INTERVENTION & EVALUATION RESEARCH

CURRENT PROJECTS

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)are for Success

This initiative utilizes an evidence-based, best practice intervention to reduce teen pregnancy, STD, and HIV among youth in Craven County, North Carolina.  Knowledge and behavior are measured at baseline and three months after the program is initiated.

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) for Youth in Out of Home Care

This program offers an evidenced-based, best practice intervention to facilitate positive youth development, prevent teen pregnancy and prevent the transmission of HIV/STIs with adjudicated adolescents, ages 10-19, residing in out of home care, transitional, and multi-purpose residential housing in Vance and Montgomery counties in North Carolina.

Selah Stress Reduction Intervention

This study will pilot four stress reduction interventions tailored to clergy. The two or three interventions found most acceptable by clergy will be brought forward to a clinical trial with a randomly assigned waitlist control. The primary outcomes are self-reported stress symptoms and heart rate variability; positive mental health will be explored as a moderator and outcome.

Clergy Well-Being

This study aims to determine longitudinal relationships between dimensions of physical health and physical illness, mental health and mental illness, and spiritual well-being and struggle, among clergy in the context in which they work.  Two additional waves of the clergy health panel survey will be conducted and data will be combined with the first 11 years of data collection. In addition, rapid response studies will be conducted in response to new ideas. Findings will be disseminated to academic and clergy occupational audiences.

Seminary to Ministry

The Seminary to Ministry Study is a longitudinal mixed-methods study of one graduating and three entering classes of Duke Divinity students. This study will collect a variety of social, psychological, and contextual data on seminarians during their training and into the first several years of their careers.  It aims to help both academic and professional audiences better understand the professional formation of divinity students.

Clergy Health Initiative

The Duke Clergy Health Initiative began in 2007. Its mission is to understand and improve the holistic health of United Methodist clergy in North Carolina. The Initiative has developed, conducted, and tested 3 interventions, including an intervention targeting metabolic syndrome and depression tested with over 1,100 clergy in a randomized controlled trial design. The Initiative includes a longitudinal panel survey on health and well-being conducted in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016, as well as a mixed methods study seeking to determine how some pastors sustain high positive mental health. Recent work has focused on analysis and dissemination of intervention results, positive mental health findings, and contributions to the literature on the interplay between physical and mental health and spiritual well-being.

National Evaluation of Quality of Child Care in El Salvador

The primary aims of this four-year study are: 1) to evaluate the effects of an educational intervention by WCI on caregivers and children in child development and child protection centers in El Salvador; and 2) to convert the WCI-QCUALS quality of child care assessment tool into an electronic application to strengthen its capacity for monitoring and evaluating the quality of care in diverse settings.

Community Resources for Education and Wellness (CREW)

CREW will provide a continuum of substance use screening, education and treatment services and wellness promotion for individuals living with HIV and minority MSM and transgender women regardless of HIV status. 

Tough Talks

This study will further refine and enhance Tough Talks, a virtual reality disclosure intervention for HIV-positive young men who have sex with men, and develop a full-feature version to test via a multi-site study.

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (AP3)

This initiative utilizes an evidenced-based, best practice intervention to reduce teen pregnancy, STD and HIV among youth in Craven County, NC. Knowledge and behavior is measured at base line and three months after program is initiated.

Addressing Stigma Among Black MSM in a Mobile Phone and Internet HIV Intervention

This study assesses how young black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) are utilizing an online social support platform to address the multiple stigmas they face in their daily lives.

Building and Sustaining Interventions for Children (BASIC)

The BASIC project aims to evaluate the scaling-up of task sharing the delivery of mental health care for orphaned children in Bungoma County, Kenya. More specifically, it will investigate suggestions from previous studies that partnering with two government sectors, education and health, could be a low-cost and sustainable strategy to implement Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in this population.

Sabbath Living Evaluation

Sabbath Living is an intervention, designed and conducted by Blessed Earth, to teach and encourage United Methodist clergy in North Carolina to set apart one day a week for spiritual and recreational activities. The Center is evaluating the intervention using mixed methods. We will compare the positive mental health and spiritual well-being outcomes (primary outcomes), as well as depression and anxiety outcomes (secondary outcomes) between two groups of clergy: 1) clergy who attend a Sabbath Living workshop and proceed to engage in Sabbath-keeping, versus 2) clergy who attend a Sabbath Living workshop and do not go on to engage in Sabbath-keeping. We will also examine the potential explanatory pathway of social support.

Prepared, Protected, emPowered (P3): A PrEP Adherence App for YMSM

This study will refine and test the efficacy of a mobile phone app that uses social networking and game mechanics to improve PrEP adherence among young men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TW).

Test Rehearsal: A Virtual Reality Intervention to Maximize the HIV Testing Experience for YMSM

This study is developing a virtual reality intervention to increase HIV testing uptake among adolescent men who have sex with men (MSM) by providing realistic character-driven scenarios that allow youth to actively experience the HIV testing process.

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