Sharon Cummins

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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. LGBTQ Utilization of a Statewide Tobacco Quitline: Engagement and Quitting Behavior, 2010-2022. Nicotine Tob Res. 2024 Jan 01; 26(1):54-62. Anderson CM, Tedeschi GJ, Cummins SE, Lienemann BA, Zhuang YL, Gordon B, Hernández S, Zhu SH. PMID: 37632451.
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    2. Gender differences in family meal frequency and their association with substance use and mental health among middle and high school students. Front Public Health. 2023; 11:1123396. Luo T, Cummins SE, Zhu SH. PMID: 37124780; PMCID: PMC10140512.
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    3. Re-engagement of Low-Income Smokers in Quitline Services: Effects of Incentives and Method of Contact. Nicotine Tob Res. 2023 03 22; 25(4):796-802. Cummins SE, Kirby CA, Wong S, Anderson CM, Zhu SH. PMID: 36271898.
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    4. A Proactive Outreach Strategy Using a Local Area Code to Refer Unassisted Smokers in a Safety Net Health System to a Quitline: A Pragmatic Randomized Trial. Nicotine Tob Res. 2023 01 01; 25(1):43-49. Valencia CV, Dove MS, Cummins SE, Kirby C, Zhu SH, Giboney P, Yee HF, Tu SP, Tong EK. PMID: 36103393; PMCID: PMC9717369.
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    5. Quitline Promotion to Medicaid Members Who Smoke: Effects of COVID-19-Specific Messaging and a Free Patch Offer. Am J Prev Med. 2023 03; 64(3):343-351. Tong EK, Cummins SE, Anderson CM, Kirby CA, Wong S, Zhu SH. PMID: 36319510; PMCID: PMC9617663.
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    6. American Indian/Alaska Native Smokers' Utilization of a Statewide Tobacco Quitline: Engagement and Quitting Behaviors From 2008 to 2018. Nicotine Tob Res. 2021 Jan 07; 23(1):219-226. Lienemann BA, Cummins SE, Tedeschi GJ, Wong S, Zhu SH. PMID: 31711234.
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    7. Targeting Nonsmokers to Help Smokers Quit: Features of a Large-scale Intervention. Tob Use Insights. 2020; 13:1179173X20943565. Tedeschi GJ, Zoref LS, Cummins SE, Zhu SH. PMID: 32753992; PMCID: PMC7378709.
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    8. Offers of Cigarettes and E-Cigarettes Among High School Students: A Population Study from California. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 03 30; 16(7). Cole AG, Cummins SE, Zhu SH. PMID: 30934996; PMCID: PMC6480369.
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    9. Economic Impact of Financial Incentives and Mailing Nicotine Patches to Help Medicaid Smokers Quit Smoking: A Cost-Benefit Analysis. Am J Prev Med. 2018 12; 55(6 Suppl 2):S148-S158. Sung HY, Penko J, Cummins SE, Max W, Zhu SH, Bibbins-Domingo K, Kohatsu ND. PMID: 30454669.
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    10. Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Response to Incentives for Quitline Engagement. Am J Prev Med. 2018 12; 55(6 Suppl 2):S186-S195. Vijayaraghavan M, Dove MS, Stewart SL, Cummins SE, Schillinger D, Kohatsu ND, Tong EK. PMID: 30454673.
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    11. Incentives and Patches for Medicaid Smokers: An RCT. Am J Prev Med. 2018 12; 55(6 Suppl 2):S138-S147. Anderson CM, Cummins SE, Kohatsu ND, Gamst AC, Zhu SH. PMID: 30454668.
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    12. Direct-to-Member Household or Targeted Mailings: Incentivizing Medicaid Calls for Quitline Services. Am J Prev Med. 2018 12; 55(6 Suppl 2):S178-S185. Hood-Medland EA, Dove MS, Stewart SL, Cummins SE, Kirby C, Vela C, Kohatsu ND, Tong EK. PMID: 30454672.
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    13. Outreach to California Medicaid Smokers for Asian Language Quitline Services. Am J Prev Med. 2018 12; 55(6 Suppl 2):S196-S204. Saw A, Stewart SL, Cummins SE, Kohatsu ND, Tong EK. PMID: 30454674.
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    14. Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking Program: Reach to Pregnant and Parenting Women. Am J Prev Med. 2018 12; 55(6 Suppl 2):S205-S213. Dove MS, Stewart SL, Cummins SE, Kohatsu ND, Tong EK. PMID: 30454675.
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    15. Evaluation of the Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) program in California. PLoS One. 2018; 13(11):e0206921. McMenamin SB, Cummins SE, Zhuang YL, Gamst AC, Ruiz CG, Mayoral A, Zhu SH. PMID: 30388176; PMCID: PMC6214574.
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    16. Medical Marijuana Availability, Price, and Product Variety, and Adolescents' Marijuana Use. J Adolesc Health. 2018 07; 63(1):88-93. Shi Y, Cummins SE, Zhu SH. PMID: 30060862; PMCID: PMC6070346.
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    17. Accuracy of self-reported smoking abstinence in clinical trials of hospital-initiated smoking interventions. Addiction. 2017 Dec; 112(12):2227-2236. Scheuermann TS, Richter KP, Rigotti NA, Cummins SE, Harrington KF, Sherman SE, Zhu SH, Tindle HA, Preacher KJ, Consortium of Hospitals Advancing Research on Tobacco (CHART). PMID: 28834608; PMCID: PMC5673569.
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    18. E-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation: evidence from US current population surveys. BMJ. 2017 Jul 26; 358:j3262. Zhu SH, Zhuang YL, Wong S, Cummins SE, Tedeschi GJ. PMID: 28747333; PMCID: PMC5526046.
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    19. Telephone care co-ordination for tobacco cessation: randomised trials testing proactive versus reactive models. Tob Control. 2018 01; 27(1):78-82. Sherman SE, Krebs P, York LS, Cummins SE, Kuschner W, Guvenc-Tuncturk S, Zhu SH. PMID: 28190003.
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    20. Helping Hospitalized Smokers: A Factorial RCT of Nicotine Patches and Counseling. Am J Prev Med. 2016 10; 51(4):578-86. Cummins SE, Gamst AC, Brandstein K, Seymann GB, Klonoff-Cohen H, Kirby CA, Tong EK, Chaplin E, Tedeschi GJ, Zhu SH. PMID: 27647058; PMCID: PMC5031241.
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    21. CHARTing a Path to Pragmatic Tobacco Treatment Research. Am J Prev Med. 2016 10; 51(4):630-6. 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. PMID: 27647063; PMCID: PMC5919279.
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    22. Long-term e-cigarette use and smoking cessation: a longitudinal study with US population. Tob Control. 2016 10; 25(Suppl 1):i90-i95. Zhuang YL, Cummins SE, Sun JY, Zhu SH. PMID: 27697953; PMCID: PMC5099206.
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    23. Use of electronic cigarettes in smoke-free environments. Tob Control. 2017 03; 26(e1):e19-e22. Shi Y, Cummins SE, Zhu SH. PMID: 27609779; PMCID: PMC5342954.
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    24. Smokers with Self-Reported Mental Health Conditions: A Case for Screening in the Context of Tobacco Cessation Services. PLoS One. 2016; 11(7):e0159127. Tedeschi GJ, Cummins SE, Anderson CM, Anthenelli RM, Zhuang YL, Zhu SH. PMID: 27391334; PMCID: PMC4938618.
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    25. Knowledge and beliefs about electronic cigarettes among quitline cessation staff. Addict Behav. 2016 09; 60:78-83. Cummins S, Leischow S, Bailey L, Bush T, Wassum K, Copeland L, Zhu SH. PMID: 27100472; PMCID: PMC4884493.
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    26. Telephone Intervention for Pregnant Smokers: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Prev Med. 2016 09; 51(3):318-26. Cummins SE, Tedeschi GJ, Anderson CM, Zhu SH. PMID: 27056131.
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    27. Fidelity monitoring across the seven studies in the Consortium of Hospitals Advancing Research on Tobacco (CHART). Tob Induc Dis. 2015; 13(1):29. Duffy SA, Cummins SE, Fellows JL, Harrington KF, Kirby C, Rogers E, Scheuermann TS, Tindle HA, Waltje AH, Consortium of Hospitals Advancing Research on Tobacco (CHART). PMID: 26336372; PMCID: PMC4557818.
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    28. Quitting smoking before and after varenicline: a population study based on two representative samples of US smokers. Tob Control. 2016 07; 25(4):464-9. Zhu SH, Cummins SE, Gamst AC, Wong S, Ikeda T. PMID: 26283713; PMCID: PMC4757510.
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    29. 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. Danaher BG, Severson HH, Zhu SH, Andrews JA, Cummins SE, Lichtenstein E, Tedeschi GJ, Hudkins C, Widdop C, Crowley R, Seeley JR. PMID: 25914872; PMCID: PMC4405799.
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    30. A Multistate Asian-Language Tobacco Quitline: Addressing a Disparity in Access to Care. Am J Public Health. 2015 Oct; 105(10):2150-5. Cummins SE, Wong S, Bonnevie E, Lee HR, Goto CJ, McCree Carrington J, Kirby C, Zhu SH. PMID: 25905827; PMCID: PMC4566550.
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    31. Smoking cessation services and smoke-free policies at substance abuse treatment facilities: national survey results. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Jun; 66(6):610-6. Shi Y, Cummins SE. PMID: 25686819.
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    32. 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. Zhuang YL, Gamst AC, Cummins SE, Wolfson T, Zhu SH. PMID: 25521868; PMCID: PMC4289455.
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    33. Four hundred and sixty brands of e-cigarettes and counting: implications for product regulation. Tob Control. 2014 Jul; 23 Suppl 3:iii3-9. Zhu SH, Sun JY, Bonnevie E, Cummins SE, Gamst A, Yin L, Lee M. PMID: 24935895; PMCID: PMC4078673.
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    34. Use of e-cigarettes by individuals with mental health conditions. Tob Control. 2014 Jul; 23 Suppl 3:iii48-53. Cummins SE, Zhu SH, Tedeschi GJ, Gamst AC, Myers MG. PMID: 24824516; PMCID: PMC4145659.
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    35. The use and perception of electronic cigarettes and snus among the U.S. population. PLoS One. 2013; 8(10):e79332. Zhu SH, Gamst A, Lee M, Cummins S, Yin L, Zoref L. PMID: 24250756; PMCID: PMC3824062.
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    36. 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. Cummins S. PMID: 23474750.
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    37. Perceived barriers to adopting an Asian-language quitline service: a survey of state funding agencies. J Community Health. 2012 Oct; 37(5):1058-65. Zhuang YL, Cummins SE, Lee HR, Dearing J, Kirby C, Zhu SH. PMID: 22227774.
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    38. Nicotine patches and quitline counseling to help hospitalized smokers stay quit: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2012 Aug 01; 13:128. Cummins S, Zhu SH, Gamst A, Kirby C, Brandstein K, Klonoff-Cohen H, Chaplin E, Morris T, Seymann G, Lee J. PMID: 22853197; PMCID: PMC3453521.
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    39. 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. Zhu SH, Cummins SE, Wong S, Gamst AC, Tedeschi GJ, Reyes-Nocon J. PMID: 22282542; PMCID: PMC3283535.
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    40. Quitlines and nicotine replacement for smoking cessation: do we need to change policy? Annu Rev Public Health. 2012 Apr; 33:341-56. Pierce JP, Cummins SE, White MM, Humphrey A, Messer K. PMID: 22224888.
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    41. Quitline utilization rates of African-American and white smokers: the California experience. Am J Health Promot. 2011 May-Jun; 25(5 Suppl):S51-8. Zhu SH, Gardiner P, Cummins S, Anderson C, Wong S, Cowling D, Gamst A. PMID: 21510787.
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    42. Current major depression among smokers using a state quitline. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Jan; 40(1):47-53. Hebert KK, Cummins SE, Hernández S, Tedeschi GJ, Zhu SH. PMID: 21146767; PMCID: PMC3006168.
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    43. Disparity in smoking prevalence by education: can we reduce it? Glob Health Promot. 2010 Mar; 17(1 Suppl):29-39. Zhu SH, Hebert K, Wong S, Cummins S, Gamst A. PMID: 20595352; PMCID: PMC3169438.
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    44. Telephone-based tobacco-cessation treatment: re-enrollment among diverse groups. Am J Prev Med. 2008 Jul; 35(1):73-6. Carlini BH, Zbikowski SM, Javitz HS, Deprey TM, Cummins SE, Zhu SH. PMID: 18541180; PMCID: PMC2682706.
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    45. Tobacco cessation quitlines in North America: a descriptive study. Tob Control. 2007 Dec; 16 Suppl 1:i9-15. Cummins SE, Bailey L, Campbell S, Koon-Kirby C, Zhu SH. PMID: 18048639; PMCID: PMC2598516.
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    46. Reaching young adult smokers through quitlines. Am J Public Health. 2007 Aug; 97(8):1402-5. Cummins SE, Hebert KK, Anderson CM, Mills JA, Zhu SH. PMID: 17600246; PMCID: PMC1931469.
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    47. 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. Park ER, Quinn VP, Chang Y, Regan S, Loudin B, Cummins S, Perry K, Rigotti NA. PMID: 17204318.
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    48. Non-smokers seeking help for smokers: a preliminary study. Tob Control. 2006 Apr; 15(2):107-13. Zhu SH, Nguyen QB, Cummins S, Wong S, Wightman V. PMID: 16565458; PMCID: PMC2563557.
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    49. A population study of low-rate smokers: quitting history and instability over time. Health Psychol. 2003 May; 22(3):245-52. Zhu SH, Sun J, Hawkins S, Pierce J, Cummins S. PMID: 12790251.
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