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Jacob van den Berg, PhD, MS

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Title: Assistant Professor of Medicine and Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)
Department: Medicine and Behavioral and Social Sciences

jacob_vandenberg@brown.edu
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Dr. Jacob J. van den Berg's research focuses on the development and evaluation of community-based behavioral and biomedical health interventions for underserved and marginalized groups. He is particularly interested in advancing the integration of health informatics (eHealth/mHealth) and behavioral strategies for preventing HIV/STIs among gay, bisexual and other young men who have sex with men. Dr. van den Berg utilizes both quantitative and qualitative approaches, as well as mixed methodologies in his research.

Biography

Dr. van den Berg received his M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with concentrations in Health and Community Psychology from the University of Florida. He completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at Duke University and his postdoctoral clinical and research training through the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research) in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health.

Research Description

Jacob J. van den Berg, Ph.D., M.S., is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research) in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health. Dr. van den Berg is a counseling psychologist whose research has included HIV prevention work with people of color, sexual minorities, and persons living with severe mental illness. His primary research interest focuses on the development and evaluation of community-based behavioral and biomedical health interventions for vulnerable and underserved populations. A central component of his program of research is to advance the integration of health informatics (eHealth/mHealth) and behavioral strategies for preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among gay, bisexual, and other young men who have sex with men. He is also particularly interested in conducting research on reducing and eliminating health disparities among minority populations. Dr. van den Berg utilizes both quantitative and qualitative approaches, as well as mixed methodologies in his research.

Awards

2013 - The National Institutes of Health's Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program
2011 - The National Institutes of Health's Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program
2007 - Outstanding Graduate Student Award Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs, Special Recognition
2007 - University of Florida's Department of Psychology Outstanding Counseling Psychology Graduate Student Award
2006 - University of Florida's Department of Psychology Behavioral Medicine Team Outstanding Researcher Award
2006 - Allyn & Bacon/Longman Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award in Psychology
2005 - The Chancellor's List for Academic Excellence
2004 - University of Florida's Presidential Outstanding Student Award for Academic Achievement
2002 - Yale University Commencement Student Grand Marshall
2002 - American Psychological Association's HIV/AIDS Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention
2001 - Yale University Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity Fellow
2001 - Yale University Bush Center in Child Development & Social Policy Fellow

Affiliations

1997-present - American Psychological Association
2005-present - American Public Health Association
2009-2012 - Rhode Island Community Planning Group for HIV Prevention
2012-present - Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions
2013-present - Yale University Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

Funded Research

Current Research Support:

2012-2016 - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, "Sexual Minority Populations (SMP) Resource Core"
2012-2014 - National Institute of Mental Health, "A Pilot Gaming Adherence Program for Youth Living with HIV"
2012-2015 - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, "The Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research"
2012-2015 - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, "New England AIDS Education and Training Center"
2013-2014 - National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, "Utilizing Systematic Reviews to Understand HIV Health Disparities among African American Men"

Past Research Support (within past 3 years):

2011-2013 - National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, "Eliminating HIV Health Disparities among African American Men"
2011-2012 - National Institute on Drug Abuse, "The Impact of Food Insecurity on HIVââ'¬Ã'Risk among Individuals who are Substance Users and are Homeless in the Providence Metropolitan Area"

Teaching Experience

Courses Taught:
-Introduction to Psychology
-Abnormal Psychology

Professional Development in Teaching:
-The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University
-The Graduate Teaching Center at Yale University

Selected Publications

  • van den Berg JJ, Bock B, Roberts MB, Stein LAR, Friedmann PD, Martin SA, et al. Cigarette smoking as an expression of independence and freedom among inmates in a tobacco-free prison in the United States. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014;16(2):238-42. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntt163.(2014)
  • Morrow KM, Underhill K, van den Berg JJ, Vargas S, Rosen RK, Katz DF. User-identified gel characteristics: A qualitative exploration of perceived product efficacy of topical vaginal microbicides. Arch Sex Behav. 2014 Jan 23. doi: 10.1007/s10508-013-0235-5 [Epub ahead of print](2014)
  • Patel N, Rana A, Thomas A, Barnhart JC, Flanigan TP, van den Berg JJ, et al. HIV testing practices among New England college health centers. AIDS Res Ther. 2013;10(1):8. doi: 10.1186/1742-6405-10-8.(2013)
  • van den Berg JJ, Ciccolo JT. Benefits of resistance training for HIV/AIDS. In: Ciccolo JT, Kraemer WJ, eds. Resistance training for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. New York, NY: Taylor Francis Publications; 2013:205-214.(2013)
  • Fava JL, van den Berg JJ, Rosen RK, Salomon LA, Vargas S, Chistensen AL, et al. Measuring self-efficacy to use vaginal microbicides: The Microbicide Use Self-Efficacy (MUSE) instrument. Sex Health. 2013;10(4):339-347. doi: 10.1071/SH13013.(2013)
  • Bock B, Lopes CE, van den Berg JJ, Roberts MB, Stein LAR, Martin RA, et al. Social support and smoking abstinence among incarcerated adults in the United States: a longitudinal study. BMC Public Health. 2013;13:859. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-859.(2013)
  • van den Berg JJ, Rosen RK, Bregman DE, Thompson LA, Jensen KJ, Kiser PF, et al. "Set it and forget it": Women's perceptions and opinions of long-acting vaginal topical gels. AIDS Behav. 2013 Nov 19. doi: 10.1007/s10461-013-0652-4. [Epub ahead of print](2013)
  • Rosengard C, Tannis C, Dove DC, van den Berg JJ, Lopez R, Stein LAR, et al. Family and other sources of sexual health information, main messages, and sexual behavior of at-risk, urban adolescents. Am J Health Educ. 2012;43(2):83-92.(2012)
  • Moradi B, van den Berg JJ, Epting FR. Threat and guilt aspects of internalized anti-lesbian and gay prejudice: An application of personal construct theory. J Couns Psychol. 2009;56(1):119-131.(2009)
  • Sikkema KJ, Kochman A, van den Berg JJ, Hansen NB, Watt MH. LIFT: Living in the face of trauma - An intervention for coping with HIV and trauma. 2009. Duke University.(2009)
  • Tucker CM, Ferdinand LA, Mirsu-Paun A, Herman KC, Delgado-Romero E, van den Berg JJ, et al. The roles of counseling psychologists in reducing health disparities. Couns Psychol. 2007;35(5):650-678.(2007)
  • Tucker CM, Mirsu-Paun A, van den Berg JJ, Ferdinand L, Jones JD, Curry RW, et al. Assessments for measuring patient-centered cultural sensitivity in community-based primary care clinics. J Natl Med Assoc. 2007;99(6):609-619.(2007)
  • Tate DC, van den Berg JJ, Hansen NB, Kochman A, Sikkema KJ. Race, social support, and coping strategies among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men. Cult Health Sex. 2006;8(3):235-249.(2006)
  • Moradi B, van den Berg JJ, Epting FR. Intrapersonal and interpersonal manifestations of anti-lesbian/gay prejudice: An application of personal construct theory. J Couns Psychol. 2006;53(1):57-66.(2006)