of the Philadelphia Health Department since 2002. He serves as associate editor of the Journal of Community Psychology, and is on the editorial boards of Psychological Assessment, Community Mental Health Journal, and Journal of Rural Community Psychology. Dr. Blank was elected to the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association in 2006. At Penn, Dr. Blank teaches behavioral and social sciences in public health in the Masters in Public Health Program; ethical issues in HIV prevention, treatment, and research in the Department of Bioethics; and a clinical seminar in community psychology and mental health services research in the Department of Psychology. He also is a member of the Executive Committee of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network, which is intended to foster multisite collaboration among the NIH-funded Centers for AIDS Research in the behavioral and social sciences. He is currently a standing member of the NIH study section for Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to the Prevention of HIV/AIDS and has served as an ad hoc member on a number of other study sections. Dr. Blank is the author of more than 90 papers, book chapters and reports, and editor of a book with Marlene Eisenberg, entitled HIV: Issues with Mental Health and Illness, published in 2007.


Laura M. Bogart, Ph.D., is a social psychologist who specializes in applying principles of social cognition to understanding risky health behaviors. Her research focuses on the influence of medical mistrust and discrimination on health behavior among disadvantaged populations, including African Americans, Latinos, low-income individuals, and people with HIV. Dr. Bogart has designed and implemented several studies in primary and secondary HIV prevention and adherence to antiretroviral treatment for HIV. Dr. Bogart’s research includes NIH-funded studies examining the association of discrimination, HIV conspiracy beliefs, and medical mistrust with treatment adherence and sexual risk among African-American and Latino men living with HIV, as well as a community-based participatory research NIH project to evaluate effects of the AIDS Project Los Angeles’ treatment advocacy program. She also conducted a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded study to examine the scope of and barriers to rapid HIV testing in hospitals, community clinics, and community-based organizations in the United States. Dr. Bogart received her Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining the Children’s Hospital of Boston in 2008, she was a Senior Behavioral Scientist at RAND and Deputy Director of the UCLA/RAND Center for Adolescent Health Promotion, a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center. She currently serves on the American Psychological Association’s Health Psychology Disparities Committee, is Associate Editor of Annals of Behavioral Medicine, and is on the editorial board of AIDS and Behavior.



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