Current projects

Our research primarily is conducted in the university and local community.  Our partners include local school and governmental entities, community-based health agencies, other community-based agencies, and faith-based institutions.  We also collaborate with historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) locally and regionally.

Building Capacity for Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention among African American Young Adults

 

The overall goal of this project is to strengthen the capacity of community organizations and Virginia Commonwealth University to provide HIV and substance abuse prevention programs and services in Richmond, Virginia. This project is a collaborative effort with community partners Fan Free Clinic and Nia Incorporated of Greater Richmond, and the VCU Wellness Resource Center.

PI: Faye Belgrave, Ph.D.

Funding and funding agency: $1.42 million; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration

Duration: 2015-2020

HIV and Substance Abuse Prevention Among African American College Students / RAISE 5

The overall goal of this project is to strengthen the capacity of Virginia Commonwealth University to provide prevention programs and services that target African American college students in Richmond, Virginia. This project is a collaborative effort with community partner Fan Free Clinic and the VCU Wellness Resource Center.

PI: Faye Belgrave, Ph.D.

Funding and funding agency: $1.5 million; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

Duration: 2010-2015

SATED: A Cultural Pre-Treatment for Disordered Eating Prevention Programs

The goal of this research is to investigate whether a culturally sensitive pre-treatment program effectively enhances retention to and outcomes of a dissonance-based intervention (DBI) for eating disorders among young adult Asian and African American women.

PI: Sarah Javier

Funding and funding agency: R36; Agency for Health Care Research and Quality

$avings and Wealth as Goals In African American Youth ($WAGIFY)

The goal of this research is to implement and evaluate a financial literacy intervention with middle-school African American boys and girls.

PI: Vivian Dzokoto, Ph.D.

Funding agency: VCU Division of Community Engagement