Craig Fryer
Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health
Associate Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity
Other Affiliations: Center for Health Equity
Campus: UMD | Building: 4200 Valley Drive, SPH | Room: 1234X
Phone: (301) 405-0818 |
Laboratory Website: 
Young Adult Drug Involvement Research Assessment (YADIRA) Laboratory
Office Hours: 

By appointment only; please email.


Trained as behavioral scientist, Dr. Fryer utilizes mixed methods study designs to examine the sociocultural context of health and health status, with an emphasis in community-engaged research. His work focuses on racial and ethnic health disparities in substance use and dependence, specifically tobacco and marijuana use among racial and ethnic youth and young adult populations. Dr. Fryer was recently awarded a Tier 1 proof of concept/seed grant through the University of Maryland, Division of Research titled, "Smoke What?": Examining the Smoking Identity of Black Youth and Young Adults. The aim of the study is to develop survey items as the foundation for a future smoking identity scale inclusive of the experiences of black youth and young adults. 

He has completed work as the Principal Investigator of a five-year, NIH/NCI-funded K01 career development award, Correlates of Nicotine Dependence among Urban African American Youth. Additionally, he concluded research as a Co-Investigator on the FDA/NCI-funded, Assessing Risk Perceptions for Small Cigars/Cigarillos among Young Adults and as a Co-Investigator and the Research Core Director of the Center of Excellence on Race, Ethnicity, and Health Disparities Research grant within the Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) funded by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

Dr. Fryer's collateral research endeavors include: African American men’s health; behavioral intervention research; and the respectful, recruitment and retention of underrepresented communities in research.

Education and Training

BS, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1992

MPH, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1997

DrPH, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2006


HLTH 130: Introduction to Public and Community Health

HLTH 230: Introduction to Health Behavior

HLTH 606: Foundations of Public Health Education and Policy

HLTH 688/898: Forum on Tobacco-Related Health Disparities


Honors and Awards

2014        George F. Kramer Practitioner of the Year Award, University of Maryland, School of Public Health

2013        Scholar, Inaugural ADVANCE Program for Inclusion Excellence, University of Maryland, Provost

                 Office, Office of Diversity and Inclusion 

2012        Attendee, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Connections Symposium

2007-13  Health Disparities Scholar, NIH Research Loan Repayment Program, National Institute on

                   Minority Health & Health Disparities


Dr. Kymberle Sterling, Associate Professor, Georgia State University, School of Public Heath

Dr. Erika Trapl, Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine

  • Sterling, KL, FRYER, CS, Pagano, I, Fagan, P. (2017). Flavored Cigar Misconceptions and Uncertainty: Identifying At-Risk Smokers, Tobacco Regulatory Science, 3(2 Suppl 1): S17-S30.
  • Trapl, ES, O'Rourke-Suchoff, D, Yoder, LD, Cofie, L, Frank, JL, FRYER, CS. (2017). Youth Acquisition and Situational Use of Cigars, Cigarillos, and Little Cigars: A Cross-Sectional Study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 52(1): e9-e16.
  • Sterling, KL, FRYER, CS, Pagano, I, Jones, D, Fagan, P. (2016). The Association between Menthol-Flavored Cigarette Smoking and Flavored Little Cigar and Cigarillo Use among African-American, Hispanic, and White Young Adult Smokers, Tobacco Control, 25 (Suppl 2): ii21-ii31.
  • Sterling, KL, FRYER, CS, Pagano, I, Fagan, P. (2016). Little Cigars and Cigarillos (LCCs) Use among Young Adult Cigarette Smokers in the U.S.: Understanding Risk of Concomitant Use Subtypes, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 18(12): 2234-2242.
  • FRYER, CS, Passmore, SR, Maietta, R, Petruzzelli, JM, Casper, EC, *Brown, NA, Butler, JB, Garza, MA, Thomas, SB, Quinn, SC.  (2016). The Symbolic Value and Limitations of Racial Concordance in the Recruitment of Minority Populations in Research. Qualitative Health Research, 26(6), 830-841.
  • Passmore, SR, FRYER, CS, Butler, J, Garza, MA, Thomas, SB, Quinn, SC.  (2016). Building a “Fund of Good Will”: Reframing Research Engagement. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27(2), 722-740.
  • Sterling, KL, FRYER, CS, and Fagan, P. (2016). “The Most Natural Tobacco Used”: A Qualitative Investigation of Young Adult Smokers’ Risk Perceptions of Flavored Little Cigars and Cigarillos (LCCs). Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 18(5), 827-833.
  • Sterling, KL, FRYER, CS, Nix, M, and Fagan, P. (2015). Appeal and Impact of Characterizing Flavors on Young Adult Small Cigar Use. Tobacco Regulatory Science, 1(1), 42-53.
  • Fagan, P, Pohkrel, P, Herzog, T, Pagano, I, Vallone, D, Trinidad, D, Sakuma, K, Sterling, K, FRYER, CS, Moolchan, E. (2015). Comparisons of Three Nicotine Dependence Scales among a Multiethnic Sample of Young Adult Menthol and Non-Menthol Smokers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 149, 203-211.
  • Sterling, KL, FRYER, CS, Duong, MM, Majeed, B. (2015). Promotion of Waterpipe Tobacco Use, its Variants, and Accessories in Young Adult Newspapers: A Content Analysis of Message Portrayal. Health Education Research, 30(1), 152-161.
  • Butler, J, Quinn, SC, FRYER, CS, Garza, MA, Kim, K, Thomas, SB. (2013). Characterizing Researchers by Strategies Used for Retaining Minority Populations: Results of a National Survey. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 36(1), 61-67.
  • Quinn, SC, Butler, J, FRYER, CS, Garza, MA, Kim, KH, Ryan, C, Thomas, SB. (2012). Attributes of Researchers and their Strategies to Recruit Minority Populations: Results of a National Survey. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 33, 1231-1237.
  • Tharp-Taylor, S, FRYER, CS, and Shadel, W. (2012). Targeting Anti-Smoking Messages: Does Audience Race Matter? Addictive Behaviors, 37(7), 844-847.
  • Thomas, SB, Quinn, SC, Butler, J, FRYER, CS, Garza, MA.  (2011). Toward a Fourth Generation of Disparities Research to Achieve Health Equity. Annual Review of Public Health, 32, 399-416.
  • Shadel, WG, FRYER, CS, Tharp-Taylor, S. (2010). Tobacco Industry Manipulation in Anti-Smoking PSAs: the Effect of Explicitly and Implicitly-Delivered Messages. Addictive Behaviors, 35(5), 526-529.
  • Shadel, WG, Tharp-Taylor, S, and FRYER, CS. (2009). How Does Exposure to Cigarette Advertising Contribute to Smoking in Adolescents? The Role of the Developing Self-Concept and Identification with Advertising Models. Addictive Behaviors. 34(11), 932-937.
  • Shadel, WG, FRYER, CS, Tharp-Taylor, S. (2009). Uncovering the Most Effective Active Ingredients of Anti-Smoking PSAs: the Role of Actor and Message Characteristics. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 11(5), 547-552.
  • Shadel, WG, Tharp-Taylor, S, and FRYER, CS. (2008). Exposure to Cigarette Advertising and Adolescents’ Intentions to Smoke: The Moderating Role of the Developing Self-Concept. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 33(7), 751-760.
  • Falkin, G, FRYER, CS, and M. Mahadeo. (2007). Smoking Cessation and Stress among Teenagers. Qualitative Health Research. 17(6), 812-823.