Profile: James Essien

Ekere (James) Essien
E. James Essien, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy
Director, Institute of Community Health

UH College of Pharmacy
Texas Medical Center Campus
1441 Moursund Street, Suite 429
Houston, TX 77030
832-842-8393
832-842-8383 (Fax)
EJEssien@uh.edu

Education

Dr. P. H., University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Dissertation: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Fear of HIV Disease and AIDS in Health Care Workers, 1994.

M.P.H., University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Thesis: Circannual Rhythms in Human Mortality, 1990.

M.D., University of Calabar College of Medicine, Calabar, Nigeria.
Major: Medicine and Surgery, 1985.

Post-graduate Work

University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Mini-residency in Occupational/Environmental Medicine, 1992.

Certificate Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Measurement, Design, and Analysis Methods for Health Outcomes Research, 2004

Research Interests

HIV/AIDS Risks, Prevention and Education

Faculty Appointments

  • 2013- present, Professor (with tenure), Department of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy, College of Pharmacy, University of Houston
  • 2011 - 2013, Professor (with tenure), Department of Clinical Sciences and Administration. College of Pharmacy, University of Houston
  • 2010 - Present, Visiting Professor of Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
  • 2007 - Present, Founding Director, The Institute of Community Health, University of Houston
  • 2006 - Present, Adjunct Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences (Adjunct). The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health
  • 2003 - 2011, Associate Professor, Clinical Sciences and Administration Department, College of Pharmacy, University of Houston
  • 1999 - 2006, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences (Adjunct). The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health

Fellowships

  • 2009 - Present, Fellow, The Royal Society for Public Health
  • 2003 - Present, Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine Center for AIDS Research, Houston
  • 2011 - 2012, Senior Fellow, Council on Infectious Diseases, The University of Calabar/University of Port Harcourt Center of Excellence in Infectious Diseases
  • 1996 - 2008, Present, Fellow, The Royal Institute of Public Health, United Kingdom.
  • 1995 - 2008, Fellow, The Royal Society of Health, United Kingdom.

Awards and Honors

2011
Best Poster Presentation Award (First Place), International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 16th Annual International Meeting, Baltimore, Md., May 21-25, 2011. (Goyal R.K., Rajan S.S., Essien E.J., Sangsiry S.S.: Effectiveness of FDA’s New Over-the-Counter Acetaminophen Label Warning Requirements in Improving Consumer Risk Perception of Liver Damage.)

2011
Listed among the Top 50 graduates of the University of Calabar of contemporary times, National UNICAL Alumni Association

2004
Health Disparities Scholar. National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. National Institutes of Health

2004
Outstanding Scientific Poster Award (First Prize), The 2004 National Institute of Mental Health Annual International Research Conference on the Role of   Families in Preventing and Adapting to HIV/AIDS, Atlanta, Ga., July 23-25, 2004. (Essien E.J., Ekong E., Ross M.W., Linares A.C., Ogungbade O.:  Effectiveness of an HIV Risk-reduction intervention for the Nigerian Uniformed Services.)

2004
University of Houston College of Pharmacy Faculty Research Excellence Award

1997
Minority Travel Award, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

1993 - 1994
University of Texas-Houston Golf Scholarship for Minority Students.

1991 - 1994
United States Public Health Service Traineeship Award

Courses

  • Research Proposal Development (Fall semester, 3 credit hours, 2010 – present)
  • Pharmacy Management I (Spring semester, 3 credit hours, 2005 - present)  
  • Research Methods in Pharmacy Administration (Spring semester, 3 credit hours, 2004 - present)
  • Pharmacy Administration and Management III (Fall semester, 3 credit hours, 2009 - present)

Selected Publications (since 2008)

Mgbere O, Khuwaja S, Bell TK, Rodriquez-Barradas MC, Arafat R, Blair JM, Essien EJ, Singh M, Roland E (2014): System and Patient Barriers to Care among people living with HIV/AIDS in Houston, Texas: HIV Medical Care Providers’ Perspectives. Journal of the Association of Providers of AIDS Care, 2014 Jun 18. pii: 2325957414539045. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 2494365.

Yu Y, Rajan SS, Essien EJ, Yang M, Abughosh S. The Relationship between Obesity and Prescription of Smoking Cessation Medications. Popul Health Manag. 2014 Jun;17(3):172-9. doi: 10.1089/pop.2013.0059. Epub 2014 May 1. PMID: 24784163

Yang M, Mehta HB, Bhowmik D, Essien EJ, Abughosh SM. Predictors of smoking cessation medication use among nonobese and obese smokers. Subst Use Misuse. 2014 May;49(6):752-61. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2014.880121. Epub 2014 Feb 4. PMID: 24494623

Meshack A, Peters RJ, Lin M, Hill M, Abughosh S, Essien EJ, Savage C (2013). The Beliefs of Male Cannabinoid Users: A Qualitative Study. American Journal of Health Studies, 28:3.

Yu Y, Rajan S, Essien EJ, Yang M, Abughosh S (2013): Obesity and Prescription of Smoking Cessation Medications. Journal of Behavioral Health, 2:4: 291-298.

Abughosh S, Hawari F, Essien EJ, Peters RJ, Wu I (2013): Beliefs in Effectiveness of Various Smoking Cessation Interventions among Jordanian Adult Smokers. Journal of Behavioral Health, 2: 3: 213 – 222.

Bhounsule P, Abughosh S, Essien EJ, Sansgiry S (2013): Predictors of Cigarette Smoking in a Cohort of Adults in India. Journal of Behavioral Health, 2: 2: 105 – 111.

Goyal RK, Rajan SS, Essien EJ, Sangsiry SS (2012): Effectiveness of FDA’s New Over-the-Counter Acetaminophen Label Warning Requirements in Improving Consumer Risk Perception of Liver Damage.  Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, 37: 6: 681 – 5.

Meshack A, Peters R, Amos C, Johnson RJ, Savage C, Essien EJ (2012): The relationship between hurricane Ike residency damage or destruction and intimate partner violence among African American males youth. Texas Public Health Journal, 64: 4: 30 – 33.

Abughosh S, Wu I-Hsuan, Peters RJ, Hawari F, Essien EJ (2012): Ethnicity and Waterpipe Smoking among United States Students.  International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 16: 11: 1551 – 7.

Abughosh S, Peters RJ, Wu I-Hsuan, Rajan S, Essien EJ (2012): Waterpipe smoking among U.S. University Students: Predictors of intention to quit.Journal of American College Health, 60: 7: 528 – 35.

Holstad MM, Essien EJ, Ekong E, Higgins M, Teplinskiy L (2012): Motivational Groups Support Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy and use of Risk Reduction Behaviors in HIV+ Nigerian Women: A Pilot Study. African Journal of Reproductive Health, 16: 3: 14 - 27.

Monjok EM, Okokon IB, Opiah MM, Ekabua JE, Essien EJ (2012): Obstructed labor in resource-poor settings: The need for revival of symphysiotomy in Nigeria. African Journal of Reproductive Health, 16: 3: 94 - 101.

Jeremiah Z, George SP, Opiah M, Mgbere O, Essien EJ (2012): Elevation in D-Dimer concentrations is positively correlated with gestation in normal uncomplicated pregnancy. International Journal of Women’s Health, 4: 437 – 443.

Yang Mo, Abughosh S, I-Hsuan Wu, Sansgiry S, Peters RJ, Essien EJ (2012): Predictors of Cigarette Smoking among Chinese Adults. Journal of Behavioral Health, 1: 3: 157 - 166.

Jeremiah ZA, Obazee Y, Mgbere O, Essien EJ (2012): Impact of Short Term Anti-Retroviral Therapy (START) on some fibrinolytic markers in HIV infected Nigerian adults: preliminary findings from the START Study. Journal of HIV/AIDS – Research and Palliative Care, 4: 87 – 94.

Peters RJ, Kelder S, Johnson RJ, Prokhorov A, Meshack A, Jefferson T, Essien EJ (2012): Cigarette Smoking Topography among Alternative School Youth: Why African American Youth Smoke Less But Are at High Long-Term Risk. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 44: 3: 1 – 7.

Abughosh S, Wu I-Hsuan, Hawari F, Peters RJ, Yang M, Crutchley R, Ahive A, Essien EJ (2012): Cigarette Smoking among Jordanian Adults. Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Abuse, 11: 2: 101 – 112.

Yang M, Abughosh S, Sansgiry S, Wu I, Peters R, Essien EJ (2012): Predictors of Intention to Quit Cigarette Smoking among Chinese Adults. Journal of Behavioral Health, 1: 2: 93 - 101.

Opiah MM, Ofi AB, Essien EJ, Monjok EM (2012): Knowledge and Utilization of the Partograph among Midwives in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. African Journal of Reproductive Health, 16: 1: 125 - 132.

Abughosh S, Yang M, Hsuan W, Sansgiry S, Hawari F, Peters R, Essien EJ (2012): Waterpipe Smoking among Jordanian Adults: Predictors and Correlates. Journal of Behavioral Health, 1:1: 7- 15.

Peters RJ, Meshack AF, Amos C, Hill M, Savage C, Johnson RJ, Essien EJ (2012): The association between anti-energy drinks and illicit drug use among fifth ward Houstonian youth. Texas Public Health Journal, 64: 1: 8 – 11.

Mgbere O, Monjok E, Abughosh S, Ekong E, Holstad M, Essien EJ (2012): Modeling Covariates of Self-Perceived and Epidemiologic Notions of Risk for Acquiring STIs/HIV among Military Personnel: A Comparative Analysis. AIDS and Behavior, 17: 3: 1159 – 1175.

Peters RJ, Ford K, Lin M, Meshack AF, Johnson RJ, Essien EJ (2011): The relationship between psychological distress, behavioral indicators and African American student financial aid attainment difficulty. American Journal of Health Studies, 26: 3:

Cheemeh-Ehsanzadeh P, Grimes R, Rowan P, Yu-Jing Huang, Essien EJ, Lewis ST (2011): Melanonychia in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus: a case control pilot study. Advances in Infectious Diseases, 1: 15 – 19.

Wu I-Hsuan, Essien EJ, Sansgiry SS, Peters RJ, Abughosh S, Yang Mo (2011): Cigarette Smoking among Taiwanese Adults. Epidemiology, 1: 107: doi: 10.4172/2161-1165.1000107.

Yuping Y, Yang M, Sansgiry S, Essien EJ, Abughosh S (2011): Beliefs in Effectiveness of Various Smoking Cessation Interventions among Chinese Adult Smokers. Epidemiology, 1: 106: doi: 10.4172/2161.1000106.

Abughosh S, Wu I-Hsuan, Hawari F, Peters RJ, Yang M, Essien EJ (2011): Predictors of Intention to Quit Cigarette Smoking among Jordanian Adults. Epidemiology, 1: 103: doi: 10. 4172/2161-1165.1000103.

Abughosh S, I-Hsuan Wu, Peters RJ, Crutchley R, Essien EJ (2011): Predictors of Persistent Waterpipe Smoking among University Students in the United States. Epidemiology, 1: 102: doi: 10.4172/2161-1165.1000102.

Monjok EM, Smesny A, Essien EJ, Okokon IB (2011): Rural Health and Family Medicine: An Agenda for sub-Saharan Africa. African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine, 211: 3: 1: 271 – 278.

Essien EJ, Monjok E, Ekong E, Holstad M, Kalichman SC, Mgbere O (2011): Effectiveness of a Video-based Motivational skills Building HIV Risk Reduction Intervention for Female Military Personnel. Social Science and Medicine, 72: 1: 63 – 71.

Monjok E.M., Smesny A., Essien E.J., Okokon I.B. (2011): Rural Health and Family Medicine: An Agenda for sub-Saharan Africa. African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine, 211: 3: 1: 271 – 278.          .

Essien E.J., Monjok E., Ekong E., Holstad M., Kalichman S.C., Mgbere O. (2011): Effectiveness of a Video-based Motivational skills Building HIV Risk Reduction Intervention for Female Military Personnel.  Social Science and Medicine, 72: 1: 63 – 71.

Monjok E.M., Essien E.J., Smesny A., Okpokam S.N. (2010): A training need for rural primary care in Nigeria. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 30: 8: 833-5.

Goyal R.K., Williams D.H., Patel H.K., Sansgiry S.S., Sherer J.T., Essien E.J. (2010): Awareness and perceived usefulness of the website designed to facilitate informed health insurance decisions.  Texas Public Health Journal, 6: 3: 8 – 11.

Monjok E., Smesny A., Essien E.J. (2010): The Specialty of General Medical Practice and Family Medicine:  The need for development in Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice, 13: 3: 356 – 8.

Essien E.J., Monjok E., Chen H., Abughosh S., Ekong E., Peters R., Holmes L., Holstad M., Mgbere O. (2010): Correlates of HIV knowledge and sexual risk behaviors among Female Military Personnel. AIDS and Behavior, 14: 6: 1401 – 1414.

Monjok E., Smesny A., Ekabua J.E., Essien E.J. (2010): Contraceptive use and practice in Nigeria: A Review of the Literature and Recommendation for Future Policy Decisions. Journal of Contraception, 1: 9-22.

Monjok E., Smesny A., Okokon I., Mgbere O., Essien E.J. (2010): Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Nigeria:  An Overview of Research Studies and Implications for Policy and Practice. Journal of HIV/AIDS – Research and Palliative Care, 2: 69-76.

Essien E.J., Monjok E., Chen H., Ekong E., Peters R., Holmes L., Holstad M., Mgbere O. (2010):  Predictors of Frequency of Condom use and Attitudes among  Sexually Active Female Military Personnel. Journal of HIV/AIDS – Research and Palliative Care, 2: 77-88.

Monjok E., Smesny A., Mgbere O., Essien E.J. (2010): Routine HIV Testing in Health Care Settings:  The deterrent factors to Maximal Implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, 9: 1: 23 – 29.

Ehsanzadeh-Cheemeh P., Abul Sadeque, Grimes R., Essien E.J. (2009): Sociocultural Dimensions of HIV/AIDS among Middle Eastern Immigrants in the United States:  bridging culture with HIV/AIDS programs. Perspectives in Public Health, 129: 5: 228 – 233.

Monjok E., Essien E.J. (2009): Mobile Surgical Services in Primary Health Care in a Rural and Remote Setting: Experience and Evidence from Yala, Cross River State, Nigeria. African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine, 1: 1: 31: 1- 4.

Monjok E., Smesny A., Essien E.J. (2009): HIV/AIDS – Related Stigma and Discrimination in Nigeria. Review of Research Studies and future directions for Prevention Strategies. African Journal of Reproductive Health, 13: 3: 7-31.

Holmes L., Chan W., Zhidong J., Ward D., Essien E.J., Du X. (2009): Impact of androgen deprivation on racial/ethnic disparities in survival of older men treated for locoregional prostate cancer. Cancer Control, 16: 2: 176 – 185.

Peters R.J., Amos C., Meshack A., Yacoubian G.S., Essien E.J. (2008):  Smoking Cessation Recruitment Among Urban Alternative School Youth: What makes them attend. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 7: 4: 451-464.

Holmes L., Ogungbade O., Ward D., Ross M.W., Ekong E., Essien E.J. (2008): Epidemiologic and behavioral characterization of knowledge of condom use and modeling among military personnel. African Journal of Reproductive Health, 12: 2: 32-44.

Garey K.W., Amrutkar P., Dao-Tran Thank, Frost C., Chen H., Essien E.J., Gentry L.O. (2008): Economic Benefits of Appropriate Antibiotic Timing in Patients Undergoing Cardiovascular Surgery. Pharmacotherapy, 28: 6: 699 – 706.

Umeh C.I., Essien E.J., Ezedinachi E.N.U., Ross M.W. (2008): Knowledge, Beliefs, Attitudes about HIV/AIDS related issues, and the Sources of Information Among Health Care Professionals in southern Nigeria. Journal of the Royal Society of Health, 128: 5: 233-239.

Holmes L., Ogungbade G.O., Ward D., Peters R.J., Kalichman S.C., Essien E.J. (2008): Potential markers of female condom use among inner city African American women.  AIDS Care, 20: 4: 470-7.

Holmes L., Monjok E., Ward D., Orsolya M., Garrison O.M., Toney E.D., Ogungbade G., Essien E.J. (2008): Racial variance in rationale for HIV testing in community-based settings in the United States:  Evidence from National Health Interview Survey. Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, 7: 2: 61-8.

Holmes L., Ward D., Garrison O., Tyne C., Essien E.J., Ogungbade G.O., Foldi B.X., Escalante C. (2008): Testicular Cancer Incidence Trends in the United States (1975 – 2004): Plateau or shifting paradigm? Public Health, 122: 862-872.

Essien E.J., Ogungbade G.O., Ward D., Fernandez-Esquer M., Smith C.R., Holmes L. (2008): Injecting drug use is associated with HIV risk perception among Mexican Americans in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, USA. Public Health, 122: 4: 397- 403.

Chen H., Nwangwu A., Aparasu R., Essien E.J., Sun S., Lee K. (2008): The impact of Medicare new drug benefit (Part D) on the utilization of psychotropic medications and consequent out of pocket expenditure for community based elderly. Psychiatric Services, 59: 10: 1191 – 7.

Invited Presentations

The Bedside and Beyond: Medical Practice in the 21st Century. Sponsio Lecture delivered at the 2011 Oath-taking Ceremony. The University of Uyo College of Medicine, Uyo, Nigeria. Dec. 8, 2011

The University, The City, and The Community.  Expert panel on the role of the University of Houston as a three-fold partner in understanding and improving health in Houston, Texas. Rockwell Pavilion, M.D. Anderson Library, University of Houston. Sept. 11, 2008.

Health Disparities in HIV/AIDS Morbidity in the United States.  Keynote Presentation. EB2007/FASEB MARC Genomic Symposium. Sponsored by the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology (FASEB). Washington, DC. April 30, 2007.

NIMH study on the effectiveness of a situationally based HIV risk-reduction intervention for the Nigerian Uniformed Services.  Assessment of Resources and Opportunities for NeuroAIDS Research in Nigeria/West and Central Africa. Sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health/National Institutes of Health. Abuja Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria. June 19–20, 2006.

Conference Presentations/Abstracts

Patel HK, Essien EJ, Fleming MI, Shere JT, Sansgiry SS: Development and Testing of Patient Drug Information Leaflets To Improve Comprehension. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 19th Annual International Meeting. Montreal, Canada. May 31-June 4, 2014.

Abughosh A, I-Hsuan W, Wang X, Essien EJ, Peters RJ, Sansgiry S: Predictors of Cigarettes Smoking Among Adults in Five Countries: China, Jordan, India, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 19th Annual International Meeting. Montreal, Canada. May 31-June 4, 2014.

Wang X, Yang M, Chen H, Essien EJ, Abughosh S: Predictors of a Successful Cessation Outcome Among Adult Smokers Using Smoking Cessation Medication. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 19th Annual International Meeting. Montreal, Canada. May 31-June 4, 2014.

Wang X, Yang M, Chen H, Essien EJ, Abughosh S: Evaluating Prescribing Rates of Smoking Cessation Medication Among Adult Smokers. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 19th Annual International Meeting. Montreal, Canada. May 31-June 4, 2014.

Yang M, Chen H, Johnson M, Essien EJ, Peters RJ, Abughosh S: Comparative Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Medication to Attenuate Weight Gain Following Cessation. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 19th Annual International Meeting. Montreal, Canada. May 31-June 4, 2014.

Abughosh S, Hawari F, Essien EJ, Peters RJ, Wu I: Beliefs in Effectiveness of Waterpipe Smoking Cessation Interventions among Jordanian Adult Smokers. Abstract, The 14th Annual Health Services and Outcomes Research Conference. Houston, Texas. December 10, 2013.

Wu I, Hawari F, Essien EJ, Peters RJ, Abughosh S: Beliefs in Effectiveness of Cogarette Smoking Cessation Interventions among Jordanian Adult Smokers. Abstract, The 14th Annual Health Services and Outcomes Research Conference. Houston, Texas. December 10, 2013.

Athamneh L, El-Mughrabi M, Athamneh M, Essien EJ, Abughosh S: Antibiotic Use for Children in Jordan. Abstract, The 14th Annual Health Services and Outcomes Research Conference. Houston, Texas. December 10, 2013.

Abughosh S, Hawari F, Essien EJ, Peters RJ, Wu I: Beliefs in effectiveness of various smoking cessation interventions among Jordanian adult smokers. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 18th Annual International Meeting. New Orleans, LA. May 18–22, 2013.

Beathy CR, Essien EJ, Sherer J, Sansgiry SS: The Effect of Communicating Different Types of Risk Information on Individual Risk Perception of Medication Side Effects. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 18th Annual International Meeting. New Orleans, LA. May 18–22, 2013.

Hatfield MD, Cox R, Essien EJ, Flowers WP, Sansgiry SS: Effects of Implementation of Computerized Provider Order Entry on the Workflow of the Inpatient Hospital Order Entry Pharmacist. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 18th Annual International Meeting. New Orleans, LA. May 18–22, 2013.

Abughosh S, Yang M, Chen H, Johnson ML, Essien EJ, Peters R: Comparison of Risk of Time to Developing Diabetes of Smoking Cessation Medications Among Obese Smokers. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 18th Annual International Meeting. New Orleans, LA. May 18–22, 2013.

Yang M, Chen H, Johnson ML, Essien EJ, Peters R, Abughosh S: Comparative Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Medications Among Obese Smokers. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 18th Annual International Meeting. New Orleans, LA. May 18–22, 2013.

Nweke G, Varkey D, Pitman P, Abughosh S, Essien EJ, Adams J: Evaluation of Pharmacists’ Perspectives Towards Peer Review. Abstract, Alcade 2013 Southwest Leadership Conference. Austin, Texas. April 24–25, 2013.

Mgbere O, Khuwaja S, Bell T, Rodriquez-Barradas M, Arafat R, Essien EJ, Roland E, Hammons B, Momin F: Managing the Personal Side of Health Care among HIV/AIDS Patients in Houston/Harris County, Texas: A Pilot Study of the Providers’ Perspectives. Abstract, The Texas Public Health Association Conference. San Antonio, Texas. March 20–22, 2013.

Yang Mo, Bhowmik D, Essien EJ, Abughosh S: Predictors of Smoking Cessation Medication Use among Obese and Non-obese Smokers. Abstract, The 7th Asian Conference of Pharmacoepidemiology. Bangalore, India. Oct. 28, 2012.

Bhounsule P, Abughosh S, Essien EJ, Sansgiry SS: Predictors of Willingness to Quit Among A Cohort of Adult Smokers in India. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 17th Annual International Meeting. Washington, DC. June 2-6, 2012.

Abughosh S, Wu IH, Peters RJ, Essien EJ, Crutchley R: Predictors of Persistent Waterpipe Smoking Among University Students in the United States. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 17th Annual International Meeting. Washington, DC. June 2-6, 2012.

Abughosh S, Yu Y, Yang M, Rajan SS, Essien EJ: Smoking Cessation Medication Use Among Adult Smokers With Various Body Weight Levels – NHANES STUDY. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 17th Annual International Meeting. Washington, DC. June 2-6, 2012.

Wu IH, Peters RJ, Essien EJ, Abughosh S: Waterpipe Smoking Among United States Students: Predictors of an intention to quit. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 17th Annual International Meeting. Washington, DC. June 2-6, 2012.

Yang M, Rajan SS, Essien EJ, Abughosh S: Smoking Cessation Medication Utilization Pattern Among Adult Smokers with Different Body Weight Levels – A NAMCS Study. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 17th Annual International Meeting. Washington, DC. June 2-6, 2012.

Abughosh S, Wu I-Hsuan, Crutchley R, Ahive A, Peters RJ, Essien EJ: Waterpipe smoking among United States students: The effect of Middle Eastern ethnicity. Abstract, The 12th Annual Health Services and Outcomes Research Conference. Kelsey Research Foundation. Houston Medical Center Marriott Hotel. Houston, TX. Nov. 16, 2011.

Wu I-Hsuan, Hawari F, Peters RJ, Yang Mo, Crutchley R, Avive A, Essien EJ, Abughosh S: Predictors of intention to quit cigarette smoking among Jordanian adults. Abstract, The 12th Annual Health Services and Outcomes Research Conference. Kelsey Research Foundation. Houston Medical Center Marriott Hotel. Nov. 16, 2011.

Bhounsule P, Abughosh S, Essien EJ, Sansgiry S: Socio-demographic characteristics of adult cigarette smokers in India. Abstract, The 12th Annual Health Services and Outcomes Research Conference. Kelsey Research Foundation. Houston Medical Center Marriott Hotel. Nov. 16, 2011.

Yang M, Abughosh S, Sansgiry S, Peters R, I-Hsuan Wu, Essien EJ:  Predictors of Intention to Quit Cigarette Smoking among Chinese Adults. Abstract, The 6th Asian Conference of International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology and Risk Management (ISPE). Beijing, China. Oct. 28-30, 2011.

Yang M, Abughosh S, Sansgiry S, Peters R, I-Hsuan Wu, Essien EJ:  Predictors of Cigarette Smoking among Chinese Adults. Abstract, The 6th Asian Conference of International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology and Risk Management (ISPE). Beijing, China. Oct. 28-30, 2011.

Goyal RK, Rajan SS, Essien EJ, Sangsiry SS: Effectiveness of FDA’s New Over-the-Counter Acetaminophen Label Warning Requirements in Improving Consumer Risk Perception of Liver Damage.  Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 16th Annual International Meeting.  Baltimore, Maryland. May 21-25, 2011.

Wu IH, Abughosh S, Hawari FI, Peters RJ, Essien EJ, Yang M:  Cigarette Smoking Among Jordanian Adults:  Predictors and Correlates. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 16th Annual International Meeting.  Baltimore, Maryland. May 21-25, 2011.

Makhija D, Sangsiry S, Johnson ML, Essien EJ: Pharmacists Attitude and Preparedness Regarding the Issue of Escalating Pharmaceutical Demand Due to the Aging Baby Boomers. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 16th Annual International Meeting.  Baltimore, Maryland. May 21-25, 2011.

Yang M, Abughosh S, Wu Hsuan, Sangsgiry S, Hawari F, Peters RJ, Essien EJ:  Waterpipe Smoking among Jordanian Adults: Predictors and Correlates.  Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 16th Annual International Meeting.  Baltimore, Maryland. May 21-25, 2011.

Essien EJ, Mgbere O, Ekong E, Abughosh S, Monjok E:  Correlates of HIV knowledge and Sexual behaviors among Female Military Personnel. Abstract, The 16th International Symposium on HIV and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Marseille, France. March 24-26, 2010.

Essien EJ, Monjok E, Ekong E, Chen H, Mgbere O (2009):  Predictors of Frequency of Condom use and Condom Attitude among Female Uniformed Service Personnel. Abstract, The 11th World International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infection Congress. Cape Town, South Africa.  Nov. 9-12, 2009.

Essien EJ, Monjok E, Ekong E, Chen H, Mgbere O (2009):  Evaluation of video-based Cognitive-behavioral Skill-Building HIV Risk Reduction Intervention among Female Uniformed Service Personnel.  Abstract, The 5th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention.  Cape Town, South Africa. July 19-22, 2009.

Hasan M, Ross M, Grimes R, Hwang L, Essien E (2008):  Sexual risk behavior of injection drug users:  Knowing people with AIDS and its implications on sexual risk behavior. Abstract, The 17th International AIDS Conference.  Mexico City, Mexico. Aug. 3-8, 2008.

Hasan M, Ross M, Grimes R, Hwang L, Essien E (2008):  Sexual risk behavior of injection drug users :  Are they different from non-injection drug users? Abstract, The 17th International AIDS Conference.  Mexico City, Mexico. Aug. 3-8, 2008.

Clark P, Ehsanzadeh P, Chang E, Coraza I, Cuevas E, Mendez C, Essien EJ, Sekhar R, Balasubramanyam A:  Heart Positive 2: Increased resting energy expenditure in HIV patients on HAART is related to fat redistribution and insulin resistance.  Abstract, The 4th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention.  Sydney, Australia. July 22-25, 2007.

Holmes L, Monjok E, Ogungbade G, Essien EJ (2007):  Ethnic and Racial Variance in Rationale for HIV Testing in a Large Population Sample:  Findings from the United States National Health Interview Survey. Abstract, The 4th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention.  Sydney, Australia. July 22-25, 2007.

Holmes L, Ogungbade O, Ward D, Essien EJ:  Marijuana use prior to sexual intercourse and condom use interaction as predictors of HIV risk perception among inner city African-American women. Abstract, The 8th International Conference on the Biopsychosocial Aspects of HIV Infection. Marseilles, France. July 1-4, 2007.

Holmes L, Ogungbade O, Ward D, Essien EJ:  Potential markers of female condom use among inner city African-American Women in Houston, Texas, USA.  Abstract, The 8th International Conference on the Biopsychosocial Aspects of HIV Infection. Marseilles, France. July 1-4, 2007.

Essien EJ, Ogungbade GO, Ward D, Holmes L (2007):  Efficacy of  Community-based Integrated Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Intervention Trial among Inner City African American Women in Houston, Texas, USA. Abstract, The 8th International Conference on the Biopsychosocial Aspects of HIV Infection. Marseilles, France. July 1-4, 2007.

Essien EJ, Ogungbade GO, Ward D, Meshack A, Holmes L (2007):  Influence of Socioeconomic Proxies on HIV Risk Perception and Knowledge of HIV Risk Factors:  Findings From large Sample, Low Income, Multi-Ethnic Populations in the United States. Abstract, The 4th Annual National Conference on HIV/STD Prevention in Rural Area.  Bloomington, Indiana. April 5-7, 2007.

Editorial Appointments

Editorial Board Member

2013 - present, International Journal of Medicine
2012 - present, Journal of AIDS and Therapy
2011 - present, Advances in Sexual Medicine
2011 - Present, Journal of Clinical Toxicology
2010 - present, Journal of AIDS and Clinical Research
2009 - present, Journal of Contraception
2008 - present, Journal of HIV/AIDS - Research and Palliative Care
2008 - present, International Journal of Women's Health
2006 - present, AIDS and Behavior

Manuscript Reviewer

2014 - present, Nicotine and Tobacco Research
2012 - present, Sexuality and Culture
2012 - present, International Journal of STD and AIDS
2012 - present, BMC Geriatrics
2011 - present, Journal of Community Psychology
2011 - Present, Croatian Medical Journal
2011 - present, Social Science and Medicine
2009 - Present, The Western Journal of Black Studies
2009 - present, Journal of Women’s Health
2007 - present, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
2006 - present, Military Medicine
2005 - Present, BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
2005 - present, BMC Public Health
2005 - present, AIDS and Behavior
2003 - present, AIDS and Public Policy Journal
2003 - present, Journal of the National Medical Association
2000 - present, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
1999 - present, AIDS Care

Research Grants and Contracts

*Grants marked with an asterisk denote a National Institutes of Health RO1 award.*

1995
World AIDS Foundation: HIV/AIDS Prevention Training Program for Health Care Providers in Calabar, Nigeria. Co-Investigator (Emmanuel Ezedinachi, Principal Investigator), 1 Year, 20% time commitment.

1996
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: HIV/AIDS Risks and Education Component. Research Centers in Minority Institutions award (through Texas Southern University) (E. James Essien, Principal Investigator), 3 Years, 100% time commitment.

1997
Harris County Community Development Agency: HIV Prevention Among Hispanic Women Project. (E. James Essien, Principal Investigator), 1 Year, 20% time commitment.

1997
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Minority Health Professions Foundation - Violence Prevention Consortium. (Dr. Paul Juarez, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, Principal Investigator) (E. James Essien, Texas Southern University Investigator), 1 Year, 10% time commitment.

1997
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  Minority Health Professions Foundation - Violence Prevention Consortium.  (Dr. Paul Juarez, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, Principal Investigator) (E. James Essien, Texas Southern University Investigator).  Subcontract costs: $6,750/1 Year (10% time commitment)

1999
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: HIV/AIDS Risks and Education Component. Research Centers in Minority Institutions award. (E. James Essien, Principal Investigator), 5 Years, 100% time commitment.

2001
International Resource Group: HIV/AIDS Awareness and Risk Reduction Project for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. (E. James Essien, Principal Investigator), 1 year, 5% time commitment.

2002
*National Institute of Mental Health: Videotape-based HIV Prevention Intervention. (E. James Essien, Principal Investigator), 4 years, 40% time commitment.

2003
World AIDS Foundation: HIV Prevention Training for the Nigerian Army. (E. James Essien, Principal Investigator), 1 year, 15% time commitment.

2005
*National Institute of Mental Health: The Nigerian Uniformed Services AIDS Project. (E. James Essien, Principal Investigator), 4 years, 25% time commitment.

2010
World Bank/The University of Calabar, Nigeria: The University of Calabar Center of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Program; E. James Essien, UH Principal Investigator, 17% time commitment. Subcontract costs:  $324,968/18 months.