iRT scientists, Drs. Tracy Scull, Christina Dodson, and Reina Evans-Paulson, presented a symposium entitled, Promoting Adolescent Sexual Health In The Digital Age Through Media Literacy And Sexual Communication, at the most recent Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in November 2021. Their symposium featured a review of research on the relationship between media and adolescent sexuality as well as the benefits of media literacy education on adolescent sexual and relationship health. They were joined in the symposium by co-authors Dr. Laura Widman and Hannah Javidi from the Teen Health Lab at NC State [...]
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iRT Awarded Grant for Development of a Parent-Focused Media Literacy Education Program for Adolescent Substance Use PreventionIRT Inc2021-10-27T14:02:27+00:00
September 2021 Durham, NC - innovation Research & Training (iRT) is honored to share that it has received a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop and evaluate the Media World Parent program. iRT Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Tracy Scull, is the Principal Investigator for the project. She is joined by Co-Investigators, Dr. Christina Dodson and Dr. Katie Stump. The team will create an evidence-based program to help parents effectively communicate with their middle school-aged children about substance use and media. Media World Parent will build upon several of their previously funded projects, including the classroom curriculum, [...]
September 13, 2021 Durham, NC – After co-authoring “the book” on mentoring and committing themselves to empowering youth, researchers at innovation Research and Training started a new Mentoring Central venture and developed a new asynchronous, online mentor training course, Building the Foundation for e-Mentoring. This course includes core foundational topics that all mentors need to learn, tailored for the e-mentoring experience. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mentoring programs were required to transform from in-person to virtual. Because of this transformation, as well as the general increase in virtual interactions and growth in virtual mentoring programs that provide mentees with access to [...]
July 14, 2021 Durham, NC- Decades of research point to parents having a major influence on their child’s sexual health. High quality parent-child communication has been repeatedly shown to reduce adverse sexual health outcomes. Despite the critical role of parents, research on parent-adolescent sexual health communication (SHC) overwhelming focuses on mothers with little known about the role of fathers. Furthermore, research on SHC is typically conducted with either parents or adolescents, but not on both simultaneously. New research from iRT scientists investigates both of these blind spots. Authors Scull, Carl, Keefe, and Malik published the results of this research in a [...]
Calling NC teens who have participated in clinical trials! Share your experiences with other teens to help them learn more about the importance of research. Pediatric clinical trials are necessary in order to know if treatments are safe and effective for children and teens. DigiKnowIt News is a website that educates children about participating in pediatric clinical trials. We are creating a version specifically for teens and are looking for teens to share their real-life experiences of participating in research. This way, other teens will have more information about what it's like to participate, if they are ever given the opportunity. [...]
May 26, 2021 Durham, NC - innovation Research & Training welcomes two new graduate student interns this summer. The interns will contribute their expertise to our projects on educating teens about participating in a research project and STEM . “We are delighted to welcome Yontii and Kathryn,” said Dr. Janis Kupersmidt, the President of iRT. “Their exceptional experience, unique perspectives, and academic prowess will enrich our work on these federally funded projects, as well as the products being developed through these awards.” The Graduate Student Interns Yontii Wheeler is pursuing her Master of Public Health with a Health Equity, Social [...]
DigiKnowIt News for Increasing Youth Knowledge about and Confidence in Participating in a Clinical TrialIRT Inc2021-05-17T16:36:20+00:00
May 17, 2021 Durham, NC - Youth participation in clinical trials is a vital step to ensuring the safety of pediatric medical treatments. For example, clinical trials across the country are currently evaluating children’s and teens’ response to potential Covid-19 vaccines. However, youth may be understandably anxious about taking part in a process they don’t fully understand. Researchers at innovation Research & Training created an innovative method for educating children about what it means to be in a clinical trial: a new multimedia, interactive website called DigiKnowIt News. As reported in a new paper in Journal of Child Health Care, by [...]
New Study from iRT Finds Web-Based Media Literacy Program an Effective Vehicle for High School Sex EdIRT Inc2021-05-14T16:02:16+00:00
May 14, 2021 DURHAM, NC - Web-based media literacy education was found to be an effective way to promote sexual health and critical media analysis in high school students, according to a new randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. The findings were reported by innovation Research & Training (iRT), a behavioral sciences research company. Decades of research have shown that school-based, comprehensive sex education is an effective way to improve adolescent sexual health. However, yesterday’s programs don’t necessarily work today; with the pervasiveness of smartphones and online social networks, adolescents’ constant access to media means [...]
May 5, 2021 Durham, NC, - innovation Research & Training is pleased to announce Dr. Rebecca Stelter’s appointment to the MENTOR NC Board of Directors. MENTOR NC is a non-profit organization that is a state affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership that is “dedicated to increasing the number of youth in quality mentoring relationships across North Carolina while working to address the systemic barriers that young people face on a daily basis.” MENTOR NC works primarily in three core areas to advance the local mentoring movement; increasing mentoring program capacity, increasing local engagement, and providing expertise and raising awareness about [...]
Durham, NC, May 2, 2021 – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has selected Dr. Tracy Scull, Senior Research Scientist at innovation Research & Training, for her demonstrated achievement and competence to serve as a member of the Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention (PDRP) Study Section for a four-year term, beginning this July. The CSR is responsible for organizing the peer review groups and study sections that evaluate most of the research grant applications sent to NIH. It works to execute fair, independent, expert, and timely scientific reviews for NIH grant applications. “I am honored to [...]