Samuel R. Friedman
The goal of the Transdisciplinary Theoretical Synthesis and Development Core ("Theory Core," for short) is to strengthen the theoretical bases of CDUHR Investigators' research and, more generally, of global research in HIV epidemiology, prevention, and care for substance users (SUs) and those in their communities. In CDUHR-III, the Theory Core focused heavily on training and consultation about the relative merits of appropriate individual/ psychological and social theories for studying individual- and social-level influences and correlates of HIV risk, prevention, adherence, and retention for SUs. However, HIV research and interventions now face serious problems that require a shift beyond reliance on the psychosocial theoretical approaches that have dominated HIV prevention and care for the last three decades. Despite many new promising behavioral and biomedical prevention and treatment interventions, the HIV and substance use epidemic continues to spread at unacceptable rates in the U.S. and internationally.
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