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Amanda Constance Blok PhD, MSN

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave North
Worcester MA 01605
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
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    Oakland University, Rochester, MI, United StatesBSNursing
    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, United StatesMS
    University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, United StatesPHDNursing
    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, United StatesPostdoctoral FellowImplementation Science

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    Dr. Blok has extensive experience in both clinical practice and health behavior change research. She has practiced as a nurse for nearly a decade in inpatient and outpatient settings, with advanced practice and education certifications, as well as clinical experience in tobacco cessation. In the last six years, she has worked with multiple interdisciplinary research teams developing, conducting, and evaluating health behavior interventions. Through her post-doctoral fellowship, she has gained experience in implementation science methods and performed implementation program formative work, design, strategy, and measurement. She conducted a pilot study on the implementation of a mobile message system for tobacco cessation in hospitalized patients using nurse-driven strategies. The use of nurses to introduce health-promoting technology is novel.


    Currently, she is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Nursing and a Nurse Fellow at the VA Center for Healthcare Organization & Implementation Research (CHOIR). Her current work focuses on nurse engagement in quality improvement innovations that support veterans and their families.



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    1. Houston TK, Chen J, Amante DJ, Blok AC, Nagawa CS, Wijesundara JG, Kamberi A, Allison JJ, Person SD, Flahive J, Morley J, Conigliaro J, Mattocks KM, Garber L, Sadasivam RS. Effect of Technology-Assisted Brief Abstinence Game on Long-term Smoking Cessation in Individuals Not Yet Ready to Quit: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2022 Mar 01; 182(3):303-312. PMID: 35072714.
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    2. Blok AC, Alexander CC, Tschannen D, Milner KA. Quality improvement engagement: Barriers and facilitators. Nurs Manage. 2022 Mar 01; 53(3):16-24. PMID: 35225833.
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    3. Chen J, Houston TK, Faro JM, Nagawa CS, Orvek EA, Blok AC, Allison JJ, Person SD, Smith BM, Sadasivam RS. Evaluating the use of a recommender system for selecting optimal messages for smoking cessation: patterns and effects of user-system engagement. BMC Public Health. 2021 09 26; 21(1):1749. PMID: 34563161.
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    4. Blok AC, Ignacio RV, Geraci MC, Kim HM, Barnett PG, Duffy SA. Provider and clinical setting characteristics associated with tobacco pharmacotherapy dispensed in the Veterans Health Administration. Tob Induc Dis. 2021; 19:65. PMID: 34429727.
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    5. Blok AC, Anderson E, Swamy L, Mohr DC. Comparing nurse leader and manager perceptions of and strategies for nurse engagement using a positive deviance approach: A qualitative analysis. J Nurs Manag. 2021 Sep; 29(6):1476-1485. PMID: 33683777.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Blok AC, Valley TS, Abbott P. Gamification for Family Engagement in Lifestyle Interventions: A Systematic Review. Prev Sci. 2021 10; 22(7):831-844. PMID: 33786746.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Faro JM, Nagawa CS, Orvek EA, Smith BM, Blok AC, Houston TK, Kamberi A, Allison JJ, Person SD, Sadasivam RS. Comparing recruitment strategies for a digital smoking cessation intervention: Technology-assisted peer recruitment, social media, ResearchMatch, and smokefree.gov. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 04; 103:106314. PMID: 33571687.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Blok AC, Amante DJ, Hogan TP, Sadasivam RS, Shimada SL, Woods S, Nazi KM, Houston TK. Impact of Patient Access to Online VA Notes on Healthcare Utilization and Clinician Documentation: a Retrospective Cohort Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 03; 36(3):592-599. PMID: 33443693.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Swamy L, Mohr D, Blok A, Anderson E, Charns M, Wiener RS, Rinne S. Impact of Workplace Climate on Burnout Among Critical Care Nurses in the Veterans Health Administration. Am J Crit Care. 2020 09 01; 29(5):380-389. PMID: 32869073.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Nagawa CS, Emidio OM, Lapane KL, Houston TK, Barton BA, Faro JM, Blok AC, Orvek EA, Cutrona SL, Smith BM, Allison JJ, Sadasivam RS. Teamwork for smoking cessation: which smoker was willing to engage their partner? Results from a cross-sectional study. BMC Res Notes. 2020 Jul 20; 13(1):344. PMID: 32690076.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Amante DJ, Blok AC, Nagawa CS, Wijesundara JG, Allison JJ, Person SD, Morley J, Conigliaro J, Mattocks KM, Garber L, Houston TK, Sadasivam RS. The 'Take a Break' game: Randomized trial protocol for a technology-assisted brief abstinence experience designed to engage lower-motivated smokers. Contemp Clin Trials. 2020 06; 93:106002. PMID: 32335288.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    12. Chen J, Sadasivam R, Blok AC, Ritchie CS, Nagawa C, Orvek E, Patel K, Houston TK. The Association Between Patient-reported Clinical Factors and 30-day Acute Care Utilization in Chronic Heart Failure. Med Care. 2020 04; 58(4):336-343. PMID: 32197028.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Rinne ST, Mohr DC, Swamy L, Blok AC, Wong ES, Charns MP. National Burnout Trends Among Physicians Working in the Department of Veterans Affairs. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 05; 35(5):1382-1388. PMID: 32096080.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Blok AC, Sadasivam RS, Hogan TP, Patterson A, Day N, Houston TK. Nurse-Driven mHealth Implementation Using the Technology Inpatient Program for Smokers (TIPS): Mixed Methods Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2019 10 04; 7(10):e14331. PMID: 31588908.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. May CN, Jake-Schoffman DE, Evans M, Silfee VJ, Zhang FF, Blok AC, Carey JL, Ding E, Pritschmann RK. Interest in and barriers to participation in a Facebook-delivered weight loss program among female cancer survivors with overweight or obesity. Mhealth. 2019; 5:28. PMID: 31559273.
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    16. Faro JM, Orvek EA, Blok AC, Nagawa CS, McDonald AJ, Seward G, Houston TK, Kamberi A, Allison JJ, Person SD, Smith BM, Brady K, Grosowsky T, Jacobsen LL, Paine J, Welch JM, Sadasivam RS. Dissemination and Effectiveness of the Peer Marketing and Messaging of a Web-Assisted Tobacco Intervention: Protocol for a Hybrid Effectiveness Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Jul 23; 8(7):e14814. PMID: 31339104.
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    17. Blok AC, Sadasivam RS, Amante DJ, Kamberi A, Flahive J, Morley J, Conigliaro J, Houston TK. Gamification to Motivate the Unmotivated Smoker: The "Take a Break" Digital Health Intervention. Games Health J. 2019 Aug; 8(4):275-284. PMID: 31219347.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Somayaji D, Blok AC, Hayman LL, Colson Y, Jaklisch M, Cooley ME. Enhancing behavioral change among lung cancer survivors participating in a lifestyle risk reduction intervention: a qualitative study. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Apr; 27(4):1299-1308. PMID: 30643990.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic HealthCTClinical Trials
    19. Matthews PA, Blok AC, Lee JGL, Hitsman B, Sanchez-Johnsen L, Watson K, Breen E, Ruiz R, Simon MA, Fitzgibbon M, Hein LC, Winn R. SBM recommends policy support to reduce smoking disparities for sexual and gender minorities. Transl Behav Med. 2018 09 08; 8(5):692-695. PMID: 29385561.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Blok AC, Blonquist TM, Nayak MM, Somayaji D, Crouter SE, Hayman LL, Colson YL, Bueno R, Emmons KM, Cooley ME. Feasibility and acceptability of "healthy directions" a lifestyle intervention for adults with lung cancer. Psychooncology. 2018 01; 27(1):250-257. PMID: 28426922.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Blok AC, May CN, Sadasivam RS, Houston TK. Virtual Patient Technology: Engaging Primary Care in Quality Improvement Innovations. JMIR Med Educ. 2017 Feb 15; 3(1):e3. PMID: 28202429.
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    22. Blok, A., Sadasivam, R., Houston, T. . Formative Evaluation to Determine Facilitators and Barriers to Nurse-driven Implementation: Designing an Inpatient mHealth Intervention to Support Smoking Cessation. Proceedings of the Fiftieth Annual Hawaiian International Conference for Social Systems (CD-ROM), Computer Society Press, (9 pages). 2016.
    23. Watson KS, Blok AC, Buscemi J, Molina Y, Fitzgibbon M, Simon MA, Williams L, Matthews K, Studts JL, Lillie SE, Ostroff JS, Carter-Harris L, Winn RA. Society of Behavioral Medicine supports implementation of high quality lung cancer screening in high-risk populations. Transl Behav Med. 2016 12; 6(4):669-671. PMID: 27646803.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    24. Blok AC. A Middle-Range Explanatory Theory of Self-Management Behavior for Collaborative Research and Practice. Nurs Forum. 2017 Apr; 52(2):138-146. PMID: 27438773.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Green AC, Hayman LL, Cooley ME. Multiple health behavior change in adults with or at risk for cancer: a systematic review. Am J Health Behav. 2015 May; 39(3):380-94. PMID: 25741683.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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