Issue: March 2015
eNews from The Methodology Center
Melissa Boone, Ph.D.

Unprotected sexual intercourse puts individuals and their partners at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Therefore, it is important to understand factors associated with sexual risk behaviors, especially among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM). A recent article examined how changes over time in a person's sense of well-being and depression may influence their sexual risk behavior. The article, "Fluctuations in Depression and Well-Being Are Associated With Sexual Risk Episodes Among HIV-Positive Men," was authored by Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) postdoctoral fellow Melissa Boone and a research group at Columbia University. In it, the authors analyzed intensive longitudinal data collected from 106 sexually active, HIV-positive MSM. 

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In this podcast, we discuss the Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) program, which is a collaboration between The Methodology Center and The Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center. Host Aaron Wagner talks with Melissa Boone, Michael Russell, and Sara Vasilenko, all current or former PAMT postdoctoral fellows. The opportunities and unique features of the program are discussed in under 20 minutes. 


PAMT also trains Penn State graduate students as predoctoral fellows, but that aspect of the program is not discussed in the podcast. For more information about PAMT fellowships, contact Bethany Bray.


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Megan Piper, Ph.D. Congratulations to Methodology Center Affiliate Megan Patrick and the team of researchers from Penn State's Methodology Center and the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, who were awarded an R01 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for their project, "Dynamic Links Between Risk Factors, Substance Use, and Consequences: Ages  18-35." The investigators will use innovative methods developed at The Methodology Center  to examine long-term panel data from the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future study, which has been following individuals from a large, national sample since 1975, from adolescence into adulthood.
Rebecca Evans-Polce A few months ago, we featured 
a recent article in Addictive Behaviors about how disparities in substance use among different races, genders, and ethnicities change from adolescence through early adulthood. In an interview, author and PAMT postdoctoral fellow, Rebecca Evans-Polce discusses the significance of the findings. 


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