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Profile: James Essien

Ekere (James) Essien
E. James Essien, M.D., DrPH
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, Fellow, The Royal Institute of Public Health, United Kingdom.
  • 1995-2008, Fellow, The Royal Society of Health, United Kingdom.

Awards and Honors

2016 

Two Finalist Poster Awards, 21st Annual ISPOR International Meeting

2015

Finalist Poster Award, 20th Annual ISPOR International Meeting

2012 

Finalist Poster Award, 17th Annual ISPOR International Meeting

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

Second Place Best Poster Award, 12th Annual Kelsey Research Foundation Health Services and Outcomes Research Conference

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

  • Behavioral Theories and Models in Pharmacy and Health. (Fall semester, 3 credit hours, 2009 – present), University of Houston
  • Research Methods in Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes & Policy (Spring semester, 3 credit hours, 2004 - present), University of Houston
  • Research Proposal Development (Fall semester, 3 credit hours, 2010 – present), University of Houston

Selected Publications (since 2012)

Mhatre S, Serna O, Sansgiry S, Fleming M, Essien EJ, Sansgiry S (2016): Risk of non-adherence to diabetes medications among Medicare Advantage enrollees: development of a validated risk prediction tool. Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy, (In press).

Wu I-Hsuan, Chen H, Bordnick P, Essien EJ, Johnson M, Peters RJ, Abughosh S: Comparison of Suicide Attempts/Behaviors following Smoking Cessation Treatments among Schzophrenic Smokers. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, (In press).

Yang MO, Chen H, Johnson M, Essien EJ, Peters RJ, Abughosh S (2016): Comparison of Abstinence Rates of Smoking Cessation Medications among Obese Smokers. Journal of Behavioral Health, 5: 3: 95 – 103.

Yang MO, Chen H, Johnson M, Essien EJ, Peters RJ, Abughosh S (2016): Comparative Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Medications to Attenuate Weight Gain Following Cessation. Substance Use and Misuse, (Epub ahead of print).

Abughosh SM, Wang X, Henges C, Masilamani S, Essien EJ, Chung N, Fleming M (2016): A pharmacist telephone intervention to identify barriers and improve adherence among non-adherent patients with comorbid hypertension and diabetes in a Medicare Advantage plan. Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy 22:1, 63 - 73.

Mgbere O, Rodriquez-Barradas M, Bell TK, Khuwaja S, Arafat R, Blair JM, Frazier E, Essien EJ, Singh M, Simmons P, Aguilar J (2016): Frequency and Determinants of Preventive Care Counseling by HIV Medical Care Providers during Encounters with Newly Diagnosed and Established HIV Patients. Journal of the Association of Providers of AIDS Care, 15:3: 215 - 227.

Sawant RV, Goyal RK, Rajan SS, Patel HK, Essien EJ, Sansgiry S (2015): Factors Associated With Intention To Engage In Protective Behavior When Using Over-The-Counter Acetaminophen Containing Products. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 2: 327 – 35.

Mgbere O, Khuwaja S, Bell T, Rodriguez-Barradas M, Arafat R, Blair J, Essien EJ (2015): Managing the Personal Side of Health Care among HIV/AIDS Patients: A pilot Study of providers’ Perspectives. Journal of the Association of Providers of AIDS Care, [Epub ahead of print]

Athameneh L, Sansgiry S, Essien EJ, Abughosh S (2015): Intention to Quit Waterpipe Smoking Among Arab Americans: Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse (In press).

Abughosh SM, Wang X, Henges C, Masilamani S, Essien EJ, Chung N, Fleming M (2015): A pharmacist telephone intervention to identify barriers and improve adherence among non-adherent patients with comorbid hypertension and diabetes in a Medicare Advantage plan. Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy (In press).

Yang M, Chen H, Johnson M, Essien EJ, Peters RJ, I-husan Wu, Abughosh S (2015): Comparison of Diabetes Risk following Smoking Cessation Treatment Using Varenicline versus Bupropion among Obese Smokers. Substance Use and Misuse, (In press).

Sawant RV, Goyal RK, Rajan SS, Patel HK, Essien EJ, Sansgiry S (2015): Factors Associated With Intention To Engage In Protective Behavior When Using Over-The-Counter Acetaminophen Containing Products. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, (Epub ahead of print).

Wang X, Peters RJ, Abughosh S, Essien EJ, (2015): Racial and Ethnic Disparity in Smoking Cessation Medication Use among Adult Smokers in the United States. Journal of Behavioral Health, 4: 3: 63 – 70.

Dwibedi N, Sansgiry S, Johnson M, Abughosh S, Essien EJ, Mehta PD (2015): Parents’ Expectation to Receive Antibiotic Prescriptions for Children. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, DOI:10.1080/ 10911359.2014.988319

Athameneh L, Sansgiry S, Essien EJ, Abughosh S (2015): Predictors of Intention to Quit Waterpipe Smoking: a survey of Arab Americans in Houston, Texas. Journal of Addiction, (Epub ahead of print).

Mgbere O, Singh M, Aguilar J, Khuwaja S, Wolverton M, Arafat R, Essien EJ (2015): Preventive Care Counseling Practices of HIV Medical Care providers in Houston, Texas: Relationships between empirically-derived composite measures of performance. Journal of Behavioral Health, 4: 1: 14 - 21.

Abughosh S, Essien EJ, Hawari F, Peters R, Wang X, Almogbel Y, Yang M, Bhounsule P, Sansgiry S, Wu I-Hsuan (2015): Predictors of Cigarette Smoking across Five Countries: A Cross Sectional Study. Journal of Behavioral Health 4:1: 7 - 13.

Nweke GK, Essien EJ, Abughosh S, Pitman P, Adams BJ, Varkey D (2014): Evaluation of Pharmacists’ Perspectives towards Peer Review and Identification of Opportunities for Improvement. TSHP Journal. 15: 5 - 24.

Mgbere O, Rodriquez-Barradas M, Bell TK, Khuwaja S, Arafat R, Blair JM, Frazier E, Essien EJ (2014): Singh M, Simmons P, Aguilar J: Frequency and Determinants of Preventive Care Counseling by HIV Medical Care Providers during Encounters with Newly Diagnosed and Established HIV Patients. Journal of the Association of Providers of AIDS Care, (Epub ahead of print).

Asibong UE, Okokon IB, Agan TU, Opiah MM, Essien EJ, Monjok E (2014): The use of the partograph in labor monitoring: A cross-sectional study among obstetrics care givers in General Hospital, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. International Journal of Women’s Health, 6: 873 - 880.

Agan TU, Okokon IB, Asibong UE, Oku A, Opiah MM, Essien EJ, Monjok E (2014): Assessment of the knowledge and utilization of the partograph among non-physician obstetric care givers in the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria. British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, 4: 36:

Okokon IB, Oku A, , Asibong UE, Opiah MM, Essien EJ, Monjok M (2014): An Evaluation of the Knowledge and Utilization of the Partograph in Primary, secondary and Tertiary Health Care Settings in Calabar, South-South Nigeria. International Journal of Family Medicine, doi: 10.1155/2014/105853.

Mgbere O, Khuwaja S, Bell T, Rodriguez-Barradas M, Arafat R, Blair J, Essien EJ, Hammons B, Momin F: Managing the Personal Side of Health Care among HIV/AIDS Patients: A pilot Study of providers’ Perspectives. Journal of the Association of Providers of AIDS Care, (Epub ahead of print)

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.

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 (since 2012)

Almogbel Y, Sansgiry S, Abughosh S, Essien EJ, Sansgiry S, Fleming ML: Analysis of the Factors Affecting Parents’ Medication Adherence in Asthmatic Children using Expectation Confirmation Theory. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 19th Annual European Congress. Vienna, Austria. October 29 – November 2, 2016.

Oji V, Abkhezr M, Essien EJ: Implementing HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND) Assessment to Specialty Medication Management in HIV/AIDS and Psychiatric Populations. Abstract, The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Academy of Psycosomatic Medicine. Austin, Texas. November 9-12, 2016.

Mgbere O, Li Y, Abughosh S, Essien EJ: The Role of Ecological Factors on Self-perceived and Epidemiologic Contexts of HIV/STDs Risk among African American Adolescents. Abstract, The 144th Annual general Meeting of the American Association of Public Health. Denver, Colorado. October 29-Nov 2, 2016.

Yucel A, Chen H, Essien EJ, Aparasu RR, Mgbere O, Bhatara VS, Alonzo J: Care seeking pathway of depression in children and adolescents identified by primary care providers or psychiatrists: Does it affect the need for care coordination, process and outcome of depression management? Abstract, The 63rd Annual General Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. New York. October 24 – 29, 2016.

Sansgiry S, Mhatre S, Serna O, Fleming M, Sansgiry S, Essien EJ: Prescription Medication Adherence Prediction Tool (RXAPT) To Predict Non-Adherence To Oral Antidiabetic Drugs. Abstract, the 5th International Conference on Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. August 10-11, 2016 (Submitted).

Gunjal SS, Mgbere O, Wang X, Essien EJ: Utilization Of Cervical Cancer Preventive Care Services: Does Marital Status Matter? Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 21st Annual International Meeting. Washington, DC, USA, May 21 – 25, 2016.

Hatfield MD, Sansgiry SS, Johnson ML, Essien EJ, Todd KH, Fleming ML: Rescheduling Hydrocodone Combination Products: Assessing The Impact On Opioid Utilization. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 21st Annual International Meeting. Washington, DC, USA, May 21 – 25, 2016.

Sansgiry S, Mhatre S, Serna O, Sansgiry S, Fleming M, Essien EJ: Development and validation of a tool to predict non adherence to oral antidiabetic drugs in Medicare beneficiaries. Abstract, Annual General Meeting of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. San Francisco, USA, April 19-22, 2016.

Wang X, Wu I, Chen H, Bordnick P, Essien EJ, Johnson M, Peters RJ, Abughosh S: Comparison of Suicide Attempts/Behaviors following Smoking Cessation Treatments among Schizophrenic Smokers. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 21st Annual International Meeting. Washington, DC, USA, May 21 – 25, 2016.

Wang X, Wu I, Chen H, Bordnick P, Essien EJ, Johnson M, Peters RJ, Abughosh S: Comparison of Cardiovascular Risks following Smoking Cessation Treatments Using Varenicline vs. NRT among Schizophrenic Smokers. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 21st Annual International Meeting. Washington, DC, USA, May 21 – 25, 2016. Finalist Poster Award

Wu I, Chen H, Bordnick P, Essien EJ, Johnson M, Peters RJ, Wang X, Abughosh S: Comparative Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Medications among Schzophrenic Smokers. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 21st Annual International Meeting. Washington, DC, USA, May 21 – 25, 2016.

Li Y, Mgbere O, Abughosh S, Chen H, Cucaro P, Essien EJ: Modeling Ecodevelopmental Context of STDs/HIV Risk and Protective Behaviors among African American Adolescents. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 21st Annual International Meeting. Washington, DC, USA, May 21 – 25, 2016.

Li Y, Mgbere O, Abughosh S, Chen H, Cucaro P, Essien EJ: Ecodevelopmentally-Based Study of Epidemiological and Self-Perceived Indices of HIV Risk among Young African Americans: A Quantitative Analysis. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 21st Annual International Meeting. Washington, DC, USA, May 21 – 25, 2016. Finalist Poster Award

Yucel A, Chen H, Essien EJ, Aparasu RR, Mgbere O, Bhatara VS: Disparity in value of antidepressant treatment by Primary Care Physicians or Psychiatrists in adolescent patients. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 21st Annual International Meeting. Washington, DC, USA, May 21 – 25, 2016.

Yucel A, Chen H, Essien EJ, Aparasu RR, Mgbere O, Bhatara VS: Who treats depression with pharmacotherapy after screening? Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 21st Annual International Meeting. Washington, DC, USA, May 21 – 25, 2016.

Sansgiry S, Mhatre S, Serna O, Fleming M, Sansgiry S, Essien EJ: Prescription Medication Adherence Prediction Tool (RXAPT) To Predict Non-Adherence To Oral Antidiabetic Drugs. Abstract, the 5th International Conference on Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. August 10-11, 2016 (Submitted).

Almogbel Y, Abughosh S, Essien EJ, Sansgiry S: Predictors of Cigarette Smoking in Three Asian Countries: China, India, and Taiwan. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 20th Annual International Meeting. Philadelphia, USA. May 16 – 20, 2015.

Gunjal SS, Wang X, Mgbere O, Essien EJ: Predictors and Trends in Utilization of Cervical Cancer Preventive Services in the United States. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 20th Annual International Meeting. Philadelphia, USA. May 16 – 20, 2015.

Li Ya-Huei, Chen H, Essien EJ: A study of Healthcare Utilization among HIV Infected populations: An analysis of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 20th Annual International Meeting. Philadelphia, USA. May 16 – 20, 2015.

Abughosh S, Wang X, Serna O, Henges C, Essien EJ, Masilamani S, Fleming M: Impact of a Pharmacists Telephone Intervention on Medication Adherence among Hypertensive Patients with Diabetes in a Medicare advantage Plan. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 20th Annual International Meeting. Philadelphia, USA. May 16 – 20, 2015.

Wang X, Serna O, Henges C, Essien EJ, Chung N, Fleming M, Abughosh A: Impact of a Pharmacist Telephone Intervention on Preventing Medication Discontinuation Among Hypertensive Patients with Diabetes in a Medicare Advantage Plan. Abstract, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 20th Annual International Meeting. Philadelphia, USA. May 16 – 20, 2015.

Ogungbade GO, Holmes L, Oladejo J, Iyiola OO, Opasina BA, Essien EJ, Olaniran A, Awoniyi TA: Regional Collaborative Public Health Systems and Services in Africa: High Time for Capacity Building and Strengthening. Abstract, Annual General Meeting of the Society for Public Health Professionals in Nigeria. Abuja. November 12 – 15, 2014.

Ogungbade GO, Holmes L, Oladejo J, Iyiola OO, Opasina BA, Essien EJ, Olaniran A, Awoniyi TA: Towards Infectious Disease Incidence Reduction in Nigeria: Zoonoses Risks Perception – Focus on Ebola. Abstract, Annual General Meeting of the Society for Public Health Professionals in Nigeria. Abuja. November 12 – 15, 2014.

Mgbere O, Singh M, Aguilar J, Allred K, Wolverton M, Khuwaja S, Arafat R, Essien EJ: Preventive Care Counseling Practices of HIV Medical Care Providers in Houston, Texas: Relationships between empirically-derived composite measures of performance. Abstract, The Texas HIV/STD Conference. Austin, Texas. August 19 – 21, 2014.

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.

Editorial Appointments

Guest Editor

2015 - present, Journal of Clinical Trials

Editorial Board Member

2013 - present, International Journal of Medicine
2012 - present, Journal of HIV/AIDS Research and Therapy
2011 - present, International Journal of MCH and AIDS
2011 - 2015, Journal of Clinical Trials
2011 - present, Advances in Sexual Medicine
2011 - 2013, 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

2015 - present, British Journal of Education, Society and Behavioral Science
2015 - present, Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
2014 - present, Nicotine and Tobacco Research
2014 - present, Salud Publica de Mexico
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.

2015
PhRMA Foundation Medication Adherence Grant: Development and evaluation of MAPI – a pharmacist intervention system to improve adherence among diabetic patients enrolled in Medicare advantage plans. (Sujit Sansgiry, PI). $50,000/1 year.

Regeneron:  Improving adherence to statins with targeted motivational interviewing interventions based on group trajectory models among patients enrolled in a Medicare advantage plan. (E. James Essien, Co-Investigator). Contract costs: $184,586.57/ 21 months.