Dr. Kristina Hood

Dr. Kris Hood

Assistant Professor
Health Psychology
hoodkb@vcu.edu

Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Health Psychology 
PhD (2012), Virginia Commonwealth University

Research Interests

My research interests focus on preventive health behaviors and promoting positive health outcomes among people of color and underserved populations. More specifically, I am interested in psychosocial determinants of health behavior, health disparities, condom use attitudes and persuasion, and sexual health promotion. A central aim has been to find innovative ways to disseminate persuasive messages and implement HIV interventions to increase the scope of prevention efforts. Identifying as both a basic and applied researcher, one of my goals is to bridge the gap between these domains. Ultimately, I am interested in translating basic, lab-based findings in persuasion, attitudes, and behavior change to applied real world settings related to HIV prevention.

Selected Publications

Belgrave, F. Z., Abrams, J. A., Hood, K. B., Moore, M. P., & Nguyen, A. B. (in press). Development and validation of a preliminary measure of gender role beliefs for African American women. Journal of Black Psychology.
Hood, K. B., Shook, N. J., & Belgrave, F. Z. (2016). “Jimmy cap before you tap”: Condom use messages for African American women. Journal of Sex Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2016.1168351
Hood, K. B., Robertson, A. A., & Baird-Thomas, C. (2015). Implementing solutions to barriers to on-site HIV testing in drug treatment. Evaluation and Program Planning, 49, 1-9.
Hood, K. B., & Shook, N. J. (2014). Who cares what others think?: The indirect effect of other’s attitudes on condom use intentions. International Journal of Sexual Health, 26, 282-294.
Hood, K. B., & Shook, N. J. (2013). Conceptualizing attitudes towards condom using the Tripartite Model. Women & Health, 53, 349-368.

Recent Courses

  • Culture, Ethnicity, and Health, graduate level
  • Application of Statistics, undergraduate level

Recent Grants

Reaching Rural African American Communities Through VOICES. June 2016-June 2018. Pilot project Principal Investigator (PI: Tor Neilands). Training Program for Scientists Conducting Research to Reduce HIV/STI Health Disparities, National Institute of Mental Health (R25) 5R25MH067127-13. Pilot award: $20,000.
Increasing Rural African Americans Access to HIV Prevention Interventions Through the Use of Social Media. December 2015-June 2017. Pilot project Principal Investigator (PI: Tiffany Townsend). National Institute of Mental Health (R25) 6 R25 MH083635-06, APA Cyber Mentors Program. Pilot award: $4,000.
Increasing Rural Substance-Using African American Women's Access to Evidenced-Based HIV Intervention. September 2015-August 2017. Principal Investigator. National Institute on Drug Abuse (R03) 1R03DA039744-01, $200,000.
Increasing Rural African American Women's Access to Evidenced-Based HIV Intervention. July 2015-June 2017. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program, $70,000.
Increasing the Enrollment Rate of Under-Represented Students and Women in Graduate Studies in Behavioral and Social Science Disciplines at MSU through Undergraduate Research Experiences. November 2014-October 2015. Co-Principal Investigator. Mississippi State University Cross-College, $2,000.
Revisiting the Romeo and Juliet Effect. November 2013-October 2014. Principal Investigator. Mississippi State University Cross-College, $2,000.
Revisiting the Romeo and Juliet Effect. July 2013-May 2014. Co-Principal Investigator. Center for Open Science Replications of Important Results in Social Psychology, $2,000.
Increasing Access to HIV Prevention Messages Through the Use of Social Media. July 2013-June 2015. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program, $70,000.
Increasing Access to HIV Prevention Interventions Through the Use of Social Media. November 2012-November 2014. Pilot project Principal Investigator (PI: Nabila El-Bassel). Columbia University HIV Intervention Science Training Program Pilot. National Institute of Mental Health (R25) 5 R25 MH080665-05, $20,000.

Awards

  • NIMH Developing Diverse Investigators Workshop, 2014
  • NIDA Special Populations Research Development Seminar Series Workshop, 2013
  • Fellow, HIV Intervention Science Training Program, Columbia University, 2012-2014