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Norman A. Constantine, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and Director, Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Development

Norm Constantine, a research psychologist and methodologist, is program director of PHI's Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Development, and clinical professor of community health and human development at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. His research focuses on adolescent sexual health and rights, sexuality education, and policy use and misuse of research evidence. He is principal investigator of research and policy studies funded by The California Wellness Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and a randomized trial of the Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Sexuality Education Initiative. He also directs a predoctoral policy research fellowship program in adolescent sexuality, health, and rights funded by the Ford Foundation, and previously served as analysis director for Stanford University's national randomized trial, the Infant Health and Development Program. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Clinical Trials, and Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and serves on the Board of Trustees for Planned Parenthood Shasta-Pacific. Constantine received his doctorate in measurement and research methodology in educational psychology from the University of Oregon, Eugene.

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Selected Downloadable Publications

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  1. Constantine, N. A. (in press). Intervention effectiveness research in adolescent health psychology: Methodological issues and strategies. In W. O'Donohue, L. Benuto, & L. Woodward (Eds.), Handbook of adolescent health psychology. New York: Springer-Verlag.
  2. Constantine, N. A. (2012). Regression analysis and causal inference: Cause for concern? Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 42, 134-137.
  3. Goldfarb, E. S. & Constantine, N. A. (2011). Sexuality education. In B. B. Brown & M. Prinstein (Eds.), Encyclopedia of adolescence (Vol. 2, pp. 322-331). San Diego: Academic Press.
  4. Jerman, P. & Constantine, N. A. (2010). Demographic and psychological predictors of parent- adolescent communication about sex: A representative statewide analysis. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39,1164–1174.
  5. Constantine, N. A. (2008). Converging evidence leaves policy behind: Effectiveness of and support for school-based sex education programs. [editorial]. Journal of Adolescent Health, 42, 324-326.
  6. Constantine, N.A. (2008). Simpson's paradox. In S. Boslaugh (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Epidemiology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers.
  7. Constantine, N.A. (2008). The peer review process. In S. Boslaugh (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Epidemiology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers.
  8. Constantine, N.A. (2008). Publication bias. In S. Boslaugh (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Epidemiology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers. 
  9. Constantine, N. A., Jerman, P., & Huang, A. X. (2007). California parents' preferences and beliefs on school-based sexuality education policy. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 39, 167-175.
  10. Constantine, N.A. & Jerman, P. (2007). Acceptance of human papillomavirus vaccination by Californian parents of daughters: A representative statewide analysis. Journal of Adolescent Health, 40(2), 108-115.
  11. Jerman, P., Constantine, N. A. & Nevarez, C. R. (2007). Sexually transmitted infections among California youth: Estimated incidence and cost, 2005. California Journal of Health Promotion, 5, 80-91.
  12. Constantine, N. A., Slater, J. K., & Carroll, J. (2007). Motivational aspects of community support for comprehensive school-based sexuality education. Sex Education, 7, 421-439.
  13. Constantine, N. A., Jerman, P, & Huang, A. X. (2007, November). Evidence-b(i)ased policy arguments: A theoretical framework from the sex education debates. Paper presented at the 29th Annual Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Research Conference. Washington, DC.
  14. Neuhauser, L., Constantine, W. L., Constantine, N.A., Sokal-Gutierrez, K, Obarski, S .K., Clayton, L, Desai, M., Sumner, G., & Syme, S. L. (2007). Promoting prenatal and early childhood health: Evaluation of a statewide materials-based intervention for parents. American Journal of Public Health, 97(10), 1813-1819.
  15. Constantine, N. A. & Jerman, P. (2007). Acceptance of human papillomavirus vaccination among Californian parents of daughters: A representative statewide analysis. [condensed]. Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey. 62(6):377-379.
  16. Constantine, N. A. (2007). [Book review of Luker, K., When sex goes to school: Warring views on sex and sex education since the sixties.] Sex Education, 7(4), 441-443.
  17. Constantine, N. A., Nevarez, C. R., Miller, M., & Hamilton, P. (2006). A statewide policy advocacy intervention in California: The No Time For Complacency initiative. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 4,10-22.
  18. Constantine, N. A. (2004). Changes in sexual behaviors among high school students [letter]. Journal of Adolescent Health, 35, 430-431.
  19. Constantine, N. A. & Moskowitz, J. M. (2004). California adolescents' use of family planning services [letter]. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 36(6), 288-289.
  20. Constantine, N. A. & Braverman, M. T. (2004). Appraising evidence on program effectiveness. In M. T. Braverman, N. A. Constantine, and J. K. Slater (Eds.), Foundations and evaluation: Contexts and practices for effective philanthropy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
  21. Braverman, M. T. Constantine, N. A., & Slater, J. K. (Eds.) (2004). Foundations and evaluation: Contexts and practices for effective philanthropy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
  22. Constantine, N. A. (1999). [Book review of Evaluating HIV Prevention Interventions.] American Journal of Evaluation, 20(1), 141-143.
  23. Constantine, W. L., Haynes, C., Spiker, D., & Constantine, N. A. (1993). Recruitment and retention in a multisite clinical trial for low birth weight infants. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 14(1), 1-7.
  24. LeTendre, D., Spiker, D., & Constantine, N. A. (1992). Establishing a ceiling on the Bayley Scales of Infant Development at 24 months. In L. Lipsitt & C. K. Rovee-Collier (Eds.), Advances in Infancy Research: Vol. 7 (pp. 187-198). Norwood, NJ: Ablex.
  25. Spiker, D., Kraemer, H. C., Constantine, N. A., and Bryant, D. (1992). Reliability and validity of behavior problem checklists as measures of stable traits in low birth weight preschool children. Child Development, 63(6), 1481-1496.
  26. Infant Health and Development Program: Gross, R. T., Spiker, D., Constantine, N. A., et al. (1990). Enhancing the outcomes of low birth weight, premature infants: A multisite, randomized trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 263(22), 3035-3042.
  27. Constantine, N. A., Kraemer, H. C., Kendall-Tackett, K. A., Bennett, F. C., Tyson, J. E., & Gross, R. T. (1987). Use of physical and neurologic observations in assessment of gestational age in low birth weight infants. Journal of Pediatrics, 110(6), 921-928.