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Kate KSOBIECH
Postdoctoral Fellow
Medical College of Wisconsin
2071 N. Summit Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Center for AIDS Intervention Research
Telephone # 1-414-456-7726
E-mail: kksobiec@mcw.edu
Fax # 1-414-287-4206

EDUCATION

  • 1998-2001
    DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, Urban Studies Program, UW-Milwaukee.
    Focus on design and evaluation of health-related mediated messages.
    Dissertation fellowship awarded for 2000-2001 academic year.
    Dissertation title: The societal impact of needle exchange programs: A meta-analysis.
  • 1995-1998
    Completed 24 credits of additional graduate-level coursework at Marquette University; courses were directed toward health communication and, specifically, HIV/AIDS prevention education.
  • 1986-1988
    MASTER OF ARTS, College of Speech, Marquette University.
    Major: Broadcast Communication.
  • 1983-86
    BACHELOR OF ARTS, Alverno College. Major: Professional Communication.
    Minor: Business and Management.
  • 1976-82
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; accumulated 61 credits in liberal arts courses.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2002
    POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, Medical College of Wisconsin, Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR). Two-year, National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health.
  • 1993-2002
    LECTURER, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (part-time) Department of Communication
  • 2001
    LECTURER, Carroll College (part-time) Communication Department
  • 1998-2000
    PROJECT ASSISTANT, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Urban Studies Program
  • 1997-1998
    INSTRUCTOR, Marquette University (part-time)
    College of Communication
  • 1996
    RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Marquette University's Center for Mass Media Research. Hired to review and update literature, develop measures, help prepare and analyze focus group interviews, etc. The part-time RA contract, created via a grant from the Federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, ran through August 15.
  • 1989-92
    INSTRUCTOR, Cardinal Stritch University (part-time)
    Department of Communication Arts
  • 1990-91
    LECTURER, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    Department of Communication
  • 1988-89
    LECTURER, Marquette University, College of Communication, Journalism and Performing Arts (part-time).
    Taught courses in Public Speaking and Introduction to Communication.
    COORDINATOR, discussion activities and teaching assistants for large, multimedia course.
    PRODUCER, audio-visual support materials for large, multimedia course.
  • 1988-89
    INSTRUCTOR, Alverno College (part-time) Department of Professional Communication.
    PRODUCER/COORDINATOR, overhead transparencies, slides and videotapes to present and illustrate material.
  • 1986-88
    TEACHING ASSISTANT, Alverno College
    LAB AND ACTIVITY SUPERVISOR for courses in television production and introduction to communication.
  • 1986-1988
    TEACHING ASSISTANT, Marquette University
    * INSTRUCTOR, Public Speaking
    * DISCUSSION LEADER, Introduction to Communication

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

  • Intramural National Research Service Award (NRSA) grant, $7,500, "HIV risk among active injection drug users: Determinants, behavior, and environment," Medical College of Wisconsin, Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR), 2003-2004.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin, Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR). Two-year (August, 2002 - August, 2004) National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Dissertation Fellowship, UW-Milwaukee, 2000-2001. First such fellowship to be awarded to an Urban Studies doctoral student at UWM.
  • Academic Staff Development Grant, $550, University of Wisconsin System academic staff competitive grant, for travel-related expenses to attend the 2001 NCA Convention in Atlanta.
  • Academic Staff Development Grant, $840, University of Wisconsin System academic staff competitive grant, for travel-related expenses to attend the 1999 BEA Conference in Las Vegas.
  • Academic Staff Development Grant, $800, University of Wisconsin System academic staff competitive grant, for travel-related expenses to attend the 1998 BEA Conference in Las Vegas.
  • Academic Staff Development Grant, $755, University of Wisconsin System academic staff competitive grant, for travel-related expenses to attend the 1997 BEA Conference in Las Vegas.
  • Academic Staff Development Grant, $540, University of Wisconsin System academic staff competitive grant, for travel-related expenses to attend the 1994 BEA Conference in Las Vegas.

RECENT INVITED/CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Snyder-Duch, Jennifer (panel coordinator), Ksobiech, Kate, et al. (2004). Panel presentation submitted, "Interdisciplinary teaching of mass communication course." Submitted to the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Mass Communication Division, New Orleans, LA, May, 2004.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. (2004). Paper submitted, "Risk behaviors and attitudes of U.S. and Russian injection drug users: A call for tailored interventions." Submitted to the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Health Communication Division, New Orleans, LA, May, 2004.
  • Ksobiech, Kate & Malow, Robert. (2004). "Needle Exchange Programs and Social Context Outcomes: A Meta-Analytic Extension of Harm Reduction." Submitted to the annual conference of amFAR, Public Policy and Harm Reduction, Miami, FL, March, 2004.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. (2004). "Anti-drug Public Service Announcements: Attitudes and impact among active injection drug users." To be presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Las Vegas, NV, February, 2004.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. (2003). "Demographic characteristics, treatment history, drug risk behaviors, and condom attitudes for U.S. and Russian injection drug users: The need for targeted sexual risk behavior interventions." Panel presentation at the National Communication Association pre-conference, "The far reaching interdisciplinary scholarship of HIV/AIDS, STDs, and sexual behavior research," Miami, FL, November, 2003.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. (2003). "Injection drug users attending needle exchange programs take risks beyond sharing needles: A meta-analysis of social context variables." Paper presentation at the National Communication Association annual convention, Health Communication Division, Miami, FL, November, 2003.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. (2003). "Applying the AIDS Risk Reduction Model to IDUs in St. Petersburg, Russia: Sounding the Alarm." Panel presentation at the National Communication Association annual convention, Russian Communication Division, Miami, FL, November, 2003.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. (2003). Panel moderator/Respondent, "Targeting health behavior change," National Communication Association annual convention, Health Communication Division, Miami, FL, November, 2003.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. (2003). "Risky drug-related behaviors among injection drug users: A meta-analysis of NEP attenders and non-attenders." Accepted as a poster session at the 2003 National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA, July, 2003.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. (2003). "The spread of HIV/AIDS through injection drug use." Presented to elementary school students as health education, Oak Creek, WI, May, 2003.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. (2003). "Risky drug and sexual behaviors of injection drug users in St. Petersburg, Russia: A comparison of needle exchange program attenders and non-attenders." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Las Vegas, NV, February, 2003.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. (2003, January). "The societal impact of Needle Exchange Programs: A meta-analysis." Invited presentation to the Wisconsin State HIV/AIDS Planning Group meeting.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. (2002). "A meta-analysis of risky sexual behaviors and disease knowledge of injection drug users." Presented at the National Communication Association's Seminar Series "HIV/AIDS, STDs and Sexual Behavior: Conversations Leading to Action," New Orleans, LA, November, 2002.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. (2002). Panel moderator/Chair for "Variant career paths for Ph.D.'s in health communication." Presented at the National Communication Association's annual conference in New Orleans, LA, November, 2002.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. "A meta-analysis of the societal impact of needle exchange programs." Accepted as a poster session at the International Conference on AIDS, Barcelona, Spain, July, 2002.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. "Use of multi-media as a means of reducing speaker anxiety." Accepted as a poster session at SYLLABUS 2002, Santa Cruz, CA, July, 2002.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. "Meta-analysis as a methodology for the social sciences." Presented at the Urban Studies Forum, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April, 2002.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. Moderator and discussant on panel, "The 2000 General Election: What went wrong?" Presented at the Broadcast Education Association Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV, April, 2002.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. "Effectiveness of needle exchange programs for HIV/AIDS prevention." Invited presentation in a graduate seminar, "Communication in the World of AIDS," University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Dr. Mike Allen, instructor, March, 2002.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. "Needle exchange programs and U.S. public policy." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Las Vegas, NV, February, 2002.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. "The societal impact of needle exchange programs: A meta-analysis." A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment for the degree of Ph.D. in Urban Studies, UW-Milwaukee, December, 2001.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. "Multi-media use and public speaking: A means toward reducing speaker anxiety." Presented at the National Communication Association's annual conference in Atlanta, GA, November, 2001.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. "Race and place: The history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in U.S. inner cities." Presented at the Urban Studies Forum, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, March, 2001.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. "The HIV/AIDS epidemic: The impact on minorities in America's inner cities," presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS), January, 2001.
  • Ksobiech, Kate. "Using multi-media to reduce speaker anxiety in public speaking classes," presented as a poster session at the Governor's Wisconsin Education and Technology Conference, October, 2000.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Evaluator/Reviewer

  • GRANT WRITING CONTRIBUTOR, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Africology (2003, June). Participated in a two-day symposium to generate material for a grant proposal on HIV/AIDS interventions for women with multiple sexual partners living in impoverished housing.
  • MANUSCRIPT REVIEWER, Read and critique original manuscripts for possible journal publication for the following journals: AIDS and Behavior (2002-); AIDS Education and Prevention (2003-).
  • ABSTRACT REVIEWER, American Public Health Association (2003-). Read, critique, and rank HIV/AIDS abstract presenter submissions for the annual convention.
  • PAPER EVAULATOR, National Communication Association (2001-). Read critique, and rank health communication paper submissions for the annual convention.
  • PROGRAM EVALUATOR, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (1999). Forged an alliance between UWM and
  • ARCW in evaluating three of their programs: food pantry, dental clinic and Lifepoint needle exchange. Later featured in an internal UWM publication as an example of a successful partnership between UWM and the surrounding community (September, 2000).

Production/Technology-Related Work

  • TITLE III PARTICIPANT, Faculty Technology Workshop (2001). Selected from applicants across the UW- Whitewater campus to be trained in the implementation of Blackboard, a computer-based course organizer/tool, and trained in digitizing images and creating enhanced Power Point presentations.
  • DIRECTOR/PRODUCER, "Easter Seals: Soaring to new heights" (1999). This videotape was created for, and shown at, the annual meeting of stakeholders for the Milwaukee County Easter Seals Society.
  • WRITER/PRODUCER, "The truth about HIV and AIDS" (1997). In cooperation with Metropolitan High School, Warner Cable's MATA, a 45-minute videotape was produced for use within health education classes in the Milwaukee Public School system and on public access cable channel.
  • WRITER/PRODUCER, "Sight and sound: The audio-visual experience," a 10-minute slide presentation for the graduate seminar in Corporate Media at Marquette University. Solicited for subsequent use in other courses.
  • WRITER/PRODUCER, "The inoculation theory," a 10-minute slide presentation for graduate seminar in Audience Analysis and Message Design at Marquette University. Subsequently used by other faculty to teach communication theory in undergraduate courses.
  • WRITER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR, "Band together," an educational videotape for music appreciation courses at Webster Middle School, Milwaukee.
  • WRITER/EDITOR, recruitment brochure for Webster Middle School's band program, Milwaukee.

Memberships/Affiliations

  • MEMBER, Broadcast Education Association, National Communication Association, and American Association of Behavioral and Social Scientists.
  • RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research, Milwaukee (2001-). Consults with the center on AIDS-related research, presenting ongoing research efforts periodically at campus symposiums.
  • MEMBER, UW-Whitewater AIDS Task Force, 1996 - 1998. Responsible for updating the university-wide resource manual on AIDS materials, publicity for various events, grant/funding opportunities, and presentation at the AIDS conference at UW-W in February, 1997.

Campaigns/Promotional Work/Media Relations

  • STATE MANAGER, Voter News Service (2000 - ). Coordinated 1300 precinct, sample precinct and county reporters for the state of Wisconsin. Monitored the votes being called in on election night in New York for subsequent dissemination to ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN and AP.
  • PROMOTIONS, Mothers Peace Movement (2000 - ). Assist in designing print materials promotional materials for mass mailings, and creating events generating publicity for this fledgling organization; its goal is to provide peaceful alternatives to violent programming and toys targeted toward children.
  • FOCUS GROUP COORDINATOR, 1997, at Milwaukee Technical and Trade High School. Utilized health education classes to solicit opinions and responses to HIV/AIDS-related materials (PSAs, general knowledge, etc.)
  • SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR (1996-2001), The Milwaukee Chapter of the national Easter Seals Society. Assist in the preparation and distribution of solicitation letters to organizations involved with Easter Seals; work with creation of ideas for local TV segments to be incorporated within the national Easter Seals telethons; also consult on ways to generate additional publicity/media coverage of the telethon.
  • PUBLICITY CHAIRPERSON (1992-1999), "Living Nativity" event held annually outdoors at Our Father's Ev. Lutheran Church. Wrote all press releases for TV, radio and newspapers to announce the special event. Also contacted local media via telephone before and after the event.

    Teaching/Academic Honors

    • AWARDED NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, August 2002-August 2004, Center for AIDS Intervention Research, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.
    • AWARDED Dissertation Fellowship, UW-Milwaukee, 2000-2001 academic year.
    • SELECTED, "Who's Who Among College Teachers," 1996, 1998.
    • RECIPIENT, recognition from UW-Whitewater students as "favorite instructor" on three occasions (from students playing on two sports teams) in Fall, 1996.
    • RECIPIENT, recognition from UW-Whitewater students as "favorite instructor" on four occasions (two sports team-related, two academic honors-related) throughout the 1994-1995 academic year.
    • AWARDED Philip Morris Scholarship, Alverno College.

    Volunteer Work

    • HELPING HANDS, WIL-O-WAY (2000-2002). Assisted with coordinating activities for developmentally disabled adults for this Milwaukee County-sponsored program.
    • MEMBER, BOARD OF EDUCATION (1994-1997). Elected to a three-year term of office at Our Father's Ev. Lutheran School.
    • PRESIDENT, RANGERETTES (1992-1997). Coordinator of all events related to activities engaged in by Our Father's Ev. Lutheran Rangerettes, a scouting-like national organization. Served as liaison between leaders, local council and national council. Mistress of ceremonies for all events.
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