Master of Public Health (MPH) & PhD in Global Health Promotion Science
AREA OF RESEARCH: HIV/AIDS Awareness, Prevention, and Education
What draws you to this area of research?
HIV is an extremely preventable virus. Most contract it through unsafe sexual behaviors, injection drug use, or birth. HIV can be prevented by using protection during sexual behaviors, not sharing drug paraphernalia, and taking medications available that decrease mother to child transmission by around 99%. Unfortunately, one reason that it continues to spread is that people are not aware of transmission methods and how they can protect themselves. I think it is important to share this information so everyone can protect themselves appropriately.
Would you like to collaborate?
Areas for collaboration (research studies, publishing, conference presentations, etc.)
Research, publishing, conferences
Would you say your research is Transdisciplinary?
My research is transdisciplinary. Public Health itself is extremely transdisciplinary by nature. Because my research is mainly in HIV/AIDS, I need to know psychological, behavioral, and educational theories that help guide interventions that will be useful in providing HIV education and awareness, and I must also know the science and medical background behind HIV. In order to teach others about HIV, I need to know the biology behind how it effects the body. Further, HIV is affected by politics, environment, and the economy. For example, the past president in South Africa did not believe HIV was a problem and told everyone it can be washed off in the shower. It's important for me to understand the politics within the community that I am working because my approach will be different in each situation. The environment plays a role in that environmental problems can effect the spread of HIV. For example, if natural disasters occur or deforestation, rural residents may move to urban environments. Urban environments tend to have higher rates of HIV because the amount of people, especially if the economy is low. The economy plays a role because if there is not enough work for everyone, often times people will resort to unsafe behaviors such as sex work and drug use. All of these problems contribute to HIV/AIDS and in order for me to be a thorough researcher, I must learn and understand all of these different disciplines.
Publications / Presentations
Nydegger, R., & Nydegger, L. (2010). Challenges In Managing Virtual Teams. Journal of Business & Economics Research, 8(3), 69-82.
Paludi, M. A., Nydegger, L. A., Paludi, C. A., Martin, J. (2007). Sexual harassment: The hidden gender equity problem. In S. S. Klein, B. Richardson, D. A. Grayson, L. H., Fox, C. Kramare, D. S. Pollard, & C. A. Dwyer (Eds.), Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity through Education (2nd ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Paludi, M. A., Nydegger, R. V., Desouza, E., Nydegger, L. A., & Dicker, A. (2006). International perpsectives on sexual harassment of college students: The sounds of silence. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1087, 103-120.
Nydegger, R. V., & Nydegger, L. A. (October, 2009). Challenges in Managing Virtual Teams. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Internatoinal Business and Economic Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV. Won best paper in the management section.
Future goals as a scholar
I would like to conduct HIV/AIDS prevention research in countries where prevention is not taught like it is in the U.S., such as Africa and Russia. Most likely I will work for an international organization at first, but would like to run my own business at some point.
Must-read books or articles in your field
Changing AIDS-Risk Behavior by Jeffrey Fisher and William Fisher
Design Issues Addressed in Published Evaluations of Adolescent HIV-Risk Reduction Interventions: A Review by Bonita Stanton, Nina Kim, Jennifer Galbraith, and Maureen Parrott
Helpful resources at CGU
The library. Even if they don’t have the articles or books I need, they are also able to access and send them quickly.
Helpful resources outside of CGU (blogs, websites, social networking sites, etc. that connect with your areas of research)