November 30, 2022 Durham, NC – innovation Research & Training (iRT) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to develop and evaluate a self-paced, interactive online program designed to educate parents about tween development and help them have high-quality conversations with their tweens about puberty, body-image, relationships, sexuality, and media use. Preadolescence is an integral time in development for children to form lifelong beliefs about appearance, gender roles, relationships, and sex. Children are more susceptible to eating disorders, dating violence perpetration, aggressive behavior, and decreased self-confidence [...]
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 [...]
Durham, NC, March 25, 2021 - innovation Research & Training is ecstatic to announce Dr. Alison Parker’s appointment to the NCFASD Informed Board of Directors. NCFASD Informed is a non-profit organization of all volunteers with the mission “to create FASD informed communities to empower individuals impacted by prenatal exposure to alcohol.” The organization is dedicated to raising awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the community; this awareness may lead to an increase in the number of diagnostic opportunities for individuals with FASD as well as support and resources for individuals and their families. Dr. Parker is a Research Scientist [...]
Media Aware Parent – iRT’s new program to help parents talk with their pre-teens and teens about sex, relationships, and media – is an effective way to bolster communication and healthy attitudes in teens, according to an article that was published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Media Aware Parent is the latest program in iRT’s Media Aware series, which...
iRT’s Prevention Central Team Publishes Chapter on Sexual Socialization in the International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy.IRT Inc2020-12-29T12:56:53+00:00
Media literacy education (MLE) is one of the primary strategies used by Prevention Central research teams at iRT to develop innovative, evidence-based programs. Prevention Central scientists are on the forefront of researching the influence of media on adolescents’ sexual attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, and have found that MLE is an effective way to promote adolescent sexual health.
iRT Scientist Contributes to Chapter on Media Literacy and Smoking in the International Encyclopedia of Media LiteracyIRT Inc2020-12-29T12:59:05+00:00
For more than a decade, scientists at iRT have conducted groundbreaking research on the impact of media literacy education for substance abuse prevention. Recently, Dr. Janis Kupersmidt, an expert on this topic, co-authored a chapter entitled “Media Literacy and Smoking” in the newly-published International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy. The encyclopedia – which is available...
iRT has partnered with College Access for All, an initiative developed by NYC Schools and Mayor Bill de Blasio to ensure all students are engaged in a “college-ready” culture. Hundreds of schools participate in this initiative, which was designed to help students form a career and college plan upon graduation from high school. College Access for All provides several support services...
Dr. Christina Malik, Elyse Keefe, and Abigail Morrison from Prevention Central (a division of innovation Research & Training) will be presenting at the SHIFT NC annual conference, Diving Below the Surface: Exploring the Depths of Adolescent Sexual Health, next week on Thursday, May 16, 2:00-3:15 p.m., in Greensboro, North Carolina. Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens (SHIFT) is a...