Stephanie Staras

Stephanie Staras, Ph.D.

Associate Professor And Division Director

Department: MD-HOP-GENERAL
Business Phone: (352) 294-8299
Business Email: sstaras@mail.ufl.edu

About Stephanie Staras

Stephanie Staras, M.S.P.H., Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics and director of the department’s Division of Health Outcomes and Implementation Science. She is also a faculty member of the University of Florida’s Institute for Child Health Policy.

Dr. Staras is an expert in human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine implementation research. She has served as principal investigator on eight implementation research grants, including a 5-year, $2.9 million grant from the NCI in 2019 to evaluate a multi-level intervention to boost HPV vaccine rates among 11- and 12-year-olds in Florida. Dr. Staras’ work highlights the strong association between HPV vaccine initiation and parents’ beliefs about the HPV vaccine’s ability to prevent cancer safely. Additionally, she led one of a handful of studies to assess a direct link between provider recommendations and parent beliefs. By simultaneously targeting parents with reminders and providers with an in-clinic, parent-tailored decision aid, Dr. Staras’ real-world, multi-level implementation trial demonstrated a synergistic increase on HPV vaccine initiation among girls. To target interventions at geographic areas of the greatest need, Dr. Staras is characterizing HPV-related disease burden in the University of Florida Cancer Catchment Area by triangulating data with an environmental scan that includes vaccination records, stakeholder interviews, and a provider discrete choice experiment.

Dr. Staras is a graduate of the highly recognized Mentored Training in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer program sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. Her excellence in research also was recognized by her inclusion in the University of Florida’s 2018-2019 University Term Professorship cohort. Dr. Staras also contributes her implementation science expertise to research grants on meningococcal B vaccination, smoking cessation, and cancer screenings.

Accomplishments

University of Florida Term Professorship
2018-2019 · University of Florida
University of Florida Exemplary Teaching Award
2018 · University of Florida
Fellow in the National Cancer Institute’s Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer
2016-2018 · Washington University in St. Louis
Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program Recipient. Research project entitled: “Development of an Alcohol-Related HIV preventive intervention among African American and Hispanic adolescent women.”
2012-2014 · National Institutes of Health
18th Annual Summer Course: Principles of STD / HIV Research Scholarship
2010 · University of Washington Center for AIDS and STD’s
Travel Grant Recipient
2007 · promising new investigators to the 17th International Society of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research Meeting
Co-recipient of the Award for Excellence in International Health
2001 · Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Best Epidemiologist in the Workforce of Tomorrow Award
2000 · Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologist
1999 Charles C. Shepard Award for Excellence in Research-– presented to the graduating student who is deemed by the faculty to have prepared the most scholarly research thesis.
1999 · Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Publications

2009 American Journal of Epidemiology

Grants

Jul 2019 ACTIVE
Text and Talk: A multi-level intervention to increase provider HPV vaccine recommendation effectiveness
NATL INST OF HLTH NCI · Principal Investigator
Apr 2018 – Oct 2018
Stakeholder Engagement and Multi-Risk Assessment in Dental Care Settings
UNIV OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM ·
Apr 2017 – Mar 2018
The National Dental PBRN FY18
UNIV OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM ·
Dec 2016 – Jul 2019
Establishing and Evaluating a School and University Campus-Based Approach to Implementing Serogroup B Meningococcal (MenB) Disease Recommendations in Older Adolescents and Young Adults.
PFIZER INC ·
Feb 2016 – Jan 2020
Maximizing HPV vaccination: Real-time Reminders, Guidance, and Recommendations
NATL INST OF HLTH NCI · Principal Investigator
Dec 2015 – Oct 2016
Staras HPV R01 Pilot – Miscellaneous Donors
MISCELLANEOUS DONORS · Principal Investigator
Feb 2015 ACTIVE
UF Health Cancer Center Pilot Project Grants funded through the Florida Consortium of National Cancer Institute Centers Program
UF HEALTH SHANDS HOSPITAL · Project Manager
Jun 2014 – Dec 2017
OneFlorida Cancer Control Network
FL DEPT OF HLTH BIOMED RES PGM/J&E KING · Project Manager
Jul 2006 ACTIVE
21st Century Research & Economic Development Investment Program (REDIP)
STATE UNIV SYS OF FL BOARD OF GOVERNORS · Project Manager

Education

Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer Fellowship
2016-2018 · Washington University, St. Louis
Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Epidemiology
2006 · Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University
Master of Science of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
2000 · Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Bachelor of Science, Department of Biology
1998 · Bucknell University
Bachelor of Science , Department of Mathematics
1998 · Bucknell University

Contact Details

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(352) 294-8299
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