Sociobehavioral and Prevention Research Core

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The Sociobehavioral and Prevention Research Core (SPRC) supports interdisciplinary HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment research among social, behavioral and clinical scientists.
The SPRC provides technical assistance to CFAR investigators, organizes forums for interdisciplinary research community development, and enhances collaborations between researchers.

The SPRC also works with the Community Action Board (CAB) to pursue community-based research and translational research projects.  Moreover, the SPRC  works closely with Public Health-Seattle & King County to stimulate collaborative research projects and evidence-based policy development.  Finally, 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.


The SPRC provides consultation on survey instruments, study design, measuring sexual and substance use behaviors, adherence, and data analysis for sociobehavioral and HIV prevention research. 

The SPRC holds periodic trainings for researchers in Mathematical Modeling. 

The SPRC provides technical assistance in HIV transmission modeling to clinical, social and behavioral researchers.  

The SPRC holds quarterly trainings each year in qualitative research methods. 

The CAB is the link between CFAS/CFAR researchers and our communities, and our goal is to ensure that all people can benefit from scientific advances in prevention, treatment and cure of HIV/AIDS


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:

Public Health-CFAR Consortium

The SPRC, under the direction of Drs. Golden and Dombrowski, have formed a new consortium of HIV/AIDS and STD leaders from state and local health departments.  The consortium also includes the 5 state UW School of Medicine WWAMI program, the NIH-funded Institute for Translational Research (ITHS) Regional Collaborations Program, the UW Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center (NWAETC) and Project ECHO.  The new consortium focuses on HIV programs within departments of public health in the 5 WWAMI states and in Oregon, and will work in collaboration with these other regional programs.  The Consortium’s goal is to establish common methods for measuring the HIV Care Cascade, and characterize how it varies across a vast sector of the U.S.  Nationally, the consoritum will work with diverse collaborators in support of the existing CFAR Enhanced Comprehensive HIV Prevention Planning and Implementation (ECHPP) Work Group’s (CEWG) effort to promote linkages between CFARs and health departments.

Methodology Workshops
The SPRC holds a series of sociobehavioral research methodology workshops throughout the year.  Past topics include Depression Measurement in HIV Research and Modeling Epidemics.  Details may be found on the CFAR event calendar.

Research Seminars
The SPRC Sponsors periodic research seminars, featuring sociobehavioral researchers.  Details may be found on the CFAR event calendar.

SPRC Lunch Box Series with Public Health-Seattle & King County
The SPRC presents bimonthly Lunch Box Talks with the HIV/AIDS Program of Public Health-Seattle & King County.  These presentations are held in the PHSKC offices at the Chinook Building and bring together public health and academic researchers.  The Lunch Box Talks occurs on the 4th Tuesday, 12pm-1pm, bimonthly. Details about the presentations may be found on the CFAR event calendar.



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

Amanda Altman Core Manager, SPRC

Core Steering Committee

Research Affiliates


Joanna Bove, MPH, RPCV
SPRC Manager
bovej at
(206) 543-6247 phone
(206) 744-3693 fax