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Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Behavioral Science & Social Medicine
College of Medicine

RECENT EVENTS

Office of Medical Marijuana Use Issues Update on THC Limits in Florida

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What does the FDA say about CBD and THC Products?

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Exploring Stigma as a Barrier to Medical Marijuana Treatment

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Dr. Ennis and Colleagues Publish Article Discussing Complementary Care Practice-Based Research Network (CC-PBRN) in Complementary Therapies in Medicine

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The Difference between Adverse Events and Negative Side Effects

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iRACE Lab Welcomes 2 Interns

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FAMU and SNMA at the FSU College of Medicine to Host Virtual World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil on December 1st

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CTBScience Investigators to lead multi-site collaboration to study HIV and Alcohol Use among Florida’s Young Adult Population with $6.5 million NIH grant

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Dr. Ennis Launches Complementary Care Practice-Based Research Network

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Growth of Medical Marijuana Use in Florida

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Congratulations to Drs. Ennis, Butame, and Armas on Publication in AIDS and Behavior

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FDOH Youth Housing Project Launched on June 1st

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Improving Cannabis Science through Research

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Drs. Ennis, Butame, and Armas to Present at the 28th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)

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Drs. Armas and Ennis Awarded National Library of Medicine Grant

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iRACE Lab Visits UF Gator Tech Smart House

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World AIDS Day 2020

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Dr. Ennis Awarded NIH R21 for Medical Marijuana Use and Driving Performance Project

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Owning the Journey

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Destigmatizing and Humanizing Addiction

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RESEARCH FOCUS
HIV/AIDS

Implementing evidence based behavioral interventions to improve the lives of people living with HIV

Dissemination and Implementation Science

Disseminating and evaluating evidence based behavioral interventions that bridge the gaps in health and health care for people living with chronic/life-limiting illness

Medical Marijuana

Examining patient-reported outcomes (PRO) for patients living with chronic/life-limiting illnesses

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Nicky Ennis, PhD

"Working to create a responsive and learning healthcare system to address America's health disparities"
Dr. Nicole Ennis is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine in the College of Medicine at Florida State University. She is the Director of the iRACE (Intervention Research Advancing Care Equity) Lab, Faculty at the Center for Translational Behavioral Sciences, and an Affiliate Faculty Member at the Institute for Successful Longevity. Dr. Ennis is also an Affiliate Faculty member in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida (UF) and is a member of the Advisory Board for the UF Southern HIV Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC). Additionally, she co-founded the Complementary Care Practice-Based Research Network (CC-PBRN), an academic-industry partnership uniting researchers, physicians, patients, and stakeholders to address critical gaps in cannabis science. Guided by a dissemination and implementation science framework, the goal of Dr. Ennis’ program of research is to improve patient care among medically underserved populations through evidence-based behavioral interventions in the context of learning healthcare systems. Her research aims to understand and intervene on factors that influence health outcomes among patients coping with HIV/AIDS and other chronic/life-limiting illnesses. In addition, Dr. Ennis’ work examines and identifies implementation strategies that improve patient care in real world settings. Her research agenda spans the translation spectrum from T1, clinical efficacy of interventions to T3, dissemination and implementation of interventions. Dr. Ennis currently serves as PI/MPI on three National Institutes of Health funded grants. Dr. Ennis has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and presented her work at national and international conferences. She also serves on the editorial board for two American Psychology Association (APA) journals and on the APA Division 50 Education and Training Committee.

Publications

Presentations

PhD Committees

Doctoral Mentees

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
1. Ennis, N., Dunleavy, D., Kloss, K., Stetten, N., Rogers, J., & Classen, S. (In submission). Feasibility of assessing medical marijuana patients’ psychomotor function using a driving simulator. BMC Pilot and Feasibility Studies.

2. Ennis, N., Vance, C., & Bradbury, R. (In press). Academic-industry partnership advancing cannabis science: A Complementary Care Practice-Based Network. Complementary Therapies in Medicine.

3. Ahmed, S., Algarin, A., Thadar, H., Zhou, Z., Taskin, T., Vaddiparti, K., Villalba, K., Wang, Y., Ennis, N., Morano, J., Somboonwit, C., Cook, R., & Ibanez, G. (2022). Comorbidities among persons living with HIV (PLWH) in Florida: A Network Analysis. AIDS Care, 1-9.

4. Ennis, N., Armas, L., Butame, S., & Joshi, H. (2022). Factors Impacting Video Telehealth Appointment Completion During COVID-19 Pandemic Among People Living with HIV in a Community-Based Health System. AIDS and Behavior.

5. Mannes, Z., Ennis, N., Ferguson, E.G., Hasin, D.S., Cottler, L.B. (2021). Pain Acceptance among Retired National Football League Athletes: Implications for Clinical Interventions. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology. 
THE
iRACE LAB
iRACE - intervention Research Advancing Care Equity.
The iRACE Lab is a health psychology laboratory that strives to improve patient care among medically underserved populations through proven behavioral interventions.   The lab aims to understand and intervene on factors that influence health outcomes among patients coping with substance misuse, depression, HIV infection, and other chronic diseases.
LAB MEMBERS
Katie Kloss is a Research Assistant in the Department of Behavioral Science & Social Medicine in the College of Medicine at Florida State University. They are also the Peer Navigator on Dr. Ennis’ SBIRT-PN study and the Study Coordinator on the CAN Pandemic Telesurvey and Medical Marijuana & Driving studies. They received their Bachelor of Arts degree in French with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Florida in 2010.
Katie Kloss, BA
Lab Manager/Study Coordinator
Savannah Calleson completed her undergraduate degree at Florida State University where she majored in Community Patient Care with a focus on Child Welfare. She hopes to one day practice as a physician in the Panhandle and serve the rural, underserved communities. She is interested in examining the impact that access to medical cannabis has had on opioid use and learning how to best help patients who struggle with pain management.
Savannah Calleson, MA
Medical Student Trainee (M2)
Marielise Torres is an undergraduate student attending Florida State University and currently studying Pre-Clinical Professions through the Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences degree program. She is working with the IRACE lab as a lab research assistant and is assisting in the literature and data management on their current studies. She is interested in Family Medicine and social behavioral research and would like to continue her educational career focused on these subjects.
Marielise Torres
Research Assistant
Colleen is a senior at Florida State University double-majoring in Sociology and Public Health. She has worked with the local community college and their Model UN team on researching a wide variety of nuanced issues concerning human rights. She has a passion for international relations, understanding socio-economic systems, and improving health equity.
Colleen Beichner
Intern

Partners in Research

Together we address the disparities of our healthcare system.