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Aletha Y. Akers, MD, MPH

Aletha Akers, MD
Job Title Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Magee-Womens Hospital, Magee-Womens Hospital
Job Title Assistant Investigator, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Magee-Womens Research Institute
Job Title Junior Investigator, Magee-Rand Womens Health Initiative, University of Pittsburgh, Rand Health Corporation
3420 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Education and Training

Medical School:

2006 MPH, Public Health Leadership Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.
2000 MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 

Residency:

2004 Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Fellowship:

2006 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Chapel Hill Clinical Scholars Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.
 

 

Memberships

  • American Public Health Association
  • North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
  • Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
  • Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • National Medical Association

Board Certifications

  • DEA

Awards

  • 2004-2006 Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • 2004 Second Prize for an Oral Presentation, American College of Obstetricians & Gynecology, District V Junior Fellows Meeting
  • 2004 Second Prize for an Oral Presentation, Annual Junior Fellow Research Day, Michigan Section of American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
  • 2002-2003 Berlex Best Teaching Resident Award
  • 1999, 2000 Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, Truman Scholar’s Leadership Week, Senior Scholar
  • 1993-1994 The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship
  • 1992 The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation (Pennsylvania scholar)

Publications

  • Akers AY, Gold MA, Coyne-Beasley T, Corbie-Smith G. A qualitative study of rural Black adolescents’ perspectives on primary STD prevention strategies. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2012. 44(2): 92-99. 
  • Lloyd SW, Ferguson YO, Corbie-Smith G, Ellison A, Blumenthal C, Council BJ, Youmans S, Muhammad MR, Wynn M, Adimora AA, Akers A. The role of public schools in HIV prevention: perspectives from African Americans in the rural south. AIDS Education and Prevention. 2012. 24(1):41-53.
  • Akers AY, Holland CL, Bost JE. Interventions to improve parental communication about sex: A systematic review. Pediatrics. 2011. 127(3): 494-510.

Research Interests

  • Social, cultural and contextual factors affecting adolescent sexual decisions, behaviors and reproductive health outcomes
  • Relationship between weight and adolescent sexual behaviors and reproductive health outcomes
  • Adolescent reproductive health services utilization
  • Community-based participatory research as an approach for
  • Interventions to improve parent-adolescent communication about sex

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • The Talking Village Intervention: Developing an Interactive Media Intervention Targeting Rural African American Parents to Reduce Adolescent Sexual Risk Behaviors
  • Relationship between adolescent weight, sexual behavior and reproductive outcomes
  • HIV Risk behavior and drug use over time: syndemic production in high risk youth
  • Immunomodulation by Hormonal Contraceptives among Adolescents and Young Women
  • Race, contraceptive behavior, and unintended pregnancy
Last Update
August 16, 2012
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