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Family and Preventive Medicine

Darla E. Kendzor, PhD

Associate Professor
Leader of the Tobacco Intervention Research Clinic

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

(405) 271-6872

Dr. Kendzor’s research focuses on tobacco use and cessation, cancer prevention, and health disparities. Her work emphasizes the application of contingency management to real-world settings, as well as tobacco cessation interventions for vulnerable populations and mobile health. Her current NIH-funded trials focus on evaluating clinic- and smartphone-based incentives interventions for socioeconomically disadvantaged adults. This research also aims to identify treatment mechanisms and other contextual factors that influence cessation via smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment. She collaborates on several other NIH-funded smartphone-based intervention trials for populations experiencing health disparities including pregnant women, low-income adults, individuals experiencing homelessness, and adults with minority race/ethnicity. Other ongoing research focuses on tobacco harm reduction interventions for people experiencing homelessness and understanding medical cannabis use among adults with cancer.

Academic Section(s):

OUFMC Research Division


B.A., Psychology, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL (2000)

M.A., Clinical Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (2005)

Ph.D., Clinical PsychologyLouisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (2007)



Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cancer Prevention Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (2007-2009)

Clinical/Research Interests:

  • Tobacco cessation interventions for socioeconomically disadvantaged and vulnerable populations
  • Tobacco-related health disparities
  • Financial incentives for behavior change
  • Smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment/intervention
  • Cancer prevention 


Current Funding         *Indicates trainee investigator

Kendzor, D. E. (Principal Investigator)                 2021 - 2026
Automated Mobile Contingency Management for Smoking Cessation among Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Adults 
Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Federal
Grant/Contract Number: R01CA251451

Zvolensky, M. (Co-PI), Businelle, M. S. (Co-PI)     2021- 2024
Kendzor, D. E. (Co-Investigator)
Mobile Health to Monitor Risk for COVID-19 and Improve Mental Health during the Pandemic
Sponsor: NIH/NIMH, Federal
Grant/Contract Number: R01MH126586

Businelle, M. S. (Principal Investigator)               2019 - 2024
Kendzor, D. E. (Co-Investigator)
Smartphone Based Smoking Cessation Intervention for Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Adults
Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Federal
Grant/Contract Number: R01CA221819

Blalock, J. (Principal Investigator)                          2020 - 2023
Kendzor, D. E. (Co-Investigator)
Pilot Study to Evaluate a Behavioral Activation Prenatal and Postpartum Intervention for Depressed Pregnant Smokers
Sponsor: NIH, Federal
Grant/Contract Number: R34DA048265

Kendzor, D. E. (Co-PI), Businelle, M. S. (Co-PI)     2020 - 2023
TSET Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC)
Sponsor: TSET, State
Grant/Contract Number: 092-016-0002

Spears, C. A. (Principal Investigator)                     2019 - 2022
Kendzor, D. E. (Co-Investigator)
Mindfulness-Based Smoking Cessation Mobile App Designed for Low-Income Smokers
Sponsor: NIH/NIDA, Federal
Grant/Contract Number: R34DA049208

Businelle, M. S. (Principal Investigator)                2017 - 2022
Kendzor, D. E. (Co-Investigator)
mHealth to Increase Service Utilization in Recently Incarcerated Homeless Adults
Sponsor: NIH/NIMHD, Federal
Grant/Contract Number: R01MD010733

Kendzor, D. E. (Principal Investigator)                  2015 - 2022
Small Financial Incentives to Promote Smoking Cessation in Safety Net Hospital Patients
Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Federal
Grant/Contract Number: R01CA197314

Mentored Grants

Alexander, A. C. (Principal Investigator)*             2021 - 2026
Kendzor, D. E. (Primary Mentor)
HealthyCells: A Culturally-Tailored Smoking Cessation Smartphone Intervention for African Americans with Adjunctive Treatment for Sedentary Behavior
Sponsor: NIMHD
Grant/Contract Number: K01MD015295

Cole, A. (Principal Investigator)*                           2019 - 2021
Kendzor, D. E. (Mentor)
The Application of a Smartphone-Based Smoking Cessation Tool with American Indian Adults
Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Federal
Grant/Contract Number: R01CA221819 (Diversity Supplement)

Hébert, E. T. (Principal Investigator)*                  2019 - 2024
Kendzor, D. E. (Mentor)
Using Machine Learning to Develop Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions for Smoking Cessation
Sponsor: NIH/NIDA, Federal
Grant/Contract Number: K99DA046564/R00DA046564

Completed Funding

Kendzor, D. E. (Principal Investigator)                 2010 - 2015
Pathways Between Socioeconomic Status and Behavioral Cancer Risk Factors
Sponsor: American Cancer Society
Foundation Grant/Contract Number: MRSGT-10-104-01-CPHPS

Select Publications:

*Indicates trainee author

Brewer, K., Waring, J. J. C., Noble, B., Bradley, D., Olurotimi, O., Fronheiser, J., Sifat, M. S., Ehlke, S. J., Boozary, L. K., McQuoid, J., Kendzor, D. E., Alexander, A. C. (2022) Pandemic-related stress may be associated with symptoms of poor mental health among African Americans. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. DOI: 10.1007/s40615-022-01383-7

Rangu, N., Frank-Pearce, S. G., Alexander, A. C., Hebert, E. T., Ra, C., Kendzor, D. E., Businelle, M. S. (2022) Non-adherence to psychiatric medication in adults experiencing homelessness is associated with incurred concussions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2022; 16: 958169. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2022.958169

Ehlke, S. J., Cohn, A. M., Boozary, L. K., Alexander, A. C., Waring, J. J. C., Businelle, M. S., Kendzor, D. E. (2022) Discrimination, substance use, and mental health among sexual and gender minority adults accessing day shelter services. Substance Use & Misuse 2022; 57(8): 1237-1247. DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2022.2076874

Alexander, A. C., Waring, J. J. C., Noble, B., Bradley, D., Olurotimi, O., Fronheiser, J., Sifat, M., Ehlke, S. J., Boozary, L.K., McQuoid, J., Kendzor, D. E. (2022) Perceptions of mental health and exploring the role of social activism among African Americans exposed to media coverage of police brutality and protests. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. DOI: 10.1007/s40615-022-01326-2

Benson L, Ra CK, Hebert ET, Kendzor, D. E., Oliver, J.A., Frank-Pearce, S. G., Neil, J. M., Businelle, M. S. (2022) Quit stage and intervention type differences in the momentary within-person association between negative affect and smoking urges. Frontiers in Digital Health 2022; 4: 864003. DOI: 10.3389/fdgth.2022.864003

Boozary, L. K., Frank-Pearce, S. G., Alexander, A. C., Waring JJC, Ehlke, S. J., Businelle, M. S., Cohn, A. M., Kendzor, D. E. (2021). Correlates of e-cigarette use among adults initiating smoking cessation treatment. Drug and alcohol dependence, 224, 108724. PMID: 33940324. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108724

Kendzor, D. E., Businelle, M. S., Waring, J. J. C.*, Mathews, A. J., Geller, D. W., Barton, J. M., Alexander, A. C.*, Hébert, E. T.*, Ra, C. K.*, Vidrine, D. J. (2020). Automated Mobile Delivery of Financial Incentives for Smoking Cessation among Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Adults: A Feasibility Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 8(4). DOI:

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.*, 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. DOI:

Kendzor, D. E., Businelle, M. S., Waters, A. F.*, Frank, S. G., Hébert, E. T.* (2018). Financial strain indirectly influences smoking cessation through withdrawal symptom severity. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 183, 55-61. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.10.027

Waters, A. F.*, Businelle, M. S., Frank, S. G., Hébert, E. T.*, Kendzor, D. E. (2018). Understanding the Link between Contingency Management and Smoking Cessation: The Roles of Sex and Self-Efficacy. Addictive Behaviors, 84, 99-105. PMID: 29655134. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.03.018.

Knell, G.*, Gabriel, K. P., Businelle, M. S., Shuval, K., Wetter, D. W., Kendzor, D. E. (2017). Ecological momentary assessment of physical activity: Validation study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(7), e253. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.7602

Peltier, M. R.*, Lee, J.*, Ma, P.*, Businelle, M. S., Kendzor, D. E. (2017). The influence of sleep quality on smoking cessation in socioeconomically disadvantaged adults. Addictive behaviors, 66, 7-12. PMID: 27855299. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.11.004

Kendzor, D. E., Allicock, M., Businelle, M. S., Sandon, L. F., Gabriel, K. P., Frank, S. G. (2016). Evaluation of a shelter-based diet and physical activity intervention for homeless adults. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 14, 88-97. PMID: 27775471. DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0343

Kendzor, D. E., Shuval, K., Gabriel, K. P., Businelle, M. S., Ma, P.*, High, R. R., Cuate, E. L.*, Poonawalla, I. B.*, Rios, D. M.*, Demark-Wahnefried, W., Swartz, M. D., Wetter, D. W. (2016). Impact of a mobile phone intervention to reduce sedentary behavior in a community sample of adults: A quasi-experimental evaluation. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(1), e19. PMID: 26810027. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.5137

Ma, P.*, Businelle, M. S., Balis, D. S., Kendzor, D. E. (2015). The influence of perceived neighborhood disorder on smoking cessation among urban safety net hospital patients. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 156, 157-161. PMID: 26386824. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.09.004

Kendzor, D. E., Businelle, M. S., Poonawalla, I. B.*, Cuate, E. L.*, Kesh, A.*, Rios, D. M.*, Ma, P.*, Balis, D. S. (2015). Financial incentives for abstinence among socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals in smoking cessation treatment. American Journal of Public Health, 105(6), 1198-11205. PMID: 25393172. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302102

Kendzor, D. E., Businelle, M. S., Reitzel, L. R., Rios, D. M.*, Scheuermann, T. S., Pulvers, K., Ahluwalia, J. S. (2014). Everyday discrimination is associated with nicotine dependence among African American, Latino, and White smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16(6), 633-640. PMID: 24302634. DOI: 10.1093/ntr/ntt198

Kendzor, D. E., Businelle, M. S., Reitzel, L. R., Castro, Y., Vidrine, J. I., Mazas, C. A., Cinciripini, P. M., Lam, C. Y., Adams, C. E., Correa-Fernández, V., Cano, M. Á., Wetter, D. W. (2014). The influence of discrimination on smoking cessation among Latinos. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 136, 143-148. PMID: 24485880. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.01.003

Kendzor, D. E., Chen, M., Reininger, B. M., Businelle, M. S., Stewart, D., Fisher-Hoch, S. P., Rentfro, A. R., Wetter, D. W., McCormick, J. B. (2014). The association of depression and anxiety with glycemic control among Mexican Americans with diabetes living near the U.S.-Mexico border. BMC Public Health, 14, 176. PMID: 24548487. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-176

Kendzor, D. E., Caughy, M. O., Owen, M. T. (2012). Family income trajectory during childhood is associated with adiposity in adolescence: a latent class growth analysis. BMC Public Health, 12, 611. PMID: 22863369. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-611

Kendzor, D. E., Reitzel, L. R., Mazas, C. A., Cofta-Woerpel, L. M., Cao, Y., Ji, L., Costello, T. J., Vidrine, J. I., Businelle, M. S., Li, Y., Castro, Y., Ahluwalia, J. S., Cinciripini, P. M., Wetter, D. W. (2012). Individual- and area-level unemployment influence smoking cessation among African Americans participating in a randomized clinical trial. Social Science & Medicine, 74(9), 1394-1401. PMID: 22405506. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.01.013

Kendzor, D. E., Businelle, M. S., Costello, T. J., Castro, Y., Reitzel, L. R., Cofta-Woerpel, L. M., Li, Y., Mazas, C. A., Vidrine, J. I., Cinciripini, P. M., Greisinger, A. J., Wetter, D. W. (2010). Financial strain and smoking cessation among racially/ethnically diverse smokers. American Journal of Public Health, 100(4), 702-706. PMID: 20167886. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.172676