Harmonizing Implementation and Outcome Data Across HIV Prevention and Care Studies in Resource-Constrained Settings

Geri Donenberg, PhD, Kate Merrill, PhD and colleagues detail a rigorous, 2-year process to harmonize measures across the Prevention And Treatment through a Comprehensive Care Continuum for HIV-affected Adolescents in Resource Constrained Settings (PATC3H) consortium, consisting of eight federally-funded studies. They created a repository of measured constructs from each study, classified and selected constructs for [...]

April 12th, 2022|

Self-Efficacy Among Caregivers of Children With Food Allergy: A Cohort Study

CDIS Faculty Affiliate, Andrea Pappalardo, MD and colleagues published findings on the self-efficacy among caregivers of children with food allergies. The study explored caregiver perceptions of how they cope and handle food allergy related events, as well as caregiver quality of life. In a diverse cohort of 365 caregivers, researchers found that greater self-efficacy was [...]

March 9th, 2022|

Navigating intersecting public health crises: a qualitative study of people with opioid use disorders’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

Monte Staton, PhD and colleagues explored the need for complementary qualitative research aimed at identifying how people with opioid use disorder (OUD) are understanding, experiencing, and navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. This study looked at semi-structured qualitative interviews with 25 individuals in Chicago, the majority of which had received methadone treatment during the pandemic. Thematic inductive [...]

February 25th, 2022|

The Impact of COVID-19 Among Black Girls: A Social-Ecological Perspective

CDIS Faculty Affiliate, Natasha Crooks, PhD, RN, and colleagues explored the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black girls' physical, psychological, and sexual development. Utilizing the social-ecological model findings revealed themes related to the individual-, interpersonal-, institutional-, and community-level changes that Black girls experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Black adolescent girls need opportunities to discuss [...]

February 22nd, 2022|

Comparing the Sexual and Mental Health of Justice-involved Youth Across Gender and Sexual Orientation

CDIS Researchers examined the differences in sexual and mental health of justice-involved youth across gender and sexual orientation. The sample included 347 probation-involved youth recruited as part of PHAT Life, an HIV/STI, mental health, and substance use prevention program. The findings showed that, female and non-heterosexual youth were less likely than male and heterosexual youth [...]

February 20th, 2022|

Julie Bobitt, PhD, edits an implementation science special issue of Public Policy & Aging Report

Julie Bobitt, PhD, guest edited a special issue of Public Policy & Aging Report, "Implementation Science: A Critical Tool for Research Utilization and Policy Evaluation." Published in February 2022, articles in this special issue in which the articles discuss how implementation science can and has informed the implementation of aging-related evidence-based practices (EBPs) in a variety [...]

February 8th, 2022|

Attitudes toward Homelessness Inventory: A psychometric analysis

Nyssa Snow-Hill, PhD evaluated the the psychometric properties of the Attitudes toward Homelessness Inventory (ATHI), a tool to measure the nature and change in attitudes toward homelessness. The results demonstrated that the four-factor solution suggested by the ATHI developers was the best fit for the data, but factor loadings and reliability coefficients were not sufficient [...]

February 5th, 2022|

Results of the Kigali Imbereheza Project

Geri Donenberg, PhD, and colleagues published findings from a two-arm randomized controlled trial comparing Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy enhanced to address HIV (TI-CBTe) to usual care (time-matched, long-standing, unstructured support groups) among youth living with HIV in Rwanda. TI-CBTe did not outperform usual care on ART adherence, possibly reflecting relatively high adherence at baseline, [...]

February 1st, 2022|

The reinforcing effects of cigarettes on mood are more erratic with the additions of cannabis and alcohol

Ashley Kendall, PhD and colleagues at UIC examined the mood boost from nicotine among young adults when used alone and with the addition of cannabis and/or alcohol using ecological moments assessment (EMA) reports. From before to after smoking, positive affect increased and negative affect decreased, on average. Overall, the additions of cannabis and/or alcohol had [...]

January 28th, 2022|

Associations between racial microaggressions, coping, racial/ethnic identity, and mental health in Black girls and women

CDIS scholars, in partnership with Aerika Brittian Loyd and colleagues from University of California, Riverside, published a new investigation into the associations between racial microaggressions, coping, racial/ethnic identity, and mental health in Black girls and women in the Journal of Research on Adolescence. Racial microaggressions pose significant risk to health and well-being among Black adolescents [...]

January 25th, 2022|

CDIS researchers explore the changing cannabis culture among older Americans

Monte Staton, PhD Julie Bobitt, PhD CDIS researchers recently published findings in Drugs: Educations, Prevention, and Policy examining what influences older adults’ cannabis use and perceived outcomes of cannabis use. Using an inductive thematic analysis to code and theme focus group transcripts, the authors found that medical culture, physical age effects, [...]

January 25th, 2022|

Study yields promising findings for the mental health impact of IMARA-SA

CDIS researchers, in partnership with investigators at the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation conducted a pilot test of Informed Motivated Aware and Responsible Adolescents and Adults- South Africa (IMARA-SA) on anxiety, depression, and trauma in South African adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). IMARA-SA is an empirically supported culturally adapted family-based HIV-prevention program. The study found that mental health is [...]

January 25th, 2022|
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