Taghrid Asfar

Research Asst. Professor

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Field of Interest: Tobacco Policies & Regulations

Taghrid Asfar, MD, MSPH, is a Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine, and a Full Member at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is also a member of the founding team of the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies, a pioneer research and capacity-building institution in the Middle East.

Dr. Asfar has extensive experience in tobacco control research nationally and internationally, including epidemiological studies of tobacco use, randomized clinical trials of behavioral smoking cessation interventions, and tobacco policies and regulations. She has published numerous scientific reports in prestigious journals (e.g. Cochrane review, Tobacco Control, and Addiction). Currently, at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami, and as part of her efforts on an NCI R21 Grant, Dr. Asfar is testing a novel worksite smoking cessation intervention for Hispanic construction workers in south Florida. She also serves as a Co-Investigator on a smoking cessation project funded by Florida Department of Health/James and Esther King aims at addressing racial/ethnic tobacco health disparities via group intervention. Dr. Asfar has been recently awarded an NIH R01 grant entitled “Translating Evidence and Building Capacity to Support Waterpipe Control in the Eastern Mediterranean.” This project aims to develop and test the effectiveness of waterpipe-specific health warning labels targeting young adults in the Middle East (Tunisia and Lebanon).