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    Sharon Cummins

    TitleAssistant Adjunct Professor
    SchoolUniversity of California, San Diego
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Public Health
    Address9500 Gilman Drive #0905
    CA La Jolla 92093
    Phone858-300-1046
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      California School of Professional PsychologyPh.D.1989Clinical Psychology
      California School of Professional PsychologyM.A.1985Clinical Psychology
      San Diego State UniversityB.S.1979Biology

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      Dr. Cummins is an Assistant Professor at UCSD in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. She received her PhD. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego and maintained a clinical practice for 13 years. In addition, Dr. Cummins has been the Director of Research and Evaluation for the California Smokers’ Helpline (CSH), a SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration) model program, for many years. She has worked in tobacco control for over 15 years conducting research focused on tobacco use among vulnerable and underserved populations including pregnant women, low income groups, and those with co-morbid substance abuse, depression, and other mental health conditions. In addition to her work on vulnerable populations, Dr. Cummins’ current research interests include developing and disseminating effective behavioral change interventions (primarily in tobacco cessation) and bridging clinical and public health models.

      Research Projects

      Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Quitline Services to Help Hospitalized Smokers Stay Quit. This large study (1,200 people) tests whether providing telephone counseling to hospitalized smokers after discharge and/or giving them nicotine patches as they leave the hospital will help smokers quit, stay quit, and stay out of the hospital. Smokers will receive either telephone counseling, nicotine patches, both counseling and patches, or neither, which will make it possible to determine the cost-effectiveness of the various treatment options. UCSD, Scripps, and UC Davis hospitals are all involved. If the study is successful, it will be a model for hospital-quitline collaboration for the whole country.
      Shu-Hong Zhu is Principal Investigator. Funded by the National Cancer Institute. 2010-2015.

      Nonsmokers and Tobacco Control Norms: Population Surveys and Intervention Studies. This main goal of this project is to test the idea that nonsmokers are key to decreasing the rate of smoking at the population level. The study includes several national surveys and an intervention study to test the idea from different angles. A final phase of the study will be the development and testing of new ads that target nonsmokers in order to help smokers quit. These radio ads will be included in the ongoing anti-smoking media campaigns in California and Oklahoma. If the study results are consistent with our expectations, it will provide tobacco control programs with a fresh avenue for decreasing the rate of smoking in the U.S.
      Shu-Hong Zhu is Principal Investigator. Funded by the National Cancer Institute. 2011-2016.

      Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases. This large study (with 3,800 people) tests the effects of various incentives (free nicotine patches mailed directly to the home and/or small financial incentives for participating in counseling sessions) in helping smokers with Medicaid to quit smoking. This is a collaborative project with the California Department of Healthcare Services (the lead agency), the California Department of Public Health, and two UC research teams (San Diego and San Francisco). The results of this study will be used to advise the funder as to what policy they should use in the future for their 700,000 program participants who smoke.
      Shu-Hong Zhu is Principal Investigator for the UCSD site. Funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. 2011-2016.

      Screening Smokers for Depression Using California's Helpline. This study tests the effect of universal screening of smokers in statewide survey, California Smokers’ Helpline (telephone-based counseling service), and primary care practice.
      David Strong is Principal Investigator. Funded by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program. 2012-2014.


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      1. Scheuermann TS, Richter KP, Rigotti NA, Cummins S, Harrington KF, Sherman SE, Zhu SH, Tindle HA, Preacher KJ. Accuracy of self-reported smoking abstinence in clinical trials of hospital-initiated smoking interventions. Addiction. 2017 Aug 23. PMID: 28834608.
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      2. Zhu SH, Zhuang YL, Wong S, Cummins S, Tedeschi GJ. E-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation: evidence from US current population surveys. BMJ. 2017 Jul 26; 358:j3262. PMID: 28747333.
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      3. Sherman SE, Krebs P, York LS, Cummins S, Kuschner W, Guvenc-Tuncturk S, Zhu SH. Telephone care co-ordination for tobacco cessation: randomised trials testing proactive versus reactive models. Tob Control. 2017 Feb 11. PMID: 28190003.
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      4. Cruvinel E, Richter KP, Stoney C, Duffy S, Fellows J, Harrington KF, Rigotti NA, Sherman S, Tindle HA, Shireman TI, Shelley D, Waiwaiole L, Cummins S. CHARTing a Path to Pragmatic Tobacco Treatment Research. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Oct; 51(4):630-6. PMID: 27647063.
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      5. Cummins S, Gamst AC, Brandstein K, Seymann GB, Klonoff-Cohen H, Kirby CA, Tong EK, Chaplin E, Tedeschi GJ, Zhu SH. Helping Hospitalized Smokers: A Factorial RCT of Nicotine Patches and Counseling. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Oct; 51(4):578-86. PMID: 27647058.
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      6. Zhuang YL, Cummins S, Sun JY, Zhu SH. Long-term e-cigarette use and smoking cessation: a longitudinal study with US population. Tob Control. 2016 10; 25(Suppl 1):i90-i95. PMID: 27697953.
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      7. Shi Y, Cummins S, Zhu SH. Use of electronic cigarettes in smoke-free environments. Tob Control. 2017 Mar; 26(e1):e19-e22. PMID: 27609779.
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      8. Tedeschi GJ, Cummins S, Anderson CM, Anthenelli RM, Zhuang YL, Zhu SH. Smokers with Self-Reported Mental Health Conditions: A Case for Screening in the Context of Tobacco Cessation Services. PLoS One. 2016; 11(7):e0159127. PMID: 27391334; PMCID: PMC4938618.
      9. Cummins S, Leischow S, Bailey L, Bush T, Wassum K, Copeland L, Zhu SH. Knowledge and beliefs about electronic cigarettes among quitline cessation staff. Addict Behav. 2016 Sep; 60:78-83. PMID: 27100472; PMCID: PMC4884493 [Available on 09/01/17].
      10. Cummins S, Tedeschi GJ, Anderson CM, Zhu SH. Telephone Intervention for Pregnant Smokers: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Sep; 51(3):318-26. PMID: 27056131.
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      11. Duffy SA, Cummins S, Fellows JL, Harrington KF, Kirby C, Rogers E, Scheuermann TS, Tindle HA, Waltje AH. Fidelity monitoring across the seven studies in the Consortium of Hospitals Advancing Research on Tobacco (CHART). Tob Induc Dis. 2015; 13(1):29. PMID: 26336372; PMCID: PMC4557818.
      12. Zhu SH, Cummins S, Gamst AC, Wong S, Ikeda T. Quitting smoking before and after varenicline: a population study based on two representative samples of US smokers. Tob Control. 2016 Jul; 25(4):464-9. PMID: 26283713; PMCID: PMC4757510 [Available on 07/01/17].
      13. Danaher BG, Severson HH, Zhu SH, Andrews JA, Cummins S, Lichtenstein E, Tedeschi GJ, Hudkins C, Widdop C, Crowley R, Seeley JR. Randomized Controlled Trial of the Combined Effects of Web and Quitline Interventions for Smokeless Tobacco Cessation. Internet Interv. 2015 May 01; 2(2):143-151. PMID: 25914872.
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      14. Cummins S, Wong S, Bonnevie E, Lee HR, Goto CJ, McCree Carrington J, Kirby C, Zhu SH. A Multistate Asian-Language Tobacco Quitline: Addressing a Disparity in Access to Care. Am J Public Health. 2015 Oct; 105(10):2150-5. PMID: 25905827; PMCID: PMC4566550 [Available on 10/01/16].
      15. Shi Y, Cummins S. Smoking cessation services and smoke-free policies at substance abuse treatment facilities: national survey results. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Jun; 66(6):610-6. PMID: 25686819.
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      16. Zhuang YL, Gamst AC, Cummins S, Wolfson T, Zhu SH. Comparison of smoking cessation between education groups: findings from 2 US National Surveys over 2 decades. Am J Public Health. 2015 Feb; 105(2):373-9. PMID: 25521868; PMCID: PMC4289455.
      17. Zhu SH, Sun JY, Bonnevie E, Cummins S, Gamst A, Yin L, Lee M. Four hundred and sixty brands of e-cigarettes and counting: implications for product regulation. Tob Control. 2014 Jul; 23 Suppl 3:iii3-9. PMID: 24935895; PMCID: PMC4078673.
      18. Cummins S, Zhu SH, Tedeschi GJ, Gamst AC, Myers MG. Use of e-cigarettes by individuals with mental health conditions. Tob Control. 2014 Jul; 23 Suppl 3:iii48-53. PMID: 24824516; PMCID: PMC4145659.
      19. Zhu SH, Gamst A, Lee M, Cummins S, Yin L, Zoref L. The use and perception of electronic cigarettes and snus among the U.S. population. PLoS One. 2013; 8(10):e79332. PMID: 24250756; PMCID: PMC3824062.
      20. Cummins S. Adding very low nicotine content cigarettes to nicotine replacement therapy and behavioural support increases abstinence at 6 months after the quit date. Evid Based Nurs. 2014 Jan; 17(1):19-20. PMID: 23474750.
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      21. Zhuang YL, Cummins S, Lee HR, Dearing J, Kirby C, Zhu SH. Perceived barriers to adopting an Asian-language quitline service: a survey of state funding agencies. J Community Health. 2012 Oct; 37(5):1058-65. PMID: 22227774.
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      22. Cummins S, Zhu SH, Gamst A, Kirby C, Brandstein K, Klonoff-Cohen H, Chaplin E, Morris T, Seymann G, Lee J. Nicotine patches and quitline counseling to help hospitalized smokers stay quit: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2012 Aug 01; 13:128. PMID: 22853197; PMCID: PMC3453521.
      23. Zhu SH, Cummins S, Wong S, Gamst AC, Tedeschi GJ, Reyes-Nocon J. The effects of a multilingual telephone quitline for Asian smokers: a randomized controlled trial. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2012 Feb 22; 104(4):299-310. PMID: 22282542; PMCID: PMC3283535.
      24. Pierce JP, Cummins S, White MM, Humphrey A, Messer K. Quitlines and nicotine replacement for smoking cessation: do we need to change policy? Annu Rev Public Health. 2012 Apr; 33:341-56. PMID: 22224888.
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      25. Zhu SH, Gardiner P, Cummins S, Anderson C, Wong S, Cowling D, Gamst A. Quitline utilization rates of African-American and white smokers: the California experience. Am J Health Promot. 2011 May-Jun; 25(5 Suppl):S51-8. PMID: 21510787.
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      26. Hebert KK, Cummins S, Hernández S, Tedeschi GJ, Zhu SH. Current major depression among smokers using a state quitline. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Jan; 40(1):47-53. PMID: 21146767; PMCID: PMC3006168.
      27. Zhu SH, Hebert K, Wong S, Cummins S, Gamst A. Disparity in smoking prevalence by education: can we reduce it? Glob Health Promot. 2010 Mar; 17(1 Suppl):29-39. PMID: 20595352; PMCID: PMC3169438.
      28. Carlini BH, Zbikowski SM, Javitz HS, Deprey TM, Cummins S, Zhu SH. Telephone-based tobacco-cessation treatment: re-enrollment among diverse groups. Am J Prev Med. 2008 Jul; 35(1):73-6. PMID: 18541180; PMCID: PMC2682706.
      29. Cummins S, Bailey L, Campbell S, Koon-Kirby C, Zhu SH. Tobacco cessation quitlines in North America: a descriptive study. Tob Control. 2007 Dec; 16 Suppl 1:i9-15. PMID: 18048639; PMCID: PMC2598516.
      30. Cummins S, Hebert KK, Anderson CM, Mills JA, Zhu SH. Reaching young adult smokers through quitlines. Am J Public Health. 2007 Aug; 97(8):1402-5. PMID: 17600246; PMCID: PMC1931469.
      31. Park ER, Quinn VP, Chang Y, Regan S, Loudin B, Cummins S, Perry K, Rigotti NA. Recruiting pregnant smokers into a clinical trial: using a network-model managed care organization versus community-based practices. Prev Med. 2007 Mar; 44(3):223-9. PMID: 17204318.
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      32. Zhu SH, Nguyen QB, Cummins S, Wong S, Wightman V. Non-smokers seeking help for smokers: a preliminary study. Tob Control. 2006 Apr; 15(2):107-13. PMID: 16565458; PMCID: PMC2563557.
      33. Zhu SH, Sun J, Hawkins S, Pierce J, Cummins S. A population study of low-rate smokers: quitting history and instability over time. Health Psychol. 2003 May; 22(3):245-52. PMID: 12790251.
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