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Associate Professor
Department of Behavioral Science & Social Medicine
College of Medicine


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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Minority Mental Health Month

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Dr. Ennis to Facilitate Our Community, Our Health (OCOH) Interactive Virtual Town Hall on the Future of HIV Treatments & Care

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Resilience and Acceptance in the Face of COVID-19

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SAMHSA’s Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

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Health & Wellbeing in Our Current Public Health Crisis

The past two weeks have been a challenging time for us all! We have all watched as COVID-19 has changed...
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iRACE Lab is excited to welcome Abbey Folsom to the team

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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 in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine in the College of Medicine at Florida State University. She is the Director of the i.R.A.C.E. (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). 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 the from T1, clinical efficacy of interventions to T3, dissemination and implementation of interventions. Dr. Ennis is currently Principal Investigator of two National Institutes of Health funded grants and serves as a Co-Investigator on several NIH funded projects. 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.



PhD Committees

Doctoral Mentees

1. Bryant, V.E., Britton, M.K., Gullett, J.M., Porges, E.C., Woods, A.J., Cook, R.L., Williamson, J., Ennis, N., Bryant, K.J., Bradley, C., Cohen, R.A. (2021). Reduced Working Memory is Associated with Heavier Alcohol Consumption History, Role Impairment and Executive Function Difficulties. AIDS and Behavior. 1-8.

2. Joseph, V., Jones, A., Canidate, S., Mannes, Z., Lu, H., Ennis, N., Ibanez, G., Somboonwit, C., Cook, R. (2020). Factors associated with current health and severe pain among people living with HIV: results from a statewide sample. BMC Public Health. 1-10.

3. Mannes*, Z.L., Dunne, E.M., Ferguson, E.G., Cook, R.L. Ennis, N. (2020). Symptoms of Generalized Disorder as a Risk Factor for Substance Use among Adults Living with HIV. AIDS Care. 1-10.

4. Canidate, S.S., Cook, C. L., Varma, D., Carnaby, G.D., Ennis, N., Stetten, N., & Cook, R.L. (2020). Recruitment, experience, and retention among women with HIV and hazardous drinking participating in a clinical trial. BMC Public Health. 20, 1169.

5. Bryant, V.E., Gullett, J.M., Porges, E.C., Cook, R.L., Bryant, K.J., Woods, A.J., Williamson, J. Ennis, N., & Cohen, R.A. (2020). History of Alcohol Consumption and HIV Status Related to Functional Connectivity Differences in the Brain During Working Memory Performance. Current HIV Research. 18(3), 181-193.
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.
Dan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the FSU Center for Translational Behavioral Science. His work broadly focuses on public health policy, with particular emphasis on behavioral health problems. He takes an evidence-based approach to the examination of diagnostic reliability and treatment efficacy. He is currently editing a book on the topic of antidepressant withdrawal. His interests include meta-science and issues around open science/open access.
Dan Dunleavy, PhD, MSW
Postdoctoral Associate
Abbey Folsom is a Research Assistant in the iRACE Lab. Also, she is a practicing Florida Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist and holds the national credential, Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). Her unique life experiences as a professional with disabilities, plus due-diligence of a scientific background, is a unified perspective to research medical cannabis.
Abbey Folsom, MS, CNS, LDN
Research Assistant
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

Partners in Research

Together we address the disparities of our healthcare system.