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Laura M.  Bogart, PhD

Department: Department of Medicine
Research Centers: General Pediatrics Research Center
Hospital Title: Associate Scientific Researcher
Academic Title: Associate Professor in Pediatrics
Research Area: Discrimination
Obesity prevention
HIV Treatment Adherence

Research Overview

Laura M. Bogart, Ph.D., is social psychologist who specializes in applying principles of social cognition to understanding risky health behaviors. Her research focuses on the influence of medical mistrust and discrimination on health behavior among disadvantaged populations, including African Americans, Latinos, low-income individuals, and people with HIV. Dr. Bogart has designed and implemented several studies in primary and secondary HIV prevention, and adherence to antiretroviral treatment for HIV. She also conducts adolescent obesity research.

Dr. Bogart's research includes NIH-funded studies examining the association of discrimination, HIV conspiracy beliefs, and medical mistrust with treatment adherence and sexual risk among African-American and Latino men living with HIV; a social network analysis of the relationships among medical mistrust, HIV conspiracy beliefs, and treatment adherence among African Americans with HIV; and a community based participatory research NIH project to evaluate effects of AIDS Project Los Angeles' treatment advocacy program. Her research on adolescent obesity includes a project examining motivators of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among obese/overweight adolescents; she also co-leads a randomized controlled trial of an adolescent obesity prevention intervention for middle school students.

About Dr. Bogart

Laura Bogart received her PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining CHB in 2008, Dr. Bogart was a Senior Behavioral Scientist at RAND and Deputy Director of the UCLA/RAND Center for Adolescent Health Promotion, a CDC-funded community-based participatory research Prevention Research Center. She currently serves on the American Psychological Association Health Psychology Disparities Committee and is Associate Editor of Annals of Behavioral Medicine and on the Editorial Board of AIDS and Behavior.

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