Prevention Science and Community Engagement Core
David Scott Metzger, Ph.D.
Director, Prevention Science and Community Engagement Core
Michael B. Blank, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Prevention Science and Community Engagement Core
John B. Jemmott III, Ph.D.
Core Investigator, Prevention Science and Community Engagement Core
Research Project Manager and CAB Coordinator
The mission of the Prevention Science and Community Engagement Core (PSCE) is to identify, foster and support new opportunities for social and behavioral research in HIV/AIDS that both serve the needs of CFAR investigators and enable research in emerging CFAR and national scientific priorities. The PSCE strives to facilitate scientific and operational linkages between CFAR behavioral and social scientists and clinical and basic science investigators; lead the Penn CFAR in developing meaningful community partnerships, and enable the HIV/AIDS research agenda in areas of high opportunity and synergy including the Scientific Working Group in Technology to Reduce HIV Disparities and through collaborations with the new Philadelphia Mental Health AIDS Research Center. The Core is led by Drs. David Metzger (Core Director), Michael Blank (Co-Director), John Jemmott (Core Investigator) and Amy Onorato (Research Project Manager and CAB Coordinator).
To accomplish its mission, the Prevention Science and Community Engagement Core has the following aims:
(1) To provide research application and implementation support services. This service is devoted to the identification and communication of funding opportunities, the identification of new and transitioning investigators and providing support to them in developmental and NIH applications, and the provision of support for funded NIH investigators;
(2) To provide target populations service. This service is designed to support innovative approaches to the recruitment, retention, assessment, and specimen collection from populations of interest to prevention, therapeutic, and basic science investigators;
(3) Mentoring, education, training, and support for research tools library. The PSCE Core places a high priority on the development of early career and transitioning investigators through intra and cross-CFAR mentoring, the hosting of AIDS research fellowships, sponsoring and delivery of invited speakers and training events, and the maintenance of a library of software and other research tools useful in the conduct of AIDS related research;
(4) Community integration services. The Core provides programmatic and budgetary support for the Penn CFAR Community Advisory Board in its vibrant agenda and national leadership promoting bi-directional linkages between AIDS researchers and the community, as well as growing linkages with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to support the emerging research agenda focused on engagement in care.
Together these services are intended to stimulate the development of new HIV investigators, research initiatives, and collaborations among the social and behavioral, clinical, and basic science researchers at Penn. To request services from the PSCE Core, please use the Core Service Request Form.
- Research Application and Implementation Support
- Target Population Services
- Mentoring, Education, & Training
- Community Advisory Board
- Social and Behavioral Core Research Instruments (SABI)
- CFAR Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network (SBSRN)
- Mid-Atlantic CFAR Consortium (MACC) Scholars Program
- Enhanced Comprehensive HIV Prevention Planning and Implementation for Metropolitan Statistical Areas Most Affected by HIV/AIDS (ECHPP)