ETR Associates' Staff to Present at 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference

ETR Associates' staff members Cherri Gardner, MA, Senior Program Manager, and Dr. Karin Coyle, Senior Research Scientist, will be conducting presentations at the 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, August 14 -- 17, 2011.

Ms. Gardner will be presenting in the Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation: Behavior Change Interventions track. Her presentation is titled "An Engaging HIV Prevention Intervention for African-American Girls Ages 14-18." Dr. Coyle will present data from an ETR Associates' study funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. Her presentation is titled "Relationships and Sexual Behavior: A Closer Look Among Urban Middle School Youth."

About Cherri Gardner, MA: Ms. Gardner has 25+ years of experience in implementing a variety of sexuality education projects. At ETR Associates, she has had critical roles in the training, development, testing, adaptation and/or dissemination of four evidence-based sexuality programs, including Safer Choices, All4You!, Draw the Line/Respect the Line and Focus on Youth with ImPACT. These programs are improving the sexual health of thousands of adolescents in the United States and abroad. Ms. Gardner also manages the training and dissemination of another half-dozen evidence-based sexuality and HIV prevention programs specifically designed for communities disproportionately affected by unintended teen pregnancy, HIV and other STI.

About Karin Coyle, PhD: Dr. Coyle specializes in the development and evaluation of health promotion programs, particularly HIV, other STI and pregnancy prevention programs. Her current interests include studying adolescent relationships and related behaviors that may affect disease and pregnancy risk. Dr. Coyle served as a principal or co-principal investigator on a number of school-based randomized trials to test the effectiveness of HIV, other STI and pregnancy prevention programs for youth (e.g., Safer Choices, a school-based intervention to reduce sexual risk-taking behaviors among high school adolescents; Draw the Line/Respect the Line, a culturally appropriate, HIV prevention intervention aimed at middle school youth; and All4You!, a multi-component intervention that featured behavioral skills development and service learning). She is currently the principal investigator on two new relationship-based HIV prevention studies (You-Me-Us and About Us).

About the 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference: The 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference will bring together more than 3,000 individuals working to stop the spread of HIV in the United States. The conference provides an opportunity to continue refining, improving and strengthening our nation's response to the HIV epidemic. The conference also provides important focus on what is being done at the national and local levels to achieve the goals established by the President of the United States in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
For more information on ETR Associates, please visit etr.org, or contact Matt McDowell, Vice-President of Marketing and Communications, at mattm@etr.org.

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