Eric Buhi, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Director, Collaborative for Research Understanding Sexual Health
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Came to USF:
B.A. University of Florida, 1995
M.P.H. Indiana University, 1997
Ph.D. Texas A&M University, 2006
Understanding and promoting sexual health among young people.
Studying the impact of and employing innovative technologies for health promotion/behavior change.
Collaborative for Research Understanding Sexual Health
Eric R. Buhi, PhD. has served since 2006 on the faculty and, more recently, as the director of the Collaborative for Research Understanding Sexual Health (CRUSH) at the University of South Florida's College of Public Health in Tampa. Dr. Buhi has a two-pronged research focus: 1) understand and promote sexual health among young people, and 2) employ innovative technologies for health promotion and behavior change. Three of his current research projects are funded by the U.S. Office of Adolescent Health, American Sexually Transmitted Disease Association (ASTDA), and National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
For instance, Dr. Buhi currently serves as state-wide evaluator for an Office of Adolescent Health-funded replication (i.e., effectiveness trial) of the Teen Outreach Program, a teen pregnancy prevention/positive youth development (PYD) program, in 11 non-metropolitan Florida counties. This project, which began in October 2010, involves a five-year randomized control trial, multi-level evaluation, and collection of PYD, sexual health, and school indicators from 9th grade youth in 46 high schools.
In 2009, he was awarded an ASTDA professional development grant to study the process through which young people meet sex partners online and explore the sexual health risks of such behaviors.
Regarding the use of innovative technologies for sexual health promotion/behavior change, Dr. Buhi has received funds from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy to assess the utility and feasibility of the mobile phone as an intervention modality. For this project, his team is developing and testing the use of short message service (SMS; text messaging) and mobile video to promote usage of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) among young college women.
Dr. Buhi earned a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and M.P.H. from Indiana University-Bloomington.
Before joining USF, Dr. Buhi was part of a team that carried out a multi-phase, multi-method evaluation of Title V funded abstinence-only-until-marriage education programs in Texas. On this project, his research has encompassed examining the processes and effects of sexual abstinence education programs, including changes in youth participants' sexual behaviors and factors that may influence these behaviors such as intentions and beliefs regarding sex before marriage.