Center for Adolescent Health Appoints Sonenstein New
By Beth Marshall
School of Public
The Center for Adolescent Health Promotion and Disease
Prevention at the Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public
Health, one of 28 prevention research centers funded by
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has
appointed Freya Lund Sonenstein as its new director.
Sonenstein replaces Cheryl Alexander, who is stepping down
to resume teaching full time in the
Population and Family Health Sciences.
Sonenstein formerly directed the Population Studies
Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., where
she conducted applied research related to family and
children's policy. Sonenstein completed several landmark
behavioral studies that address the lack of information
about men, which is a major gap in reproductive health. She
directs the National Survey of Adolescent Males, which is
funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development to study fertility behavior and reproductive
health among a national sample of young men ages 15 to 19.
Sonenstein worked with the National Center for Health
Statistics to design the expansion of the National Survey
of Family Growth to include male respondents. Also, she has
written a popular guide for program planners about how to
involve males in teenage pregnancy prevention and a
blueprint for a national agenda highlighting the sexual and
reproductive health needs of young men.
A 1966 graduate of Wellesley College, Sonenstein
received her doctorate in sociology in 1976 from Boston
"The center, with its strong ties to academia and the
Baltimore community, offers a unique opportunity to conduct
research that can contribute to improved health among
teenagers and their families in this city," Sonenstein
said. "I'm looking forward to working with the center's
faculty and staff and our community and youth advisory
boards to develop projects that will make a difference as
the center moves into its second decade."
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