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Norman Constantine, PhD

Norm Constantine, PhD, is a research psychologist and methodologist who directs PHI’s Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Development. His research focuses on adolescent sexual health and rights, sexuality education, and policy use and misuse of research evidence.

Constantine is principal investigator of several research and policy studies funded by The California Wellness Foundation and the 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. He has previously served as co-investigator and analysis director for Stanford University's national randomized trial, the Infant Health and Development Program.

Constantine also serves as clinical professor of community health and human development at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. 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, with a doctoral minor in computer and information sciences, from the University of Oregon, Eugene.

Adolescent Sexual Health Policy Project

This grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation provides support for the Adolescent Sexual Health Policy Project to enhance the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents in California and the United States through policy-oriented research, research critique, and policy advocacy.

Adolescent Sexual Health Policy Project

The Adolescent Sexual Health Policy Project works to enhance the social science theory, research evidence and rigorous scientific inquiry in the field of sexuality education and communication for youth and parents.  This project focuses on critical appraisal of research and research use; reconceptualization of sexuality education into a developmental and holistic sexual health and rights framework; and analysis and testing of sexuality education approaches, concepts, and content. 

No Time for Complacency

No Time For Complacency is a research and policy advocacy initiative to educate California policy makers and opinion leaders about teen pregnancy prevention and other adolescent sexual health outcomes and policies and to provide strategic research-based advocacy materials to local and state level advocates for adolescent sexual health policy. Funding is provided by The California Wellness Foundation.

Sexual Education Initiative Formative and Randomized Evaluation

The Center, in collaboration with the University of Southern California Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, continues to work on the formative, developmental, and randomized evaluation of the Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles Sexuality Education Initiative Demonstration Project.

Sexuality, Health and Rights Among Youth in the United States: Transforming Public Policy and Public Understanding Through Social Science Research

This project provides research, graduate training and strategic communications to promote (1) a more scientific view of evidence and its use among researchers, policy shapers and curriculum developers; (2) a reconceptualization of sexuality education within a holistic sexual health and rights framework; and (3) further analysis, development and dissemination of existing and new models of sexuality education. Funding is provided by the Ford Foundation.



Intervention Effectiveness Research in Adolescent Health Psychology: Methodological Issues and Strategies, Handbook of Adolescent Health Psychology (2013)

This chapter from the Handbook of Adolescent Health Psychology examines the scientific foundations for intervention effectiveness research and its ...

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Anti-Sex Ed Curriculum Makes the List: Don’t Blame Obama, Blame the System, RH Reality Check (2012)

Heritage Keepers, an abstinence-only-until-marriage program that is medically inaccurate, biased, fear- and shame-based and otherwise inappropriate...

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Regression Analysis and Causal Inference: Cause for Concern? Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health (2012)

This Viewpoints article from Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health provides a critical review of the uses and misuses of regression analys...

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Sexuality Education, Encyclopedia of Adolescence (2012)

This article from the Encyclopedia of Adolescence compares and contrasts two approaches to sexuality education—behavior change approache...

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Teen Births in California: No Time for Complacency (2012)

California’s teen birth rate has dropped below 30 births per thousand for the first time in more than 40 years. Its 2010 rate of 29.0 re...

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Sex Education in the U.S. [Interview], Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education (2011)

In this interview for the Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education, Dr. Norm Constantine responds to questions about the state o...

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Demographic and Psychological Predictors of Parent-Adolescent Communication About Sex (2010)

Sexual communication is a principal means of transmitting sexual values, beliefs, expectations and knowledge between parents and children. Thi...

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No Time for Complacency: Sexual Health Needs of California’s Foster and Transitioning Youth (2009)

Foster and transitioning youth face substantial sexual and reproductive health challenges, but all youth should have one or more trusted adults wit...

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Converging Evidence Leaves Policy Behind: Effectiveness of and Support for School-Based Sex Education Programs, Journal of Adolescent Health (2008)

This editorial in the Journal of Adolescent Health reviews two new studies on sexuality education effectiveness and parent support. Implications fo...

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Simpson's Paradox (2008)

This article in the Encyclopedia of Epidemiology explains Simpson’s paradox, an extreme form of confounding where the association betwee...

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