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Ezemenari M. Obasi, PhD

TitleProfessor of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences and Associate Dean of Research
Faculty RankProfessor
InstitutionUniversity of Houston
DepartmentPsychological, Health, & Learning Sciences (PHLS)
Address3657 CULLEN BLVD
Houston TX 77204
Phone7137434698
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    R03DA027481     (OBASI, EZEMENARI M)Sep 1, 2009 - Aug 31, 2012
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    Stress and Drug Use Vulnerability in Rural African Americans
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R01DA034739     (OBASI, EZEMENARI M)Apr 1, 2013 - Dec 31, 2019
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    Stress and Drug Use Vulnerability in the African American Community
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R13DA038955     (OBASI, EZEMENARI M)Feb 1, 2016 - Jan 31, 2019
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    Supporting Early Career and Minority Drug Abuse Research at the APA Convention
    Role: Principal Investigator

    U54MD015946     (OBASI, EZEMENARI M)Sep 8, 2020 - Apr 30, 2025
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    HEALTH Center for Addictions Research and Cancer Prevention
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R25DA054015     (OBASI, EZEMENARI M)May 1, 2021 - Jan 31, 2026
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    Helping Everyone Achieve a LifeTime of Health - Future Addiction Scientist Training
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Cavanagh L, Obasi EM. The Moderating Role of Coping Style on Chronic Stress Exposure and Cardiovascular Reactivity Among African American Emerging Adults. Prev Sci. 2021 Apr; 22(3):357-366. PMID: 32696119.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    
    2. Le K, Correa-Fern√°ndez V, Leal IM, Kyburz B, Chen TA, Barrientos D, Saenz E, Williams T, O'Connor DP, Obasi EM, Casey K, Reitzel LR. Tobacco-free Workplace Program at a Substance Use Treatment Center. Am J Health Behav. 2020 09 01; 44(5):652-665. PMID: 33121583.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    
    3. Taing M, Kyburz B, Leal IM, Le K, Chen TA, Correa-Fernandez V, Williams T, O'Connor DP, Obasi EM, Casey K, Koshy L, Reitzel LR. Clinician Training in the Adaptation of a Comprehensive Tobacco-Free Workplace Program in Agencies Serving the Homeless and Vulnerably Housed. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 08 25; 17(17). PMID: 32854185.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Reitzel LR, Chinamuthevi S, Daundasekara SS, Hernandez DC, Chen TA, Harkara Y, Obasi EM, Kendzor DE, Businelle MS. Association of Problematic Alcohol Use and Food Insecurity among Homeless Men and Women. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 05 21; 17(10). PMID: 32455769.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Murillo R, Reesor-Oyer LM, Hernandez DC, Liu Y, Obasi EM. Neighborhood Walkability and Overweight/Obese Weight Status Among Latino Adults. Am J Health Promot. 2020 07; 34(6):599-607. PMID: 32133864.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    
    6. Odoh C, Businelle MS, Chen TA, Kendzor DE, Obasi EM, Reitzel LR. Association of Fear and Mistrust with Stress Among Sheltered Homeless Adults and the Moderating Effects of Race and Sex. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2020 06; 7(3):458-467. PMID: 31802428.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    
    7. Obasi EM, Chen TA, Cavanagh L, Smith BK, Wilborn KA, McNeill LH, Reitzel LR. Depression, perceived social control, and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function in African-American adults. Health Psychol. 2020 Feb; 39(2):107-115. PMID: 31697108.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Murillo R, Reesor LM, Hernandez DC, Obasi EM. Neighborhood Walkability and Aerobic Physical Activity among Latinos. Am J Health Behav. 2019 07 01; 43(4):802-811. PMID: 31239022.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Wrighting Q, Reitzel LR, Chen TA, Kendzor DE, Hernandez DC, Obasi EM, Shree S, Businelle MS. Characterizing Discrimination Experiences by Race among Homeless Adults. Am J Health Behav. 2019 05 01; 43(3):531-542. PMID: 31046884.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Gough ME, Graviss EA, Chen TA, Obasi EM, May EE. Compounding effect of vitamin D3 diet, supplementation, and alcohol exposure on macrophage response to mycobacterium infection. Tuberculosis (Edinb). 2019 05; 116S:S42-S58. PMID: 31126718.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    11. Neisler J, Shree S, Reitzel LR, Chen TA, Kendzor DE, Obasi EM, Wrighting Q, Businelle MS. Characterizing Alcohol Use Behaviors among Homeless Men and Women. Am J Health Behav. 2019 01 01; 43(1):37-49. PMID: 30522565.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Steers MN, Chen TA, Neisler J, Obasi EM, McNeill LH, Reitzel LR. The buffering effect of social support on the relationship between discrimination and psychological distress among church-going African-American adults. Behav Res Ther. 2019 04; 115:121-128. PMID: 30415761.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Mountcastle HD, Park SH, Al-Ajlouni YA, Goedel WC, Cook S, Lupien S, Obasi EM, Hale L, Jean-Louis G, Redline S, Duncan DT. Stress levels are associated with poor sleep health among sexual minority men in Paris, France. Sleep Health. 2018 10; 4(5):436-441. PMID: 30241658.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Smith NG, Winderman K, King B, Obasi EM, Reitzel LR. The Association of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity Facets With Smoking Dependence Motives. Nicotine Tob Res. 2018 02 07; 20(3):388-392. PMID: 28340125.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Obasi EM, Shirtcliff EA, Cavanagh L, Ratliff KL, Pittman DM, Brooks JJ. Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Reactivity to Acute Stress: an Investigation into the Roles of Perceived Stress and Family Resources. Prev Sci. 2017 Nov; 18(8):923-931. PMID: 28181173.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Pittman DM, Brooks JJ, Kaur P, Obasi EM. The cost of minority stress: Risky alcohol use and coping-motivated drinking behavior in African American college students. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2019 Apr-Jun; 18(2):257-278. PMID: 28708010.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Pittman DM, Cho Kim S, Hunter CD, Obasi EM. The role of minority stress in second-generation Black emerging adult college students' high-risk drinking behaviors. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2017 Jul; 23(3):445-455. PMID: 28206779.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Pineles SL, Repka MX, Yu F, Lum F, Coleman AL. Evaluating the impact of strabismus surgery on the association of musculoskeletal injuries, fractures, and falls with disorders of binocular vision in medicare beneficiaries. J AAPOS. 2017 Jun; 21(3):239-241.e3. PMID: 23786700.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Shirtcliff EA, Skinner ML, Obasi EM, Haggerty KP. Positive parenting predicts cortisol functioning six years later in young adults. Dev Sci. 2017 Nov; 20(6). PMID: 28139051.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Reitzel LR, Smith NG, Obasi EM, Forney M, Leventhal AM. Perceived distress tolerance accounts for the covariance between discrimination experiences and anxiety symptoms among sexual minority adults. J Anxiety Disord. 2017 May; 48:22-27. PMID: 27475254.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Obasi EM, Cavanagh L, Pittman DM, Brooks JJ. Effects of Evaluative Context in Implicit Cognitions Associated with Alcohol and Violent Behaviors. Addict Behav Rep. 2016 Jun; 3:48-55. PMID: 27175442.
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    22. Reitzel LR, Childress SD, Obasi EM, Garey L, Vidrine DJ, McNeill LH, Zvolensky MJ. Interactive Effects of Anxiety Sensitivity and Subjective Social Status on Psychological Symptomatology in Black Adults. Behav Med. 2017 Oct-Dec; 43(4):268-276. PMID: 26963636.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Reitzel LR, Okamoto H, Hernandez DC, Regan SD, McNeill LH, Obasi EM. The Built Food Environment and Dietary Intake among African-American Adults. Am J Health Behav. 2016 Jan; 40(1):3-11. PMID: 26685808.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    24. Obasi EM, Brooks JJ, Cavanagh L. The Relationship Between Psychological Distress, Negative Cognitions, and Expectancies on Problem Drinking: Exploring a Growing Problem Among University Students. Behav Modif. 2016 Jan; 40(1-2):51-69. PMID: 26311191.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Obasi EM, Shirtcliff EA, Brody GH, MacKillop J, Pittman DM, Cavanagh L, Philibert RA. The relationship between alcohol consumption, perceived stress, and CRHR1 genotype on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in rural African Americans. Front Psychol. 2015; 6:832. PMID: 26150798.
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    26. Cavanagh L, Obasi EM. The moderating role of implicit alcohol-related cognitions in hazardous alcohol use. Addict Res Theory. 2015; 23(5):380-390. PMID: 26989352.
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    27. El-Behadli AF, Sharp C, Hughes SO, Obasi EM, Nicklas TA. Maternal depression, stress and feeding styles: towards a framework for theory and research in child obesity. Br J Nutr. 2015 Jan; 113 Suppl:S55-71. PMID: 25588385.
      Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    28. Brody GH, Yu T, MacKillop J, Miller GE, Chen E, Obasi EM, Beach SR. Catecholamine levels and delay discounting forecast drug use among African American youths. Addiction. 2014 Jul; 109(7):1112-8. PMID: 24521257.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Beasley M, Sabatinelli D, Obasi E. Neuroimaging evidence for social rank theory. Front Hum Neurosci. 2012; 6:123. PMID: 22586388.
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    30. Mackillop J, Obasi E, Amlung MT, McGeary JE, Knopik VS. The Role of Genetics in Nicotine Dependence: Mapping the Pathways from Genome to Syndrome. Curr Cardiovasc Risk Rep. 2010 Nov; 4(6):446-453. PMID: 21686075.
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    31. Obasi EM, Leong FT. Construction and validation of the Measurement of Acculturation Strategies for People of African Descent (MASPAD). Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2010 Oct; 16(4):526-39. PMID: 21058816.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Walker RL, Alabi D, Roberts J, Obasi EM. Ethnic group differences in reasons for living and the moderating role of cultural worldview. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2010 Jul; 16(3):372-8. PMID: 20658880.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. Walker RL, Wingate LR, Obasi EM, Joiner TE. An empirical investigation of acculturative stress and ethnic identity as moderators for depression and suicidal ideation in college students. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2008 Jan; 14(1):75-82. PMID: 18230003.
      Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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