HARMONY RHOADES joined as a postdoctoral research associate in 2010. She was previously a pre-doctoral trainee in the UCLA Service Systems for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Research Training Program. Although her primary research centers on homelessness and HIV/AIDS risk behavior, her research interests also include the intersection of numerous social and biological factors that may influence health outcomes, including features of the environment, culture, gender, sexuality and reproduction.
Rhoades is an active collaborator with prominent faculty dedicated to understanding and ending homelessness. As a postdoctoral researcher, she worked with Professor Suzanne Wenzel on research examining HIV risk behavior and mental health among homeless men in Los Angeles' Skid Row area. She is currently the project director of an NIMH-funded longitudinal research project led by Assistant Professor Eric Rice examining the social networks and risk behavior of homeless youth in Los Angeles. Rhoades is also a co-investigator with Wenzel and Rice on a pilot study of social network and risk behavior change among homeless persons transitioning into permanent supportive housing programs.
Wenzel, S.L., Rhoades, H., Golinelli, D., Tucker, J.S., Kennedy, D.P., Green, H.D. & Zhou, A. (in press). HIV Risk Behavior and Access to Services: What Predicts HIV Testing among Heterosexually-Active Homeless Men?. AIDS Education and Prevention.
Wenzel, S.L., Rhoades, H., Tucker, J.S., Golinelli, D., Hsu, H. & Zhou, A. (2011). Behavioral Health and Social Normative Influence: Correlates of Concurrent Sexual Partnering Among Heterosexually-Active Homeless Men.AIDS and Behavior.
Rhoades, H., Wenzel, S.L., Golinelli, D., Tucker, J.S., Kennedy, D.P., Green, H.D. & Zhou, A. (2011). The social context of homeless men’s substance use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 118(2-3), 320-5.
Grusky, O., Roberts, K.J., Swanson, A., Rhoades, H. & Lam, M. (2009). Staff strategies for improving HIV detection using mobile HIV rapid testing.Behavioral Medicine, 35, 101-111.