Faye Z. Belgrave, Ph.D


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Cultural Enhancement Project

VCU Dept. of Psychology

Dr. Belgrave is Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her programmatic and research interests are in the areas of HIV and substance abuse prevention. Her research focuses on the role of the culture and context in preventive interventions Her research also focuses on gender and female related issues.

She has been the Principal Investigator or co-investigator on several grants funded by NIH, SAMHSA, and the Department of Education. She is currently principal investigator of a grant aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of a cultural intervention for African American female adolescents.

Dr. Belgrave has published extensively including over 40 articles, book chapters, monographs, and a book and is an invited speaker. She serves as an expert advisor on several national committees, and agencies including the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, etc. She is the recipient of many national awards for her work with ethnic minority populations.

Dr. Belgrave received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland, her masters degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and her B.S. degree from North Carolina A&T State University.

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Phone: 804-225-4415

fax: 804-828-2237


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Cultural Enhancement Project

The overall goal of this project is to determine the efficacy of a universal drug prevention program with a culturally enhanced program for delaying and reducing drug use and assiciated negative behaviors among African American girls in pre-adolescence. We evaluate the efficacy of a universal drug prevention program grounded in social cognitive theory, Botvins's Life Skills Training Program (LST), and a culturally enhanced intervention that includes LST along with a female-centered and Africentric component. Participants are 6th graders attending four middle schools in Richmond, Virginia. Schools are randomly assigned to one of four conditions:

Our intervention is delivered in five middle schools in Richmond Virginia: