Liesl Nydegger, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at The Unversity of Texas at Austin College of Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Health Promotion Sciences with a concentration in Global Health, and her Master's in Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University, School of Community and Global Health. In 2015, Nydegger was awarded a 2-year Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Center for AIDS Intervention Research at the Medication College of Wisconsin. Nydegger was awarded a Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship in 2012-2013 that took place in Durban, South Africa.
Nydegger's research interests include sexual health, specifically HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention, among vulnerable and underserved populations such as illicit drug users and racial/ethnic minorities who experience health disparities. Specific areas of focus include intimate partner violence, childhood sexual abuse, substance use, pre-exposure prophylaxis adoption (PrEP) among women, and evidence-based interventions.
- Exploring PrEP Adoption and Adherence among High Risk Black & Hispanic Women in Austin, TX - This study is exploring the structural and syndemic factors related to the feasibility and acceptance of adopting and adhering to PrEP to prevent HIV infection among high-risk Black and Hispanic/Latina mothers (2/1/2018-1/31/2019).
- PrEP Acceptance & Adherence among High-Risk Black Women - The project evaluated the feasibility and acceptance of adopting PrEP to prevent HIV infection, and explored situational cues and barriers to PrEP adherence among high-risk Black women in order to develop a culturally-tailored, theory-based behavioral intervention to promote PrEP (12/15/2015 - 5/31/2017).
- Gender based Violence and HIV Risk among Rural Adolescent Girls - The project developed a conceptual model that incorporated perceptions of rights, HIV risk perception, contraception, untreated STIs, pregnancy, and HIV. Additionally, I developed a survey to measure relationship control, cultural norms and opinions, personal relationship experiences, violent experiences, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and childhood trauma (09/3/2012 - 04/15/2013).
- HIV & Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Prevention among Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) and IPV Survivors: The Untold Stories - This study sought to elicit feedback about a proposed HIV/IPV intervention among survivors of CSA and/or IPV (03/2012 - 09/2013). Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program Mini Grant, Co-Principal Investigator.
- Preventing HIV & IPV among CSA & IPV Survivors - This study sought to examine support systems, HIV prevention, and feasibility of an online HIV/IPV intervention among survivors of CSA and/or IPV (11/2011 - 06/2012).
- Reducing HIV Misconceptions through Vested Interest & Social Markets - This study sought to investigate HIV/AIDS beliefs and intentions about condom use among drug offenders (11/2009 - 06/2010).
- Nydegger, L. & Walsh, J. (2018). Strength of Implementation Intentions to Use Condoms among Men Who Have Sex with Men. AIDS and Behavior. doi:10.1007/s10461-018-2079-4.
- Nydegger, LA., Ames, SL. & Stacy, AW. (2017). Predictive Utility and Measurement Properties of the Strength of Implementation Intentions Scale (SIIS) for Condom Use. Social Science & Medicine, 185, 102–109. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.05.035.
- Nydegger, LA., DiFranceisco, W., Quinn, K. & Dickson-Gomez, J. (2016). Gender norms and age-disparate sexual relationships as predictors of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and risky sex among adolescent gang members. Journal of Urban Health, 94(2), 266–275. doi:10.1007/s11524-016-0068-3.
- Nydegger, LA. (2016). Perspectives on HIV/AIDS in the US, South Africa, & Sri Lanka. Global pandemic threats: A reference handbook (pp. 117–124). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
- Nydegger, LA., Ames, SL. & Stacy, AW. (2015). The development of a new condom use expectancy scale for at-risk adults. Social Science & Medicine, 143, 179–184.
- Blanco, B., Nydegger, LA., Camarillo, G., Trinidad, DR., Schramm, E. & Ames, SL. (2015). Neurological changes in brain structure and functions among individuals with a history of childhood sexual abuse: A review. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 57, 63–69.
- Nydegger, LA., Ames, SL., Stacy, AW. & Grenard, JL. (2014). Response inhibition moderates the association between drug use and risky sexual behavior. Substance Use & Misuse, 49(11), 1457–1464.
- Nydegger, LA., Keeler, AR., Siegel, JT., Hood, C. & Stacy, AW. (2013). Effects of a one-hour intervention on condom implementation intentions among drug users in Southern California. AIDS Care, 25(12), 1586–1591.