Student Funding

2017-2018 Koop Grant Recipients

Seul Ki Choi, MPH, is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received her MPH in biostatistics from Indiana University. She has been a research assistant at the Behavior and Technology Lab at UNC (Director: Dr. Lisa Hightow-Weidman) since 2015. Her research interests are reducing sexual risk behavior among minority population and developing effective HIV prevention interventions. In the past, she conducted research investigating continuum of care among HIV-positive Young Black Men who have Sex with Men (YBMSM) and the relationship between condom use intentions, psychosocial predictors, and sexual risk behaviors among YBMSM. Her current research focuses on exploring safer sex empowerment among YBMSM, investigating how safer sex empowerment is linked to engagement in sexual risk behaviors, and how HIV prevention interventions may be enhanced by targeting safer sex empowerment.

STUDY TITLE: Empowering safer sex among Young Black Men who have Sex with Men: healthmpowerment.org, a mobile phone optimized online intervention to reduce sexual risk behaviors.



Rebecca Ryan, MPH, is a second year doctoral student in Health Behavior at the School of Public Health at Indiana University.  Her background in sex education spans twelve years with a career as a high school health science teacher followed by teaching at the community college level. She earned her Masters in Public Health degree from San Jose State University in 2010.

Research in sexuality drew her to Indiana University where she has assisted in intervention research with the Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team working with interventions in condoms-use for women and couples. Her research interests include low sexual desire in women, HPV vaccination mandates for school entry, sexuality issues within aging populations, and sexual health among immigrant tech workers in the Silicon Valley, California.

STUDY TITLE: A pilot test of a self-guided, home-based intervention to improve condom-related sexual experiences, attitudes, and behaviors among heterosexual student couples.



Karen B. Vanterpool, MPH, is a PhD student in Health Behavior at Indiana University. She graduated from the University of Florida with an MPH in Social & Behavioral Sciences. Her research interests include risk perception and decision-making regarding sexual behaviors, and reducing health disparities among disadvantaged populations. Karen intends to pursue research focused on risk reduction, specifically related to HIV and other STIs among vulnerable populations.

STUDY TITLE: A pilot test of a self-guided, home-based intervention to improve condom-related sexual experiences, attitudes, and behaviors among heterosexual student couples.

2017-2018 Doug Kirby Adolescent Sexual Health Grant Recipients

Maya Luetke, MSPH, is a doctoral student in Epidemiology at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her background is in infectious disease, specifically HIV, and she formerly conducted a state-wide survey of people living with HIV in state of Florida for the Florida Department of Health. She is passionate about ending gender-based violence and her dissertation research involves evaluating sexual violence prevention on IU’s campus, investigating the risk of perpetration and victimization, and designing transformative interventions that reduce sexual violence and encourage healthy, positive, and ethical sexual practices among college students. After graduating, she intends to continue her work to reduce sexual and gender-based violence in other populations and hopes to work internationally.

STUDY TITLE: Investigating how to ask hard questions and get honest answers: Surveying male college students about sexual assault perpetrators.



Stacey Griner, MPH, is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Community and Family Health in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. She received her MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Florida and a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies from the University of South Florida. Broadly, her research focuses on risky sexual behaviors and the associated health outcomes among college students and emerging adults. Specifically, Stacey is interested in college-based approaches to improving sexual health, community-level determinants of student health, and the influence of the social determinants of health on sexual health. Her dissertation examines factors influencing college women’s intention to be screened for chlamydia and gonorrhea using self-collected sampling methods.

STUDY TITLE: Self-sampling methods of screening for non-viral sexually transmitted infections among college women