Cynthia Rosengard, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor (Research), Behavioral & Social Science, School of Public Health and Medicine, Brown University (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Dr. Rosengard’s adolescent health research focuses on investigations of the influences on adolescent sexual decision-making and behavior. Her earlier work has included health values’ protective role in adolescent sexual decision-making and the development and evaluation of theory-driven risk reduction interventions. Her current research examines the factors that influence sexual behavior within different types of sexual partnerships and assesses these associations separately for adolescent boys and girls. Her ultimate goal is to develop interventions that will decrease the incidence of STDs and unplanned pregnancies in adolescents. Through her program of research, she is developing sexual risk reduction interventions that include important attitudes, values, and expectancies that influence partner-specific sexual decision-making in adolescents. Future research on a broader range of influential factors (i.e., family, peer, community, and culture) and additional emphasis on the development of targeted risk prevention interventions (e.g., targeting sexually inexperienced adolescents) are a part of her long-term plan of research. She currently conducts research in non-traditional educational and correctional settings for adolescents.


Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1994 (clinical psychology)
M.P.H., Brown University, 2005
B.A., University of Vermont, 1988

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressSchool of Public Health and Medicine
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
121 South Main Street, 4th Floor
Providence, RI 02912