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The Sociobehavioral and Prevention Research Core (SPRC) supports interdisciplinary research among social, behavioral and clinical scientists and supports HIV prevention research. SPRC provides technical assistance to CFAR investigators, organizes forums for interdisciplinary research community development, and enhances collaborations between researchers (including addictions, substance use, and mental health research).
SPRC also works on Community Outreach both locally and internationally. Locally, the Community Action Board (CAB) is pursuing community-based research priorities and translational research opportunities. SPRC also works closely with Public Health-Seattle & King County to stimulate collaborative research projects and evidence-based policy development. The SPRC works with the International Core to identify collaborative research and translational research opportunities, as well as with the University of Nairobi Center for HIV Prevention and Research (UNCHIVPR) on translational research for HIV prevention.
In addition to its Services, the SPRC provides ongoing mentorship and educational opportunities for social and behavioral scientists in the area of HIV/AIDS. Some of the SPRC's activities are listed below:
CFAR Working Group on Substance Use
The SPRC has convened a working group to bring together HIV/AIDS and Substance Use researchers in the area, to explore collaborative opportunities and expand awareness of these areas of research. The Working Group involves researchers from the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, Public Health-Seattle & King County, the NIDA Clinical Trials Network Pacific Northwest Node, Addictive Behaviors Research Center, Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors, Seattle Children's Hospital, and UW Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Epidemiology, Global Health, Social Work, Medicine, and Psychology. Meeting every other month, the goal in the first year of the Working Group is to familiarize ourselves with the breadth of related research and to explore collaborative opportunites.
The SPRC holds a series of sociobehavioral research methodology workshops throughout the year. Past topics include Depression Measurement in HIV Research, Mathematical Modeling, and topics in Qualitative Research Methods. Details may be found on the CFAR calendar.
The SPRC Sponsors periodic research seminars, featuring sociobehavioral researchers. Details may be found on the CFAR calendar.
Joint Brownbag Series with Public Health-Seattle & King County
The SPRC presents bimonthly brownbag speakers with the HIV/AIDS Program of Public Health-Seattle & King County. These are held in the PHSKC offices at the Yesler Building and bring together research and public health practice. Details may be found on the CFAR calendar and through clinking on the title link.
Martina Morris Director, SPRC
Matthew Golden Co-Director, SPRC
Robert Wood Senior Consultant, SPRC
Jane Simoni Core Faculty, SPRC
Michele Peake Andrasik Core Faculty, SPRC
Julie Dombrowski Core Faculty, SPRC
Susan Cassels Core Faculty, SPRC
Joanna Bove Core Manager, SPRC