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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Ralph DiClemente, PhD


        Ralph DiClemente, PhD


Dr. DiClemente is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health and Associate Director, Emory Center for AIDS Research. He holds concurrent appointments as Professor in the School of Medicine, the Department of Pediatrics, in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, and Immunology, and the Department of Medicine, in the Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Department of Psychiatry. He was most recently, Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Dr. DiClemente was trained as a Health Psychologist at the University of California San Francisco where he received his PhD in 1984 after completing an MSPH at the Harvard School of Public Health and his undergraduate degree at the City University of New York.

Dr. DiClemente is engaged in the development and evaluation of prevention programs tailored to African American adolescents and young adults. He is particularly well versed in designing programs that use peer-based models of implementation and that are culturally and developmentally appropriate. He has published extensively in the area of HIV/STD prevention, particularly among African-American adolescents and young adults. He has also published extensively in the area of partner violence and its association with adolescent health risks.  He is the author of more than 360 publications including the recent books: Emerging Theories in Health Promotion Practice and Research: Enhancing Public Health; the Handbook of  Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health: Social, Psychological and Public Health Perspectives; Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; The Handbook of Adolescent Health Risk Behaviors; the Handbook of HIV Prevention; Adolescents and AIDS: A Generation in Jeopardy; Preventing AIDS: Theories and Methods of Behavioral Interventions; and Preventing HIV Infection in Developing Countries: Biomedical and Behavioral Interventions.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Discuss attenuation effects in behavioral interventions.
2.  Discuss the development of a brief telephone-based counseling program.
3.  Describe how brief telephone counseling can facilitate behavior change continuance.


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