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Wendee Wechsberg, PhD

Wendee Wechsberg, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Adjunct Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Wendee M. Wechsberg is the Director of the Substance Use, Gender and Applied Research Program at RTI International. Since its inception in 1999, this program has evolved overtime focusing on developing and adapting evidence-based interventions globally.

In 2013, Dr. Wechsberg was the founding Director of the RTI Global Gender Center, across the Institute and with collaborators domestically and internationally.

She is also Adjunct Professor in Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at North Carolina State University (NCSU), and Adjunct Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine.

Dr. Wechsberg started her career in 1977 as an addiction clinician and later as a treatment director, but since 1994 has devoted her career fulltime to applied research using both mixed methods to develop and test the efficacy of HIV prevention interventions among diverse populations of substance abusers. She has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1994.


Anthropology, Social Sciences, BA, University of South Florida, 1975

MS, Human Development Counseling, Vanderbilt University, 1979

PhD, Community Psychology, North Carolina State University, 1993

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