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Professor Kershaw's research is in the area of HIV/STD prevention and reproductive and maternal-child health. Specifically, he is interested in 1) the role of interpersonal relationships (e.g., romantic, social network, family) on sexual health, reproductive health, mental health, and substance use of adolescents and emerging adults; 2) the development of behavioral interventions to improve sexual, reproductive, and mental health of adolescents and emerging adults; and 3) the use technology and social networking to assess and intervene on risk behavior of adolescents and emerging adults. Currently, he is involved in several research projects assessing the influence of behavioral interventions aimed to reduce the occurrence of HIV/STD and negative perinatal and postnatal outcomes for adolescents and emerging adults in the United States and abroad.
Additionally, Professor Kershaw is interested in methodological and quantitative issues related to designing, implementing, and evaluating applied behavioral interventions. He has expertise in advanced data analytic strategies including structural equation modeling, multi-level modeling, dyadic data analyses, and social network analysis.
Specialized Terms: HIV/STD prevention; Reproductive epidemiology; Maternal-child health epidemiology
Extensive Research Description
Understanding Cell Phone Networks Using Cell Phones: This project uses Mobile Spy (www.mobile-spy.com) software to document all cell phone calls, text messages, and GPS coordinates that members of social networks make to each other to better understand how communication and information flow within networks influences health.
HIV Prevention Among Sex Workers and Their Clients in India and Structural Interventions India (2011)
Support CARE and other Avahan partners in implementing structural interventions for HIV prevention among sex workers and their clients.
HIV/AIDS, India, Sexual India (2010)
Randomized Controlled Trial to Enhance Dual Protection Among PLHIV in India
Avoidance, anxiety, and sex: the influence of romantic attachment on HIV-risk among pregnant women.
Kershaw TS, Milan S, Westdahl C, Lewis J, Rising SS, Fletcher R, Ickovics J. Avoidance, anxiety, and sex: the influence of romantic attachment on HIV-risk among pregnant women. AIDS And Behavior 2007, 11:299-311. 2007
The influence of power on HIV risk among pregnant women in rural Haiti.
Kershaw TS, Small M, Joseph G, Theodore M, Bateau R, Frederic R. The influence of power on HIV risk among pregnant women in rural Haiti. AIDS And Behavior 2006, 10:309-18. 2006
Determinants of HIV/AIDS risk behaviors in expectant fathers in Haiti.
Magee EM, Small M, Frederic R, Joseph G, Kershaw T. Determinants of HIV/AIDS risk behaviors in expectant fathers in Haiti. Journal Of Urban Health : Bulletin Of The New York Academy Of Medicine 2006, 83:625-36. 2006
Sexual risk following a sexually transmitted disease diagnosis: the more things change the more they stay the same.
Kershaw TS, Ickovics JR, Lewis JB, Niccolai LM, Milan S, Ethier KA. Sexual risk following a sexually transmitted disease diagnosis: the more things change the more they stay the same. Journal Of Behavioral Medicine 2004, 27:445-61. 2004
Short and long-term impact of adolescent pregnancy on postpartum contraceptive use: implications for prevention of repeat pregnancy.
Kershaw TS, Niccolai LM, Ickovics JR, Lewis JB, Meade CS, Ethier KA. Short and long-term impact of adolescent pregnancy on postpartum contraceptive use: implications for prevention of repeat pregnancy. The Journal Of Adolescent Health : Official Publication Of The Society For Adolescent Medicine 2003, 33:359-68. 2003
Misperceived risk among female adolescents: social and psychological factors associated with sexual risk accuracy.
Kershaw TS, Ethier KA, Niccolai LM, Lewis JB, Ickovics JR. Misperceived risk among female adolescents: social and psychological factors associated with sexual risk accuracy. Health Psychology : Official Journal Of The Division Of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association 2003, 22:523-32. 2003