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Wendee Wechsberg

Director, Substance Abuse Treatment Evaluations and Interventions

Wendee Wechsberg, PhD, has more than 20 years of clinical experience and has directed outpatient drug-free, methadone, and residential substance abuse treatment programs. Dr. Wechsberg has devoted her career to applied research, using both quantitative and qualitative methods, to develop and test the efficacy of HIV prevention interventions among different populations of substance abusers. She has served as principal investigator/project director on studies with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. Wechsberg also serves as a consultant and advisor for various national studies and international studies. She has been conducting international research in South Africa with at-risk substance abusing women since 2001. She has published in the areas of gender and ethnicity, outreach, HIV risk, and women substance abusers.


PhD, Community Psychology, North Carolina State University; MS, Human Development Counseling, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University; B.A., Cultural Anthropology, Social Sciences, University of South Florida.

Latest Publications

Zule, W., Myers, B., Carney, T., Novak, S.P., McCormick, K., & Wechsberg, W.M. (2014). Alcohol and drug use outcomes among vulnerable women living with HIV: Results from the Western Cape Women's Health CoOp. AIDS Care, 26 (12):1494-1499.
Kuo, C., Johnson, J., Rosen, R., Wechsberg, W., Gobin, R., Reddy, M.K., et al. (2014). Emotional dysregulation and risky sex among incarcerated women with a history of interpersonal violence. Women & Health, 54 (8):796-815.
Wechsberg, W.M., & Myers, B. (Aug 2014). Advancing HIV prevention in South Africa: The CoOp Intervention Studies. Research Triangle Pk, NC & Tygerberg, South Africa: RTI International & South African Medical Research Council.
Otiashvili, D., Kirtadze, I., O'Grady, K.E., Zule, W., Krupitsky, E., Wechsberg, W.M., et al. (2014). Comprehensive women-centered treatment for substance use disorders in Georgia: Current status and future directions. Journal of Substance Use , Advance Online Publication .
Reed, E., Myers, B., Novak, S.P., Browne, F.A., & Wechsberg, W.M. (2014). Experiences of violence and association with decreased drug abstinence among women in Cape Town, South Africa. AIDS and Behavior, Advance Online Publication .
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