Professor / Director of Center for Applied Research on Substance Abuse and Health Disparities (ARSH)
Dept. of Justice and Human Services
- Ph.D. Florida International University
- M.A. Florida International University
- B.A. College of William and Mary
Steven P. Kurtz, Ph.D., is Professor at Nova Southeastern University and Director of the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities (ARSH). Dr. Kurtz has served as PI or Co-Investigator on seven NIDA-funded multi-year projects, including his PI-ship of a recently completed randomized clinical trial to test the efficacy of a novel substance use and sexual risk reduction intervention designed for gay and bisexual men in South Florida. Dr. Kurtz is currently PI of a large randomized clinical trial testing the efficacy of an innovative, low threshold substance use and sexual risk reduction intervention for young adult multidrug users in the club scene. He is also PI of a national prescription drug diversion surveillance study. Dr. Kurtz’s 20 years of research employs quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods designs, and has focused on HIV risk behaviors and prevention, illicit and prescription drug abuse, and related health and social problems among vulnerable populations. These have included men who have sex with men (MSM), young adults, women sex workers, and indigent HIV-positive patients.
Dr. Kurtz's most recent work is examining self-awareness, empowerment and resilience as focal points for intervention. He serves as an appointed member of the Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS (BSPH) study section at NIH, and as alternate member representing the South Florida Sentinel Site for NIDA’s National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS). He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Researched Abuse, Diversion and Addiction-Related Surveillance (RADARS) System for psychoactive prescription medications, the Credentials Committee of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, and of the Review Board of the International AIDS Society and National Institute on Drug Abuse Joint Fellowship Programme.
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