.
International journal of environmental research and public health. 17(7) [DOI] 10.3390/ijerph17072280. [PMID] 32231062.
2019
Increasing adolescent girls’ ability to identify STI-risk characteristics of sexual partners: a pilot study within an alternative disciplinary school.
Sexually transmitted infections. 95(8):580-583 [DOI] 10.1136/sextrans-2018-053674. [PMID] 30733423.
2018
Disclosure of HIV serostatus and condomless sex among men living with HIV/AIDS in Florida.
PloS one. 13(12) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0207838. [PMID] 30557362.
2016
Authors’ Response to Letter Regarding Alcohol Sales Tax and Sexually Transmitted Infections.
American journal of preventive medicine. 50(5) [DOI] 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.01.020. [PMID] 27102644.
2016
Increased Partner Risk Characteristic Among Adolescents Using Alcohol In the Moment.
Sexually transmitted diseases. 43(9):537-41 [DOI] 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000481. [PMID] 27513378.
2016
Maryland Alcohol Sales Tax and Sexually Transmitted Infections: A Natural Experiment.
American journal of preventive medicine. 50(3):e73-e80 [DOI] 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.09.025. [PMID] 26683415.
2015
Increasing human papillomavirus vaccine initiation among publicly insured Florida adolescents.
The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. 56(5 Suppl):S40-6 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.11.024. [PMID] 25863554.
2015
Effects of a 2009 Illinois Alcohol Tax Increase on Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes
American journal of public health. 105(9):1880-1885 [DOI] 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302428. [PMID] 25790414.
2014
A Health Information Technology Intervention Increases Hpv Vaccine Series Initiation Among Florida Medicaid and Chip Adolescents
Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 41(1):S9-S10
2014
Factors Associated With Medicaid Providers’ Recommendation of the Hpv Vaccine To Low-Income Adolescent Girls
Journal of Adolescent Health. 54(2):190-196 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.08.006. [PMID] 24064282.
2014
Heterogeneous population effects of an alcohol excise tax increase on sexually transmitted infections morbidity.
Addiction (Abingdon, England). 109(6):904-12 [DOI] 10.1111/add.12493. [PMID] 24450730.
2014
Human papillomavirus vaccine administration among Medicaid providers who consistently recommended vaccination.
Sexually transmitted diseases. 41(1):24-8 [DOI] 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000064. [PMID] 24335743.
2014
Parent perceptions important for HPV vaccine initiation among low income adolescent girls.
Vaccine. 32(46):6163-9 [DOI] 10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.08.054. [PMID] 25180815.
2013
Do Florida Medicaid providers’ barriers to HPV vaccination vary based on VFC program participation?
Maternal and child health journal. 17(4):609-15 [DOI] 10.1007/s10995-012-1036-5. [PMID] 22569945.
2013
Alcohol Policy Interventions Reduce Std Cases: the 2009 Illinois Alcohol Excise Tax Increase
Alcoholism-Clinical and Experimental Research. 37
2013
Perceived racial/ethnic discrimination, problem behaviors, and mental health among minority urban youth.
Ethnicity & health. 18(4):337-49 [DOI] 10.1080/13557858.2012.730609. [PMID] 23043428.
2013
The influence of sexual partner on condom use among urban adolescents.
The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. 53(6):742-8 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.06.020. [PMID] 23932008.
2013
Urban Adolescent Girls’ Acceptability of Peer-Networks in Reducing Alcohol-Related Hiv Risk
Alcoholism-Clinical and Experimental Research. 37
2013
Provider factors associated with disparities in human papillomavirus vaccination among low-income 9- to 17-year-old girls.
Cancer. 119(3):621-8 [DOI] 10.1002/cncr.27735. [PMID] 23341308.
2012
Association between perinatal medical expenses and a waiver to increase Florida healthy start services within Florida medicaid programs: 1998 to 2006.
Maternal and child health journal. 16(8):1567-75 [DOI] 10.1007/s10995-011-0811-z. [PMID] 21559775.
2012
Association between sex partner meeting venues and sexual risk taking among urban adolescents.
The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. 51(6):566-71 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.03.015. [PMID] 23174466.
2012
Substance Use as a Risk Factor for Intimate Partner Violence Overlap: Generational Differences Among Hispanic Young Adults.
International criminal justice review. 22(2):139-152 [PMID] 25125930.
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2012
The relationship between marijuana use and intimate partner violence in a nationally representative, longitudinal sample.
Journal of interpersonal violence. 27(8):1562-78 [DOI] 10.1177/0886260511425787. [PMID] 22080574.
2011
National Prevalence Estimates for Cytomegalovirus Igm and Igg Avidity and Association Between High Igm Antibody Titer and Low Igg Avidity
Clinical and Vaccine Immunology. 18(11):1895-1899 [DOI] 10.1128/CVI.05228-11. [PMID] 21918114.
2011
Riskier sexual partners contribute to the increased rate of sexually transmitted diseases among youth with substance use disorders.
Sexually transmitted diseases. 38(5):413-8 [DOI] 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e31820279a7. [PMID] 21139514.
2010
Disparities in human papillomavirus vaccine series initiation among adolescent girls enrolled in Florida Medicaid programs, 2006-2008.
The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. 47(4):381-8 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2010.07.028. [PMID] 20864008.
2009
Sexual partner characteristics and sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents and young adults.
Sexually transmitted diseases. 36(4):232-8 [DOI] 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e3181901e32. [PMID] 19265739.
2009
Low Hpv Vaccination Rates Among Florida and Texas Medicaid
American Journal of Epidemiology. 169
2008
Cytomegalovirus seroprevalence and childhood sources of infection: A population-based study among pre-adolescents in the United States.
Journal of clinical virology : the official publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology. 43(3):266-71 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jcv.2008.07.012. [PMID] 18778968.
2008
Do Sexual Partner Characteristics Explain the Racial Disparity in Sexually Transmitted Infections?
American Journal of Epidemiology. 167
2008
Influence of sexual activity on cytomegalovirus seroprevalence in the United States, 1988-1994.
Sexually transmitted diseases. 35(5):472-9 [DOI] 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e3181644b70. [PMID] 18354346.
2007
Incidence of Cytomegalovirus infection among the general population and pregnant women in the United States
Bmc Infectious Diseases. 7 [DOI] 10.1186/1471-2334-7-71. [PMID] 17605813.
2006
Knowledge and awareness of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) among women
Infectious diseases in obstetrics and gynecology. 2006:1-7 [DOI] 10.1155/IDOG/2006/80383. [PMID] 17485810.
2006
Seroprevalence of cytomegalovirus infection in the United States, 1988-1994
Clinical Infectious Diseases. 43(9):1143-1151 [DOI] 10.1086/508173. [PMID] 17029132.

Grants

Jul 2019 ACTIVE
Text and Talk: A multi-level intervention to increase provider HPV vaccine recommendation effectiveness
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NCI
Apr 2018 – Oct 2018
Stakeholder Engagement and Multi-Risk Assessment in Dental Care Settings
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: UNIV OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM via NATL INST OF HLTH NIDCR
Apr 2017 – Mar 2018
The National Dental PBRN FY18
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: UNIV OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM via NATL INST OF HLTH NIDCR
Dec 2016 – Jul 2019
Establishing and Evaluating a School and University Campus-Based Approach to Implementing Serogroup B Meningococcal (MenB) Disease Recommendations in Older Adolescents and Young Adults.
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: PFIZER INC
Feb 2016 – Jan 2020
Maximizing HPV vaccination: Real-time Reminders, Guidance, and Recommendations
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NCI
Dec 2015 – Oct 2016
Staras HPV R01 Pilot – Miscellaneous Donors
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: MISCELLANEOUS DONORS
Feb 2015 ACTIVE
UF Health Cancer Center Pilot Project Grants funded through the Florida Consortium of National Cancer Institute Centers Program
Role: Project Manager
Funding: UF HEALTH SHANDS HOSPITAL
Jun 2014 – Dec 2017
OneFlorida Cancer Control Network
Role: Project Manager
Funding: FL DEPT OF HLTH BIOMED RES PGM/J&E KING
Jul 2006 – Dec 2020
21st Century Research & Economic Development Investment Program (REDIP)
Role: Project Manager
Funding: STATE UNIV SYS OF FL BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Education

Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer Fellowship
2016-2018 · Washington University, St. Louis
Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Epidemiology
2006 · Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University
Master of Science of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
2000 · Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Bachelor of Science, Department of Biology
1998 · Bucknell University
Bachelor of Science , Department of Mathematics
1998 · Bucknell University

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2013-2014,2016-2021
GMS6885 Translational Health Research Design
2015
GMS7093 Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research
2009-2012
GMS6826 Adv Des Meth Ctl Stds
2009
GMS6892 Sm1:Epid-Pst,Prst,Ftr
2008
GMS6882 Directed Readings Epi

Contact Details

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