Harmony Rhoades

Research Assistant Professor
Contact Information
City Center
Department of Study 
Adults and Healthy Aging
Research Interest 
Substance Abuse
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010
MS, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010
MA, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005
BA, University of California, San Diego, 2003

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.

Awards and Distinction
Health Disparities Research, NIH Loan Repayment Program (2011-present)
Mark Etzel Young Investigator Award, “Most outstanding pre-doctoral presentation for the ‘HIV Research: The Next Generation’ Conference,” UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) (2010)
Predoctoral Trainee, UCLA Service Systems for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Research Training Program (2006-10)
First-Year Elected Representative, Sociology Graduate Students Association, UCLA (2003-04)
Research Scholar, Sixteenth Annual UCSD Undergraduate Research Conference (2003)
Golden Key International Honour Society (2001-03)
Ford Family Foundation Scholar (1999-2003)
Provost's Honors, UCSD (10 academic quarters)
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Selected Publications

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.