Dr. Lorraine Reitzel

Dr. Lorraine R. Reitzel

 

Title: Professor &

Department: Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences

Program: Health Education

Office Number: 489 FH

Phone: 713-743-6679

Email: lrreitzel@uh.edu

Website: http://www.lorrainereitzel.com/

Research Interests:

I direct the Social Determinants and Health Disparities Lab at the University of Houston. My research program focuses on better understanding the social determinants of health and health risk behaviors - and the specific biopsychosocial mechanisms that account for disparities in health risk behaviors and health outcomes - with an emphasis on generating highly translational results that can be used to inform policy and intervention. Much of my work is focused on addressing health disparities related to tobacco use, alone or comorbid with other substance dependence and health risk behaviors, among low socioeconomic status (SES) groups.

I am the co-founder and co-director of the HEALTH Research Institute, a multidisciplinary university-level research institute focused on the conduct of community-informed translational research to reduce health disparities experienced locally and across the nation. For more information, see: https://hri.uh.edu/

I serve as the Chair of the university's IRB 1 committee. I am a licensed psychologist in Texas and fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior, where I also serve as Chair of the Membership Council (2019-2022). I am a former associate department chair (2014-2017) and department chair (2017-2018) of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences at the University of Houston.


My active funding portfolio as Principal Investigator is below:

NIH/National Cancer Institute (P20 CA221697). U-HAND (University of Houston /MD Anderson) Program to Reduce Cancer Disparities (9/22/17-8/31/21). Role: PI - www.uhandpartnership.com

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (PP170070). Taking Texas Tobacco Free: Increasing Tobacco Cessation In Substance Use Treatment Centers via an Evidence-based, Comprehensive Tobacco-free Workplace Program (9/01/17 – 8/31/20). Role: PI - www.takingtexastobaccofree.com

University of Houston/University of Houston-Downtown Synergy Grants. A Patient-Centered Approach to Exploring Breast Reconstruction in African American Women (7/01/18 – 7/01/20). Role: MPI


I am additionally involved in other's research as a Co-Investigator, as follows:

United Health Foundation. A Community Collaborative for Preventing and Treating Obesity in Underserved Communities in Houston (12/01/16-11/30/20): MPIs: Obasi & O'Connor - https://touch.healthuh.com/

American Cancer Society. A peer and family-based approach to obesity in African American families (1/01/18- 12/31/22): PI: McNeill


Please see my lab webpage (listed as "home page" above) for more information about my team and my current projects.

 

Recent Publications:

Selected from over 130 peer-reviewed publications;
* denotes primary mentee/trainee of Dr. Reitzel overall or on that project;
^ denotes senior or joint senior authorship

2019

Odoh, C.,* Vidrine, J. I., Businelle, M. S., Kendzor, D. E., Agrawal, P.,* & Reitzel, L. R.^ (in press). Health literacy and self-rated health among homeless adults. Health Behavior Research.

Odoh, C.,* Businelle, M. S., Chen, T-A., Kendzor, D. E., Obasi, E. M., & Reitzel, L. R.^ (in press). Association of fear and mistrust with stress among sheltered homeless adults, and the moderating effects of race and sex. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Smith, M. L., Reitzel, L. R., Rath, J. M., Scott, L. B., & Seal, D. (in press). Advancing academic careers through professional mentorship. Health Behavior Research.

Agrawal, P.,* Neisler, J.,* Businelle, M. S., Kendzor, D. E., Hernandez, D. C., Odoh, C.,* & Reitzel, L. R.^ (in press). Exposure to Violence and Sleep Inadequacies among Men and Women Living in a Shelter Setting. Health Behavior Research.

Obasi, E. M., Chen, T-A., Cavanagh, L., Smith, B. K., Wilborn, K. A., McNeill, L. H., & Reitzel, L. R.^ (in press). Depression, Perceived Social Control, and Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Function in African-American Adults. Health Psychology.

Hernandez, D. C., (joint first author), Reitzel, L. R. (joint first author), & Leal, I. M. (in press). Advancing health behavior research and scholarship through mentorship of first Generation, underrepresented undergraduate students. Health Behavior Research.

Taylor, A.*, Murillo, R., Businelle, M. S., Chen, T-A., Kendzor, D. E., McNeill, L. H., & Reitzel, L. R. ^ (2019). Physical activity and sleep problems in homeless adults. PLoS One, 14(7): e0218870.

Garey, L.,* Neighbors, C., Martinez Leal, I., Lam, C., Wilson, W. T., Kyburz, B., Stacey, T., Correa-Fernández, V., Williams, T., Zvolensky, M. J. & Reitzel, L. R.^ (2019). Tobacco-related knowledge following a comprehensive tobacco-free workplace program within behavioral health facilities: Identifying organizational moderators. Patient Education and Counseling, 102, 1680-1686.

Vijayaraghavan, M., Wrighting; Q.,* Neisler, J.,* Reitzel, L. R., Kendzor, D. E., Hébert, E. T., Rash, C. J., Businelle, M. S. (2019). Income associations with cigarette purchasing behaviors and quit attempts among people experiencing homelessness. Addictive Behaviors, 95, 197-201.

Hernandez, D. C., Daundasekara, S. S., Arlinghaus, K. R., Sharma, A.P., Reitzel, L. R., Kendzor, D. E., & Businelle, M. S. (in press). Fruit and vegetable consumption and emotional distress tolerance as potential links between food insecurity and poor physical and mental health among homeless adults. Preventive Medicine Reports.

Hernandez, D. C., Daundasekara, S. S., Arlinghaus, K. R., Tobar, N., Reitzel, L. R., Kendzor, D. E., & Businelle, M. S. (2019). Cumulative risk factors associated with food insecurity among adults who experience homelessness. Health Behavior Research, 2, 1 (online only).

Wrighting, Q.,* Reitzel, L. R. ^, Chen, T-A., Kendzor, D. E., Hernandez, D. C., Obasi, E. M., Shree, S.,* Businelle, M. S. (2019). Characterizing discrimination experiences by race among homeless adults. American Journal of Health Behavior, 43, 531-542.

Neisler, J.*, (joint first author) Shree, S.*, (joint first author) Reitzel, L. R.^, Chen, T.A., Kendzor, D. E., Obasi, E. M., Wrighting, Q.*, & Businelle, M. S. (2019). Characterizing alcohol use behaviors among homeless men and women. American Journal of Health Behavior, 43, 37-49.

Steers, M-L. N., Chen, T-A., Neisler, J.*, Obasi, E. M., McNeill, L. H., & Reitzel, L. R.^ (2019). The buffering effect of social support on the relationship between discrimination and psychological distress among church-going African-American adults. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 115, 121-128.

Maness, S. B.*, Reitzel, L. R.^, Hernandez, D. C., Santa Maria, D. M., Batson, M. A., Zingg, T., Kendzor, D. E., & Businelle, M. S. (2019). Modifiable health risk factors and readiness to change among homeless adults. American Journal of Health Behavior, 43, 373-379.2018

Correa-Fernández, V., Wilson, W. T., Kyburz, B., O’Connor, D., Stacey, T., Williams, T., Lam, C. Y., Reitzel, L.R.^ (2019). Evaluation of the Taking Texas Tobacco Free Workplace Program within Behavioral Health Centers. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 9, 319-327.

de Dios, M. A., Childress, S., D., Cano, M. A., McNeill, L. H., Reitzel, L. R., & Vaughan, E. (in press). Elevated cholesterol among African American adults: The role of fatalistic attitudes about health. Ethnicity & Health.

Garey, L.*, Reitzel, L. R.^, Neisler, J.*, Kendzor, D. E., Zvolensky, M. J., Neighbors, C., Hernandez, D. C., & Businelle, M. S., (2019). Health-related quality of life among homeless smokers: Risk and protective factors of latent class membership. Behavioral Medicine, 45, 40-51.


2018

Zvolensky, M. J., Paulus, D. J., Bakhshaie, J., Viana, A. G., Reitzel, L. R., Garza, M., Berger Cardoso, J., Ochoa-Perez, M., Smith, L., Lemaire, C., Manning, K., & Rogers, A. (2018). Subjective social status and mindful attention in terms of anxiety and depressive symptoms and disorders among Latinos in primary care. Mindfulness, 9, 88-97.

McNeill, L. H., Reitzel, L. R., Escoto, K. H., Roberson, C., Nguyen, N. T., Vidrine, J. I., Strong, L. L., & Wetter, D. W. (2018). Engaging black churches to address cancer health disparities: Project CHURCH. Frontiers in Public Health (Epidemiology), 6, 191.

Neisler, J.*, Reitzel, L. R.^, Garey, L.*, Kendzor, D. E., Hebert, E. T., Vijayaraghavan, M., & Businelle, M. S. (2018). The Moderating Effect of Perceived Social Support on the Relation Between Heaviness of Smoking and Quit Attempts Among Adult Homeless Smokers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 190, 128-132.

Santa Maria, D., Hernandez, D. C., Arlinghaus, K. R.*, Gallardo, K., Maness, S.B., Kendzor, D. E., Reitzel L. R., & Businelle, M. S. (2018). Current age, age at first sex, age at first homelessness, and HIV risk perceptions predict sexual risk behaviors among sexually active homeless adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15 (2), E218.

Cofta-Woerpel, L., Lam, C., Reitzel, L. R., Wilson, W., Karam-Hage, M., Beneventi, D., Cofer, J., Baker, E., Wetter, D. W., Cinciripini, P. M., & Blalock, J. (2018). A tele-mentoring tobacco cessation case consultation and education model for healthcare providers in community mental health centers. Cogent Medicine, 5, 1430652.

Neisler, J.*, Reitzel, L. R. ^, Garey, L.*, Kendzor, D. E., Hebert, E .T., Vijayaraghavan, M., Businelle, M. S. (2018). Concurrent Nicotine and Tobacco Product Use Among Homeless Smokers and Associations with Cigarette Dependence and Other Factors Related to Quitting. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 185, 133-140.

Zvolensky, M. J., Paulus, D. J., Bakhshaie, J., Garza, M., Valdivieso, J., Ochoa-Perez, M., Reitzel, L. R., Viana, A., Lemaire, C., Bogiaizian, D., Robles, Z., Manning, K., Mayorga, N. A., Schmidt, N. B., & Collado, A. (2018). Anxiety sensitivity and rumination: Transdiagnostic factors involved in the relation between subjective social status and anxiety and depressive symptoms and disorders among economically disadvantaged Latinos in primary care. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 88(5), 571-581.

Gonzalez, J. R., Jetelina, K. K., Roberts, M., Reitzel, L. R., Kendzor, D. E., Walters, S., & Businelle, M. S. (2018). Criminal justice system involvement among homeless adults. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 43(2), 158-166.

Zvolensky, M.J., Paulus, D.J., Bakhshaie, J., Garza, M., Manning, K., Lemaire, C., Reitzel, L.R., Smith, L.J., & Ochoa-Perez, M. (2018). Anxiety Sensitivity and Age: Roles in Understanding Subjective Social Status among Low Income Adult Latinos in Primary Care. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 20(3), 632-640.

Smith, N. G., Winderman, K., King, B., Obasi, E. M., Reitzel, L. R.^ (2018). The association of lesbian, gay, and bisexual identity challenges with smoking dependence motives, 20, 388-392. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

2017

Reitzel, L. R., Short, N. A., Schmidt, N. B., Garey, L., Zvolensky, M. J., Moisiuc, A., Reddick, C., Kendzor, D. E., & Businelle, M. S. (2017). Distress tolerance links sleep problems with stress & health in homeless. American Journal of Health Behavior, 41, 760-774.

Garey, L.*, Reitzel, L. R.^, Anthenien, A., Businelle, M. S., Neighbors, C., Zvolensky, M. Z., Wetter, D. W., & Kendzor, D. E. (2017). Support buffers financial strain’s effect on health-related quality of life. American Journal of Health Behavior, 41, 497-510.

Zvolensky, M. J., Paulus, D. J., Bakhshaie, J., Viana, A. G., Garza, M., Manning, K., Rodgers, A. H., Berger Cardoso, J., Reitzel, L. R., Valdivieso, J., Ochoa-Perez, M., & Lemaire, C. (2017). Subjective social status and anxiety and depressive symptoms and disorders among low income Latinos in primary care: The role of emotion dysregulation. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 41, 686-689.

Correa-Fernandez, V., Wilson, W. T., Shedrick, D. A., Kyburz, B., Samaha, H.L.*, Stacey, T., Williams, T., Lam, C., & Reitzel, L. R.^ (2017). Implementation of a Tobacco-free Workplace Program at a Local Mental Health Authority. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 7, 204-211.

Robles, Z., Anjum, S., Garey, L., Kauffman, B. Y., Rodriguez-Cano, R., Langdon, K., Neighbors, C., Reitzel, L. R., Zvolensky, M. J. (2017). Financial strain and cognitive-based smoking processes: The explanatory role of depressive symptoms among adult daily smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 70, 18-22.

Samaha, H.L.*, Correa-Fernandez, V., Lam, C., Wilson, W. T., Kyburz, B., Stacey, T., Williams, T., & Reitzel, L. R.^ (2017). Addressing tobacco use among consumers and staff at behavioral health treatment facilities through comprehensive workplace programming. Health Promotion & Practice, 18, 561-570.

Correa-Fernández, V., Díaz-Toro, E. C., Reitzel, L. R., Guo, L., Chen, M., Li, Y., Calo, W. A., Shih, Y. T., Wetter, D. W. (2017). Combined treatment for at-risk drinking and smoking cessation among Puerto Ricans: A randomized clinical trial. Addictive Behaviors, 65, 185-192.

Wrighting, Q.*, Businelle, M. S., Kendzor, D. E., LeBlanc, H., & Reitzel, L. R.^ (2017). Relationship between cigarette purchasing patterns, readiness to quit, and quit attempts among homeless smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 19, 1526-1530.

Hernandez, D.C., Reesor, L., Reitzel, L. R., Businelle, M.S., Wetter, D.W., & Kendzor, D.E. (2017). Smoking, financial strain, and food insecurity. Health Behavior & Policy Review, 4, 183-188.

Nguyen, N., Savoy, E. J.*, Reitzel, L. R.^, Nguyen, M.-A. H.*, Wetter, D. W., Reese-Smith, J., & McNeill, L. H. (2017). Diet, Alcohol Use, & Colorectal Screening among Black Church-Goers. Health Behavior & Policy Review, 4, 118-128.

Reitzel, L. R., Smith, N. G., Obasi. E. M., Forney, M.*, & Leventhal, A. M. (2017). Perceived distress tolerance accounts for the covariance between discrimination experiences and anxiety symptoms among sexual minority adults. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 48, 22-27.

Kirchner, T. R., Anesetti-Rothermel, A., Bennett, M., Gao, H., Carlos, H., Scheuermann, T. S., Reitzel, L. R., & Ahluwalia, J. S. (2017). Tobacco outlet density and converted versus native nondaily tobacco use in a national triethnic sample. Tobacco Control, 26, 85-91.

Reitzel, L. R., Childress, S. D., Obasi, E. M., Garey, L., Vidrine, D. J., McNeill, L. H., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2017). Interactive effects of anxiety sensitivity and subjective social status on psychological symptomatology in Black adults. Behavioral Medicine, 43, 268-276.


2016

Maness, S., Reitzel, L. R.^, Watkins, K. L., & McNeill, L. H. (2016). HPV awareness, knowledge, and vaccination attitudes among church-going African-American women. American Journal of Health Behavior, 40, 771-778.

Taylor, E. M., Kendzor, D. E., Reitzel, L. R., & Businelle, M. S. (2016). Health risk factors and desire to change among homeless adults. American Journal of Health Behavior, 40, 455-460.

Vidrine, J.I., Spears, C.A., Heppner, W., Reitzel, L.R., Marcus, M.T., Cinciripini, P.M., Waters, A.J., Li, Y., Nguyen, N.T., Cao, Y., Tindle, H.A., Fine, M., Safranek, L.V., & Wetter, D.W. (2016). Efficacy of Mindfulness Based Addiction Treatment (MBAT) for smoking cessation and lapse recovery: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, 824-838.

Mama, S. K., Basen-Engquist, K., Lee, R., Thompson, D., Wetter, D. W., Nguyen, N., Reitzel, L. R., McNeill, L. H. (2016). Psychosocial mechanisms linking the social environment to mental health in African Americans. PLoS ONE, 11, e0154035.

Garey, L., Bakhshaie, J., Vujanovic, A. A., Reitzel, L. R., Schmidt, N. B., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2016). Posttraumatic stress symptoms and cognitive-based smoking processes among trauma-exposed treatment-seeking smokers: The role of perceived stress. Addictive Behaviors, 60, 84-89.

Farris, S. G., DiBello, A. M., Heggeness, L. F., Reitzel, L. R., Vidrine, D. J., Schmidt, N. B., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2016). Sustained smoking cessation is associated with reductions in smoking-specific experiential avoidance among treatment-seeking smokers. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 51, 51-57.

Heppner, W. L., Adams, C. E., Correa-Fernandez, V., Castro, Y., Li, Y., Guo, B., Reitzel, L. R., … Wetter, D. W. (2016). Dispositional mindfulness predicts enhanced smoking cessation and lapse recovery. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 50, 337-347.

Bello, M. S., Pang, R. D., Cropsey, K. L., Zvolensky, M. J., Reitzel, L. R., Huh, J., & Leventhal, A. M. (2016). Tobacco withdrawal amongst African American, Hispanic, and white smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18, 1479-1487.

Reitzel, L. R., Okamoto, H.*, Hernandez, D. C., Regan, S. D., McNeill, L. H., & Obasi, E. M. (2016). The built food environment and dietary intake among African-American adults. American Journal of Health Behavior, 40, 3-11.

Garey, L.*, Reitzel, L. R., Kendzor, D. E., & Businelle, M. S. (2016). The potential explanatory role of perceived stress in associations between subjective social status and health-related quality of life among homeless smokers. Behavior Modification, 40, 303-324.


2015

Nguyen, M A H*, Reitzel, L. R., Kendzor, D. E., & Businelle, M.S. (2015). Perceived cessation treatment effectiveness, medication preferences, and barriers to quitting among light and moderate/heavy homeless smokers. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 153, 341-345.

Okuyemi, K.O., Reitzel, L. R., & Fagan, P. (2015). Interventions to Reduce Tobacco-Related Health Disparities [Editorial]. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 17, 887-891.

Childress, S.*, Reitzel, L. R.^, Santa Maria, D., Kendzor, D. E., Moisiuc, A.*, & Businelle, M. S. (2015). Mental Illness and Substance Use Problems In Relation to Homelessness Onset. American Journal of Health Behavior, 39, 549-555.

Reitzel, L.R., Langdon, K.J., Nguyen, N., & Zvolensky, M.J. (2015). Financial strain and smoking cessation among men and women within a self-guided quit attempt. Addictive Behaviors, 47, 66-69.

Okamoto, H.*, Fisher, F. D.*, Hernandez, D. C., Reitzel, L. R.^, Kendzor, D. E., Kish, D.*, & Businelle, M. S. (2015). Trait mindfulness and stress among homeless adults. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 2, 122-129.

Kendzor, D. E., Reitzel, L. R., & Businelle, M. S. (in press). Characterizing stressors and modifiable risk factors among homeless smokers: An exploratory pilot study. Health Education & Behavior, 42, 642-647.

Scheuermann T.S, Nollen, N., Cox L., Reitzel L. R., Berg, C., Guo, H., … Ahluwalia, J. S. (2015). Smoking dependence across the levels of cigarette smoking in a multiethnic sample. Addictive Behaviors, 43, 1-6.

Kish, D. H.*, Reitzel, L. R.^, Kendzor D. E., Okamoto, H.*, & Businelle, M. S. (2015). Characterizing concurrent tobacco product use among homeless cigarette smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 17, 1156-1160.

Watkins, K. L.*, Reitzel, L. R.^, Wetter, D. W., & McNeill, L. H. (2015). HPV awareness, knowledge, and attitudes among older African-American women. American Journal of Health Behavior, 39, 204-210.

Garey, L.*, Reitzel, L. R.^, Bakhshaie, J., Kendzor, D. E., Zvolensky, M. J., & Businelle, M. S. (2015). Subjective social status and readiness to quit among homeless smokers. American Journal of Health Behavior, 39, 157-166.

Moisiuc, A.*, Reitzel, L. R.^, Kendzor, D. E., Childress, S.*, & Businelle, M. S. (2015). Determinants of social status among homeless adults. American Journal of Health Behavior, 39, 148-156.

Chang, H.-L.*, Fisher, F. D.*, Reitzel, L. R.^, Kendzor, D. E., Nguyen, M.A.H.*, & Businelle, M. S. (2015). Subjective sleep inadequacy and self-rated health among homeless adults. American Journal of Health Behavior, 39, 14-21.

Businelle, M. S., Poonawalia, I. B., Kendzor, D. E., Rios, D., Cuate, E. L., Savoy, E. J.*, … Reitzel, L. R. ^. (2015). Smoking policy change at a homeless shelter: Attitudes and effects. Addictive Behaviors, 40, 51-56.

Vidrine JI, Businelle MS, Reitzel LR, Cao Y, Cinciripini PM, Marcus MT, Li Y, Wetter DW. (2015). Coping mediates the association of mindfulness with stress, affect and depression among smokers preparing to quit. Mindfulness, 6, 433-443.

 

Education:

B.A. in Psychology, Elon College, 1995
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, East Carolina University, 1997
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Florida State University, 2005