Michael Businelle, PhD

Director of the mHealth Shared Resource at Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the Stephenson Cancer Center, Associate Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Dr. Michael Businelle is an associate professor and leader of the OTRC mHealth Shared Resource at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Stephenson Cancer Center. He was a licensed substance abuse counselor before earning his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2007.

Over the past 15 years, his research has focused on testing novel treatments and reducing health disparities in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. His recent work has focused on using smartphones to identify predictors of cancer related health risk behaviors (e.g., smoking relapse) in socioeconomically disadvantaged (e.g., uninsured, homeless) adults.

This information has been used to develop novel interventions that automatically tailor treatment content based upon an individual’s current symptoms/needs. In upcoming studies, Dr. Businelle plans to integrate real-time wearable sensor data (e.g., smoking, eating, drinking gestures) to inform intervention algorithms.


Degree-Granting Institutions
Lousiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, PhD, 2007, Clinical Psychology

Postgraduate Training
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cancer Prevention Research, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2007 - 2009
Clinical Psychology Resident, G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson , MS, 2006 - 2007

Grant Funding:

Kendzor, D. E. (Principal Investigator), Businelle, M. S. (Co-Investigator), 10% Effort, "Small Financial Incentives to Promote Smoking Cessation in Safety Net Hospital Patients," Sponsored by National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, Federal
Grant/Contract Number: 5.1R01CA197314-01
Additional Information: This randomized clinical trial will examine the longer-term effects of offering small financial incentives for confirmed smoking abstinence in safety-net hospital patients who are seeking smoking cessation treatment. In addition, traditional and ecological momentary assessments will be used to identify antecedents of smoking lapse.
July 8, 2015 - June 30, 2020

Santa Maria (Principal Investigator), Businelle, M. S. (Consultant ), "Development of a HIV Risk Estimator to Predict Imminent HIV Risk Behaviors in Homeless Youth," Sponsored by NIH, NICHD - Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, Federal
Grant/Contract Number: R25 HD045810
Additional Information: The goal of this project is to identify antecedents to HIV risk behaviors and combine this information to develop a real-time HIV risk estimator using existing EMA data from 71 homeless 18-24 year olds recruited from a local drop-in center in Houston, TX.
September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017

Businelle, M. S. (Principal Investigator), 70% Effort, "Socioeconomic Disparities in Smoking Cessation: Identifying the Mechanisms," Mentored Research Scholar Grant, Sponsored by American Cancer Society, Non-Profit
Grant/Contract Number: MRSG-12-114-01-CPPB
Additional Information: This study will determine if low SES increases the odds of relapse through a number of hypothesized mechanisms. This work is innovative because it will explore mediational pathways between SES and smoking cessation among individuals of varying racial/ethnic backgrounds from two distinct samples, using both traditional (questionnaire) and state-of-the-science real-time assessment methodology. This information was used to develop a new smart phone–based smoking cessation treatment that assesses relapse risk in real time and automatically intervenes to reduce risk.
July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2017

Kendzor, D. E. (Principal Investigator), Businelle, M. S. (Co-Investigator), 10% Effort, "Mobile Contingency Management for Smoking Cessation Among Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Adults," Supplement, Sponsored by National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, Federal
Grant/Contract Number: 1R01CA197314-01
Additional Information: The purpose of the supplement is to 1) develop a fully automated, mobile phone-based CM approach that can remotely verify smoking abstinence, confirm participant identity, and deliver financial incentives for smoking cessation, and 2) evaluate the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of using a fully automated mobile CM approach as an adjunct to telephone counseling and nicotine replacement therapy among socioeconomically disadvantaged adults.
June 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017

Selected Publications:

Kendzor, D. E., Allicock, M., Businelle, M. S., Sandon, L., Gabriel, K. P., & Frank, S. G. (2017). Evaluation of a shelter-based diet and physical activity intervention for homeless adults., (vol. 14, pp. 88-97). Journal of Physical Activity & Health. PMID: 27775471

*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., (vol. 66, pp. 7-12). Addictive behaviors. PMID: 27855299. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.11.004.

Businelle, M. S., *Ma, P., Kendzor, D. E., Frank, S. G., Wetter, D. W., Vidrine, D. J. (2016). Using Intensive Longitudinal Data Collected via Mobile Phone to Detect Imminent Lapse in Smokers Undergoing a Scheduled Quit Attempt., (10th ed., vol. 18, pp. e275). Journal of medical Internet research. PMID: 27751985. PMCID: PMC5088341.

Businelle, M. S., *Ma, P., Kendzor, D. E., Frank, S., Vidrine, D. J., & Wetter, D. W. (2016). An ecological momentary intervention for smoking cessation: Evaluation of feasibility and effectiveness., (vol. 18, p. e321). Journal of medical Internet research. PMC5187451.

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., (vol. 18, p. e19). Journal of medical Internet research. PMC4746437

*Ma, P., Kendzor, D. E., *Poonawalla, I. B., Balis, D. S., & Businelle, M. S. (2016). Daily nicotine patch wear time predicts smoking abstinence in socioeconomically disadvantaged adults: An analysis of ecological momentary assessment data., (vol. 169, pp 64-67). Drug & Alcohol Dependence. PMID: 27776246

*Taylor, E., Kendzor, D. E., Reitzel, L. R., & Businelle, M. S. (2016). Health risk factors and desire to change among homeless adults., (vol. 40, pp. 455-460). American Journal of Health Behavior. PMID: 27338992

*Kish, D., Reitzel, L. R., Kendzor, D. E., *Okamoto, H., & Businelle, M. S. (2015). Characterizing concurrent tobacco product use among homeless cigarette smokers., (vol. 17, pp. 1156-1160). Nicotine & Tobacco Research. PMID: 25358660

Businelle, M. S., *Poonawalla, I. B., Kendzor, D. E., *Rios, D. M., *Cuate, E. L., *Savoy, E. J., *Ma, P., Baggett, T. P., Reingle, J., & Reitzel, L. R. (2015). Smoking policy change at a homeless shelter: attitudes and effects., (vol. 40, pp. 51-6). Addictive behaviors. PMID: 25222848. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.08.013.

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., (vol. 105, pp. 1198-1205). American Journal of Public Health. PMID: 25393172

*Kish, D., Reitzel, L. R., Kendzor, D. E., *Okamoto, H., & Businelle, M. S. (2015).

Nguyen, M. A., 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 and Alcohol Dependence, 153, 341-345. (PMID: 26072221)

*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. (PMID: 26018103)

Businelle, M. S., *Ma, P., Kendzor, D. E., Reitzel, L. R., Chen, M., Lam, C., Bernstein, I., & Wetter, D. W. (2014). Predicting quit attempts among homeless smokers seeking cessation treatment: An ecological momentary assessment study. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16, 1371-1378. (PMC4207873)

Businelle, M. S., Kendzor, D. E., *Kesh, A., *Cuate, E. L., *Poonawalla, I. B., Reitzel, L. R., Okuyemi, K., & Wetter, D. W. (2014). Small financial incentives increase smoking cessation in homeless smokers: A pilot study. Addictive Behaviors, 39, 717-720. (PMID: 24321696)