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Craig Fryer

Craig S. Fryer

Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health

Craig Fryer, DrPH, utilizes mixed methods study designs to examine the sociocultural and environmental contexts of health and well-being, with an emphasis on community-engaged research. His work focuses on racial and ethnic health inequities in substance use, specifically tobacco and marijuana use among youth and young adult populations. Dr. Fryer's collateral research expertise includes Black men’s health, racism and health and the respectful engagement of underrepresented communities in research.


SPH | Room 1234X

(301) 405-0818

Areas of Interest

Core Faculty

Health Inequities; Youth and Young Adult Populations; Black Men's Health; Tobacco and Marijuana Co-Use; Mixed Methods Research Designs

DrPH, Sociomedical Sciences, 2006

Columbia University

MPH, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, 1997

University of Pittsburgh

BS, Clinical Nutrition, 1992

Case Western Reserve University

HLTH230 Introduction to Health Behavior

HLTH240 "Am I Not A Man?": Contemporary Issues in Black Men's Health

HLTH460 Multicultural Population Health

Fellow, Elevate Program, Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC), 2017

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

Scholar, Inaugural ADVANCE Program for Inclusion Excellence, 2013

Attendee, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Connections Symposium, 2012

Health Disparities Scholar, National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities, 2007-13

D’Silva, J, O’Gara, E, FRYER, CS, Boyle, R. (2021). Because There's Just Something About That Menthol”: Exploring African American Smokers’ Perspectives on Menthol Smoking and Local Menthol Sales Restrictions, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 23(2), 357-363.

Seaman, E.L., Howard, D.E., Green, K.M., Wang, M.Q., & FRYER, CS. (2019). A Sequential Explanatory Mixed Methods Study of Young Adult Tobacco and Marijuana Co-Use. Substance Use & Misuse, 54(13), 2177–2190.

FRYER, CS, Seaman, EL, Clark, RS, Plano Clark, VL. (2017). Mixed Methods Research in Tobacco Control with Youth and Young Adults: A Methodological Review of Current Strategies, PLoS ONE, 12(8): e0183471.

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.

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.

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.