Kristina Hood, Ph.D.

Dr. Kris Hood

Assistant Professor
Health Psychology
hoodkb@vcu.edu

Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Ph.D. (2012), Virginia Commonwealth University


Dr. Hood is accepting applications from prospective graduate students for the 2018-19 school year.


Doctoral Program Affiliation

Health Psychology


Website

Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention


Research Interests

My research interests focus on preventive health behaviors and promoting positive health outcomes among people of color and underserved populations. More specifically, I am interested in psychosocial determinants of health behavior, health disparities, condom use attitudes and persuasion, and sexual health promotion. A central aim has been to find innovative ways to disseminate persuasive messages and implement HIV interventions to increase the scope of prevention efforts. Identifying as both a basic and applied researcher, one of my goals is to bridge the gap between these domains. Ultimately, I am interested in translating basic, lab-based findings in persuasion, attitudes, and behavior change to applied real world settings related to HIV prevention.


Select Publications

Belgrave, F. Z., Abrams, J. A., Hood, K. B., Moore, M. P., & Nguyen, A. B. (in press). Development and validation of a preliminary measure of gender role beliefs for African American women. Journal of Black Psychology.
Hood, K. B., Shook, N. J., & Belgrave, F. Z. (2016). “Jimmy cap before you tap”: Condom use messages for African American women. Journal of Sex Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2016.1168351
Hood, K. B., Robertson, A. A., & Baird-Thomas, C. (2015). Implementing solutions to barriers to on-site HIV testing in drug treatment. Evaluation and Program Planning, 49, 1-9.
Hood, K. B., & Shook, N. J. (2014). Who cares what others think?: The indirect effect of other’s attitudes on condom use intentions. International Journal of Sexual Health, 26, 282-294.
Hood, K. B., & Shook, N. J. (2013). Conceptualizing attitudes towards condom using the Tripartite Model. Women & Health, 53, 349-368.

Recent Courses

  • Culture, Ethnicity, and Health, graduate level
  • Application of Statistics, undergraduate level

Recent Grants

Reaching Rural African American Communities Through VOICES

Amount: $20,000 (pilot award)
Role: Pilot Project Principal Investigator (PI: Neilands)
Source: Training Program for Scientists Conducting Research to Reduce HIV/STI Health Disparities, National Institute of Mental Health
Period: 6/2016—6/2018
Number: 5R25MH067127-13 

Increasing Rural African Americans Access to HIV Prevention Interventions Through the Use of Social Media

Amount: $4,000 (pilot award)
Role: Pilot Project Principal Investigator (PI: Townsend)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health, APA Cyber Mentors Program
Period: 12/2015—6/2017
Number: 6R25MH083635-06 

Increasing Rural Substance-Using African American Women's Access to Evidenced-Based HIV Intervention

Amount: $200,000
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Period: 9/2015—8/2017
Number: 1R03DA039744-01 

Increasing Rural African American Women's Access to Evidenced-Based HIV Intervention

Amount: $70,000
Role: Principal Investigator 
Source: National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program
Period: 7/2015—6/2017 

Increasing the Enrollment Rate of Under-Represented Students and Women in Graduate Studies in Behavioral and Social Science Disciplines at MSU through Undergraduate Research Experiences

Amount: $2,000
Role: Co-Principal Investigator 
Source: Mississippi State University Cross-College
Period: 11/2014—10/2015 

Revisiting the Romeo and Juliet Effect

Amount: $2,000
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: Mississippi State University Cross-College
Period: 11/2013—10/2014 

Revisiting the Romeo and Juliet Effect

Amount: $2,000
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Source: Center for Open Science Replications of Important Results in Social Psychology
Period: 7/2013—5/2014 

Increasing Access to HIV Prevention Messages Through the Use of Social Media

Amount: $70,000
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program
Period: 7/2013—6/2015 

Increasing Access to HIV Prevention Interventions Through the Use of Social Media

Amount: $20,000 (pilot award)
Role: Pilot Project Principal Investigator (PI: El-Bassel)
Source: Columbia University HIV Intervention Science Training Program Pilot, National Institute of Mental Health
Period: 11/2012—11/2014
Number: 5R25MH080665-05


Awards

  • 2014, Developing Diverse Investigators Workshop, NIMH
  • 2013, Special Populations Research Development Seminar Series Workshop, NIDA
  • 2012-2014, Fellow, HIV Intervention Science Training Program, Columbia University