Maya Vijayaraghavan, MD, MAS

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
Phone628-206-6959
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    Boston University, BostonMD2006
    New York Presbyterian, Columbia University, New YorkInternal Medicine2009
    University of California, San Francisco, San FranciscoMAS2011

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    I am a practicing general internist and a researcher in tobacco control with a focus on populations experiencing homelessness. I am formally trained in a variety of methodologies, including implementation sciences, descriptive epidemiology using national longitudinal and cross-sectional data, policy analysis, randomized controlled trials, qualitative and mixed methods research. Through my work, I have intervened at the individual, community, and policy levels to reduce tobacco-related health disparities. My intervention research stems from collaborations with community organizations. As principal investigator of two prior grants from the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) , I collaborated with homeless shelters and supportive housing to implement interventions to increase access to smoking cessation services and smoke-free policies among homeless adults. As co-investigator (PI Satterfield, DA034253-04) on an implementation and dissemination grant on a randomized controlled trial of computer-facilitated delivery of 5As for smoking cessation, I worked with 3 diverse primary care clinics to improve provider-delivery of 5As. As co-investigator on a community practice-based research implementation grant from the TRDRP (PI Guydish, 25CP-002) and the San Francisco Cancer Initiative (PI Vijayaraghavan, an intramural grant), I am collaborating with homeless shelters and 14 safety net health clinics in San Francisco to improve delivery of cessation services to high-risk populations in San Francisco. My current work includes a grant from TRDRP on conducting a randomized controlled trial of a contingency management smoking cessation intervention for people experiencing homelessness. I was recently awarded an R37, National Cancer Institute MERIT Award, to conduct a cluster randomized controlled trial of a smoke-free home intervention in permanent supportive housing.

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    A community-based trial of a voluntary smoke-free home intervention in permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless adults
    National cancer institute R37 CA248448-01A1Mar 3, 2021 - Mar 2, 2026
    Role: Principal investigator
    Role Description: The focus of this proposal is on expanding access to voluntary smoke-free homes to formerly homeless residents residing in permanent supportive housing, and examining the impact of this intervention on reducing tobacco-caused disparities.
    Randomized trial of a contingency management smoking cessation intervention for homeless adults
    Tobacco Related Disease Research Program T31IP1593Jul 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2022
    Role: Principal investigator
    Role Description: The objective of this study is to conduct a pilot randomized controlled trial of a contingency management intervention for smoking cessation among homeless adults.
    Promote smoking cessation and smoke-free environments in San Francisco low income and high cancer risk populations
    San Francisco Cancer Initiative Jul 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: Co-leaders
    Role Description: SF CAN is a partnership involving the San Francisco Department of Health and UCSF Cancer Center investigators, designed to reduce cancer incidence in the San Francisco Community. Dr. Vijayaraghavan is one of the co-leaders of Thread 1 of SF CAN, which addresses smoking in primary care, addiction treatment, and homeless service populations.
    Evaluating the implementation of smoke-free policies in San Francisco's public housing
    UCSF CTSI/DDCF Jul 1, 2018 - Jun 30, 2019
    Role: PI
    A smoke-free home intervention in supportive housing
    California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program 25IP-0015Jul 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2018
    Role: PI
    Role Description: In partnership with 6 large supportive housing agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, we will examine the barriers to and facilitators of implementing smoke-free policies in supportive housing and develop and implement a brief intervention to increase adoption of smoke-free homes among tenants of supportive housing.

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    1. Homeless women's perspectives on smoking and smoking cessation programs: A qualitative study. Int J Drug Policy. 2021 Sep 01; 98:103377. Rubin SB, Vijayaraghavan M, Weiser SD, Tsoh JY, Cohee A, Delucchi K, Riley ED. PMID: 34481110.
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    2. E-Cigarette Use among Current Smokers Experiencing Homelessness. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 04 01; 18(7). Durazo A, Hartman-Filson M, Elser H, Alizaga NM, Vijayaraghavan M. PMID: 33916203.
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    3. Smoke-Free Home Intervention in Permanent Supportive Housing: A Multifaceted Intervention Pilot. Nicotine Tob Res. 2021 01 07; 23(1):63-70. Durazo A, Hartman-Filson M, Perez K, Alizaga NM, Petersen AB, Vijayaraghavan M. PMID: 32123908.
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    4. Interventions to reduce tobacco use in people experiencing homelessness. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2020 12 03; 12:CD013413. Vijayaraghavan M, Elser H, Frazer K, Lindson N, Apollonio D. PMID: 33284989.
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    5. Responses to Graphic Warning Labels among Low-income Smokers. Am J Health Behav. 2020 09 01; 44(5):603-616. Katyal T, Durazo A, Hartman-Filson M, Vijayaraghavan M. PMID: 33121579.
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    6. Improving Access to Clinical Trials for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Treatment. JAMA Neurol. 2020 06 01; 77(6):671-672. Vijayaraghavan M. PMID: 32227134.
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    7. Alternative flavored and unflavored tobacco product use and cigarette quit attempts among current smokers experiencing homelessness. Addict Behav Rep. 2020 Dec; 12:100280. Alizaga NM, Hartman-Filson M, Elser H, Halpern-Felsher B, Vijayaraghavan M. PMID: 32637560.
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    8. Advancing Housing and Health: Promoting Smoking Cessation in Permanent Supportive Housing. Public Health Rep. 2020 Jul/Aug; 135(4):415-419. Vijayaraghavan M, King BA. PMID: 32353245.
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    9. Uneven Access to Smoke-Free Laws and Policies and Its Effect on Health Equity in the United States: 2000-2019. Am J Public Health. 2019 11; 109(11):1568-1575. Hafez AY, Gonzalez M, Kulik MC, Vijayaraghavan M, Glantz SA. PMID: 31536405.
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    10. Smoke-Free or Not: Attitudes Toward Indoor Smoke-Free Policies Among Permanent Supportive Housing Residents. Am J Health Promot. 2020 01; 34(1):32-41. Petersen AB, Elser H, Nguyen T, Alizaga NM, Vijayaraghavan M. PMID: 31537083.
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    11. Patterns of cigarette, e-cigarette, and cannabis use among adult smokers in primary care 2014-2015. Addict Behav. 2020 01; 100:106109. Thrul J, Vijayaraghavan M, Kalkhoran S, Satterfield JM. PMID: 31522133.
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    12. Exposure to pro- and anti-tobacco messages online and off-line among people experiencing homelessness. Prev Med Rep. 2019 Sep; 15:100944. Elser H, Hartman-Filson M, Alizaga NM, Vijayaraghavan M. PMID: 31338285.
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    13. Recent cessation attempts and receipt of cessation services among a diverse primary care population - A mixed methods study. Prev Med Rep. 2019 Sep; 15:100907. Gubner NR, Williams DD, Chen E, Silven D, Tsoh JY, Guydish J, Vijayaraghavan M. PMID: 31193606.
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    14. Real-world lung cancer screening decision-making: Barriers and facilitators. Lung Cancer. 2019 07; 133:32-37. Lowenstein M, Vijayaraghavan M, Burke NJ, Karliner L, Wang S, Peters M, Lozano A, Kaplan CP. PMID: 31200824.
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    15. Corrigendum to "Concurrent nicotine and tobacco product use among homeless smokers and associations with cigarette dependence and other factors related to quitting" [Drug Alcohol Depend. 185 (2018) 133-140]. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 Jun 01; 199:68. Neisler J, Reitzel LR, Garey L, Kendzor DE, Hébert ET, Vijayaraghavan M, Businelle MS. PMID: 31009832.
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    16. Corrigendum to "The moderating effect of perceived social support on the relation between heaviness of smoking and quit attempts among adult homeless smokers" [Drug and Alcohol Depend. 190 (2018) 128-132]. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 Jun 01; 199:69. Neisler J, Reitzel LR, Garey L, Kendzor DE, Hébert ET, Vijayaraghavan M, Businelle MS. PMID: 31009833.
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    17. Developing Tobacco Control Interventions in Permanent Supportive Housing for Formerly Homeless Adults. Health Promot Pract. 2020 11; 21(6):972-982. Alizaga NM, Nguyen T, Petersen AB, Elser H, Vijayaraghavan M. PMID: 30971139.
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    18. Income associations with cigarette purchasing behaviors and quit attempts among people experiencing homelessness. Addict Behav. 2019 08; 95:197-201. Vijayaraghavan M, Neisler J, Wrighting Q, Reitzel LR, Hébert ET, Rash CJ, Kendzor DE, Businelle MS. PMID: 30959414.
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    19. Engaging Adults Experiencing Homelessness in Smoking Cessation Through Large-Scale Community Service Events. Health Promot Pract. 2019 05; 20(3):325-327. Vijayaraghavan M, Apollonio DE. PMID: 30845844.
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    20. Smoking related outcomes before and after implementation of tobacco-free grounds in residential substance use disorder treatment programs. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 04 01; 197:8-14. Gubner NR, Williams DD, Le T, Garcia W, Vijayaraghavan M, Guydish J. PMID: 30743196.
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    21. Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Response to Incentives for Quitline Engagement. Am J Prev Med. 2018 12; 55(6 Suppl 2):S186-S195. Vijayaraghavan M, Dove MS, Stewart SL, Cummins SE, Schillinger D, Kohatsu ND, Tong EK. PMID: 30454673.
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    22. The Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking Project: Impact of Statewide Outreach Through Health Channels. Am J Prev Med. 2018 12; 55(6 Suppl 2):S159-S169. Tong EK, Stewart SL, Schillinger D, Vijayaraghavan M, Dove MS, Epperson AE, Vela C, Kratochvil S, Anderson CM, Kirby CA, Zhu SH, Safier J, Sloss G, Kohatsu ND. PMID: 30454670.
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    23. Heated tobacco products likely appeal to adolescents and young adults. Tob Control. 2018 11; 27(Suppl 1):s41-s47. McKelvey K, Popova L, Kim M, Chaffee BW, Vijayaraghavan M, Ling P, Halpern-Felsher B. PMID: 30352843.
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    24. IQOS labelling will mislead consumers. Tob Control. 2018 11; 27(Suppl 1):s48-s54. McKelvey K, Popova L, Kim M, Lempert LK, Chaffee BW, Vijayaraghavan M, Ling P, Halpern-Felsher B. PMID: 30158208.
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    25. Income disparities in smoking cessation and the diffusion of smoke-free homes among U.S. smokers: Results from two longitudinal surveys. PLoS One. 2018; 13(7):e0201467. Vijayaraghavan M, Benmarhnia T, Pierce JP, White MM, Kempster J, Shi Y, Trinidad DR, Messer K. PMID: 30052671.
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    26. The moderating effect of perceived social support on the relation between heaviness of smoking and quit attempts among adult homeless smokers. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 09 01; 190:128-132. Neisler J, Reitzel LR, Garey L, Kenzdor DE, Hébert ET, Vijayaraghavan M, Businelle MS. PMID: 30016736.
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    27. Computer-Facilitated 5A's for Smoking Cessation: A Randomized Trial of Technology to Promote Provider Adherence. Am J Prev Med. 2018 07; 55(1):35-43. Satterfield JM, Gregorich SE, Kalkhoran S, Lum PJ, Bloome J, Alvarado N, Muñoz RF, Vijayaraghavan M. PMID: 29929682.
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    28. Smoking Policy Change Within Permanent Supportive Housing. J Community Health. 2018 04; 43(2):312-320. Petersen AB, Stewart HC, Walters J, Vijayaraghavan M. PMID: 28884243.
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    29. Concurrent nicotine and tobacco product use among homeless smokers and associations with cigarette dependence and other factors related to quitting. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 04 01; 185:133-140. Neisler J, Reitzel LR, Garey L, Kenzdor DE, Hébert ET, Vijayaraghavan M, Businelle MS. PMID: 29448145.
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    30. Older African American Homeless-Experienced Smokers' Attitudes Toward Tobacco Control Policies-Results from the HOPE HOME Study. Am J Health Promot. 2018 02; 32(2):381-391. Vijayaraghavan M, Olsen P, Weeks J, McKelvey K, Ponath C, Kushel M. PMID: 28893086.
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    31. Patterns of and reasons for electronic cigarette use in primary care patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Oct; 32(10):1122-1129. Kalkhoran S, Alvarado N, Vijayaraghavan M, Lum PJ, Yuan P, Satterfield JM. PMID: 28710596.
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    32. Disparities in receipt of 5As for smoking cessation in diverse primary care and HIV clinics. Prev Med Rep. 2017 Jun; 6:80-87. Vijayaraghavan M, Yuan P, Gregorich S, Lum P, Appelle N, Napoles AM, Kalkhoran S, Satterfield J. PMID: 28271025.
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    33. E-cigarette use and smoking reduction or cessation in the 2010/2011 TUS-CPS longitudinal cohort. BMC Public Health. 2016 10 21; 16(1):1105. Shi Y, Pierce JP, White M, Vijayaraghavan M, Compton W, Conway K, Hartman AM, Messer K. PMID: 27769302.
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    34. Building Tobacco Cessation Capacity in Homeless Shelters: A Pilot Study. J Community Health. 2016 10; 41(5):998-1005. Vijayaraghavan M, Guydish J, Pierce JP. PMID: 26983929.
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    35. The effectiveness of tobacco control policies on vulnerable populations in the USA: a review. Postgrad Med J. 2016 Nov; 92(1093):670-676. Vijayaraghavan M, Schroeder SA, Kushel M. PMID: 27660283.
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    36. Perceptions of clinicians and staff about the use of digital technology in primary care: qualitative interviews prior to implementation of a computer-facilitated 5As intervention. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2016 Apr 19; 16:44. Nápoles AM, Appelle N, Kalkhoran S, Vijayaraghavan M, Alvarado N, Satterfield J. PMID: 27094928.
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    37. Tobacco Cessation Behaviors Among Older Homeless Adults: Results From the HOPE HOME Study. Nicotine Tob Res. 2016 08; 18(8):1733-9. Vijayaraghavan M, Tieu L, Ponath C, Guzman D, Kushel M. PMID: 26920648.
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    38. Implementing Tobacco Control Programs in Homeless Shelters: A Mixed-Methods Study. Health Promot Pract. 2016 07; 17(4):501-11. Vijayaraghavan M, Hurst S, Pierce JP. PMID: 26678988.
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    39. A Qualitative Examination of Smoke-Free Policies and Electronic Cigarettes Among Sheltered Homeless Adults. Am J Health Promot. 2017 05; 31(3):243-250. Vijayaraghavan M, Hurst S, Pierce JP. PMID: 26559719.
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    40. Interest in Smoking Cessation Related to a Smoke-Free Policy Among Homeless Adults. J Community Health. 2015 Aug; 40(4):686-91. Vijayaraghavan M, Pierce JP. PMID: 25559109.
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    41. Cigarette smoking cessation attempts among current US smokers who also use smokeless tobacco. Addict Behav. 2015 Dec; 51:113-9. Messer K, Vijayaraghavan M, White MM, Shi Y, Chang C, Conway KP, Hartman A, Schroeder MJ, Compton WM, Pierce JP. PMID: 26253939.
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    42. Psychiatric readmissions in a community-based sample of patients with mental disorders. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 May 01; 66(5):551-4. Vijayaraghavan M, Messer K, Xu Z, Sarkin A, Gilmer TP. PMID: 25828876.
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    43. Non-medical use of non-opioid psychotherapeutic medications in a community-based cohort of HIV-infected indigent adults. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Oct 01; 143:263-7. Vijayaraghavan M, Freitas D, Bangsberg DR, Miaskowski C, Kushel MB. PMID: 25107312.
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    44. Differential use of other tobacco products among current and former cigarette smokers by income level. Addict Behav. 2014 Oct; 39(10):1452-8. Vijayaraghavan M, Pierce JP, White M, Messer K. PMID: 24930053.
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    45. Smoking behaviors in a community-based cohort of HIV-infected indigent adults. AIDS Behav. 2014 Mar; 18(3):535-43. Vijayaraghavan M, Penko J, Vittinghoff E, Bangsberg DR, Miaskowski C, Kushel MB. PMID: 23918243.
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    46. The effectiveness of cigarette price and smoke-free homes on low-income smokers in the United States. Am J Public Health. 2013 Dec; 103(12):2276-83. Vijayaraghavan M, Messer K, White MM, Pierce JP. PMID: 24134354.
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    47. Housing instability and incident hypertension in the CARDIA cohort. J Urban Health. 2013 Jun; 90(3):427-41. Vijayaraghavan M, Kushel MB, Vittinghoff E, Kertesz S, Jacobs D, Lewis CE, Sidney S, Bibbins-Domingo K. PMID: 22752301.
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    48. Opioid analgesic misuse in a community-based cohort of HIV-infected indigent adults. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Feb 11; 173(3):235-7. Vijayaraghavan M, Penko J, Bangsberg DR, Miaskowski C, Kushel MB. PMID: 23319013.
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    49. Health, access to health care, and health care use among homeless women with a history of intimate partner violence. J Community Health. 2012 Oct; 37(5):1032-9. Vijayaraghavan M, Tochterman A, Hsu E, Johnson K, Marcus S, Caton CL. PMID: 22187095.
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    50. Primary care providers' views on chronic pain management among high-risk patients in safety net settings. Pain Med. 2012 Sep; 13(9):1141-8. Vijayaraghavan M, Penko J, Guzman D, Miaskowski C, Kushel MB. PMID: 22846057.
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    51. The association between housing instability, food insecurity, and diabetes self-efficacy in low-income adults. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011 Nov; 22(4):1279-91. Vijayaraghavan M, Jacobs EA, Seligman H, Fernandez A. PMID: 22080709.
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    52. Primary care providers’ judgments of opioid analgesic misuse in a community-based cohort of HIV-infected indigent adults. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Apr; 26(4):412-8. Vijayaraghavan M, Penko J, Guzman D, Miaskowski C, Kushel MB. PMID: 21061084.
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    53. Disparities in undiagnosed diabetes among United States-Mexico border populations. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2010 Sep; 28(3):198-206. Stoddard P, He G, Vijayaraghavan M, Schillinger D. PMID: 20963267.
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    54. Blood pressure control, hypertension, awareness, and treatment in adults with diabetes in the United States-Mexico border region. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2010 Sep; 28(3):164-73. Vijayaraghavan M, He G, Stoddard P, Schillinger D. PMID: 20963263.
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