Welcome to HARP at Duke University!

We are an interdisciplinary team that seeks to improve the lives of people with HIV who use addictive drugs. The overarching goal of HARP is to advance our understanding of how HIV infection and drug abuse can alter neurobehavioral outcomes. To this end, our research integrates multimodal neuroimaging technologies with behavioral assessment strategies and clinical measures. We focus on a wide range of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, and opioids. Our research also investigates neurobehavioral predictors of risk behaviors and health outcomes among active drug users, including reducing health disparities. The HARP team is committed to inclusivity and employs recruitment strategies to reach diverse groups, including those with minimal access to healthcare.


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New pub on the potential for PrEP in persons who use stimulant drugs

The HARP team recently published an article titled “Examining the Potential of Pre‑exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention in a Community Sample of Persons Who Use Stimulants Living in the Southern United States” in AIDS and Behavior. Of the 352 participants, over half (n=213) met criteria for PrEP candidacy, but less than 20% had heard of …

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Web-based cognitive training is a promising intervention for improving working memory

The HARP team recently published a journal article titled “Web‑Based Cognitive Training to Improve Working Memory in Persons with Co‑Occurring HIV Infection and Cocaine Use Disorder: Outcomes from a Randomized Controlled Trial” in AIDS and Behavior. The aim of this paper was to examine the feasibility and effectiveness of a web-based cognitive training intervention to …

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New study finds high prevalence of HIV in persons who use stimulant drugs in North Carolina

The HARP team publishes its first journal article from Project Avenir in AIDS and Behavior. The aim of this paper included estimating HIV prevalence and risk behaviors among stimulant users in the greater Raleigh-Durham area using respondent driven sampling (RDS), demonstrated in the figure above. Our findings indicate that RDS is effective in reaching stimulant …

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Dr. Causey publishes study in Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

HARP Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Shakiera Causey publishes a new study in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities on contextual factors that impact low-income, urban African-American adolescent sexual risk behavior. Overall, findings indicated that higher reported levels of parental monitoring, parent communication about sex, and sexual health knowledge are associated with less adolescent sexual risk. Click …

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