Iterative development of In This toGether, the first mHealth HIV prevention program for older adolescents in Uganda

Ybarra ML, Agaba E, Chen E, Nyemara N. Iterative Development of In This toGether, the First mHealth HIV Prevention Program for Older Adolescents in Uganda. AIDS Behav. 2020 Aug;24(8):2355-2368. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-02795-4. Abstract: In Uganda, HIV prevention programming for older adolescents is noticeably lacking, even though HIV incidence rates increase dramatically from adolescence into young adulthood. Here we describe the development of In This toGether (ITG), the first-of-its-kind, comprehensive text messaging-based HIV prevention program for both sexually active and abstinent 18- to 22-year-old Ugandans. Five iterative development activities are described: (1) conducting focus groups (FGs) to better understand the sexual decision-making of older adolescents across Uganda … [Read more...]

Developing Texting for relapse prevention: A scalable mHealth program for people with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder

Ybarra ML, Rodriguez K, Madison H, Mojtabai R, Cullen BA. Developing Texting for Relapse Prevention: A Scalable mHealth Program for People With Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2019 Oct;207(10):854-862. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000001037. Abstract: Symptom relapse in people with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder is common and has a negative impact on the course of illness. Here, we describe the development of Texting for Relapse Prevention, a scalable, cost-effective text messaging relapse prevention program that queries patients' "early warning signs" daily. Results of development focus groups and content advisory teams with 25 patients and 19 providers suggest that patients were enthusiastic about the program and thought that receiving daily … [Read more...]

Feasibility, acceptability, and process indicators for Guy2Guy, an mHealth HIV prevention program for sexual minority adolescent boys

Ybarra ML, Prescott T, Mustanski B, Parsons J, Bull SS. Feasibility, Acceptability, and Process Indicators for Guy2Guy, an mHealth HIV Prevention Program for Sexual Minority Adolescent Boys. J Adolesc Health. 2019 Sep;65(3):417-422. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.04.025. Epub 2019 Jul 2. Abstract: Purpose: Guy2Guy is one of the first mHealth HIV prevention programs for sexual minority boys aged 14-18 years, evaluated nationally. Here, we examine the program's feasibility and acceptability and explore participants' feedback about program content and components intended to invigorate program engagement. Methods: Guy2Guy was tested in a randomized controlled trial of 302 youth assigned to either the intervention or an attention-matched control group. At 3-month follow-up, … [Read more...]

Mobile health intervention development principles: Lessons from an adolescent cyberbullying intervention

Ranney ML, Pittman SK, Ybarra M, Huang J, Spirito A, Rosen R. Mobile health intervention development principles: Lessons from an adolescent cyberbullying intervention. Soc Media & Healthcare Tech. 2018; 3329-3338. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/50310 Abstract Mobile health interventions are becoming increasingly popular, yet challenges in developing effective, user-friendly, evidence-based technology augmented interventions persist. In this paper, we describe the process of developing an acceptable, evidence-based text messaging program for adolescents experiencing cyberbullying in hopes of addressing some of the challenges encountered by many researchers and developers in this area of intervention development. Participants were 23 adolescents with past-year histories of … [Read more...]

Opportunities and challenges represented by online recruitment and enrollment of sexual minority adolescent girls in research

Prescott T, Price-Feeney M, Ybarra ML. Opportunities and challenges represented by online recruitment and enrollment of sexual minority adolescent girls in research. Oral presentation at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality; 9-12 Nov 2017, Atlanta, GA. Opportunities and challenges represented by online recruitment and enrollment of sexual minority adolescent girls in research from Center for Innovative Public Health Research … [Read more...]

Developing Girl2Girl: A text messaging-based pregnancy prevention program for LGB girls 14-18 years of age

Ybarra ML, Prescott T, Price-Feeney M. Developing Girl2Girl: A text messaging-based pregnancy prevention program for LGB girls 14-18 years of age. Oral presentation at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality; 9-12 Nov 2017, Atlanta, GA. Developing Girl2Girl from Center for Innovative Public Health Research … [Read more...]

Survey development for Girl2Girl, a text messaging-based pregnancy prevention program for sexual minority adolescent girls

Price-Feeney M, Ybarra ML, Prescott T. Survey development for Girl2Girl, a text messaging-based pregnancy prevention program for sexual minority adolescent girls. Oral presentation at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality; 9-12 Nov 2017, Atlanta, GA. Survey Development for Girl2Girl from Center for Innovative Public Health Research … [Read more...]

Lessons learned using FB to recruit LGBT adults across eastern Africa into online sexual health focus groups

Ybarra M, Chen E, Prescott T. Lessons learned using FB to recruit LGBT adults across eastern Africa into online sexual health focus groups. International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research 2017 Conference; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 12-13 Jul 2017. Lessons learned using FB to recruit LGBT adults across eastern Africa into online sexual health focus groups from Center for Innovative Public Health Research … [Read more...]

STI testing behavior among sexual minority adolescent women recruited from FB in the United States

Ybarra M, Prescott T, Price-Feeney M, Saewyc E, Rosario M. STI testing behavior among sexual minority adolescent women recruited from FB in the United States. International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research 2017 Conference; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 12-13 Jul 2017. STI testing behavior among sexual minority adolescent women recruited from FB in the United States from Center for Innovative Public Health Research … [Read more...]

Opportunities to tailor HIV prevention programming for Ugandan young adults

Ybarra M, Prescott T, Kyagaba E. Opportunities to tailor HIV prevention programming for Ugandan young adults. International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research 2017 Conference; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 12-13 Jul 2017. Opportunities to tailor HIV prevention programming for Ugandan young adults from Center for Innovative Public Health Research … [Read more...]