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Kathleen J. Sikkema, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Research Professor of Global Health and Director of Clinical Training Program of Psychology & Neuroscience and Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Medical Psychology and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and Affiliate

Kathleen J. Sikkema

Research Summary:
Kathleen J. Sikkema, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Global Health, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, is a clinical psychologist with emphases in health and community psychology. She is the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at Duke, Director of Doctoral Studies at the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), Director of the Social and Behavioral Science Core in Duke's Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and Director of the Global Mental Health Initiative at DGHI.

Dr. Sikkema, an expert in randomized, controlled HIV prevention and mental health intervention trials, has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for nearly 25 years. She conducts research on the development of HIV-related mental health interventions focused on traumatic stress and coping. Sikkema's intervention programs have been recognized by the CDC as "best evidence interventions" as well as the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Dr. Sikkema's research is also focused on the development and evaluation of HIV risk behavior change interventions, with expertise in community-level intervention trials and university-community collaboration. She recently developed and evaluated a brief risk reduction intervention (PC: Positive Choices), in collaboration with the Callen Lorde Community Health Center, for those newly diagnosed with HIV, with implications for engagement in care and HIV prevention.

Dr. Sikkema's current research is focused in South Africa, collaborating with various South African universities since 2001. Building on prior work with abused women, she recently completed a multi-method longitudinal study to inform development of innovative intervention approaches related to gender, HIV risk and alcohol use in South Africa. Dr. Sikkema's current efforts are focused on the development of mental health interventions that address the intersection of HIV care engagement and HIV prevention.



Clinical Psychology

Representative Publications:   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. KJ Sikkema, L Abler, NB Hansen, PA Wilson, AS Drabkin, A Kochman, JC MacFarlane, A DeLorenzo, G Mayer, MH Watt and W Nazareth (2014). Positive choices: outcomes of a brief risk reduction intervention for newly HIV-diagnosed men who have sex with men.. AIDS and behavior, 18(9), 1808-1819. [doi]  [abs]
  2. KJ Sikkema, KW Ranby, CS Meade, NB Hansen, PA Wilson, A Kochman (2013). Reductions in traumatic stress following a coping intervention were mediated by decreases in avoidant coping for people living with HIV/AIDS and childhood sexual abuse. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 81(2), 274-283.  [abs]
  3. KJ Sikkema, MH Watt, CS Meade, KW Ranby, SC Kalichman, D Skinner and D Pieterse (2011). Mental health and HIV sexual risk behavior among patrons of alcohol serving venues in Cape Town, South Africa.. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, 57(3), 230-237. [21372724], [doi]  [abs]
  4. KJ Sikkema, MH Watt, AS Drabkin, CS Meade, NB Hansen and BW Pence (2010). Mental health treatment to reduce HIV transmission risk behavior: a positive prevention model.. AIDS Behav, 14(2), 252-262. [20013043], [doi]  [abs]
  5. KJ Sikkema, SA Neufeld, NB Hansen, R Mohlahlane, MJ Van Rensburg, MH Watt, AM Fox and M Crewe (2010). Integrating HIV prevention into services for abused women in South Africa.. AIDS Behav, 14(2), 431-439. [19826941], [doi]  [abs]
  6. KJ Sikkema, NB Hansen, CS Meade, A Kochman and AM Fox (2009). Psychosocial predictors of sexual HIV transmission risk behavior among HIV-positive adults with a sexual abuse history in childhood.. Arch Sex Behav, 38(1), 121-134. [17999171], [doi]  [abs]
  7. KJ Sikkema, PA Wilson, NB Hansen, A Kochman, S Neufeld, MS Ghebremichael and T Kershaw (2008). Effects of a coping intervention on transmission risk behavior among people living with HIV/AIDS and a history of childhood sexual abuse.. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, 47(4), 506-513. [18176319], [doi]  [abs]
  8. KJ Sikkema, NB Hansen, M Ghebremichael, A Kochman, N Tarakeshwar, CS Meade and H Zhang (2006). A randomized controlled trial of a coping group intervention for adults with HIV who are AIDS bereaved: longitudinal effects on grief.. Health Psychol, 25(5), 563-570. [17014273], [doi]  [abs]
  9. CS Meade and KJ Sikkema (2005). Voluntary HIV testing among adults with severe mental illness: frequency and associated factors.. AIDS Behav, 9(4), 465-473. [16323033], [doi]  [abs]
  10. KJ Sikkema, JA Kelly, RA Winett, LJ Solomon, VA Cargill, RA Roffman, TL McAuliffe, TG Heckman, EA Anderson, DA Wagstaff, AD Norman, MJ Perry, DA Crumble and MB Mercer (2000). Outcomes of a randomized community-level HIV prevention intervention for women living in 18 low-income housing developments.. Am J Public Health, 90(1), 57-63. [10630138], [doi]  [abs]

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