Dr. Skeer’s current research focuses on substance misuse and sexual risk prevention, both from an epidemiologic and intervention-development perspective. A current interest is the role that eating meals together as a family in childhood plays in the prevention of substance misuse and sexual risk among adolescents. She has also conducted research in the area of secondary HIV prevention among HIV-infected men who have sex with men.
Listen to Margie Skeer discuss family meals and substance abuse with University of Florida's Bill Latimer of WUFT Public Radio's "Public Health Minute."
Dr. Skeer currently has a NIDA-funded study to assess the acceptability, feasibility, and preliminary efficacy of a brief substance use preventive intervention that targets parents of pre-adolescents. She also is working on a study funded by the Tufts University Clinical and Translational Science Institute to develop a measure of family meals as they relate to adolescent risk behaviors and obesity. Finally, she recently received a Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research Developmental Award to develop a pop-culture based for high-risk adolescents intervention to prevent and/or reduce the use of alcohol during the context of sex