Chisina Kapungu, PhD

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Contact: 312-3551791 | ckapungu@psych.uic.edu

Chisina Kapungu

Dr. Chisina Kapungu is an Assistant Professor in Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Illinois at Chicago with a joint appointment at the Center for Research on Women and Gender. Dr. Kapungu received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Kapungu’s research interests focus on the role of individual, peer and family factors associated with adolescent sexual risk behaviors among high-risk populations. She has conducted community-based research with churches focused on development and evaluation of a family and faith-centered HIV prevention and health promotion program designed to improve family functioning and decrease adolescent sexual risk behaviors.

She is particularly interested in developing prevention and intervention programs that mitigate risk and promote the psychological well-being of children, adolescents and families. The foundation of her clinical and research work has been to develop partnerships with health providers, community-based organizations, and government institutions in order to identify and build on the assets and resources of communities to develop effective and sustainable health promotion programs. Dr. Kapungu has also managed and coordinated maternal and child health projects in Zimbabwe and Ghana. Her long-term goal is to develop and disseminate culturally sensitive HIV primary and secondary prevention programs in the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa.