Marya V. Gwadz,
HIV/AIDS – prevention and treatment issues, substance use and substance use problems, mental health, racial/ethnic and gender disparities in health, vulnerable adolescent and adult populations, social and behavioral interventions, peer-driven interventions, multi-level interventions
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.
This project is developing and testing a parenting intervention for at-risk adolescent mothers which uses mindfulness meditation and social cognitive skill building and is enhanced by a biosensor wristband that communicates intervention material wirelessly to a smartphone at the moment of emotional arousal.
This project will evaluate the efficacy of a peer-driven intervention to seek out heterosexuals at high risk for HIV but who do not know they have HIV, test them, and link them to care if found to be HIV-infected.