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  • Catherine Dubé, EdD

  • Catherine Dubé, EdD, is an adjunct associate professor of behavioral and social sciences in the Program in Public Health at Brown University and a research associate in the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital. She serves as project director on two current grants, PAQS (Parents of Asthmatics Quit Smoking, funded by NHLBI) and ABLE (Active Behaviors for Living Empowered: A Program for Smoker with Mobility Impairments, funded by NCI). Both of these projects are large, community-based smoking cessation randomized trials. The ABLE project will test the effectiveness of a DVD-based intervention (compared to print materials) and the video intervention is currently in development.

    Dubé's background is in educational intervention development, curriculum development and communication in medicine. She has led or collaborated on several qualitative research studies, including current formative studies of smokers with mobility impairments in the ABLE project.

    Dubé's academic career includes fifteen years as research faculty at Brown University's Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies and four years at the Institute for Community Health Promotion, also at Brown University. She has over 40 peer reviewed publications, fifteen other articles and book chapters and has led the development of eleven curriculum packages for medical education on substance abuse and cancer prevention. She continues to teach an undergraduate course at Brown University in communication in medicine.

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    Academic and Research Appointments

    • Research Associate, Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, 2009-present
    • Adjunct Associate Professor, Community Health, Brown University, 2007-present
    • Research Associate, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, 2007-2009
    • Director of Curriculum and Evaluation, Department of Medicine. Boston University School of Medicine, 2007-2009
    • Associate Professor, Community Health, Brown University, 2006-2007
    • Senior Lecturer (Senior Faculty Term Appointment), Community Health, Brown University, 2001-2006
    • Assistant Professor (Research), Community Health, Brown University, 1995-2001
    • Clinical Assistant Professor of Community Health, Brown University, 1988-1995
    • Collaborating Research Scientist, New England Research Institute, 1994-2000
    • Lecturer in Technical Communications, University College, Northeastern University, 1985- 1989

    Selected Publications

    1. Goldstein MG, Niaura R, Willey-Lessne C, DePue J, Eaton C, Rakowski W, Dubé CE (1997)  Physicians counseling smokers: a population-based survey of patients' perceptions of health care provider-delivered smoking cessation interventions.  Arch Intern Med, 157  (12), 1313-1319.

    2. Goldstein MG, Depue JD, Monroe A, Lessne CW, Rakowski W, Prokorov A, Niaura R, Dubé CE (1998).  A population-based survey of physician smoking cessation counseling practices.  Prev  Med,  27 (5), 720-729.

    3. Dubé, CE  (1999). The physician's role in preventing alcohol and drug abuse.  J Med & Health RI, 82 (3), 95-98.

    4. Dubé CE , O'Donnell J,  Novack DH (2000).  Communication skills for prevention.  Academic Medicine, 75 (supplement) (7), S45-S54.

    5. Park E, Eaton CA, Goldstein MG, DePue J, Niaura R, Guadagnoli E, Gross NM, Dubé CE (2001).  The development of a decisional balance measure of physician smoking cessation interventions.  Preventive Medicine, 33, 261-267.

    6.  Park ER, MacDonald NA, Goldstein MG, DePue JD, Hecht JP, Eaton CA, Niaura R, Dubé CE.  (2002).  Recruitment for a Community Based Smoking Cessation Intervention. Journal of Family Practice, 51 (1), 70.

    7. Dubé CE, LaMonica T, Boyle W, Fuller BK, Burkholder G (2003).  Incoming resident self-assessment of doctor-patient communication skills preparedness: Adult vs. pediatric skills training.  Ambulatory Pediatrics, 3 (3), 137-141.

    8. Dubé CE, Fuller BK (2003).  A Qualitative Study of Communication Skills for Male Cancer Screening Discussions.  Cancer Education, 18 (4), 182-187.

    9. Dubé CE, Fuller BK, Jackson M (2004).  Communication and cancer screening for men in the medical setting.  Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 17(2), 29-34.

    10. Powers CA, Zapka JG, Bogner B, Dubé CE, Ferry LH, Ferguson KJ, et al.  (2004).  Evaluation of current tobacco curriculum at 12 US medical schools.   Journal of Cancer Education, 19(4), 212-219.

    11. Dubé CE, Fuller BK, Rosen RK, Fagan M, O'Donnell JF (2005).  Men's experience of physical exams and cancer screening tests:  a qualitative study.  Preventive Medicine, 40, 628-335.

    12.  Geller AC, Zapka J, Brooks K, Dubé CE, Powers CA, Rigotti N, et al (2005).  Tobacco control competencies for US medical schools.  American Journal of Public Health, 95, 950-955.

    13. Friedmann PD, Rose J, Hayaki J, Ramsey S, Charuvastra A, Dubé C, Herman D, Stein MD. Training primary care clinicians in maintenance care for moderated alcohol use. J Gen Intern Med 2006; 21: 1269-75.

    14. Weinstock M., Risica P, Martin RA, Rakowski W, Dube C, Berwick M, Goldstein MG, Lasater TM.  Efficacy and effects of an intervention for thorough skin self-examination for melanoma.  Am J Prev Med 2007; 32(6): 517-524.

    15. Wald HS, Dubé CE,  Anthony D.  Untangling the Web - The Impact of Internet use on health care and the physician-patient relationship.  Patient Education and Counseling 2007; 68: 218-224.

    16. Jackson AH, Alford DP, Dubé CE, Saitz R.  Internal medicine residency training for unhealthy alcohol and other drug use: recommendations for curriculum design.  BMC Medical Education 2010; 10:22  doi:10.1186/1472-6920-10-22

    17. Lapane KL, Rosen RK, Dubé CE.  Perceptions of  e-prescribing efficiencies and  inefficiencies in ambulatory care. International Journal of Medical Informatics 2011; 80(1): 39-46

    Other Publications

    1. Dubé CE (2005).  Communication for doctors: How to improve patient care and minimize legal risks (book review).  Health Expectations, 8, 280-81.

    2. Dubé CE (2006).  Patient education: information for educators and medical students.  Medical Encounter, 20 (2): 17-20.

    3. Dubé CE (2009) Concordance: a partnership in medicine-taking (book review). Health Expectations, 13:108-110.

    4. Dubé CE (2011)  Practical plans for difficult conversations in medicine: strategies that work in breaking bad news (book review).  American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 5(3): 293.