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Deborah Koniak-Griffin, EdD, RNC, FAAN
Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Professor

Location: 5-232 Factor Building
Phone: (310) 206-3842
Fax: (310) 206-3241
E-mail: dkoniak@sonnet.ucla.edu

Faculty Research and Clinical Expertise

Research: NIH-funded research spans over two decades and focuses on development and evaluation of health promotion/disease prevention interventions to eliminate health disparities in vulnerable populations of youth and adult women. She has led multi-disciplinary teams in conducting clinical trials involving pregnant adolescents and young parents of ethnic/racial minority backgrounds and immigrant Latina women. These studies aim to prevent HIV and repeat teen pregnancy, improve maternal-child health and decrease risk of CVD through healthy lifestyle behaviors. Three of her intervention programs, including Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective!, serve as evidenced-based models for pregnancy/STI prevention and early childhood home visitation. As Director of the Center for Vulnerable Populations Research, she has led efforts to train professionals in community-based participatory approaches in research and education. Clinical: Nationally certified women's health nurse practitioner, with expertise in obstetric nursing.


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Columbia University School of Nursing, BSN, Nursing
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, MSN, Nursing
Teachers College, Columbia University, EdD, Education

Honors and Awards

1995 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
1996 Certificate of Merit, presented by The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, in recognition of contributions to nursing research and to the nation's health
1997 Columbia University School of Nursing, Distinguished Alumni Award for Nursing Research
1997 Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Tau Chapter, Excellence in Research Award
2001 Visiting Professorship, University of Alberta, School of Nursing, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,
2002 Recognition of Distinguished Nurse Researchers by Board of Directors, Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research
2003 Invited Philip Y. Hahn Lecture, Caring for Young Parents: An Evolving Program of Research," University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, San Diego, CA
2006 Keynote Address, "Community Partnerships in Participatory Research to Eliminate Health Disparities," Research Institute, Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center (HHDRC), University of Texas, El Paso
2007 Visiting Scholar, Center for Improving Health Outcomes in Children, Teens, and Families, and Center for Healthy Outcomes in Aging, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona
2008 2008 Excellence in Research Award, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and       Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
2009 Fellow, Western Academy of Nurses
2010 "Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective!" http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/prevention/ research/programs/be_proud_responsible_protective.html ) curriculum selected as an evidence-based model for preventing adolescent pregnancy by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, based upon a comprehensive review and analysis by representatives from the Administration for Families and Children (ACF), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).
2010 Keynote Address, Confronting Health Disparities through Community-Academic
Partnerships in Research, 23rd Annual Reinkemeyer Research Day at Seton Hall University, NJ


Koniak-Griffin, D., Lesser, J., Takayanagi, S., & Cumberland, W. G. (in press). Couple-Focused HIV Prevention for Latino Young Parents: Randomized Clinical Trial of Efficacy and Sustainability. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Spears, G. V., Koniak-Griffin, D., & Stein, J. A. (2010). Latent growth trajectories of substance use among pregnant and parenting adolescents. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24, 322-332.

Koniak-Griffin. D., Huang, R., Lesser, J. González-Figueroa, E., Takayanagi, S., & Cumberland, W.G. (2009). Young parents' relationship characteristics, shared sexual behaviors, perception of partner risks, and dyadic influences. Journal of Sex Research, 46, 483-493.

Lesser, J., Koniak-Griffin, D., Huang, R., Takayanagi, S., & Cumberland, W. (2009). Parental protectiveness and unprotected sexual activity among Latino adolescent mothers and fathers. AIDS Education & Prevention, 21 (Suppl B), 88-102.

Koniak-Griffin, D., Lesser, J., Henneman T., Tello, J., Kappos, B., González-Figueroa, E., & Cumberland, W. J. (2008). HIV prevention for Latino adolescent mothers and their male partners. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 30, 724-742. Epub 2008 Mar 21.

Bralock, A. R., & Koniak-Griffin, D. (2007). Relationship, power and other influences on self-protective sexual behaviors of African American female adolescents, Health Care for Women International. 28, 247-267.

González-Figueroa, E., Koniak-Griffin, D., Tello, J., Kappos, B., Castañeda, M., Corea-London, B., & Morgan, X. (2007). ¿Quién soy, cómo soy?: Perceptions of cultural influence on health behaviors of Latino adolescent parents. Hispanic Health Care International.

Koniak-Griffin, D., Nyamathi, A., Tallen, L., González-Figueroa, E., & Dominick, E. (2007). Breaking the silence: What homeless youth say about HIV vaccine trials. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 18, 687-698.

Lesser, J., Koniak-Griffin, D., González-Figueroa, E., Huang, R., & Cumberland, W. G. (2007). Childhood abuse history and risk behaviors among teen parents in a culturally rooted, couple-focused HIV prevention program. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 18, 18-27.

Nyamathi, A., & Koniak-Griffin, D. (Eds.) (2007). Annual review of nursing research: Vulnerable populations (Vol. 25). New York: Springer

Nyamathi, A., Koniak-Griffin, D., & Greengold, B. A. (2007). Development of nursing theory and science in vulnerable populations research. In A. Nyamathi & D. Koniak-Griffin (Eds.), Annual review of nursing research, Vol. 25, Vulnerable populations (pp. 3-25). New York: Springer.

Villarruel, A. M., & Koniak-Griffin, D. (2007). Lifestyle behavior interventions with Hispanic children and adults. In A. Nyamathi & D. Koniak-Griffin (Eds.), Annual review of nursing research, Vol. 25, Vulnerable populations (pp. 51-81). New York: Springer.

Koniak-Griffin, D., Logsdon, M. C., Hines-Martin, V., & Turner, C. C. (2006). Contemporary mothering in a diverse society. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 35, 671-678.

Koniak-Griffin, D., & Stein, J. A. (2006). Predictors of sexual risk behaviors among adolescent mothers in an HIV prevention program. Journal of Adolescent Health, 38, 297.e1-297.e11.

Koniak-Griffin, D., Flaskerud, J. H., & Nyamathi, A. (2005). Vulnerable populations research: A Center for Excellence. In M. de Chesnay (Ed.), Caring for the vulnerable: Perspectives in nursing theory, practice, and research. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Koniak-Griffin, D., Lesser, J., Nyamathi, A., Uman, G., Stein, J., & Cumberland, W. (2003). Project CHARM: An HIV prevention program for adolescent mothers. Family and Community Health, 26, 94-107.

Koniak-Griffin, D., Lesser, J., Uman, G., & Nyamathi, A. (2003). Teen pregnancy, motherhood, and unprotected sexual activity. Research in Nursing and Health, 26, 4-19.

Koniak-Griffin, D., Verzemnieks, I. L., Anderson, N. L. R., Brecht-M.L., Lesser, J., Kim, S., & Turner-Pluta, C. (2003). Nurse visitation for adolescent mothers: Two-year infant health and maternal outcomes. Nursing Research, 52, 127-136.

Koniak-Griffin, D. (1993). Maternal role attainment: A theoretical and empirical review. Image, 25, 261-266

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