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Traci Abraham

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
DepartmentPSY Psychiatry, College of Medicine
DivisionPSY Health Services Research
Address NLRVA
4301 W. Markham
Mail Slot # 554
Little Rock AR 72205
Phone501-257-1737
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-2398-9264 Additional info
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    Society for Applied Anthropology
    Trauma Research Workgroup, U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs

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    Co-Chair, South Central Mental Illness Research, Education & Clinical Center (SC MIRECC) Consumer Advisory Board (CAB)

    Site Lead, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Women's Health Practice-Based Research Network.

    Planning Committee, Center for Mental Healthcare & Outcomes Research Veterans Council

    Advisory Committee, Implementation Research Group (IRB) Qualitative Methods Collaborative, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

    Founder and Lead, Center for Health Services Research Scientific Writers' Week

    Founder and Lead, Center for Mental Healthcare & Outcomes Research Scientific Writers' Week

    Collapse education and training
    Illinois State University, Normal, ILMA05/2004Cultural Anthropology
    University of Connecticut, Storrs, CTPhD05/2011Cultural Anthropology
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    2000Summa Cum Laude, Illinois State University

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    A 4-week virtual course sponsored by the UAMS Translational Research Institute designed to help novices gain a basic understanding of the fundamentals of qualitative health services research. Enrollees receive a basic orientation toward two rapid analytic techniques used in health services research: framework analysis and template analysis.


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    Principal Investigator: A Team Science Approach to Evaluation: Participatory Observation of the Development and Implementation of the Translational Research Institute’s Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Scholars Program. (PI: Abraham). UAMS Team Science Voucher, $19,558; 06/01/2020-05/31/2021.

    Co-Investigator. Promoting Benzodiazepine Cessation through an Electronically Delivered Patient Self-Management Intervention (PIs: Cucciare and Humphreys). VA HSR&D IIR 18-026, $1,058,924; 09/01/2020-08/31/2021.

    Co-Investigator: Addressing Barriers to Mental Health Treatment Initiation and Engagement (PI: Pyne). VA RIVR 19-478, $500,000; 07/01/2019-06/30/2024

    Co-Investigator: Implementing Caring Contacts for Suicide Prevention in Non-Mental Health Settings (PI: Landes). VA QUERI HX 19-007, $2,749,838; 10/01/2019-09/30/2022

    Program Evaluator: Partnerships for Biomedical Research in Arkansas. (PI: Cornett). National Institute of General Medical Sciences, 5P20GM103429-17, $3,523,034; 10/01/2001-09/30/2020; $3,557,241; 10/01/2020-09/30/2025.

    Co-Investigator: Randomized Evaluation of a Caring Letters Suicide Prevention Campaign (PI: Reger). VA QUERI, PEC 18-202. $1,021,595; 10/01/2019-09/30/2022.

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    18-026     (Cucciare and Humphreys)Sep 1, 2020 - Oct 31, 2021
    U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs, HSR&D IIR
    Promoting Benzodiazepine Cessation through an Electronically Delivered Patient Self-Management Intervention
    Role Description: Mixed-method project adapting, implementing and evaluating an electronic tool which guides self-management for benzodiazepine cessation. Responsible for adapting the electronic intervention to Veterans with complex conditions (e.g., PTSD), and VA clinical contexts.
    Role: Co-Investigator

         (Traci Abraham)Jun 2, 2020 - May 31, 2021
    UAMS Team Science Voucher
    A Team Science Approach to Evaluation: Participatory Observation of the Development and Implementation of the Translational Research Institute’s Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Scholars Program
    Role Description: Evaluation of the development and implementation of the Translational Research Institute’s CBPR Scholars Program using techniques from focused ethnography. Responsible for evaluation design, data collection, data analysis.
    Role: Principal Investigator

         (Traci Abraham)Jun 2, 2020 - May 31, 2021
    UAMS Team Science Voucher
    A Team Science Approach to Evaluation: Participatory Observation of the Development and Implementation of the Translational Research Institute’s Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Scholars Program
    Role Description: Evaluation of the development and implementation of the Translational Research Institute’s CBPR Scholars Program using techniques from focused ethnography. Responsible for evaluation design, data collection, data analysis.
    Role: Principal Investigator

    HX 19-007     (Landes)Oct 1, 2019 - Sep 30, 2022
    U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs
    Implementing Caring Contacts for Suicide Prevention in Non-Mental Health Settings
    Role Description: Mixed-method, nation-wide project implementing and evaluating a suicide prevention intervention, Caring Contacts, in emergency departments at 23 sites. Responsible for oversight of the qualitative research team (mentoring, qualitative data collection, data analysis), as well as adaptation of the intervention and evaluation of program implementation.
    Role: Co-Investigator

    PEC 18-202     (Reger)Oct 1, 2019 - Sep 30, 2022
    U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs
    Randomized Evaluation of a Caring Letters Suicide Prevention Campaign
    Role Description: Effectiveness-implementation Hybrid Type I trial primarily evaluating the effectiveness of a caring contact campaign on Veterans who have called the Veterans Health Administration Veterans Crisis Line for assistance. Qualitative data will be used to enhance the cultural relevance of the intervention and increase intervention effectiveness
    Role: Co-Investigator

    RIVR 19-478     (Pyne)Jul 1, 2019 - Jun 30, 2024
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,
    Addressing Barriers to Mental Health Treatment Initiation and Engagement
    Role Description: Mixed-method project implementing a peer-led, strengths-based intervention to enhance rural veteran engagement in mental health treatment. Responsible for collecting qualitative data from stakeholders to develop an implementation planning guide.
    Role: Co-Investigator

    P20GM103429     (CORNETT, LAWRENCE E)Sep 30, 2001 - Apr 30, 2025
    NIH
    Partnerships for Biomedical Research in Arkansas
    Role Description: Mixed-method evaluation of the Arkansas IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) to broaden opportunities for undergraduate student participation in biomedical research. Responsible for the evaluation of workshops, a summer program for undergraduates, and symposium, as well as the implementation of the program
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Cucciare MA, Marchant K, Abraham T, Ecker A, Han X, White P, Craske MG, Lindsay J. A randomized controlled trial comparing a manual and computer version of CALM in VA community-based outpatient clinics. J Affect Disord Rep. 2021 Dec; 6:100202. PMID: 34423330.
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    2. Seal KH, Pyne JM, Manuel JK, Li Y, Koenig CJ, Zamora KA, Abraham TH, Mesidor MM, Hill C, Uddo M, Hamilton M, Borsari B, Bertenthal D, Casey JJ, Kelly PA. Telephone veteran peer coaching for mental health treatment engagement among rural veterans: The importance of secondary outcomes and qualitative data in a randomized controlled trial. J Rural Health. 2021 09; 37(4):788-800. PMID: 33978989.
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    3. Pyne JM, Sullivan S, Abraham TH, Rabalais A, Jaques M, Griffin B. Mental Health Clinician Community Clergy Collaboration to Address Moral Injury Symptoms: A Feasibility Study. J Relig Health. 2021 Oct; 60(5):3034-3051. PMID: 33864575.
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    4. Abraham TH, Stewart GL, Solimeo SL. The importance of soft skills development in a hard data world: learning from interviews with healthcare leaders. BMC Med Educ. 2021 Mar 06; 21(1):147. PMID: 33676503.
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    5. Abraham TH, Ono SS, Moriarty H, Winter L, Bender RE, Facundo R, True G. Revealing the Invisible Emotion Work of Caregivers: A Photovoice Exploration of Informal Care Provided by Family Caregivers for Post-9/11 Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injuries. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2021 Jan-Feb 01; 36(1):25-33. PMID: 32769827.
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    6. Ecker AH, Abraham TH, Martin LA, Marchant-Miros K, Cucciare MA. Factors Affecting Adoption of Coordinated Anxiety Learning and Management (CALM) in Veterans' Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinics. J Rural Health. 2021 03; 37(2):447-455. PMID: 33078451.
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    7. Abraham TH, McBain SA, Goudie A, Hudson T, Thompson JW. "It's been like a miracle": Low-income Arkansans and access to health care services following Medicaid reform. Inquiry. 2020 Jan-Dec; 57:46958020981169. PMID: 33342325.
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    8. Abraham TH, Deen TL, Hamilton M, True G, O'Neil MT, Blanchard J, Uddo M. Analyzing free-text survey responses: An accessible strategy for developing patient-centered programs and program evaluation. Eval Program Plann. 2020 02; 78:101733. PMID: 31675509.
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    9. Landes SJ, Kirchner JE, Areno JP, Reger MA, Abraham TH, Pitcock JA, Bollinger MJ, Comtois KA. Adapting and implementing Caring Contacts in a Department of Veterans Affairs emergency department: a pilot study protocol. Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2019; 5:115. PMID: 31624637.
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    10. Cucciare MA, Marchant K, Lindsay J, Craske MG, Ecker A, Day S, Hogan J, Henn J, LeBeau RT, Rabalais A, Rose RD, Qualls M, Treanor M, Abraham TH. An Evidence-Based Model for Disseminating-Implementing Coordinated Anxiety Learning and Management in Department of Veterans Affairs' Community-Based Outpatient Clinics. J Rural Health. 2020 06; 36(3):371-380. PMID: 31508861.
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    11. Bormann JE, Abraham TH. Evaluation of the Mantram Repetition Program for Health Care Providers. Fed Pract. 2019 May; 36(5):232-236. PMID: 31138977.
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    12. Abraham TH, Marchant-Miros K, McCarther MB, Craske MG, Curran GM, Kearney LK, Greene C, Lindsay JA, Cucciare MA. Adapting Coordinated Anxiety Learning and Management for Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinics: Iterative Approach. JMIR Ment Health. 2018 Aug 22; 5(3):e10277. PMID: 30135051.
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    13. Abraham TH, Wright P, White P, Booth BM, Cucciare MA. Feasibility and acceptability of shared decision-making to promote alcohol behavior change among women Veterans: Results from focus groups. J Addict Dis. 2017 Oct-Dec; 36(4):252-263. PMID: 28863271.
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    14. Abraham TH, Lewis ET, Cucciare MA. Providers' Perspectives on Barriers and Facilitators to Connecting Women Veterans to Alcohol-Related Care From Primary Care. Mil Med. 2017 09; 182(9):e1888-e1894. PMID: 28885951.
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    15. Abraham TH, Koenig CJ, Zamora K, Hill C, Uddo M, Kelly AP, Hamilton MF, Curran GM, Pyne JM, Seal KH. Situating mental health work in place: Qualitative findings from interviews with Veterans in Southeastern Louisiana and Northern California. Health Place. 2017 Sep; 47:63-70. PMID: 28755653.
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    16. Purvis RS, Abraham TH, Long CR, Stewart MK, Warmack TS, McElfish PA. Qualitative study of participants' perceptions and preferences regarding research dissemination. AJOB Empir Bioeth. 2017 Apr-Jun; 8(2):69-74. PMID: 28949841.
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    17. Abraham TH, Lewis ET, Drummond KL, Timko C, Cucciare MA. Providers' perceptions of barriers and facilitators to disclosure of alcohol use by women veterans. Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2017 01; 18(1):64-72. PMID: 27692026.
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    18. Koenig CJ, Abraham T, Zamora KA, Hill C, Kelly PA, Uddo M, Hamilton M, Pyne JM, Seal KH. Pre-Implementation Strategies to Adapt and Implement a Veteran Peer Coaching Intervention to Improve Mental Health Treatment Engagement Among Rural Veterans. J Rural Health. 2016 09; 32(4):418-428. PMID: 27509291.
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    19. Cucciare MA, Curran GM, Craske MG, Abraham T, McCarthur MB, Marchant-Miros K, Lindsay JA, Kauth MR, Landes SJ, Sullivan G. Assessing fidelity of cognitive behavioral therapy in rural VA clinics: design of a randomized implementation effectiveness (hybrid type III) trial. Implement Sci. 2016 May 10; 11:65. PMID: 27164866.
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    20. Cheney AM, Abraham TH, Sullivan S, Russell S, Swaim D, Waliski A, Lewis C, Hudson C, Candler B, Hall S, Hunt J. Using Community Advisory Boards to Build Partnerships and Develop Peer-Led Services for Rural Student Veterans. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2016; 10(3):355-364. PMID: 28230543.
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    21. Abraham T, Cheney AM, Curran GM. A Bourdieusian Analysis of U.S. Military Culture Ground in the Mental Help-Seeking Literature. Am J Mens Health. 2017 Sep; 11(5):1358-1365. PMID: 26229053.
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    22. Abraham T, Macauda M, Erickson P, Singer M. "And let me see them damn papers!" The role of STI/AIDS screening among urban African American and Puerto Rican youth in the transition to sex without a condom. AIDS Behav. 2011 Oct; 15(7):1359-71. PMID: 20844945.
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    23. Singer MC, Erickson PI, Badiane L, Diaz R, Ortiz D, Abraham T, Nicolaysen AM. Syndemics, sex and the city: understanding sexually transmitted diseases in social and cultural context. Soc Sci Med. 2006 Oct; 63(8):2010-21. PMID: 16782250.
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