Welcome Dr. Geri Donenberg!
Along with the start of the academic year, SPH welcomes a new Associate Dean of Research, Dr. Geri Donenberg.
Dr. Donenberg received her Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Political Science at the University of Michigan and her Master of Arts and Doctoral Degree in clinical psychology from UCLA. She completed her psychology internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, and was a 2006-2007 Fulbright Scholar in South Africa.
Dr. Donenberg’s research focuses on understanding the underlying mechanisms of risky sexual behavior and substance use among youth and designing specially targeted interventions to prevent HIV transmission. She has been involved in adolescent HIV-related research for 15 years, with continuous NIH funding since 1999. Dr. Donenberg has served as Principal Investigator and Co-investigator on over 20 NIH-funded basic research and prevention trials and is currently conducting federally-funded research in South Africa and Indonesia. In addition to serving as Associate Dean of Research, Dr. Donenberg directs the Community Outreach Intervention Projects (COIP) and the Healthy Youths Program (HYP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“I welcome the opportunity to serve in the role of Associate Dean of Research for the School of Public Health. I am very excited to wear this hat and look forward to being part of the school's research growth and future development. One of the reasons I accepted this new position is the opportunity to help guide the school’s research vision. In addition to an excitement for research, I bring a desire to mentor the next generation of scholars and researchers. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, I look forward to working with the SPH and UIC communities as well as the community at large. Together we will continue to expand our vision of research and its impact on our regional, national and global communities.”
Innovative and Inspiring
As public health plays an increasingly critical role in today's society, the innovative research and inspiring achievements of UIC School of Public Health have become part of local, national and international conversation. Through our faculty, students and alumni, the UIC SPH presence extends far beyond its role as an academic environment.
- studying infectious diseases around the world;
- reducing shootings in Chicago to keep families safe;
- educating in Africa to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS;
- bringing clean water to villages in South America;
- fighting childhood obesity through our public schools;
- preventing infant mortality in underserved neighborhoods;
- working to eliminate health disparities.
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Youth and Mentoring - A project that evaluates the feasibility and impact of introducing youth-centered match support practices into the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA). Understand the concept...
More Sponsored Activities
The subjects of our research are as diverse as our members. Other ongoing projects include healthy aging, environmental chemistry, airplane manufacturing, workers and brain tumors, occupational injuries in worker populations, hospital systems, mental health and more.
To learn more about other UIC SPH Sponsored Activities, browse the New Awards and Current Sponsored Activities section. To see how far reaching UIC SPH sponsored activities are, browse the Community Connections section.
To learn more about our faculty research interests, view our Faculty Profiles.