Chisina Kapungu, PhD

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Chisina Kapungu, PhD is a clinical psychologist with experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of HIV prevention interventions in community settings. Dr. Kapungu is spearheading an academic community partnership with churches in the Southside of Chicago to develop, implement and evaluate a culturally sensitive HIV prevention program for African American girls and their mothers. Her qualitative research explores the key elements for successful collaboration and implementation of faith-based HIV prevention interventions in churches. She hopes to expand her work in Zimbabwe and has conducted qualitative research focused on identifying and defining psychosocial determinants for engagement in concurrent partnerships among men and women in Zimbabwe. Dr. Kapungu also serves as Co-Investigator on a study designed to assess the feasibility, accessibility and acceptability of two evidence-based technologies, a blood collection drape and oral misoprostol,  for the prevention and management of postpartum hemorrhage in rural Ghana. Dr. Kapungu’s long-term goal is to develop and disseminate culturally sensitive HIV primary and secondary prevention programs in the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has received a number of research awards, including the American Psychological Association HIV/AIDS Research Fellowship, the African American Mental Health Research Scientist Consortium Award, the National Institute of Drug Abuse’s HIV Prevention Research Training Fellowship (T32), and the Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01).

Research Interests

Role of individual, family and contextual factors in HIV risk exposure among urban African American adolescents
Development and evaluation of HIV prevention interventions in community-based settings for at-risk populations

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Baptiste D, Kapungu C, Khare MH, Lewis Y, Barlow-Mosha L. Integrating women's human rights into global health research: an action framework. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 Nov;19(11);2091-2099.

Baptiste DR, Kapungu C, Miller S, Crown L, Henry D, Martinez Dda C, et al. Increasing parent involvement in youth HIV prevention: a randomized Caribbean study. AIDS Educ Prev. 2009 Dec;21(6):495-511. [See abstract.]

Kapungu C, Baptiste D, Holmbeck G, McBride C, Robinson M, Sturdivant A, Crown L, Paikoff R. Beyond the “Birds and the Bees”: gender differences in sex-related communication among urban African-American adolescents. Fam Process. 2010;49(2):251-264.

Kapungu C, Holmbeck GN, Paikoff RL. Longitudinal association between parenting practices and early sexual risk behaviors among urban African American adolescents: The moderating role of gender.  J Youth Adolesc. 2006;35:787-798.

Kapungu C, Thakral C, Limberger SM, Donenberg GR. Substance use among adolescents: risk, prevention and treatment. In: DiClimente RJ, Santellini JS, Crosby RA, eds. Adolescent Health: Understanding and Preventing Risk. New York: John Wiley; 2009.

Nappi CM, Thakral C, Kapungu C, Donenberg GR, DiClemente R, Brown L; Project STYLE Study Group. Parental monitoring as a moderator of the effect of family sexual communication on sexual risk behavior among adolescents in psychiatric care. AIDS Behav. 2009 Oct;13(5):1012-20.

Stenson AL, Kapungu CT, Geller SE, Miller S. Navigating the challenges of global reproductive health research. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 Nov;19(11):2101-2107. [See abstract.]