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Miller Robin Miller
Ph.D. New York University, Psychology. Minor: Quantitative Methods 1994
Masters New York University, Psychology 1988
Bachelors Sarah Lawrence College. B.A., Liberal Arts 1984
Primary Program: Ecological-Community
134A Psychology
(517) 432-3267

Research Statement

Dr. Miller's research program is designed to contribute to the design and delivery of effective community-based HIV prevention services, with a particular emphasis on a population at highest risk in the nation, young Black sexual minority males. She is interested in identifying structural and community-level HIV prevention programs that are effective in reducing HIV-related risk behavior among high risk young men and in delineating the contextual conditions in AIDS-related organizational environments that contribute to sustainable HIV prevention activity. Dr. Miller's research is grounded in the idea that the program and its environmental host combine to make a causal package; one cannot understand what makes a program effective and consider where and for whom else it might be effective without treating the program’s context as part of the program. Useful evaluation must take into account how environment and program interact to produce observed effects or form a causal package. In researching what makes for an effective causal package of HIV prevention activity, Dr. Miller has a secondary aim of improving knowledge on evaluation theory and practice with regard to community-based programs.

Related Research Websites
SaferSex Research The mission of our lab is to contribute to basic understanding of how to avert the HIV epidemic in the United States. The research we conduct focuses on adolescent and emerging adults at high risk of exposure to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and on community-based efforts to prevent HIV among youth and young adults. Our lab has a particular focus on African American and sexual minority youth populations and efforts to protect their health and foster their well being. At the individual level, we seek to understand factors that impact on young people's ability to remain healthy. At the program level, we seek to identify programs and practices that help young people reduce their risk of exposure to HIV. At the organizational level, we seek to improve understanding of how HIV prevention programs are implemented in community settings, learn what organizational and environmental contingencies govern the application of evidence-based programs to community-based service provision, and examine the long-term consequences of implementing evidence-based programs and practices in community settings.
Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research PI: Dr. Frederick Leong
Our primary mission is to generate and apply psychological science to increase our understanding of multicultural issues in both domestic and international contexts.

Research Publications    
2017Miller, R. L., Boyer, C. B., Chiaramonte, D.*, Lindeman, P.*, Chutuape, K., Cooper-Walker, B., Kapogiannis, B.G., Wilson, C. M., & Fortenberry, J. D. (2017). Evaluating HIV-testing strategies for identifying HIV-infected Youth and Linking Youth to Biomedical and Other Preventive Services. JAMA Pediatrics, April 17, 2017.
2016Miller, R. L., Janulis, P.*, Reed, S. J.*, Harper, G. W., Boyer, C. B., Ellen, J. and the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions. (2016). Creating youth-supportive communities: Outcomes from the Connect-to-Protect ® (C2P) structural change approach to youth HIV prevention. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 301-315.
2016Miller, R. L., King, J. A., Mark, M. M., & Caracelli, V. (The Oral History Study Team). (2016). The oral history of evaluation: An interview with Robert Stake. American Journal of Evaluation, 37, 287-294.
2016Miller, R. L. (2016). On messes, systems thinking, and evaluation: A response to Patton. American Journal of Evaluation, in press.
2016Reed, S. J.* & Miller, R. L. (2016). Thriving and adapting: Resilience, sense of community and syndemics among young Black gay and bisexual men. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57, 129-143.
2015Miller, R. L. (2015). Community psychology, evaluation, and social critique. American Journal of Evaluation, 36, 89-99.
2015The Oral History Study Team (Miller, R. L., Mark, M., King, J.). (2015). The oral history of evaluation: An interview with Ernest House. American Journal of Evaluation, 36, 270-282.
2014Miller, R. L., Forney, J. C.*, & McNall, M. A. (2014). Recent sexual partnerships among adolescent and emerging adult Black men who have sex with men in Michigan. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 13, 252-270.
2014Boyer, C. B., Robles-Schrader, G. M., Li, S. X., Miller, R. L., Price, G. N, Torres, C. M. R…. and the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions. (2014). Use of social and sexual network-based strategies for screening at-risk Hispanic/Latino adolescents and young adults for undiagnosed asymptomatic HIV infection. Journal of Adolescent Health, 55, 765-773.
2014Reed, S. J,*, Miller, R. L., & Francisco, V. (2014). The influence of community context on coalitions’ formation and achievement of HIV-preventive structural change. Health Education and Behavior, 41, 100-107.