Dr. Diamond is a cultural anthropologist whose research aims to inform programs and policies to reduce racial, ethnic and gender disparities in health and strengthen communities. Dr. Diamond specializes in applying qualitative and participatory research methods to develop and evaluate culturally-congruent health promotion programs. She has a specialized interest in the use of the internet and social media for health advocacy and prevention. She has helped design and evaluate programs addressing a variety of health issues including substance use, STI/HIV, and violence. Her research draws upon interdisciplinary theories and methods from performance theory, health communication, cultural studies, and feminist and gender studies. Dr. Diamond currently serves as Research Associate at the University of Connecticut Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention. She also serves as consultant for several nonprofits, including the CT Center for Nonviolence. Dr. Diamond is also Co-PI of a NIDA-funded qualitative study focused on STI/HIV risk among hidden networks of ecstasy users in Hartford. Past projects include Co-PI and Scientific Director of a CDC-funded, multilevel drug prevention study that involved youth performing artists in the creation of drug-free music CDs and live concerts. Other past research projects include a mixed-methods epidemiological study of club drug use among 16-30 year olds in Hartford, CT and an ethnographic study of gender and sexual politics among marginalized folk artists in Southern India. Dr. Diamond is also engaged in criminal justice and drug policy reform efforts as a volunteer with the Clean Slate Committee and A Better Way Foundation.
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