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Residency Faculty

Gretchen Adams, MD

Gretchen Adams, MD

Assistant Professor

James Barrett, MD, CAQ-Sports Medicine

Jim Barrett, MD, CAQ-Sports Medicine

​Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor,
Family Medicine Chair, 
Adult Physician Champion, OU Health

William Chow, MD

William Chow, MD

Assistant Professor

Family and Preventive Medicine Resident

Brian Coleman, MD, CAQ-Sports Medicine

Brian Coleman, MD, CAQ-Sports Medicine

Family Medicine Residency Program Director,
Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Director

Steven Crawford, MD

Steven Crawford, MD

Senior Associate Dean, Office of Healthcare Innovation and Policy

Mark Doescher, MD, MSPH

Mark Doescher, MD, MSPH

Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement, Stephenson Cancer Center

Rachel Franklin, MD, FAAFP

Rachel Franklin, MD, FAAFP

Regents’ Professor,
Family Medicine Vice Chair

Andrea Jones, MD

Andrea Jones, MD

Assistant Professor,
Family Medicine Clerkship Assistant Director

Kathryn E. Klump, MD, PhD

Kathryn E. Klump, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Family & Preventive Medicine, 
Assistant Professor of Cell Biology,
Director of Global Health Initiatives/Global Health Track

Olivia Lust, DO

Olivia Lust, DO

Assistant Professor,
Residency Education Director,
Clinical Medicine Course Assistant Director

Michael McCoy, MD

Michael McCoy, MD

Sports Medicine Faculty

Sports Medicine Fellow

Family and Preventive Medicine Chief Resident

Zsolt Nagykáldi, PhD

Zsolt J. Nagykáldi, PhD, BTh

Director of Research (OUFMC)
Associate Director of Community-Engaged Research (OSCTR)
Associate Director of the Oklahoma Primary Healthcare Improvement Collaborative (OPHIC)

Kalyanakrishnan Ramakrishnan, MD
Kathryn E. H. Reilly, MD, MPH, CAQ-Sports Medicine

Kathryn E. H. Reilly, MD, MPH, CAQ-Sports Medicine

Associate Residency Program Director

Robert C. Salinas, MD, CAQ(G)

Robert Salinas, MD, CAQ(G)

Associate Professor,
Assistant Dean, OUCOM, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement,
Director of Community Medicine,
Medical Director, OU Health, Palliative Care


Dewey Scheid, MD

Dewey Scheid, MD, MPH

Medical Decision Making



Peter Winn, MD, CAQ-Geriatrics

Peter Winn, MD, CAQ-Geriatrics

Geriatrics Program Director

Research Faculty

Family and Preventive Medicine

Adam C. Alexander, PhD

Assistant Professor

Health Promotion Research Center
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
655 Research Parkway, Suite 400
Oklahoma City, OK  73104

(405) 271-6872

Adam C. Alexander, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He earned a Ph.D. in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Memphis School of Public in 2018, and his dissertation titled, “Identifying pathways to postdisaster smoking and alcohol consumption after a natural disaster: Findings from Hurricane Katrina,” was awarded the Morton Dissertation Award by the University of Memphis.

Dr. Alexander is a health disparities researcher with a specialty in tobacco research. His research program is broadly focused on understanding and eliminating tobacco-related health disparities among African Americans and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. He leads an interdisciplinary research agenda that extends from the laboratory directly into the community.

Dr. Alexander is currently focused on developing interventions that promote smoking cessation among African Americans and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, such as adults experiencing homelessness. Dr. Alexander recognizes that African Americans and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations may face more and sometimes unique stressors when trying to quit smoking, which is why his research program also explores the extent to which factors such as discrimination, skin color, life stressors, including childhood trauma, affect smoking cessation outcomes.

Dr. Alexander's research sometimes extends beyond tobacco to address other health behaviors contributing to health disparities, such as physical activity and sedentary behavior. He also explores how stress and trauma influence mental health and other forms of substance use, such as methamphetamine, marijuana, and alcohol.

Academic Section(s):

OUFMC Research Division


University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, Ph.D., 2018 Social and Behavioral Sciences

University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, MS, 2016 General Psychology

University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, BA, 2012 Psychology



Postdoctoral Fellowship, Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center, Oklahoma City, OK, 09/2018 − 07/2020

Clinical/Research Interests:

  • Tobacco-related health disparities among African Americans
  • The impact of trauma and stress on physical and mental health, and health behavior
  • Moderation and mediation analyses
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Mixed-methods research


1 K01 MD015295-01A1     Role: Principal Investigator       05/08/2021 – 01/31/2026
HealthyCells: A Culturally-Tailored Smoking Cessation Smartphone Intervention for African Americans with Adjunctive Treatment for Sedentary Behavior
Sponsor: National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities

Role: Principal Investigator                   11/20/2020 – 6/30/2021
Project Trinity (Health, Hope, and Healing): The Oklahoman African American Health Cohort Study
Sponsor: TSET Health Promotion Research Center

R01CA237331        Role: Co-Investigator          04/01/2021 – 03/31/2026
Automated Mobile Contingency Management for Smoking Cessation among Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Adults
Sponsor: National Cancer Institute

P30CA225520      Role:  Co-Investigator       05/01/2021 – 04/30/2022
A pilot randomized controlled trial to determine feasibility and potential efficacy of COLO-CARE
Sponsor: Stephenson Cancer Center


Select Publications:

Boozary, L. K., Frank-Pearce, S. G., Alexander, A. C., Waring, J. J. C., Ehlke, S. J., Businelle, M. S., Cohn, A. M., & Kendzor, D. E. (2021). Correlates of ECigarette Use among Adults Initiating Smoking Cessation Treatment. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 108724.

Carter, A. L. & Alexander, A.C. (2021). 'It’s a Whole Different Atmosphere': A Qualitative Examination of Social Support as a Facilitator of Exercise During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Health Promotion and Practice, ePub.

Alexander, A. C., Waring, J. J. C., Hébert, E. T., Ra, C. K., Rangu, N., Kendzor, D. E., & Businelle, M. S. (2021). Identifying mechanisms that link pain to smoking relapse during a quit attempt. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 35(1), 52–61.

Hernandez, D. C., Daundasekara, S. S., Zvolensky, M. J., Reitzel, L. R., Santa Maria, D., Alexander, A. C., Kendzor, D. E., & Businelle, M. S. (2020). Urban stress indirectly influences psychological symptoms through its association with distress tolerance and perceived social support among adults experiencing homelessness. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, 5301.

Ahuja, N., Schmidt, M., Dillon, P. J., Alexander, A. C., & Kedia, S. (2020). Online Narratives of Methamphetamine Use and Risky Sexual Behavior: Can Shame-Free Guilt Aid in Recovery? Archives of Sexual Behavior, epub.

Kendzor, D. E., Businelle, M. S., Waring, J. J. C., Mathews, A., Geller, D. W., Barton, J. M., Alexander, A.C., … Vidrine, D. J. (2019). Automated Mobile Delivery of Financial Incentives for Smoking Cessation among Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Adults: A Feasibility Study (Preprint). JMIR MHealth and UHealth.

Alexander, A. C., Olurotimi, O.*, Hébert, E. T., Ra, C. K., Businelle, M. S., & Kendzor, D. E. (2020). Subjective social status is indirectly associated with short-term smoking cessation through nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Journal of Health Psychology, ePub.

Hébert, E. T., Ra, C. K., Alexander, A. C., Helt, A., Moisiuc, R., Kendzor, D. E., … Businelle, M. S. (2020). A Mobile Just-in-Time Adaptive Intervention for Smoking Cessation: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(3), e16907.

Carter, A. L., & Alexander, A.C. (2020). Soul Food : [Re] framing the African-American Farming Crisis Using the Culture-Centered Approach. Frontiers in Communication, 5(February), 1–14.

Allen, A. M., Jung, A. M., Alexander, A. C., Allen, S. S., Ward, K. D., & Al’Absi, M. (2020). Cannabis Use and Stressful Life Events during the Perinatal Period: Cross‐sectional Results from Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Data, 2016. Addiction, add.15003.

Carter, A. L., & Alexander, A. C. (2019). A Qualitative Exploration of Women’s Experiences Who Belong to a “Fitness Community.” American Journal of Health Education, 1–9.

Alexander, A. C., Nollen, N. L., Ahluwalia, J. S., Hébert, E. T., Businelle, M. S., & Kendzor, D.E. (2019). Darker skin color is associated with a lower likelihood of smoking cessation among males but not females. Social Science & Medicine, 240, 112562.

Waring, J. J. C.*, Hébert, E. T., Alexander, A. C., Kendzor, D. E., & Businelle, M. S. (2020). Evaluating the influences of social support and smoking cues on daily smoking abstinence among socioeconomically disadvantaged adults. Addictive Behaviors, 100, 106107.

Alexander, A. C., Hébert, E. T., Businelle, M. S., & Kendzor, D. E. (2019). Greater perceived importance of earning abstinence-contingent incentives is associated with smoking cessation among socioeconomically disadvantaged adults. Addictive Behaviors, 95, 202–205.

Alexander, A. C., Hébert, E. T., Businelle, M. S., & Kendzor, D. E. (2019). Everyday discrimination indirectly influences smoking cessation through post-quit self-efficacy. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 198, 63–69.


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