The Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Research

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As director of the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Research, Dr. Little’s research focuses on developing, evaluating, and translating evidence-based health behavior and disease prevention interventions for underserved populations. Dr. Little’s research portfolio focuses on reducing cancer health disparities in Appalachia through interventions to reduce health risk behaviors, namely tobacco use, and promote vaccines and cancer screenings. She also has a line of research focusing on promoting healthy behaviors among active-duty military, retirees, and dependents (i.e., family members).

With her expertise in rural health, military health, and cancer disparities, Dr. Little has developed QuitAid, a behavioral intervention for smoking cessation that aims to provide an affordable, timely, and comprehensive tool for individuals in at-risk populations attempting to quit smoking by working with local pharmacists in their communities for MTM treatment options.

Melissa A. Little, Ph.D., MPH

Melissa A. Little, Ph.D., MPH
Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences

Director of the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Research

Department of Public Health Sciences

University of Virginia

560 Ray C. Hunt Drive, Rm 2119

Charlottesville, VA 29903


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• Leveraging Community Pharmacists to Optimize Smoking Cessation Services for Rural Smokers in Appalachia; (R01CA267963)

• A Youth-Brief Tobacco Intervention for High School Youth (Y-BTI); Testing an Anti-Tobacco Intervention to Reduce Tobacco and Nicotine Use among High School Students (VFHY8521389)

The Determinants of Tobacco Relapse and Initiation in the U.S. Military: A Social Ecological Approach (R01DA043468)

• Determining the Feasibility of Delivering QuitAid to Smokers through Pharmacies in Federally Qualified Health Centers Regardless of Readiness to Quit

• Quit Aid Feasibility Trial; Testing the Efficacy, Feasibility and Acceptability of a Pharmacist-Delivered Medication Therapy Management Approach to Smoking Cessation for Rural Smokers in Appalachia (P30 CA044579-30; completed)

• Exploring Barriers and Solutions to Implementing a Smoking Cessation Pharmacy Intervention in Federally Qualified Health Centers (completed)

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