Kenneth W. Griffin   Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research (Courtesy)

Substance Abuse and HIV Risk Behavior among Adolescents and Young Adults

Dr. Kenneth Griffin is a Professor of Public Health in the Division of Prevention and Health Behavior in the Department of Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. His research interests focus on the etiology and prevention of substance use and HIV risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults. His etiology work has focused on how social competence and effective self-regulation strategies act as protective factors that reduce the onset and escalation of substance use among youth. His work has also focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of preventive intervention programs for youth, the mechanisms through which effective programs work, and long-term prevention effects and extension of effects to related risky behaviors. Dr. Griffin has also published studies examining how psychosocial factors such as social support and coping styles affect psychological adjustment in patients with chronic illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and HIV/AIDS. His research has been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, and the National Institute of Mental Health.


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  • A Collaborative System Approach to Diffusion of Evidence-Based Prevention  awarded by National Institute on Drug Abuse Principal Investigator 2008 -



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