Reina Evans

Research Specialist and
Project Director

She/Her/Hers
revans@irtinc.us

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OVERVIEW

Reina Evans is a Research Specialist and Project Director at iRT. She will receive her doctorate in Applied Social and Community Psychology from North Carolina State University in May 2021. She conducts research related to adolescent and young adult health with a focus on implementation and evaluation of sexual health interventions, parent and family influences on adolescent sexuality, and sexual communication. Reina has published in esteemed peer-reviewed journals such as JAMA Pediatrics, Journal of Sex Research, and Pediatrics. She enjoys long hikes with her partner and their hound dog, campfires, board games, dim sum, and traveling to her home city, New Orleans.

BACKGROUND

Ph.D. Candidate (anticipated May 2021), Applied Social and Community Psychology, North Carolina State University
B.S., 2017, Behavioral Neuroscience, St. Edward’s University (Honors Program)

PUBLICATIONS

Evans, R., Widman, L., Javidi, H., Adams, E., Cacace, S., Prinstein, M., & Desmarais, S. (2020) Preliminary evaluation of a prescription opioid misuse prevention program among rural middle school students. Journal of Community Health, 45, 1139-1148. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10900-020-00899-5

Evans, R., Widman, L., & Goldey, K. (2020). The Role of Adolescent Sex Education in Sexual Satisfaction among LGB+ and Heterosexual Young Adults. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 15, 310-335. https://doi.org/10.1080/15546128.2020.1763883

Evans, R., Widman, L., Stokes, M., Javidi, H., Hope, E., & Brasileiro, J. (2020) Sexual health programs for Latinx adolescents: A meta-analysis. Pediatrics, 146, e20193572. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2019-3572

Widman, L. & Evans, R. (2020). Adolescent Sexual Health Interventions: Innovation, Efficacy, Cost, and the Urgent Need to Scale. Pediatrics, 145, e20200392. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2020-0392

Widman, L., Evans, R., & Choukas-Bradley, S. (2020) More meta-analytical explorations on adolescent sexual health interventions are needed – Reply. JAMA Pediatrics, 174, 390-391. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.5894

Evans, R., Widman, L., Stokes, M., Javidi, H., Hope, E., & Brasileiro, J. (2020) Association of sexual health interventions with sexual health outcomes in black adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics, 174, 676–689. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0382

Maheux, A. J., Evans, R., Widman, L., Nesi, J., Prinstein, M. J., & Choukas-Bradley, S. (2019). Brief Report: Popular peer norms and adolescent sexting behavior. Journal of Adolescence, 78, 62-66https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2019.12.002

Widman, L., Kamke, K., Evans, R., Stewart, J. L., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Golin, C. E. (2019). Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of an online sexual health program for adolescents. Journal of Sex Research, 57, 145-154. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2019.1630800

Widman, L., Evans, R., Javidi, H., & Choukas-Bradley, S. (2019) Assessment of parent-based interventions for adolescent sexual health: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics, 173, 866-877. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.2324

Evans, R., Widman, L., Kamke, K., & Stewart, J.L. (2019) Gender differences in parents’ communication with their adolescent children about sexual risk and sex-positive topics. Journal of Sex Research, 57, 177-188. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2019.1661345

PRESENTATIONS

Evans, R., Widman, L., Brasileiro, J., Maheux, A., Spiva, S., & Choukas-Bradley, S. (2020, November). Sexual self-concept is related to partner sexual communication self-efficacy and behavior among adolescents. Talk presentation at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality online conference.

Adams, E. T., Noar, S. M., Nabi, R. L., Evans, R., & Widman, L. (2020, April). Fear before hope: Assessing the effect of emotional flow in a youth opioid prevention narrative. Talk presented at the 16th Biennial Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY.

Kamke, K., Stewart, J. L., Evans, R., & Widman, L. (2018, November). Replicating efficacy of a web-based sexual communication intervention in a sample of high-risk adolescent girls. Talk presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality conference, Montreal, Canada.

Stewart, J. L., Kamke, K., Evans, R., & Widman, L. (2018, November). Sexual rights: measuring and comparing current beliefs among emerging adults. Talk presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality conference, Montreal, Canada. 

Evans, R., Widman, L, & Goldey, K. (2017, November). Adolescent sex education predicts adult sexual satisfaction and sexual risk: Examining the moderating roles of gender and sexual identity. Talk presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Evans, R., Widman, L., Stokes, M., Javidi, H., Hope, E., & Brasileiro, J. (2020, May). Sexual health interventions for Black adolescents: A meta-analysis. [Poster session canceled due to COVID-19]. The Society for Prevention Research conference, Washington D.C.

Maheux, A. J., Evans, R., Widman, L., Nesi, J., Prinstein, M. J., & Choukas-Bradley, S. (2020, March). Popular peer norms and adolescent sexting behavior. [Conference canceled due to COVID-19]. The biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, San Diego, CA.

Desmarais, S., Neupert, S., Widman, L., Evans, R., Javidi, H., Cacace, S., & Nance, A. (2019, November). Role of Stress in Middle School Students’ Intentions to Misuse Opioids. Poster presented at the American Public Health Association conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Evans, R., Widman, L., Stokes, M., Javidi, H., & Hope, E. (2019, November). Sexual health interventions for Black and Latinx adolescents: A meta-analysis. Poster presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality conference, Denver, Colorado. 

Brasileiro, J., Widman, L., & Evans, R. (2019, November). The role of social self-efficacy on adolescent sexual communication. Poster presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality conference, Denver, CO.

Maheux, A. J., Evans, R., Widman, L., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Prinstein, M. J. (2019, March). Sexting in adolescence: The role of peer influence and perceptions of peer norms. Poster presented at the annual Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA.

Evans, R., Kamke, K., Stewart, J.L., & Widman, L. (2019, February) Gender differences in parent-child communication about sexual risk and sex-positive topics. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference, Portland, Oregon.

Evans, R., Kamke, K., Stewart, J.L., Javidi, H., & Widman, L. (2018, November) Gender differences in parent-child communication about sexual risk and sex-positive topics. Poster presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality conference, Montreal, Canada.

Evans, R., Stewart, J. L., Gainey, C., & Widman, L. (2018, November). Relevance of family and school sex education to the romantic and sexual lives of youth: Experiences and awareness of sexual minority and heterosexual college students. Poster presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality conference, Montreal, Canada.

Evans, R. & Goldey, K. L. (2017, January). Associations between Sex Education and Well-being in Adult Relationships. Poster presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

HONORS & AWARDS

Ad Hoc Reviewer

Pediatrics
American Journal of Sexuality Education
Sex Education
Journal of Child and Family Studies
Journal of Primary Prevention

Research and Travel Awards

William and Joan Michael Graduate Award North Carolina State University 03/2020

Raleigh, NC

Research Support Award North Carolina State University Center for Family and Community Engagement 01/2019

Raleigh, NC

Doug Kirby Adolescent Sexual Health Research Grant Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention 12/2018

Raleigh, NC

Adolescent Family Planning Manuscript Award Office of Population Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services Role: co-investigator (PI: Laura Widman) 03/2018

Raleigh, NC

University Graduate Fellowship North Carolina State University 08/2017

Raleigh, NC

Graduate Student Research Endowment Award North Carolina State University Awarded for Meta-Analysis Workshop Training 01/2019

Raleigh, NC

SOCO Student Conference Award North Carolina State University Awarded for Conference Travel 10/25/18

Raleigh, NC

Society Registration Fee Award North Carolina State University Graduate Student Association in Psychology 05/07/2018

Raleigh, NC

Mcgehee, Moffie, Barkley Award North Carolina State University Awarded for Research and Professional Development 01/2018

Raleigh, NC

Travel Award St. Edward’s University Honors Program Travel Fund 01/2017

Austin, TX