Jaih Craddock, MSW, MA

PhD Candidate, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and Center for Aritificial Intelligence in Society

Curriculum Vitae


M.S.W., University of Southern California, Social Work, 2015

M.A., San Francisco State University, Sexuality Studies, 2012

B.A., San Francisco State University, Child Development, 2008

Professional and research interests:

Jaih Craddock is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California (USC) Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Her research focuses on health disparities and health promotion, particularly among transitional age Black youth and women. For her qualifying examination, Craddock examined the associations of individual-level characteristics, sexual risk behaviors, social network-level characteristics and sexual health communication between young Black women (YBW) and their social network members (SNMs), using egocentric social network data she collected from 78 YBW aged 18 to 24 living in the Los Angeles area. She used respondent-driven sampling to recruit participants and collect data from May to Auguest 2016, initially recruiting five seeds (initial participants) from two beauty salons in Los Angeles County. Craddock designed and conducted this pilot project as a feasibility study for her proposed dissertation project and used these data for her qualifying examination manuscript. Craddock passed her qualifying examination with distinction, and has submitted her solo-authored qualifying examination manuscript to leading peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Furthermore, based on this pilot study, she plans to write two other first-authored manuscripts to be submitted to top-tier journals.

Additionally, Craddock has been actively involved with several HIV-related intervention research studies as a PhD student. From 2013 to 2015, Craddock worked with Dr. Suzanne Wenzel, a Professor in the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, as an interventionist in her National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded study (DA R21 031610) to adapt and test an evidence-based HIV intervention, Sister-to-Sister, and examine the feasibility and effectiveness of using the adapted intervention in drop-in centers and shelters for homeless women. Craddock also worked with Dr. Sean Young, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Center for Behavior and Addiction Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles, as a peer-leader trainer for both control and intervention arms of his NIMH-funded study (MH R01 106415) on the HOPE social media intervention, a peer-led, Facebook-based HIV preventive intervention for MSM populations in Los Angeles.

Currently, Jaih Craddock is working with Dr. Eric Rice, an associate professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the Co-founding Co-director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society. She is actively contributing in the adaptation, training, implementation and assessment of Dr. Rice’s HIV intervention study, Have You Heard? Have You Heard?, is a peer-led HIV preventive intervention for homeless youth in Los Angeles that uses artificial intelligence to select the best placed homeless youth, in homeless youth networks, to be peer-leaders in the HIV intervention (HYH/Healer Study). Furthermore, she has worked with Dr. Rice and other collaborators on manuscripts, presentations, and data analyses, publishing first-authored peer-reviewed articles in leading scholarly journals, including Prevention Science and has other manuscripts in progress and under review. Craddock expects to graduate from the University of Southern California with her doctoral degree in May of 2018.


1. Yadav, A., Wilder, B., Rice, E., Petering, R., Craddock, J. Yoshioka -Maxwell, A., Hemler, M., Onasch-Vera, L., Tambe, & M., Woo. D. (2017). Influence Maximization in the Field: The Arduous Journey from Emerging to Deployed Application. Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems.

2. Dangerfield, D., Craddock, J. B., & Gilreath, T. (2017). HIV Testing and Health Care Utilization Among Men in the United States: A Latent Class Analysis. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2017.02.001 � a

3. Rice, E., Craddock, J. B., Helmer, M. B., Rusow, J., P, A., M, J., & K, T. (2017). Associations between Sexting Behaviors and Sexual Behaviors among Mobile Phone-Owning Teens in Los Angeles. Child Development.

4. Rice, E., Petering, R., Stringfellow, E., & Craddock, J.B. (2017). Innovations in Community-Based and Interdisciplinary Research: A Network Perspective on Innovation in Social Work Science. Research on Social Work and Practice. DOI: 10.1177/1049731516685620.

5. Cederbaum, J. A., Rice, E., Craddock, J., Pimentel, V., & Beaver, P. (2017). Social networks and social support of HIV-positive women and their influence on depression. Women & Health, 57(2), 268-282. doi:10.1080/03630242.2016.1157126

6. Craddock, J.B., Rice, E., Rhoades, H., & Winetrobe, H. (2016). Are Parental Relationship Always Protective? A Social Network Analysis of Black, Latino and White Homeless Youth and Sexual Risk-Taking Behaviors. Prevention Science, 17(8), 914-924. DOI:10.1007/s11121-016-0684-x

7. Craddock, J. B. (2016). A Commentary to Innovation and Emerging Scientific Careers: Is Social Work Prepared to Compete in Today’s Scientific Marketplace? Research on Social Work and Practice. DOI: 1049731516658354

8. Wenzel, S.L., Cederbaum, J., SOng, A., Hsu, H., Craddock, J., Hantanachaikul, W., & Tucker, J.S. (2015). Pilot Test of an Adapted, Evidence Based HIV Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention for Homeless Women. Prevention Science, 17(1), 112-121. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-015-0575-6

Awards and Distinctions

6/2016, Society of Prevention Research - ECPN Student Poster Contest Winner

5/2016-8/2016, Hamovitch Summer Research Fellowship

5/2015, Society for Prevention Research Minority Travel Fellowship

05/2015-8/2015, Hamovitch Summer Research Fellowship

2013-2015, Dean’s Leadership Scholarship

2013-2014, Helen Northern Endowed Scholarship

2011-2012, Graduate Equity Fellowship

2011-2012, Vincent Costantino Scholar

2011-2012, Estella Lara Memorial Scholar

2011-2012, Daniel Schirra Memorial Scholarship

2010-2011 Graduate Equity Fellowship

Contact information

Email: jaih.craddock@usc.edu

Location: City Center

Research Interest

  • Social Networks
  • Intervention Development
  • Decision-making & Social Influence
  • Health Disparities & Health Promotion
  • Black Women's Health
  • Artificial Intelligence for Social Good


Twitter: @JBCraddock