Research Summary

I am a practicing general internist and a researcher in tobacco control with a focus on populations experiencing homelessness. I am formally trained in a variety of methodologies, including implementation sciences, descriptive epidemiology using national longitudinal and cross-sectional data, policy analysis, randomized controlled trials, qualitative and mixed methods research. My intervention research stems from collaborations with community organizations. As principal investigator of two prior grants from the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) , I collaborated with homeless shelters and supportive housing to implement interventions to increase access to smoking cessation services and smoke-free policies among homeless adults. My current work, funded by the NCI, includes a cluster randomized controlled trial of a smoke-free home intervention in 20 permanent supportive housing sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have started recruiting participants for another randomized controlled trial of a contingency management smoking cessation intervention for people experiencing homelessness. My current work also involves delivery of system-level interventions for smoking cessation, integrated within the electronic health record of safety-net health systems.

Research Funding

  • July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 - Evaluating the implementation of smoke-free policies in San Francisco's public housing, PI. Sponsor: UCSF CTSI/DDCF, Sponsor Award ID:
  • July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018 - A smoke-free home intervention in supportive housing, PI. Sponsor: California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, Sponsor Award ID: 25IP-0015
  • July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018 - Ending Tobacco Use in high risk, low-income populations, Co-investigator. Sponsor: California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, Sponsor Award ID: 25CP-0002
  • July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 - Evaluating the implementation of smoke-free policies in San Francisco's public housing, PI. Sponsor: UCSF CTSI/DDCF, Sponsor Award ID:

Education

Brown University, Sc.B, 05/1999, Biology
Boston University School of Medicine, MD, 05/2006, Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, MAS, 06/2011, Clinical Research

Honors & Awards

  • 2005
    Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society
  • 2006
    Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Citation, American Medical Women's Association
  • 2006
    Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, Arnold P. Gold Foundation
  • 2009
    Joseph N. Muschel House Staff Award for Humanism and Excellence in Medicine
  • 2015
    Award for poster presentation in the category of Public Health in Action, Public Health Research Day, UCSD, April 9, 2015

Selected Publications

  1. Riley ED, Delucchi K, Rubin S, Weiser SD, Vijayaraghavan M, Lynch K, Tsoh JY. Ongoing tobacco use in women who experience homelessness and unstable housing: A prospective study to inform tobacco cessation interventions and policies. Addict Behav. 2021 Sep 25; 125:107125.  View on PubMed
  2. Rubin SB, Vijayaraghavan M, Weiser SD, Tsoh JY, Cohee A, Delucchi K, Riley ED. Homeless women's perspectives on smoking and smoking cessation programs: A qualitative study. Int J Drug Policy. 2021 Sep 01; 98:103377.  View on PubMed
  3. Durazo A, Hartman-Filson M, Elser H, Alizaga NM, Vijayaraghavan M. E-Cigarette Use among Current Smokers Experiencing Homelessness. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 04 01; 18(7).  View on PubMed
  4. Durazo A, Hartman-Filson M, Perez K, Alizaga NM, Petersen AB, Vijayaraghavan M. Smoke-Free Home Intervention in Permanent Supportive Housing: A Multifaceted Intervention Pilot. Nicotine Tob Res. 2021 01 07; 23(1):63-70.  View on PubMed
  5. Vijayaraghavan M, Elser H, Frazer K, Lindson N, Apollonio D. Interventions to reduce tobacco use in people experiencing homelessness. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2020 12 03; 12:CD013413.  View on PubMed
  6. Katyal T, Durazo A, Hartman-Filson M, Vijayaraghavan M. Responses to Graphic Warning Labels among Low-income Smokers. Am J Health Behav. 2020 09 01; 44(5):603-616.  View on PubMed
  7. Vijayaraghavan M. Improving Access to Clinical Trials for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Treatment. JAMA Neurol. 2020 06 01; 77(6):671-672.  View on PubMed
  8. Alizaga NM, Hartman-Filson M, Elser H, Halpern-Felsher B, Vijayaraghavan M. Alternative flavored and unflavored tobacco product use and cigarette quit attempts among current smokers experiencing homelessness. Addict Behav Rep. 2020 Dec; 12:100280.  View on PubMed
  9. Alizaga NM, Hartman-Filson M, Elser H, Halpern-Felsher B, Vijayaraghavan M. Alternative flavored and unflavored tobacco product use and cigarette quit attempts among current smokers experiencing homelessness. Addict Behav Rep. 2020 Dec; 12:100280.  View on PubMed
  10. Vijayaraghavan M, King BA. Advancing Housing and Health: Promoting Smoking Cessation in Permanent Supportive Housing. Public Health Rep. 2020 Jul/Aug; 135(4):415-419.  View on PubMed
  11. Petersen AB, Elser H, Nguyen T, Alizaga NM, Vijayaraghavan M. Smoke-Free or Not: Attitudes Toward Indoor Smoke-Free Policies Among Permanent Supportive Housing Residents. Am J Health Promot. 2020 01; 34(1):32-41.  View on PubMed
  12. Hafez AY, Gonzalez M, Kulik MC, Vijayaraghavan M, Glantz SA. Uneven Access to Smoke-Free Laws and Policies and Its Effect on Health Equity in the United States: 2000-2019. Am J Public Health. 2019 11; 109(11):1568-1575.  View on PubMed
  13. Thrul J, Vijayaraghavan M, Kalkhoran S, Satterfield JM. Patterns of cigarette, e-cigarette, and cannabis use among adult smokers in primary care 2014-2015. Addict Behav. 2020 01; 100:106109.  View on PubMed
  14. Thrul J, Vijayaraghavan M, Kalkhoran S, Satterfield JM. Patterns of cigarette, e-cigarette, and cannabis use among adult smokers in primary care 2014-2015. Addict Behav. 2020 01; 100:106109.  View on PubMed
  15. Elser H, Hartman-Filson M, Alizaga NM, Vijayaraghavan M. Exposure to pro- and anti-tobacco messages online and off-line among people experiencing homelessness. Prev Med Rep. 2019 Sep; 15:100944.  View on PubMed
  16. Gubner NR, Williams DD, Chen E, Silven D, Tsoh JY, Guydish J, Vijayaraghavan M. Recent cessation attempts and receipt of cessation services among a diverse primary care population - A mixed methods study. Prev Med Rep. 2019 Sep; 15:100907.  View on PubMed
  17. Lowenstein M, Vijayaraghavan M, Burke NJ, Karliner L, Wang S, Peters M, Lozano A, Kaplan CP. Real-world lung cancer screening decision-making: Barriers and facilitators. Lung Cancer. 2019 07; 133:32-37.  View on PubMed
  18. Neisler J, Reitzel LR, Garey L, Kendzor DE, Hébert ET, Vijayaraghavan M, Businelle MS. Corrigendum to "Concurrent nicotine and tobacco product use among homeless smokers and associations with cigarette dependence and other factors related to quitting" [Drug Alcohol Depend. 185 (2018) 133-140]. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 Jun 01; 199:68.  View on PubMed
  19. Neisler J, Reitzel LR, Garey L, Kendzor DE, Hébert ET, Vijayaraghavan M, Businelle MS. Corrigendum to "The moderating effect of perceived social support on the relation between heaviness of smoking and quit attempts among adult homeless smokers" [Drug and Alcohol Depend. 190 (2018) 128-132]. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 Jun 01; 199:69.  View on PubMed
  20. Alizaga NM, Nguyen T, Petersen AB, Elser H, Vijayaraghavan M. Developing Tobacco Control Interventions in Permanent Supportive Housing for Formerly Homeless Adults. Health Promot Pract. 2020 11; 21(6):972-982.  View on PubMed

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