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Karlene Cunningham, PhD

Karlene Cunningham

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
600 Moye Boulevard, Mail Stop 694
Greenville, NC 27834

Phone: 252-744-4032
Fax: 252-744-2419
Email: cunninghamsam16@ecu.edu

Faculty Rank: Clinical Assistant Professor

Education

2003-2006 Bachelor of Arts, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
Major: Psychology
Minor: Biology
2008-2010 Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
Major: Clinical Psychology (APA accredited), Adult Track
Thesis Title: Reevaluating sexual satisfaction through and expectancy lens: validation of the sexual activity frequency and expectancy scale.
2008-2014 Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
Major: Clinical Psychology (APA accredited), Adult Track
Dissertation Title: Pleasurable insights: Conceptualizing the role of sexual pleasure within intimate relationships
2013-2014 Clinical Psychology Resident
Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium
Providence, Rhode Island
Track: Behavioral Medicine
Rotations: Weight Management, Sexual Health, Consultation and Liaison, Perinatal Partial Hospital APA accredited

Postgraduate Training

2014-2016 Postdoctoral Fellow
Adolescent/Young Adult Biobehavioral HIV T-32
Rhode Island Hospital
2016-Present Fellow
Brown University Clinical and Community-Based HIV/AIDS Research Training

Society Memberships

2016- International Academy of Sex Research: Associate Member
2014- Society of Behavioral Medicine
2012- North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics & Gynecology

Publications List

Original Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Thomas, A. L., Cunningham, K., & Donnell, J.A. (2011). Differential efficacy of standard inpatient treatment between Mormon and non-Mormon patients. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 14 (9), 935-943.

Mattson, R. E., O'Farrell, T. J., Lofgreen, A. M., Cunningham, K., & Murphy, C. M. (2011). The role of illicit substance use in a conceptual model of intimate partner violence in men undergoing treatment for alcoholism. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26 (2), 255-264. doi:10.1037/a0025030

Mattson, R. E., & Franco-Watkins, A. & Cunningham, K. (2012). How do I regret thee? Let me count my alternatives: Regret and decision making in intimate relationship. Psychology, 3 (9), 657-665.

Cunningham, K., German, N. & Mattson, R.E., (2014). Regretful liaisons: The role of partner regret in the association between sexual and relationship satisfaction. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. (ahead-of-print), 1-14. doi:10.1080/0092623X.2014.915901

Busch, A. M., Scott-Sheldon, L. A., Pierce, J., Chattillion, E. A., Cunningham, K., Buckley, M. L., Mazer, J. M., Blaney, C. L., & Carey, M. P. (2014). Depressed mood predicts pulmonary rehabilitation completion among women, but not men. Respiratory medicine. 108 (7), 1007-1013

Newman, J. L. Everhart, Larsen, J. L., Cunningham, K. B., Burkhart, B. R. (2015) An Examination of the factor structure of the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory in a sample of detained adolescent boys. Psychological Assessment. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038779

Scott-Sheldon LA, Carey KB, Cunningham K, Johnson BT, Carey MP; MASH Research Team. (2015). Alcohol use predicts sexual decision-making: A systematic review and meta-analysis of the experimental literature. AIDS Behav. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26080689.

Book Chapters

Cunningham, K. & Mattson, R.E., (2012). Here comes the baby carriage, but where goes our sex life? Sexuality and the transition to parenthood. In P.E. Esposito, C.I., Lombardi (eds.) Marriage: Psychological Implications, Social Expectations, and Role of Sexuality (pp. 1-36). Nova Science Publishing Inc.: New York.

Selected National Presentations

Thompson, K., Cunningham, K., & Mattson, R. E., (2011, November). Let's talk about sex: Group differences in sexual communication. Poster presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Houston, TX.

Cunningham, K., & Mattson, R. E., (2011, November). Refining the measurement of sexual satisfaction: Development and validation of the sexual activity frequency and expectation scale. Poster presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Houston, TX.

Cunningham, K., & Mattson, R. E., (2012, November). What does regret have to do with me? Exploring the association of relational regret and sexual satisfaction. Poster presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Tampa, Florida.

Cunningham, K., & Cunningham, D.V.J., (2013, November). Emergent Sexual Spaces: Case Analysis of Four Sexualized Environments. Oral presentation at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, San Diego, California.

Cunningham, K., & Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., (2014, March). Regret me not: Exploring sexual partner regret. Poster presented at the Annual Mind Brain Research Day of the Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Buckley M.L., Busch A., Scott-Sheldon L.A.J., Blaney C., Pierce, J., Mazer, J., Chatillion E., Cunningham, K., Carey, M.P. (June, 2014). Depressed mood predicts pulmonary rehabilitation in women but not men. Poster presented at the 20th Annual Research Forum of the Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Cunningham, K., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Martinez, D. A., Tan, X., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2015, April). Alcohol Use and Sexual Risk Behaviors among Adolescents with Mental Illness: A Meta-Analysis. Paper presented at the 36th annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX.

Cunningham, K., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Carey, K. B., Eckert, T. L., Park, A, Vanable. P.A., & Carey, M. P. (2015, April). Gender Differences in Affective Response to BIS/BAS Sensitivity on Adolescent Health Risk Behaviors. Paper presented at the 36th annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX.

Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Cunningham, K., Carey, K. B., Johnson, B. T., Carey, M. P., and the MASH Research Team (2016, March). Behavioral Interventions Integrating Alcohol and Sexual/HIV Risk Behaviors: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Paper presented to the 37th annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC. [MASH Research Team: Colletta, A. M., Kaiser, T. S., Lan, C-W, McCauley, B. A., Tan, X., Walstrom, P.]

Cunningham, K., Pinkston, M., and Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., (2016, March). Association of Patient-Provider Sexual Health Communication with Patient Condom Use at Last Sex: Examination of Sex Differences. Paper presented to the 37th annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

Scholarly Work Published in Other Media

2010-2012 Media contributor, Relationship Research Lab Page, Auburn University
2011 Educational Host, iParent Praise for Prevention Video, Auburn University
2011 Contributor, Science of Relationships

Submitted Proposals

2016-2021 Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (K23HD087502)
Role: Principle Investigator
Title: Leveraging Electronic Health Records to Assess Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy Adoption
Amount: $591,367
2016-2018 National Institute of Mental Health (R21MH112422)
Role: Principle Investigator
Title: Improving the Uptake of Evidence-Based HIV Counseling Interventions among Primary Care Providers
Amount: $414,331