Archived Events

Please see also archived presentations from Methods Core Seminars.

Friday, April 18th, 2014

CAPS Methods Core Presents: Lance Pollack, PhD “Conversational Interviewing vs. Standardized Interviewing: Initial Quantitative Findings from an Experiment Using a Sexual Behavior Assessment of MSM”

Abstract:       Standardized interviewing has been widely accepted as a means to reduce interviewer-related error by insuring that all participants receive the same stimulus (i.e., the same question worded the same way every time), thus leaving interpretation of the question up to the respondent. However, critics of this approach argue that response validity is undermined if all respondents do not interpret the question the same way. That is, if comprehension of the intended meaning of the question differs from participant to participant, how does the researcher know how to interpret the answers to that question? Research by Conrad and Schober have demonstrated that there is significant variation in the understanding of even seemingly straightforward questions like the number of bedrooms in one’s house and the furniture purchases made in the past year. Principal investigators Diane Binson and Bill Woods received funding for a study to test whether interviewing technique would make a difference in responses to a sexual behavior assessment. A convenience sample of currently sexually active MSM recruited primarily from Bay Area sex clubs were randomly assigned to either a standardized interviewing condition or a conversational interviewing condition and administered a sexual behavior assessment. How the experiment was implemented and initial quantitative findings will be reported.


Short bio:       Lance Pollack, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in Human Development and Aging from UCSF. He has been at CAPS since the inception of the center 25 years ago, currently holds the title of Principal Statistician, and has over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals. Lance is currently doing data management and data analytic work for Susan Kegeles and Greg Rebchook on both the Mpowerment and TRIP projects, for Emily Arnold on both the Bruthas and Ballroom projects, and for Diane Binson and Bill Woods on their research into bathhouse patron populations and methodological issues in survey research. He is a member of the CAPS Methods Core specializing in survey research methodology, sampling issues, survey instrument development, and quantitative analysis, and a consultant offering Clinical Research Support Services in the Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF.

Friday, April 18th, 2014


The Andy I. Choi Mentoring Program of the UCSF-GIVI Center for AIDS Research will offer Bay Area investigators a glimpse into the future of HIV research with a half-day symposium on Friday, April 18, 2014, at the J. David Gladstone Institutes’ Mahley Auditorium.


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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Qualitative Working Group presents: Kevin Moseby, PhD

The Bio-political Context of the Changing Color of HIV/AIDS

Kevin Moseby, PhD

UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSF Dept. Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology Program


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Over the course of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, black Americans have slowly become a central target of U.S. public health prevention efforts. And today, HIV/AIDS is understood to disproportionally affect black Americans.  This markedly contrasts with knowledge about the disease and efforts to prevent it in the first decade of the U.S-based epidemic, when expert and lay understandings and responses centered on white gay males.  This article demonstrates that explaining these historical reversals as purely reflective of epidemiological data—or best knowledge available—is insufficient.  Drawing on the concept disease regimes and utilising a discursive analysis of epidemiological results and commentary published in the Morbidly and Mortality Weekly Reports, this presentation argues for a socio-political explanation for the “changing color of HIV/AIDS.”  That is, it scrutinizes institutional and discursive practices that constituted a “regime of black American exclusion” (1981-1992) in the HIV/AIDS prevention field, and highlights the biopolitical context that contributed to bringing about a “regime of black American inclusion” (1993-present day).
*What is the QWG?*

The Qualitative Working Group (QWG) meets periodically to discuss topics
related to the use of qualitative methods in HIV-related research. Our
interests range from discussing specific methodological issues–such as
sampling decisions, modes of data analysis, coding strategies, and
qualitative research software–to grappling with theoretical issues that
support the conceptualization of qualitative HIV-related studies. The group
also sees as one of its functions to support the CAPS Methods Core by
devoting some of its sessions to peer reviewing of qualitative grant
proposals, research designs, and manuscripts, as requested by individual
investigators. All are welcome.

Friday, April 11th, 2014

CAPS Town Hall Presents: Stephen Maisto, PhD

“Alcohol Administration Experiments and HIV Prevention Translational Research”

Friday, April 4th, 2014

CAPS Town Hall Presents: Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH

“The Long and Short:  Hair Analysis for Antiretroviral Adherence”

Friday, March 21st, 2014

CAPS Town Hall Presents: Marlon Bailey, PhD

Book Tour –  Butch Queens Up in Pumps:  Gender Performance and Ballroom Culture in Detroit

Friday, March 7th, 2014

CAPS Town Hall Presents: Judy Hahn, PhD

Friday, February 7th, 2014

CAPS Town Hall Presents: Elise Riley, PhD and Martha Shumway, PhD

Friday, January 24th, 2014

CAPS Town Hall Presents: Chongyi Wei, DrPH

Strategies for Promoting HIV Testing Uptake among Men Who Have Sex with Men in China: Findings from an Online Cross-sectional Survey

Friday, January 10th, 2014

CAPS Town Hall Presents: July Herlihy, MD, MPH

A Prototype for Option B+: Can integration of HIV and antenatal services improve retention and treatment of HIV-positive pregnant women?