An Introduction to Applying Social Network Analysis to Behavioral Research on HIV/AIDS (Los Angeles)

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Date(s) - Feb 5, 2008
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Center for Community Health


Presented by: 

Eric Rice, Ph.D.

Research Sociologist Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and Center for Community Health University of California, Los Angeles


Social network analysis represents a potent form of quantitative analysis that compliments traditional statistical methodologies. Recognizing the fundamental role of sexual and social networks in both the spread and potential prevention of HIV, behavioral researchers doing work on HIV/AIDS have become increasingly interested in applying these methods to their work. This workshop will be a brief overview of social network methods and concepts, focusing on how social network analysis may be successfully applied to behavioral research on HIV/AIDS. The workshop will introduce participants to the two primary types of network data: egocentric and sociometric. It will look at issues of data collection and measurement. It will introduce fundamental network properties such as centrality, cohesion, and structural equivalence. Participants will be exposed to software packages which can be used for quantitative network analysis and for the graphical representation of social networks. The workshop will also discuss how network data sets can be integrated with other behavioral data to be analyzed using standard statistical methods. The workshop will conclude with examples in the application of social network techniques from Dr. Rice’s current work on HIV prevention with homeless adolescents.


Dr. Rice is a Research Sociologist at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Center for Community Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Rice has a long term interest in conducting work on HIV prevention with high risk adolescent populations. He received his Ph.D. in 2002 from the Department of Sociology at Stanford University. He is an expert in social network theory, social network analysis, and the application of social network methods to HIV prevention research. His current work focuses on developing a social network-based, HIV prevention program for homeless youth, funded through a K01 grant from NIMH entitled “Social Network-Based HIV Prevention for Homeless Youth” (1K01MH080605-01).