Upcoming Events

  • Most of our events take place in the McKusick Conference Room at Mission Hall, also known as the Global Health & Clinical Sciences Building on Mission Bay Campus, unless otherwise noted. [Directions to CAPS]
  • RSVP to Rochelle Blanco if you would like to attend. You will need to check in at the security desk upon arrival. Mention “Town Hall” at the security desk to expedite entry approval.

Friday, April 17th, 2015

CAPS Methods Core seminar presents Dr. Lance Pollack (10:00am – 11:30am)

Join us for a presentation by Lance Pollack, PhD,  Principal statistician

Title:   “Issues in Surveys of Sexual Behavior: Problems with the Samples, the Questions, the Answers, and Whether Frisky Really Means Risky”

Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, UCSF

Location: (new) McKusick Conference room #3700

Mission Hall, 3rd floor

4th Street at 550  16th Street

San Francisco, CA 94158

Abstract:       A recent op-ed piece in the New York Times suggested that respondents to surveys of sexual behavior are not telling the truth and that the resulting data cannot be trusted.  In this presentation I will discuss the reasons why this characterization is both true and false, and the issues an informed reader of scientific periodicals must pay attention to in order to evaluate how much stock to place in the data being presented. I will touch on evaluation of sample selection/population definition, instrumentation, and data inconsistency. Data issues will be illustrated with examples from prior and current studies. I will also present further data on our pursuit of the ever elusive (perhaps mythical) MSM research participant who is truly at risk for transmission of HIV, and the implications of that for evaluation of HIV interventions..

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 Marguerita Lightfoot on both the Zimbabwe project and the texting intervention study, 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.

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

CAPS Town Hall Presents Sonja Mackenzie PhD: Sexual Stories in the Black AIDS Epidemic (12:00pm – 1:00pm)

Dr. Sonja Mackenzie will discuss her research program on sexuality, racism and HIV, including her book, Structural Intimacies: Sexual Stories in the Black AIDS Epidemic (Rutgers University Press, 2013).  The book, based on Mackenzie’s research in the San Francisco Bay Area, finds that structural inequalities (including racism, poverty, gender inequities, sexual stigma and discrimination) are central not just to the dramatic and disproportionate spread of HIV in Black communities, but also to the production of Black sexualities. Structural Intimacies presents the argument that, in an era of deepening medicalization of HIV/AIDS, public health must move beyond individual-level interventions to community-level health equity frames and policy change. In light of these findings, she will discuss her current NIMH K01 research project, a mixed-methods investigation of the cultural and relationship context of HIV among behaviorally bisexual Black men and their female partners.

Sonja Mackenzie is Assistant Professor in the Public Health Program at Santa Clara University, where her scholarship focuses on gender, sexuality and the sociology of HIV/AIDS.