Understanding/eliminating racial/ethnic, sexual minority status, social class, gender, and other health disparities; health equity; the Multiphase Optimization STrategy (MOST) approach; social/behavioral interventions; structural interventions; interventions for persons living with HIV/AIDS who have declined medication; peer-driven intervention; culturally targeted interventions; interventions that integrate new technologies; interventions to uncover undiagnosed HIV infection; HIV testing interventions; Motivational Interviewing; mental health; substance use problems; mixed methods designs; and at-risk populations including runaway and homeless youth, young men who have sex with men, heterosexuals at high-risk for HIV infection, and persons living with HIV.
Private Psychotherapy Practice (adults)
Runaway/homeless youth (RHY) are highly vulnerable to adverse outcomes. A diverse network of settings has developed to locate, engage, house, and treat RHY. However, almost no research has been conducted on these settings, and therefore we do not understand which characteristics of settings best promote positive youth development, or what factors impede or promote settings’ effectiveness. The proposed study uses the Youth Program Quality Model and multiple research methods to study settings for RHY and their impact on RHY. The multi-disciplinary team will also convene an Expert Panel to interpret findings, which will be disseminated nationally.