New Releases through 2011-03-27

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions



IFSS goes to PAA

IFSS will be at the PAA annual meetings in Washington D.C. March 31-April 2. Look for us at the ICPSR booth!


ICPSR's webinar on the NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive available for viewing

A recording of the webinar presented by archive manager Robbin Gonzalez and research associate Chris Greene is now *available* (WMV, 82.6 MB) for viewing.

The webinar introduces the NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive. It covers the purpose and goals of this NCAA-funded project, the data collections currently available, and how to access them. It also previews upcoming data releases.

ICPSR's Bryan Beecher quoted in Detroit Free Press

*Bryan Beecher*, ICPSR's director of Computing and Network Services, was interviewed for a recent column in the Detroit Free Press regarding cloud computing.

In the piece, Beecher talks about the flexibility, efficiency, and cost savings that cloud computing can provide.

ICPSR currently uses the cloud (i.e., computing services resources on the Internet) for hosting Web portals, storing one off-site, encrypted copy of our archival holdings, managing data leads and contacts, and promotion.


New Releases through 2011-03-20

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions



IOM Committee report urges LGBT data collection, recommends objectives for tracking LGBT health

The recently released Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Leading Health Indicators Report has developed and recommended a set of 12 leading health indicators and 24 related objectives for Healthy People 2020 (HP2020). The objectives recommended were selected from drawn from across the many existing HP2020 topic areas (N=42) and objectives (N=1,412 and growing). See the HP2020 website for a list of all topic areas and the objectives that have been developed for most of the areas.

As part of this effort, the Committee suggested objectives for the LGBT topic area—an area which to date has not yet been populated with objectives. The Committee suggested that its 24 leading health objectives for the general population are relevant to all people, but went on to say that "there are particular disparities in many of the underlying indicators that are related to LGBT populations" (p. 42). The Committee suggested that 10 of these objectives be modified to specifically track the health of LGBTs and that these 10 objectives be included in the new LGBT topic area. The 10 modified objectives are:

  • Increase the educational achievement of lesbians, gay men, and bisexual and transgender adolescents and young adults (Adolescent Health)
  • Increase the proportion of lesbians, gay men, and bisexual and transgender persons with health insurance (Access to Health Services)
  • Increase the proportion of lesbians and transgender persons with a usual primary care provider (Access to Health Services)
  • Increase the proportion of condom use among gay or bisexual males aged 15 and above who are sexually active with other men or women (HIV)
  • Reduce the proportion of gay, bisexual or questioning males and females aged 12 to 17 years who experience major depressive episodes (MDEs) (Mental Health and Mental Disorders)
  • Reduce the proportion of lesbian, gay men, bisexual, and transgender persons aged 18 years and older who experience major depressive episodes (MDEs) (Mental Health and Mental Disorders)
  • Reduce the proportion of lesbian and bisexual female adolescents who are considered obese (Nutrition and Weight Status)
  • Reduce the proportion of lesbians', gay males', bisexuals', and transgender persons' past-month use of illicit drugs (Substance Abuse)
  • Reduce the proportion of lesbian, gay males, and bisexual persons engaging in binge drinking of alcoholic beverages (Substance Abuse)
  • Reduce tobacco use by lesbian, gay men, and transgender adults (Tobacco Use)

The Committee made note of the data challenges in monitoring LGBT health and made this recommendation: “the committee believes HHS should focus on improving and developing datasets that will facilitate analysis of disparities in LGBT health, thereby leading to action that can improve the quality of life and well-being for LGBT populations” (p.43).

The report is a remarkable step forward in inclusion of LGBT health priorities at the federal level. The Committee's endorsement of 10 of the 24 leading health objectives as particularly relevant for LGBT populations and its endorsement of the value of LGBT data collection are important markers of the progress in federal recognition of LGBT health and health disparities. The forthcoming IOM report on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Issues and Research Gaps and Opportunities, due out soon, will mark another major step forward in the field.


Free Access to LGBT Articles Featured in World Social Work Day

Routledge Publishers has selected several articles from their Social Work journals catalog to feature for free download in celebration of World Social Work Day 2011. The articles are available through April of 2011.

The 42 articles selected include four that focus on issues pertinent to LGBT populations, including:

  • Ann P. Hass et al, "Suicide and Suicide Risk in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Populations: Review and Recommendations, Journal of Homosexuality
  • Page Averett, Blace Nalavany, and Scott Ryan, "An Evaluation of Gay/Lesbian and Heterosexual Adoption" in Adoption Quarterly
  • Michael R. Woodford, "Same-Sex Marriage and Beyond" in Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services
  • Anthony Patrick Natale, Bipasha Biswas, Lianne Urada and Anna M. Scheyet, "Global HIV and AIDS: Calling all Social Work Educators" in Social Work Education
A particular congratulations goes to our Pop Center colleagues who were involved with the influential Hass et al.'s review article on LGBT suicide. (See announcement of 1/7/2011).

Click here to access these articles! Happy reading!!

New Releases through 2011-03-13

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions



RCMD presents at Meharry Medical College

RCMD Director John Garcia traveled to the Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College on March 14, 2011. He presented as part of a lecture series at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored center. He will cover the benefits ICPSR and the RCMD, in particular, can provide to medical students concerns with minority health.

Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College


Pop Center welcomes new faculty

Several new faculty have joined the Pop Center in recent months. We welcome Laura Bogart, Francisco Buchting, Heather Corliss, Sandra Eyster, Kevin Mahoney, Don Operario, David Pantalone, and Jeffrey Parsons.

Dr. Laura M. Bogart is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Research Director of the Division of General Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston. Before coming to Boston in 2008, Dr. Bogart was a Senior Behavioral Scientist at RAND. She currently is Associate Editor of Annals of Behavioral Medicine and on the Editorial Board of AIDS and Behavior. Dr. Bogart specializes in applying principles of social cognition to understanding risky health behaviors, with a focus on the influence of discrimination and medical mistrust on health behaviors among African Americans and Latinos; much of her research involves people living with HIV and is conducted using principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR). Dr. Bogart has led studies in primary and secondary HIV prevention, as well as adherence to antiretroviral treatment for HIV. She currently has NIH funding to examine the association of discrimination, HIV misconceptions (also termed HIV conspiracy beliefs), and medical mistrust with treatment adherence and sexual risk among African-American and Latino men living with HIV; and to conduct a social network analysis of the relationships among medical mistrust, HIV misconceptions, and treatment adherence among African Americans living with HIV. She is also currently developing and pilot-testing an HIV treatment adherence intervention for adolescents; and conducting a pilot intervention study to adapt a US-developed worksite-based HIV prevention program for parents of adolescents to the South African context.

Dr. Francisco O. Buchting is Vice President of the Program Services Division at ETR Associates. In addition to his management of the division, Dr. Buchting's recent work includes having a leadership role in the area of health in the Latino and LGBT communities, health disparities research, advancing eHealth programs and knowledge transfer/research translation efforts, and producing research sampling methodologies reports on hard to reach communities and mobile populations. He is also a member of the National Cancer Institute's Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND). Dr. Buchting's career includes bilingual clinical practice in behavioral medicine with a special focus on chronic diseases, author research articles, designing and directing programs in the areas of nicotine addiction, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STI), healthy relationships, and work in the area of applying integrated marketing communication techniques to public health initiatives. He has also co-authored a bi-monthly newspaper column on health and worked on adapting health literature, especially in the areas of HIV/AIDS and tobacco use, for underserved and marginalized populations. His career is marked by extensive personal involvement in health advocacy and community activism as well as service on community based organization boards and museum advisory committees. Dr. Buchting earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Boston University and B.A.S. (Bachelor of Arts and Science) in Philosophy and Psychology at the University of California at Davis.

Dr. Heather Corliss is an Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a Research Scientist at Children's Hospital Boston. She received her PhD in Epidemiology (2004) and her MPH in Community Health Sciences (1999), both from the University of California Los Angeles. From 2005-2007, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Children's Hospital Boston where she continued studying and researching health disparities based on sexual orientation. In 2007, she was awarded a NIDA Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award (K01) to study patterns, causes, and consequences of sexual orientation disparities in youth substance use. In addition to conducting research, she mentors students and fellows in multiple health-related disciplines and teaches courses at the Harvard School of Public Health and Children's Hospital Boston on research methods and gender and health.

Dr. Sandra Eyster is a Managing Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), Chair of AIR's Institutional Review Board, and a senior technical advisor within AIR's Federal Statistics Program. Dr. Eyster earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 1999, where she taught graduate- and undergraduate-level courses in quantitative research methods and statistics. Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Eyster worked within the federal statistical system as a survey statistician at the US Bureau of the Census, as well as in technical and management positions with private sector survey research firms, and as a survey research and statistical consultant. In her role as senior technical advisor, Dr. Eyster provides expertise in statistics and survey methods, including weighting and sampling, research design, privacy and confidentiality issues, and statistics for complex sample surveys. On Project Talent, Dr. Eyster provides guidance on issues related to data analysis, study design, respondent tracing, and data file development, including administrative linkages.

Dr. Kevin J. Mahoney is a faculty member at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work where he serves as Professor as well as Director of the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS). This new national center offers training, technical assistance, research and policy support to states and other organizations that want to offer, or are already offering, participant-directed care services. During his 30 year career in gerontology and long-term care, Dr. Mahoney has served in a number of policy making and administrative positions in the state governments of Connecticut and California. Prior to coming to Boston College in 1999, he held academic appointments at Yale University, the University of Connecticut, the University of California- San Francisco and the University of Maryland. From 1978 to 1987, Dr. Mahoney served as Chief of Research and Program Development at the Connecticut Department on Aging where he was responsible for that state's home care programs for the frail elderly. From 1987 to 1995, Dr. Mahoney developed and implemented innovative partnerships between private insurance and Medicaid to finance long-term care -- first in the State of Connecticut and then in the State of California. From 1996 to 2008, Dr. Mahoney was the National Program Director for the Cash & Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation, a policy-driven evaluation of one of the most unfettered forms of consumer direction of personal assistance services, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An expert on state government and long-term care innovation, he speaks and writes extensively on consumer direction, the roles of the public and private sectors in financing long-term care, long-term care insurance and care management.

Dr. Don Operario is Associate Professor of Medical Sciences in the Department of Community Health. He was trained as a Social and Health Psychologist (BA, UCLA; MS, PhD, UMass Amherst; Postdoctoral Fellow, UC San Francisco). He was previously on the faculty of the University of Oxford (Department of Social Policy and Social Work) and before that was at the University of California San Francisco (Center for AIDS Prevention Studies - Department of Medicine). His research addresses two inter-related areas. The first general area is the social context of HIV transmission and the social sequelae of HIV/AIDS in affected communities, with an emphasis on developing and evaluating theory-based social and behavioral interventions in high-risk groups. A second research area is the lived experiences associated with social inequality, with an emphasis on understanding the perspectives of disadvantaged group members and addressing associated health and psychosocial disparities. He conducts research addressing both U.S. domestic and international public health issues.

Dr. David Pantalone is a clinical health psychologist with interests and experience in HIV prevention and treatment, substance use and abuse, and interpersonal violence in sexual minority individuals. Dr. Pantalone has used multiple methods to answer relevant research questions, including qualitative, survey, and intervention research in a variety of settings. The overarching goals of his program of research are to understand better the complex relations between mental and physical health to aid in the targeting, development, validation, and dissemination of interventions for vulnerable and marginalized individuals. Dr. Pantalone is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Suffolk University in Boston.

Dr. Jeffrey T. Parsons is a developmental and health psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research focuses on the intersections between sexual health, substance use/abuse, and contextual factors related to risk-taking behaviors, particularly in LGB T populations. He is the Director of the Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST), focused on reducing the transmission of HIV and improving the lives of those living with HIV. He has published over 175 peer-reviewed publications, has been awarded over 31 million dollars in federal grants, and has been honored by the American Psychological Association Division 44 with the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award and by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality with the John Money Award.


RCMD attends the National Black Graduate Student Association conference

RCMD Director John Garcia and RCMD staffer Abayomi Israel attended the National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA) conference at the University of South Carolina in Columbia along with Rita Bantom, ICPSR HR Director, and Dieter Burrell, ICPSR Summer Program Assistant Director. Rita and Abayomi represented ICPSR and RCMD at the exhibit hall/career fair. The four of them conducted a workshop focusing on ICPSR and its many benefits.


Trip Board: Need a ride for the OR Meeting?

ICPSR will be providing shuttle service to the airport on Friday, October 7, 2011 at 1 p.m. only.

If you need a ride to/from the airport during the OR Meeting, please feel free to comment below. Provide contact information and dates/times of your flights, so you can touch base with other ORs who are on the same flights. So post your information and/or contact other ORs who are arriving/leaving on the same flights.

More information about local shuttle services (and costs) can be found on the OR Meeting site.


Join us at the Population Association of America (PAA) Annual Meeting

Join Center Director Judith Bradford for a member-initiated interest group meeting in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population research at the 2011 PAA. The interest group m meeting will be held Thursday, March 31 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. For information: contact Judith Bradford, jbradford@fenwayhealth.org, 804.304.266.

Registration open for webinar on NCAA archive

Registration is now open for the March 22 webinar titled "Beyond the Brackets: Analyzing Data on NCAA Student Athletes."

The session will introduce users to ICPSR's NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive, and present the purpose and goals of this NCAA-funded project.

The focus will be on data collections currently available, and how to access them. A preview of upcoming data releases also will be included.

New Releases through 2011-03-06

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions



Director Garcia discusses Social Inequality

RCMD Director John Garcia was one of sixteen invited participants at an NIH sponsored workshop at the University of Washington on "Social inequality and Health," which discussed the current state of research, new trends, needed directions and theoretical considerations.


New study of LGBQ young people seeks participants

A research study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the West Virginia University (WVU) Department of Community Medicine seeks participants to complete an online survey about sexual orientation, health behaviors and life experiences.

We are looking for people who:

  • Are between 18-24 years of age
  • Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, or questioning (i.e., sexual minority)
  • Have 15-20 minutes to complete an anonymous, online survey

The first 500 participants will have the option to claim a $10 gift code to use on Amazon.com.

The survey website is: www.lgbhealthsurvey.com

For more information, contact John Blosnich at 304/293.1702 or email jblosnich@hsc.wvu.edu

This study has been reviewed and approved by the West Virginia University Institutional Review Board and approval is on file.