RESEARCH

Dr. Scyatta A. Wallace is a nationally recognized teen expert with a 15 year career as a successful NIH funded scientist. Her research centered on Black child development with a focus on examining how culture, race and gender impact teen health.

Some of her previous research includes:

Black Girls Health (Gender norms, race and health among Black girls)

Survey research examining how internalized racial and gender based stereotypes impact substance use among Black girls.  Findings from the study found that those girls who agreed stereotypes about Black women/girls were most likely to use drugs.

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The BLOOM curriculum was developed for Black girls grades 7-12 based on the work of a white paper on Black girls health written in partnership with TrueChild.  BLOOM is an evidence based curriculum designed to improve attitudes and behaviors associated with self-esteem/confidence building, unhealthy relationships and other health outcomes.  The content incorporates gender specific and culturally tailored materials and exercises.  It is accompanied by a facilitation book and trauma informed guide. 

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COVID-19 Awareness Campaign

Interview and survey research to inform online and media programming for the COVID-19 prevention awareness campaign, AliveandInColor, aimed at African American Fulton County GA residents.

Context of Risk Studies (Neighborhood Environment and Youth Health)

The Context of Risk (COR) study was a pilot survey study that explored how neighborhood context and psychological factors are associated with HIV risk among Black youth (ages 16-21 years) attending a sexual health clinic.  Findings from the study were used to inform The Neighborhood Study.

The Neighborhood Study was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to examine the relationship of neighborhood and psychological factors on HIV risk taking behaviors among Black youth.  The study found that Black youth who perceive their neighborhood as having high levels of violence and illegal drug activity are more likely to feel hopeless and not in control of their lives which was associated with more drug use and high risk sexual behaviors.

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HIV and Incarceration (Incarceration, reentry into society and risk for HIV)

The Brothers Encouraged to Access Testing Services (BEATS) project was a research study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The BEATS project focused on HIV testing and HIV prevention among heterosexual Black men aged 18-25 with a history of arrest and/or incarceration.  This study surveyed 200 men and included 20 in-depth interviews. The goal was to identify gender norms and other cultural factors associated with HIV risk and to identify best practices in promoting HIV testing among this population. 

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Project REACH (Re-Entry And Concerns for Health) was an in-depth interview study of heterosexual Black men ages 18-25 with a recent history of incarceration. The study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) described how social influences such as peers, family and community members impacted HIV risk immediately after release from jail/prison.  The goal wasto help inform HIV prevention efforts to be better tailored to the lived experiences and contexts of this population.