Amanda Elizabeth Tanner

I received my undergraduate degree from Saint Olaf College. I completed my graduate work at Indiana University a master's in public health and my doctorate in health behavior where I trained with the Center for Sexual Health Promotion and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. I completed postdoctoral research fellowships at the Indiana University School of Medicine Section of Adolescent Medicine and with the W.K. Kellogg Community Health Scholars Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Research Interests As a public health behavioral researcher, I am interested in health disparities especially as they relate to sexual and reproductive health outcomes. The central, integrated research areas that drive my public health research agenda include: 1) Community Engagement; 2) Infectious Disease Behavioral Science; and 3) Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health. In order to adequately address public health issues, especially health disparities, I believe it is crucial to conduct research grounded in the community and in strong theoretical and conceptual frameworks. My training in health behavior necessitates an understanding of both the individual and community context under which behaviors occur to promote sexual and reproductive health. While my research focuses primarily on women and adolescents within each of these research areas, I endeavor to maintain a focus on diverse populations to consider how these complex issues are understood within specific cultural contexts. Methodologically I incorporate quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method designs as appropriate to the specific research question.

There are 25 included publications by Amanda Elizabeth Tanner :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Acceptability of HPV vaccine implementation among parents in India 2013 1012 Due to high cervical cancer rates and limited research on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine acceptability in India, the research team examined parental attitudes toward HPV vaccines. Thirty-six interviews with parents were conducted to assess sexual...
Acceptability of the vaginal contraceptive ring among adolescent women. 2011 772 Study Objective Although underutilized, the vaginal contraceptive ring has several advantages over other contraceptive methods that could benefit adolescents. We examined factors that may influence willingness to try the vaginal ring including: sexu...
Ambivalent messages: Adolescents’ perspectives on pregnancy and birth. 2013 409 Purpose To examine, from a youth’s perspective, adolescent pregnancy and parenting in Baltimore, Maryland, a city with high rates of adolescent pregnancy. Methods Six gender-stratified focus groups with 13- to 19-year-olds (4 female and 2 male g...
Arousal loss associated with safer sex and risk of pregnancy: Implications for women's and men's sexual health. 2009 555 CONTEXT: Few studies have examined arousal loss associated with safer-sex practices or the perceived risk of unintended pregnancy, let alone its associations with sexual risk practices. METHODS: An Internet survey conducted in 2004–2006 among 2,39...
Does oral contraceptive-induced reduction in free testosterone adversely affect the sexuality and mood of women? 2007 780 The aim of this study was to examine whether changes in plasma androgen levels (total testosterone (T), free testosterone (FT), and dehydro-epiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEA-S)) induced by oral contraceptive (OC) use were related to changes in sexual int...
The effects of oral contraceptives on SHBG and free testosterone and their relevance to premenstrual mood and sexual interest: A comparison of two triphasic formulations containing norgestimate and either 35µg or 25µg of ethinyl estradiol. 2007 971 Purpose This study compared two oral contraceptives (OCs) with the same triphasic regimen of progestin (norgestimate 0.18, 0.215 and 0.25 mg) but differing doses of ethinyl estradiol (EE) — 25 and 35 µg EE — in their effects on androgens, mood and s...
Engaging Vulnerable Adolescents in a Pregnancy Prevention Program: Perspectives of Prime Time Staff. 2012 773 Introduction Evaluating interventions for reducing unintended adolescent pregnancy is necessary to ensure quality and efficacy. The purpose of this study was to examine core case management practices and processes for engaging high-risk girls in Pri...
Factors Affecting Linkage to Care and Engagement in Care for Newly Diagnosed HIV-Positive Adolescents within Fifteen Adolescent Medicine Clinics in the United States 2014 1232 Early linkage to care and engagement in care are critical for initiation of medical interventions. However, over 50 % of newly diagnosed persons do not receive HIV-related care within 6 months of diagnosis. We evaluated a linkage to care and engageme...
Factors Influencing Health Care Access Perceptions and Care-seeking Behaviors of Immigrant Latino Sexual Minority Men and Transgender Individuals: Baseline Findings from the HOLA Intervention Study 2014 1209 Little is known about immigrant Latino sexual minorities’ health seeking behaviors. This study examined factors associated with perceptions of access and actual care behaviors among this population in North Carolina. Methods: A community-based partic...
Female Sex Work Within the Rural Immigrant Latino Community in the Southeast United States: An Exploratory Qualitative Community-Based Participatory Research Study 2012 1340 of, and the risks encountered in, sex work in the United States. Objective: This community-based participatory research (CBPR) study explored female sex work and the feasibility of conducting a larger study of sex work within the immigrant Latino...
The impact of gender expectations on meanings of sex and sexuality: Results from a cognitive interview study. 2010 1679 This study uses cognitive interviewing to examine individuals’ interpretations of sexuality-related questions and meanings of sex and sexuality. The sample includes 20 adults (12 women and 8 men) who were randomly selected university staff in the Mid...
The impact of HIV-related stigma on HIV Care and Prevention providers. 2007 789 Very little is known about the extent to which HIV care and prevention providers who work for U.S. community-based organizations are affected by the types of stigma that have been well documented as impacting those living with HIV and those who provi...
Individual and structural factors influencing HIV care linkage and engagement: Perceived barriers and solutions among HIV-positive persons 2016 115 To meet the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s goals of reducing and preventing HIV transmission, understanding factors that shape HIV-positive persons’ care-seeking behaviors is critical. Accordingly, this study examined factors that affect HIV care linka...
The “kaleidoscope” of factors influencing urban adolescent pregnancy in Baltimore, Maryland 2015 291 Existing intervention and prevention efforts for adolescent pregnancy focus primarily on individual-level approaches; however, there is an emerging expectation to include a more contextually based social-ecological approach. This approach is salient ...
Linking HIV+ adolescents into care: The effects of relationships between local health departments and adolescent medicine clinics. 2013 757 The fragmentation of HIV-related diagnostic and treatment services, especially for youth, is a significant barrier for engaging in care. The authors identified key elements that affected care linkage efforts and conducted 64 interviews across 15 clin...
Methodological Considerations from a Kinsey Institute Mixed Methods Pilot Project 2013 1444 Despite the growth of mixed methods, little attention has focused on the specific challenges of conducting mixed methods research on sexual experience and perceptions of sexuality. This paper's purpose is to discuss the exploratory sequential design ...
Perceptions of acceptability and utility of microbicides in Ghana, West Africa: An exploratory, qualitative study. 2008 329 Vaginal microbicides, substances that may substantially decrease transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STI) including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are currently in clinical trials. They are being presented as woman-initiated preven...
A prospective study of the sexual, emotional and behavioral correlates associated with young women’s first and subsequent coital events. 2010 478 Context First coitus is considered a major transitional event imbued with cultural relevance. Research has focused on classifying women as virgins, with primary interest in pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection prevention and less on sexualit...
Research on adolescents and microbicides: A review. 2009 518 Adolescents are an important target for microbicide research, as they are disproportionately affected by sexually transmitted infections and currently are underrepresented in the microbicide research literature. Furthermore, adolescents are psychosoc...
Sexuality education in Florida: Content, context, and controversy. 2008 1555 As with many states, Florida has official directives that are intended to influence what type of sexuality education, if any, takes place in public school classrooms. However, little is known about contextual factors that facilitate or challenge the ...
Vaginal microbicide preferences among Midwestern urban adolescent women. 2008 557 Purpose The purpose of this study was to assess adolescent women's preferences for specific microbicide characteristics including pregnancy prevention, timing of application, potential for side effects, and whether it targeted human immunodeficiency...
Young women’s use of a microbicide surrogate: The complex influence of relationship characteristics and perceived male partners' evaluations. 2010 625 Currently in clinical trials, vaginal microbicides are proposed as a female-initiated method of sexually transmitted infection prevention. Much of microbicide acceptability research has been conducted outside of the United States and frequently witho...
Young women’s use of a microbicide surrogate: The role of individual and contextual factors in acceptability and sexual pleasure 2009 698 Currently in clinical trials, microbicides have historically been promoted as a woman-controlled (although more recently woman initiated) method of sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention. The contradicition that exists in this rationale is t...
Young Women's Contraceptive Microbicide Preferences: Associations with Contraceptive Behavior and Sexual Relationship Characteristics 2014 282 CONTEXT: In time, microbicides may provide women with dual prevention against pregnancy and STDs. Although several microbicide dimensions have been evaluated, little is known about women's preferences for contraceptive microbicides and correlates of ...
“Youth friendly” Clinics: Considerations for Linking and Engaging HIV-infected Adolescents into Care 2014 752 Linkage and engagement in care are critical corollaries to the health of HIV-infected adolescents. The adolescent HIV epidemic and adolescents' unique barriers to care necessitates innovation in the provision of care, including the consideration of t...