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Anapaula Cupertino, Ph.D.

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Paula Cupertino, Ph.D., is a University of Rochester Medical Center Professor of Public Health Sciences and Oncology and Wilmot Cancer Institute’s first Associate Director of Community Outreach, Engagement and Disparities.

Cupertino leads efforts to strengthen and expand Wilmot’s research and connections across its 27-county catchment area in upstate New York. A social behavioral scientist, Cupertino has focused her research on health disparities in underserved and minority communities, primarily among Latinos and immigrants. Much of her work has been in tobacco control, improving smoking cessation and access to cessation treatments using a community-based approach.

She also serves as a member of the Medical Center Executive Committee for Diversity and Inclusion and the UR Community Engagement Committee. As part of both efforts, Cupertino seeks to bring additional resources, infrastructure and opportunities to build a community-based research program in collaboration with UR departments, divisions and centers.

Throughout her career, she has had more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, and she has been continuously funded for her research since 2003.



Bachelor of Arts | Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Masters of Arts | Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Social Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy | University of California
Human Development


Finalist Executive Vice Chancellor Diversity & Inclusion Award

Full Bright Certificate for Mentoring Medical Students

Honorarium Visiting Professor
Sponsor: Universidad Autonoman del Estado de Hidalgo School of Medicine
Location: Mexico

Community Engagement Faculty Award
Sponsor: University of Kansas Medical Center

Humanitarian Award
Sponsor: Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

KDHE Center for Health Disparities
Location: Kansas

Association of Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse Conference Travel Award

Cancer, Culture, and Literacy Travel Award
Sponsor: Moffitt Cancer Center
Location: Florida

Tobacco Related Disparities Award
Sponsor: Society of Nicotine and Tobacco Research

Certificate of Appreciation and Recognition
Location: University of Kansas Medical Center

National Cancer Institute (NCI) 2nd Place Poster Award of Excellence
Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland

National Cancer Institute Travel Award

Honor Paper Award
Location: Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Honor Paper Award
Location: MG- Brazil

Mocao Aplausos Number 219 da Camara Municipal de Juiz de Fora
Location: City of Juiz de Fora

Methodology Poster Award
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Student Award in Health Aging- Poster Session
Sponsor: Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging
Location: San Antonio, Texas

Student Excellence in Geriatrics and Gerontology
Location: University of California Davis, California

Student Research Award- Division 20 for Poster Presented at the American Psychological Association
Location: San Francisco, California

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Clinical Trials

Decidetexto: Mobile Cessation Support for Latino Smokers

Lead Researcher: Anapaula Cupertino

Latino smokers (N = 618) will be randomized to one of two conditions: 1) Decídetexto or 2) standard of care. Decídetexto is a mobile smoking cessation intervention (available in English and Spanish) that incorporates three integrated components: 1) a tablet-based software that collects smoking-related information to develop an individualized quit plan, 2) a 24-week text messaging counseling program with interactive capabilities, and 3) pharmacotherapy support. Decídetexto follows the Social Cognitive Theory as theoretical framework. Standard of care consists of printed smoking cessation materials along with referral to telephone quitline. Participants in both groups are given access to free pharmacotherapy (nicotine patches or gum) by calling study phone number. All participants will complete follow-up assessments at Week 12 and Month 6.

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Journal Articles

Arana-Chicas E, Cartujano-Barrera F, Ogedegbe C, Ellerbeck EF, Sanderson Cox L, Graves K, Diaz FJ, Catley D, Cupertino AP. "Feasibility and effectiveness of recruiting Latinos in Decídetexto – a smoking cessation clinical trial – from an Emergency Department patient registry". Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 2021; 18(20): 10859.

Dormanesh A, Wang JH, Mishori R, Cupertino P, Longcoy J, Kassaye S, Kaljee L, Smith C, Loffredo CA. "Adherence to clinical follow-up recommendations for liver function tests: A cross-sectional study of patients with HCV and their associated risk behaviors." Preventive medicine reports.. 2021 Sep 0; 23:101482. Epub 2021 Jul 06.

Gudina AT, Cheruvu VK, Gilmore NJ, Kleckner AS, Arana-Chicas E, Kehoe LA, Belcher EK, Cupertino AP. "Health related quality of life in adult cancer survivors: Importance of social and emotional support." Cancer epidemiology.. 2021 Jul 28; 74:101996. Epub 2021 Jul 28.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Sintomatologia Depressiva em Idosos. [Mental Health]
Book Title: Deusivânia Vieira da Silva Falcao; Ludgleydson Fernandes de Araújo.
Author List: Tavares S S, Neri A L, Cupertino AP
Published By: Campinas: Papirus 2010

Chapter Title: Envelhecimento e Espiritualidade [Aging and Spirituality]
Book Title: A saúde do Idoso vol 2
Author List: Cupertino AP, Novaes C
Published By: Saúde emocional após aposentadoria 2004 in Rio de Janeiro

Chapter Title: Saúde emocional após aposentadoria [Mental Health Implications after Retirement]
Book Title: Velhice Bem-Sucedida. 1ed
Author List: Tavares S S, Neri A L, Cupertino AP
Published By: PAPIRUS 2004 in São Paulo