Christine Vinci, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Rice University
Pre-doctoral Psychology Intern (Resident): University of Mississippi Medical Center/G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Veteran Affairs Medical Center
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology: Louisiana State University
M.S. Applied Clinical Psychology: University of South Carolina Aiken
B.S. Psychology: Louisiana State University

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Post-Doctoral Fellow

Min-Jeong Yang, Ph.D.

Min-Jeong is an Applied Postdoctoral Fellow at the Tobacco Research and Intervention Program (TRIP) in the Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior at Moffitt Cancer Center. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 2020, where she focused on cognitive, affective, and biological mechanisms that contribute to maintenance of smoking and alcohol use, utilizing behavioral tasks on implicit bias and psychophysiology. Her research interests are primarily in cue reactivity and mechanisms of mindfulness- and exposure-based interventions in smoking cessation and relapse prevention. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she is working on multiple projects specific to smoking cessation treatments based on mindfulness and cue exposure, and that also utilize various research methodologies including ecological momentary assessment, wearable sensors, augmented reality, and very low nicotine content cigarettes.

Research Staff

Karen Obremski Brandon, Ph.D.

Karen Obremski Brandon, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist III at the Tobacco Research and Intervention Program. She currently contributes to projects on self-help for smoking cessation, health disparities in smoking cessation treatments, and interventions to decrease stress in caregivers of cancer patients.

Sarah Jones, B.A.

Sarah is a Senior Research Database Coordinator at Moffitt Cancer Center, working within the Tobacco Research and Intervention Program. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Psychology. Her research interests include data science and cognitive science, and she plans to pursue a graduate degree in the future.

 

Sana Baban

Sana Baban is a Research Assistant II in Dr. Christine Vinci's lab at Moffitt Cancer Center's Tobacco Research and Intervention Program. She is currently an undergraduate in her Junior year at the University of South Florida. Sana is majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and hopes to pursue a career in medicine. 

Laura M. Casas, B.A.

Laura is a Research Coordinator I at Moffitt Cancer Center’s Tobacco Research and Intervention Program. She attained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include health disparities and inequities. Laura is currently contributing to studies expanding the reach and efficacy of smoking cessation interventions.

Rachel Sauls

Rachel Sauls is a Research Assistant II in Dr. Vinci’s Lab at Moffitt Cancer Center’s Tobacco Research and Intervention center. She is currently an undergraduate at the University of South Florida majoring in Psychology and Biomedical Sciences. Rachel wants to pursue an MD/PhD in Neuropsychology in hopes of furthering her career in research and the medical field.

Valerie Yepez, M.M.S.

Valerie is a research Coordinator III at Moffitt’s Cancer Center’s Tobacco Research and Intervention Program. She graduated from the University of South Florida with degrees in Psychology and Biomedical Sciences and also graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine with her Master’s in Medical Sciences. Her research interests include health disparities and cognitive science. Valerie is currently contributing to a study focused on the emotional wellbeing of primary caregivers of patients at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Research Interns

Rashmi Gupta

Rashmi Gupta is a Research Intern in Dr. Vinci’s lab at Moffitt Cancer Center’s Tobacco Research and Intervention Program. She is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of South Florida. Rashmi is majoring in Biomedical Sciences and hopes to go to medical school in the future. 

Kerri Murphy, B.A., M.S.

Kerri Murphy is a research intern in Dr. Vinci's lab at Moffitt Cancer Center's Tobacco Research and Intervention Program. She is currently pursing an Undergraduate Research and Community Sciences Certificate at the University of South Florida. Kerri strives to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology, in which she hopes to treat patients and contribute further to brain and psychopathological research. 

Sravani Gopaluni

Sravani Gopaluni is a research intern in Dr. Vinci’s lab at Moffitt Cancer Center’s Tobacco Research and Intervention Program. She is currently an undergraduate student at the University of South Florida majoring in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology. Sravani plans on attending medical school to pursue a career in Neurology.

Jonathan Henning

Jonathan Henning is a research intern in Dr. Vinci’s lab at Moffitt Cancer Center’s Tobacco Research and Intervention Program. He is currently a senior undergraduate student at the University of South Florida, majoring in Biomedical Sciences. Jonathan is planning to attend medical school in the future.

Alexandra Rivera

Alex Rivera is a research intern in Dr. Vinci's lab at Moffitt Cancer Center's Tobacco Research and Intervention Program. She is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of South Florida, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Addiction Studies. Alex aims to pursue a PsyD and become a clinical psychologist in the field of addiction. 

Jared Zulueta

Jared Zulueta is a research intern in Dr. Vinci's lab at Moffitt Cancer Center's Tobacco Research and Intervention Program. He is currently a third-year undergraduate student at the University of South Florida. Jared is majoring in Biomedical Sciences, and is planning on attending medical school in the future.


Administrative Staff

Samantha Diaz-McGimsey - Division Coordinator
Teresa White-Jones - Grants Administrator
Yanid Grullon - Grants Administrator Associate

 


 

External Collaborators

David Wetter, Ph.D. – University of Utah
Amy Copeland, Ph.D. – Louisiana State University
Cho Lam, Ph.D. – University of Utah
Claire Spears, Ph.D. – Georgia State University
Santosh Kumar, Ph.D. – University of Memphis
Virmarie Correa-Fernandez, Ph.D. – University of Houston
David Evans, Ph.D. - Ponce Health Sciences University
Katie Witkiewitz, Ph.D. - University of Washington
Michelle Kelley, Ph.D. - Old Dominion University

 


Former Staff and Interns

Research Coordinators:  Emily Cutolo, Amanda Farris, Laura Hernandez, Mikaela Hemenway
Research Assistants:  Lorena Ruiz, Rachel Seng
Interns: Catherine McInnes, Lauren Kenney, Siham Palliagath, Jake Silverman, Kaylee Aszman, Javier Pinilla-Baquero, Haley Kantarjian, Muniba Rehman, Jennifer Ming Yin Su, Uswa Khan, Danielle Simon, Antony Boghdadi, Nithin Kanumuri, Syed Faris Hasan