Developing an HIV Prevention Intervention for Young MSM through Improved Parent-Child Communication

Project: Research project

Project Details


Project Focus: The goal of the intervention is to improve the quality and frequency of parent communication with their Adolescent MSMs regarding HIV and sexual health. Services Provided: Software development, project management, application hosting, Redcap survey programming, and graphic design. In collaboration with Dr. David Huebner, the RADD team will develop the following applications: Patient Facing Application • A mobile responsive web-based application without offline functionality. • Components of application: o A screening page that determines the eligibility of potential participants. If participants are ineligible then they view the video. If they are eligible, then they view an intro video that allows them to consent for their research project. they’re want to review the video, they would have to go through the screening process again. In order to be eligible, the son must also consent to be eligible and participate. o Participants authentication life-cycle – eligible participants must sign in using a username/email and password. o There will be two arms to the study: Control and Intervention. o Control group will only receive the video. o Intervention group will receive the video plus module content. o There will be 8 mandatory modules and 5 supplemental modules. o The content of the modules will consist of video, images, text, and interactivities that allow parents to choose good, better, best options and are then prompted to make a commitment to one. o Text pages will be narrated and video pages will have closed captioning. o There will be email and text reminders • Redcap surveys: Four Redcap surveys for parents and two surveys for sons with minimal branching logic will be programed and internally tested. • Graphic Design work will consist of simple animated videos using Vyond, gifs, and stock images. Researcher Facing Application: • Will be able to assign create participant and admin accounts • Will be able to input intervention content. • Will be able to export participant usage data in .csv format. o Note: Personal information of participants will be not be collected by the application. Ongoing Project Needs • Hosting of completed intervention on Northwestern University servers for the duration of the project (1 year). • Maintenance of application during the duration of the project (1 year). • Provide project management support for the duration of the project. • Redcap surveys will be programmed by the RADD team using GWU’s version of Redcap. After the beginning of the pilot project, RADD team members will not have access to Redcap. Other Responsibilities In addition to the RADD team responsibilities listed above, the following parties will be responsible for the following assets and labor: • Dr. David Huebner will also be responsible for non-service charges such as graphic design software, video streaming software (Vimeo), third party SMS platform (Twilio) and purchasing SSL certificates. • Dr. David Huebner will be responsible for providing and inputting the textual and visual content. • Dr. David Huebner will be solely responsible for obtaining any appropriate institutional regulatory approvals for the project. • Dr. David Huebner will be solely responsible for recruitment & compensation of research subjects (if applicable). • The RADD Team will provide a reasonable amount of training to Dr. David Huebner’s research team in how to use the system. This support can take the form of user & develo
Effective start/end date9/1/181/31/20


  • George Washington University (18-M61//5R34MH112445-03)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (18-M61//5R34MH112445-03)


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