What Works and Why, Despite Successful Programs, HIV Incidence Hasn't Gone Down
Dr. Zimmerman received his Ph.D. in sociology in 1983 from the University of Wisconsin with specialization in Medical Sociology. He and his colleagues started the Ph.D. program in medical sociology at the University of Miami in the mid-1980s, and served as a faculty member in the Dept. of Behavioral Science in the School of Medicine and the Dept. of Communication at the University of Kentucky from 1994-2008. Most recently before coming to GMU he was a Professor in the Dept. of Social and Behavioral Health at VCU in Richmond.
His work has focused on understanding why people engage in risky or health-promoting behaviors. He has been consistently funded by NIH over the last 20 years, conducting primarily intervention work focused on risky sexual behavior and substance use. He and his colleagues have adapted school-based interventions in the US, South Africa and Ethiopia; community-based interventions with young gay men, inner city housing development residents and youth in detention facilities; and mass media interventions to increase condom use among young adults and delay sexual activity in adolescents in the US. He has been developing a theory of behavior change, the Multiple Domain Model, and hopes to conduct research on the impact of reporting about HIV-related medical advances on risk-taking in high-risk populations, cost-effectiveness of HIV mass media prevention campaigns, and combination prevention approaches to HIV. He has received over $20 million in grants from NIH and published nearly 100 peer-reviewed journal articles.