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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 6, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 6
Center for Adolescent Health Appoints Sonenstein New Director

By Beth Marshall
School of Public Health

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 Department of 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 University.

"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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