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Drs. Kurian and Wechsberg

On March 4, 2015 Drs. Wendee Wechsberg and Kyla M. Sawyer-Kurian were guest speakers on a special episode on The Measure of Every Day Life Radio Program (RTI International) focusing on gender equity and health promotion research: Health and Well Being of Women for International Women’s Day WNCU (90.7).

Dr. Wendee M. Wechsberg is Principal Scientist and the Senior Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Evaluations and Interventions Research Program at RTI International and Founder and Director of the RTI Global Gender Center. She is an adjunct at several Universities in the triangle. In 2013, she was the 2013 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Mentoring Award.

Dr. Kurian is an assistant professor in the counseling program at NCCU and has research interests in diversity, substance abuse and health disparities. She was a NIDA diversity scholar and a recipient of a developmental grant from UNC Center for AIDS Research. She was the first professor from NCCU to be on the radio show. 

To hear this episode go to: 

Drs. Wechsberg and Kurian have written a four articles together:

Sawyer-Kurian, K. M. & Wechsberg, W. M. (2012). Adapting an evidence-based HIV intervention for at-risk African American college women at Historically Black Colleges and Universities who use alcohol and drugs. Sage Open, 2(4)  doi:10.1177/2158244012464977

Sawyer-Kurian, K.M., Browne, F.A., Carney, T., Petersen, P., Wechsberg, W.M. (2011). Exploring the Intersecting Health Risks of Substance Abuse, Sexual Risk, and Violence for Female South African Teen Dropouts. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 21 (1):15-25.

Sawyer-Kurian, K. M., Wechsberg,. W. M., and Luseno, W. K (2009). Substance Abuse, Violence against Women, and HIV Risks: Men’s Voices from Cape Town, South Africa. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 10(1), 13–29.

Sawyer, K. M., Wechsberg, W. M., and Myers, B. (2006). Cultural Similarities and Differences Between a Sample of Black/African and Coloured Women in South Africa: Convergence of Risk Related to Substance Use, Sexual Behavior, and Violence. Journal of Woman and Health, 43(2), 73-92

Did You Know?

In October 2015, the Counseling Program at NCCU was selected as the "Most Outstanding Master's level Counseling Program" by the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision.

SACES award 2015

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