Yale AIDS Colloquium Series (YACS) - Lauretta Grau
Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)
Findings from the SHERPA Project: A Study of Active IDUs Residing in the Suburban Towns of Southwestern Connecticut
The SHERPA project is a multiple-methods, longitudinal study of active injection drug users residing in non-urban areas of southwestern Connecticut. It is, to our knowledge, the largest sample of active injectors residing in suburban locales. Baseline characteristics of the study sample will be described, with particular focus on HIV and hepatitis B and C prevalence, injection-associated risk behaviors, access to healthcare, and knowledge about HIV, hepatitis, and overdose.
Dr. Lauretta Grau is a clinical psychologist with training in health psychology. She is currently involved in several projects, including: a longitudinal study on HIV risk among suburban injectors, an intervention study to promote syringe access within the state of Connecticut, and opioid overdose prevention in the U.S. and in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her research interests include HIV prevention and health promotion among injection drug users and studying novel approaches to substance abuse treatment in Russia. Dr. Grau has also conducted HIV prevention research on sexually active adolescents and the promotion of consistent condom use among at-risk youth. She has expertise in the development and validation of quantitative instruments to identify the cognitive and emotional correlates of risk and preventive health behaviors. On a broader lever, Dr. Grau is interested in research that will result in the development and implementation of individual, family, and community-based HIV prevention interventions.
Co-sponsored by the Yale School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases (EMD), the Yale AIDS Colloquium Series (YACS) is an interdisciplinary academic forum which brings together 50-60 faculty, researchers, pre/postdoctoral and international fellows and first year MPH students to discuss topics of HIV/AIDS-related research and policy.
CIRA supports innovative, interdisciplinary research that combines behavioral, social and biomedical approaches, focused on the implementation of HIV prevention and treatment and the elimination of HIV disparities.
When & Where
Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University
CIRA is supported by National Institute of Mental Health Grant No. P30MH062294.
Paul D. Cleary, Ph.D., Principal Investigator