The Developmental and Pilot Research Core is headed by Laura Salazar, a behavioral scientist and Associate Dean for Research in Georgia State University’s School of Public Health. Her Core’s goal will be to promote high-impact research that expands current goals of the Georgia State TCORS and that supports the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products priority areas.
Dr. Salazar has focused her research efforts on improving the sexual health of adolescents and adults, who are at heightened risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV. She is particularly interested in the intersection of the STI/HIV and gender-based violence (GBV) epidemics.
Prior to joining Georgia State University, Dr. Salazar was a member of the faculty at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health from 2004-2011. Her intervention research has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health and includes the use of media and web-based approaches to expand the reach of health promotion. She has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and is a co-author of two public health textbooks: Research Methods in Health Promotion and Health Behavior Theory for Public Health: Principles, Foundations and Applications.
Dr. Salazar received her Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Georgia State University’s Department of Psychology. She subsequently completed a NRSA postdoctoral fellowship in HIV/AIDS at Emory University, School of Medicine, and Department of Psychiatry.