Public Health Institute, and UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Norman A. Constantine, PhD, a research psychologist and methodologist, is program director of the Public Health Institute’s Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Development, and clinical professor of community health and human development at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. His research focuses on adolescent sexual health and rights, sexuality education, and policy use and misuse of research evidence. He is principal investigator of research and policy studies funded by The California Wellness Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and a randomized trial of the Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Sexuality Education Initiative. He also directs a predoctoral policy research fellowship program in adolescent sexuality, health, and rights funded by the Ford Foundation. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Clinical Trials, and Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and serves on the Board of Trustees for Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific.
A recently updated list of federally approved “evidence-based” teen pregnancy prevention programs has been causing a stir. Rather than blaming Obama for this, we’d all do better to recognize that it was the result of a fundamentally flawed system sorely in need of review and repair.