Dr. Taghrid Asfar, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Population Health Sciences at the Department of Public Health Sciences, is working to develop a mindfulness smartphone application for smoking cessation, specifically targeting people who live with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The project, funded by the Center for acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) Research, will adapt an existing mindfulness-based smoking cessation smartphone application – Craving to Quit – to people living with HIV and explore the acceptability and feasibility of adding a contingency management strategy and an assessment to antiretroviral therapyART adherence to the intervention in order to further increase its benefit for this population.
This study will consist of a multidisciplinary team of experts in smoking cessation. They will include experts in epidemiology, such as Dr. Asfar and Dr. David Lee, professor, director of graduate programs, and chair of the Office of Graduate Studies at the Miller School of Medicine. The study will also include experts in HIV prevention interventions, such as Dr. Adam Carrico, associate professor at the Miller School, in mindfulness training, such as Dr. Judson Brewer, who is an associate professor of medicine and psychiatry at Brown University, as well as in HIV management, such as Dr. Maria Alcaide, who is an associate professor of clinical medicine, director of the Miami CFAR Clinical Core, and mentor program in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Miller School of Medicine. Josh Roman will serve as the developer of the application.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 27