Advanced Track-HIPTeens: A Behavioral Change Intervention to Prevent HIV Infection among Sexually-Active Adolescent Girls


HIPTeens: A Behavioral Change Intervention to Prevent HIV Infection among Sexually-Active Adolescent Girls

Saturday, November 8, 2014
8:45 am – 10:15 am

Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN
Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health Dean, College of Nursing
University of South Florida

The Health Improvement Project for Teens (HIPTeens) was a theoretically-driven, sexual risk reduction randomized controlled trial targeting sexually active urban adolescent girls, ages 15-19 (N = 738). Participants from multiple community-based settings were randomized to either a theoretically-driven sexual risk reduction intervention or to a structurally equivalent health promotion control group. Behavioral data were collected at baseline, than at 3, 6, and 12 months post-intervention. Provided in small groups, this manualized intervention targeted Information-Motivation-Behavior skills and was tailored for gender, age, and developmental level.  There were unexpected challenges overcome in this community-based participatory approach. Relative to girls in the control group, girls receiving the intervention showed significant decreases in sexual-risk behavior in multiple risk situations. These results indicate that theoretically-driven behavior interventions tailored to adolescent girls can reduce risk for HIV, STIs, and unintended pregnancy

Dr. Morrison-Beedy is Dean of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Nursing and Senior Associate Vice President of USF Health. She is also a professor in the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health. Dr. Morrison-Beedy’s research focuses on HIV/AIDS risk reduction, especially for vulnerable adolescent girls. Since 1993 as Principal or co-investigator, she has received more than $11 million in HIV prevention research funding, and most recently conducted a National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) funded study HIV prevention trial in urban adolescent girls. She has also served as scientific reviewer for HIV-related study sections and special emphasis panels at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  In recognition of her contributions, she received numerous awards including the Florida Nursing Association Award for Research, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses award for Excellence in Research, and the Excellence in HIV Prevention Award. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the National Academy of Practice. She has written more than 200 articles and abstracts that help advance the science of nursing.

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