Marta R. Durantini, Ph.D.
- Research Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center
Marta Durantini works on refining resources for attracting and retaining hard-to-reach audiences in health promotion programs. She is working on a meta-analysis on vaccination campaigns and also studying the relationship between religiosity and people’s punitive attitudes toward drug injectors.
Marta Durantini has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Universidad Nacional de La Plata. She has worked on HIV prevention, testing, and treatment for two decades, with particular emphasis on intervention effectiveness, modeling of intervention efficacy, coding and fidelity of intervention content, and meta-analysis. She specializes in vulnerable populations, implementation of counseling and clinical programs, persuasive communications, and counseling methods. Durantini has investigated the types of communicators (message source, counselor) that are most effective for privileged and disenfranchised groups and has supervised clinical research in several states in the United States. She was previously a research professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has been a senior research investigator at Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication.
- Ph.D., Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 2003
- Clinical Psychologist, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 1962
"The Associations of Religious Affiliation, Religious Service Attendance, and Religious Leader Norm with Support for Protective Versus Punitive Drug Policies: A look at states affected by the rural opioid epidemic in the United States." Journal of Rural Mental Health, 2021.
"A Meta-Intervention to Increase Completion of an HIV-Prevention Intervention: Results from a randomized controlled trial in the state of Florida." Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, 2016.
"When It Comes to Lifestyle Recommendations, More is Sometimes Less: A meta-analysis of theoretical assumptions underlying the effectiveness of interventions promoting multiple behavior domain change." Psychological Bulletin, 2015.
This accomplished group specializes in studying topics that include persuasive health messaging, Black feminism, media policy, and much more.