Peggy Dolcini, Ph.D.

Peggy Dolcini, Ph.D.

Interim Head of the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Office: 541-737-3829

Waldo Hall

Waldo Hall 433

2250 SW Jefferson Way

2250 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Academic interests: 

Dr. Dolcini’s research program addresses basic, intervention, and implementation science issues in public health, with a strong focus on health disparities and on youth. Her primary area of expertise is in infectious diseases, including HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Her translation research focuses on implementing and sustaining evidence-based interventions in practice settings, with an emphasis factors that impact program implementation in community-based organizations and public health jurisdictions. Along with colleagues, Dr. Dolcini is also engaged in work that aims to improve access and reach of information and technology-based programs (e.g., internet), as well as research on improving self-implemented HIV testing for vulnerable populations. She has expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research.

Beyond OSU

Peggy Dolcini, Ph.D., serves as director of the Youth and Young Adult Core at the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families. Her research addresses social developmental factors and their impact on health behavior during adolescence, with an emphasis on vulnerable youth. Her recent work addressing sexual health issues among youth has identified the important contributions of naturally occurring information networks in the transmission of information and skills to youth and resulted in new approaches for program delivery that more closely match community capacity.

Peggy has a long history of NIH funded research that spans basic, intervention and translation research. She has more than two decades of experience conducting community-based research and collaborating with agencies in impoverished urban neighborhoods. She has been recognized for her contributions to the development of mentoring programs for scientists from under-represented groups and serves on the scientific advisory board of an NIH funded mentoring program at Columbia University.



Journal Article

J. A. Catania, Lo, B., Wolf, L. E., Dolcini, M. M., Pollack, L. M., Barker, J. C., Wertlieb, S., and Henne, J., Survey of U.S. Boards that Review Mental Health-related Research., Journal of empirical research on human research ethics : JERHRE, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 71-9, 2008.
L. E. Wolf, Catania, J. A., Dolcini, M. M., Pollack, L. M., and Lo, B., IRB chairs, Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 99-111, 2008.
J. A. Catania, Lo, B., Wolf, L. E., Dolcini, M. M., Pollack, L. M., Barker, J. C., Wertlieb, S., and Henne, J., Survey of u.s. Human research protection organizations: workload and membership., Journal of empirical research on human research ethics : JERHRE, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 57-69, 2008.


Journal Article

M. M. Dolcini, Harper, G. W., Watson, S. E., and Catania, J. A., Friends in the, Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 36, pp. 267.e7-267.e16, 2005.


Book Chapter

J. A. Catania, Binson, D., Dolcini, M. M., and Hoff, C. C., Frontiers in the Behavioral Epidemiology of HIV/STDs, in In: Handbook of Health Psychology, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001, pp. 777-799.


Book Chapter

B. B. Brown, Dolcini, M. M., and Leventhal, A., Transformations in Peer Relationships at Adolescence: Implications for Health-related Behavior, in In: Health Risks and Developmental Transitions During Adolescence, London: Cambridge University Press, 1997, pp. 161-189.


Book Chapter


Book Chapter

N. E. Adler and Dolcini, M. M., Psychological Issues in Abortion for Adolescents, in In: Adolescent Abortion: Legal and Psychological Issues, Lincoln, Nebraska: University Nebraska Press, 1987, pp. 74-95.