Methods Core Seminars

Upcoming seminar


Title:           Randomized clinical trials of social network approaches to HIV prevention and care: Lessons learned

Presenter:    Carl A. Latkin, Ph.D.

Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Center for AIDS Research & Center for Global Health, Johns Hopkins University

 Date:             Friday, Jan 20, 2017

Time:              11-1 presentation

 2-5 individual or group consultations (priority to CAPS scientists)

Location:       Conference room MH-3700

550 16th Street (at 4th Street), 3nd Floor

Mission Bay, SF 94158

Abstract: The focus of the talk will be to first delineate methods of collecting social network data and tailoring social network inventories to specific populations and HIV prevention and care behaviors. Examples, will include minority MSM, substance users, and high risk heterosexuals. The second goal will be to review and provide examples of how to identify, recruit, and train peers and dyads to promote and diffuse health behaviors within their social networks.  Issues of assessing intervention outcomes and contamination will also be discussed.

Bio:   Dr. Latkin is a Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, and the Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH).  He has been the PI or Co-PI of numerous NIH-funded randomized clinical trial studies in the U.S. and internationally.  He has published extensively on theories of social influence approaches to promoting health behavior change. His work focuses on HIV and STI prevention with disadvantaged populations, mental health and distress among inner-city residents, the role of substance abuse on HIV risk behaviors, and measurement of social-contextual factors including social and personal network analysis, neighborhood characteristics, and geographic information systems among disadvantaged populations. Dr. Latkin has helped design, implement, and evaluate over a dozen behavioral social network oriented interventions for disadvantaged populations, including men who have sex with men and substance users. He was the PI of the Baltimore site of the INSPIRE study, a CDC/HRSA funded HIV prevention intervention for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and the protocol chair for a network-oriented international HPTN HIV prevention intervention targeting HIV negative injection drug users. Currently, he is the PI for the SNAP study, which is a network oriented HIV prevention and care intervention for Black MSM.

If you are coming from outside Mission Hall, please RSVP to Estie Hudes to be put on the building security list.


Materials from past seminars



  • May 17, 2016 —   John A. Schneider MD, MPH, PhD: Social Network Data Collection Approaches and Strategies for Introductory Analysis and Intervention Planning
  • May 3, 2016 — Tor Neilands, PhD, Kim Koester, MA & Troy Wood, MA: An Introduction to Survey Scale Development and Cognitive Interviewing
  • April 19-20, 2016 — Blair Johnson, PhD & Tania Huedo-Medina, PhD: Meta-Analysis workshop