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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

The influence of social determinants on sexual risk among out-of-school African American female adolescents — Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies
Browne, F.A., Wechsberg, W.M., White, V.M., Ellerson, R.M., Raiford, J.L., Carry, M.G., et al. (Apr 2014)
Initial feasibility and acceptability of a comprehensive intervention for methamphetamine-using pregnant women in South Africa — Psychiatry Journal
Jones, H.E., Myers, B., O'Grady, K.E., Gebhardt, S., Theron, G.B., & Wechsberg, W.M. (Jan 2014)
Contextualizing gender differences and methamphetamine use with HIV prevalence within a South African community — International Journal of Drug Policy
Wechsberg, W.M., Doherty, I.A., Myers, B., Morgan-Lopez, A.A., Emanuel, A., Carney, T., Kline, T.L., & Zule, W.A. (Nov 2013)
Challenges and Lessons Learned When Adapting Evidence-B ased HIV Prevention Interventions: Being Guided by the Teens
Browne, F., Wechsberg, W., Ellerson, R.M., Raiford, J.L., & Herbst, J.H. (Nov 2013)
Preliminary Outcomes of the Young Women’s CoOp on Sexual Risk Behaviors
Wechsberg, W., Novak, S., Doherty, I.A., Browne, F.A., Kline, T.L., Zule, W., et al. (Nov 2013)
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