Speaker Introduction: Dr. Tara Carney

Dr. Tara Carney, PtarahD, is employed as a senior scientist at the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council. Dr. Carney holds a PhD in psychiatry and an MA in psychological research from the University of Cape Town. Dr. Carney provides research support for substance abuse projects in the prevention area, specifically the Centre of Disease Control’s project on drug use and HIV in southern Africa. She also serves as project manager on additional projects in her unit. Her research interests include harm reduction and injection drug use, as well as intervention work specifically aimed at adolescents who engage in substance use and delinquent behaviour.

Dr. Carney will be presenting in the 8th Annual InWomen’s Conference on Friday June 12,2015 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. The title of her talk is: Young South African Women Who Have Left School Early: Drug Use and HIV Risk.

Listed below are key readings that are recommended as background reading in preparation for hearing this talk.

Myers, B., Kline, T. L., Doherty, I. A., Carney, T., & Wechsberg, W. M. (2014). Perceived need for drug treatment among young women from disadvantaged communities in Cape Town, South Africa. BMC Psychiatry Vol 14:100 doi:10.1186/1471-244x-14-100

Sawyer-Kurian, K. M., Browne, F. A., Carney, T., & Wechsberg, W. (2011). Exploring the intersecting health risks of substance abuse, sexual risk, and violence for female South African teen dropouts. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 21(1), 15–26.

You can see the entire conference agenda here.


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