Robin petering, MSW

Robin P. Petering, MSW is a PhD candidate in the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She is currently a co-Primary Investigator on a multi-city study assessing the health risks and resiliency of young people that are homeless or unstably housed. She has recently been funded with a National Institute of Health NRSA F31 fellowship that will support her continued research on gang involved homeless youth (F31-MH- 108446-01A1). She also serves as key personnel on the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) grant entitled “Peers and Social Media to Promote HIV Testing and Treatment for Homeless Youth” which will test the effectiveness of artificial intelligence to reduce HIV risk taking behaviors in homeless youth populations. Ms. Petering’s research interests are centered on understanding the social determinants of risk behaviors among vulnerable youth populations such as homeless. Her focus has previously been on understanding both interpersonal and intimate partner violence within homeless youth, a subject that is relatively understudied. Utilizing innovative research methods, her work aims to elucidate patterns in social networks of youth and how this relates to risk and protective behavior. The goal of her research is to create innovative prevention techniques that consider the importance of social-environments and to determine how these new ideas can be disseminated and sustained using a community based participatory research approach.

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