1999 - 2000 Annual Report

Current Research & Evaluation Activities

The Center for Behavioral Research and Services (CBRS) received two new grants this year that funded three new research projects, in addition to its three ongoing research projects. Five of these studies focused on HIV prevention and one on cigar smoking. Funding for these multi-year studies came from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the University of California.

Current Service Activities

Service activities this year fell into three categories: community HIV-prevention programs targeting gay men, gay Latinos, and drug users; pregnancy prevention among teens; and training and technical assistance in HIV prevention for local agencies throughout the State. One new prevention service program proposal was submitted and funded by Los Angeles County. International training and community assessment activities were conducted for USAID in Ukraine and Indonesia.

Accomplishments

During the year, Center staff and faculty had nine articles published (or under review for publication) in scientific journals. In addition, nine papers were presented at conferences, including the American Public Health Association and an invited paper at an international scientific conference in Jerusalem (Substance Abuse Issues in the Year 2000), and 37 workshops or other professional training presentations were made. Of major importance was the award the Center received from the University-wide AIDS Research Program (UARP) of the University of California. This grant is providing three years of significant infrastructure support for CBRS as an Emerging AIDS Research Center.

Student and Faculty Involvement

Three Center employees served in faculty roles at the University during the year, five faculty members served on the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Center, and four faculty members heretofore unsupported by the Center received partial support on the UARP grant. Ten graduate and undergraduate students from CSULB and three from UCLA were employed at the Center during the year. The HIV/AIDS Investigator Development Program, begun with funding from the UARP grant, is providing research training and opportunities for four faculty members at CSULB and 11 post-doctoral fellows or junior faculty at UCLA and Drew University.

Other

During the year 14 contracts and grants supported the Centerís activities with funding at $2,915,221. The demographics of the 47 staff members are 57% male and 43% female. African-Americans comprise 28% of employees, Asian/Pacific Islanders 6%, Latinos/Hispanics 30%, and Whites, 36%.

Because the Director of the Center announced his retirement effective the end of the Spring 2000 semester, a search was undertaken for a senior-level faculty member to serve as Director of the Center. Dr. Dennis Fisher was recruited and accepted the position, beginning in the Fall 2000 semester. Dr. Rhodes will continue half time completing the research grants on which he is Principal Investigator. Dr. Corby resigned as Associate Director of the Center but will remain as P.I. and co-P.I. of her projects until they are completed at the end of 2001.