Chisina Kapungu

    Email Address: ckapungu@UIC.EDU
    College: Medicine Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Title: Faith-based HIV Prevention with African American mothers and daughters
    Office: 290 Phone: 3123551791
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    My research interest is focused on the multi-systemic factors associated with sexual risk behaviors of African American girls and women. I am spearheading an academic-community partnership with churches to develop, implement and evaluate a faith-centered HIV prevention and health promotion program with African American girls and their mothers. My qualitative research explores the key elements for successful collaboration and implementation of faith-based HIV prevention interventions in churches.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 3

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Minimum GPA of 3.0; Preferred major in psychology, education, nursing, medicine or public health; Junior or senior preferred; Experience with conducting research with culturally diverse populations.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    There are a range of duties which the student can be involved in which include:1) administering structured interviews; 2) assisting with evaluation activities, including design and development of research instruments and training materials, data collection, data entry and data analysis; 3) conducting literature reviews; and 4) grant writing opportunities. The student will learn basic skills in using SPSS and have an opportunity to learn data analysis techniques. We are in the midst of completing a pilot of an HIV intervention and writing an R01 grant to determine the efficacy of the faith-centered HIV prevention and health promotion program. Therefore, the student will get a broad research experience.

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