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“Just a Snip!” Simple Procedure, Complicated Uptake: Theory Driven Research to Increase Adoption of Male Circumcision in Zimbabwe

30 January 2014
12:30 - 13:30

Speakers: Dr Danuta Kasprzyk and Dr Daniel E. Montaño, Battelle

Date: 30 January 2014

Time: 12H15 for 12h30  – 13H30  
This seminar will focus on the results of research conducted using a mixed methods approach (qualitative and quantitative) to investigate structural and individual factors predicting motivation to get circumcised. The research methodology used the Integrated Behavioral Model to understand motivation among men to get circumcised. Study results showed attitudes, norms and personal agency constructs were all important in determining motivation. These results were used to develop and test evidence-based messages to shift outcomes. Messages were tested for appeal, recall, and ability to impact constructs. There were significant changes in motivation to uptake MC, and in attitude and personal agency beliefs associated with MC among men exposed to messages.

Dr. Kasprzyk is a Research Leader with over 25 years of experience conducting research in the areas of public health, preventive and behavioral medicine, and health psychology, as well as experience in evaluating health education strategies and prevention programs. In addition, she has evaluated health services, public health, clinical preventive services, health behavior change interventions, and health professional training programs. Dr. Kasprzyk is highly experienced in applied research focused on prevention interventions. In designing research projects to motivate behavior change for a variety of disease prevention and early detection programs, she uses basic psychosocial and behavioral theories, including the Integrated Behavioral Model (IBM), which she helped develop. This process allows her to explain or evaluate the programs designed using strong theoretical frameworks. Her expertise has led to her involvement in both HIV and STD prevention research, as well as breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer prevention. She has many years of experience using psychological theories to evaluate and explain health behavior in communities regionally, nationally, and internationally.  In addition to wide-ranging community-based research, her research has also focused in clinical settings on patients’ as well as clinicians’ preventive behaviors.
Dr. Kasprzyk has extensive experience in mixed-methods research, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to design and evaluate public health prevention programs. She has many years of experience in the implementation of basic and applied research projects, including national as well as international health research experience. She is experienced in research concerning special populations, and in training interviewers to use culturally appropriate methods for collecting data. Dr. Kasprzyk has been Principal Investigator, Co-principal Investigator, or Project Director, Task Leader on numerous projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Defense. In addition, she has extensive experience in all phases of intervention development, implementation and evaluation including: theory-based approaches, participatory research, design and methodology; instrument/indicator development; primary data collection; interviewer training; quality control; secondary analysis of existing data sets; and all methods of data analysis including parametric and non-parametric, univariate and multivariate analyses. She is further experienced in reporting on and presenting results to a wide variety of audiences and making evidence-based policy or program recommendations.
Dr. Daniel Montaño has over 28 years of experience conducting health behavior and primary care research, including investigation of factors affecting health-related behaviors, assessment of health behaviors, and evaluation of behavior change interventions. He is a nationally recognized expert in behavioral theory and in conducting theory-driven research designed to understand and predict health behaviors, providing a focus for behavior change interventions. Much of this work has been in the areas of HIV/STD prevention behavior and cancer screening behavior and/or has focused on health services in the primary care setting. Dr. Montaño is highly experienced in conducting primary data collection among physicians and patients, as well as in conducting large-scale community-based studies. Many of his studies have focused on special populations including women and minorities. He is experienced in conducting theory-driven applied research that includes both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. He has extensive experience in attitude measurement, questionnaire development, implementation of data collection procedures, and monitoring of data quality. He is experienced in designing and conducting nationally representative surveys of clinicians. He also has significant international health research experience, particularly in Zimbabwe. Dr. Montaño has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on multiple grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has also been Task Leader on multiple contracts and task order studies funded by CDC, many in cancer control and HIV and STD prevention.
Kindly RSVP by 28 January 2014

This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below.  

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or

Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: