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Michele Diane Kipke, PhD

TitleProfessor of Pediatrics (Clinical Scholar)
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentPediatrics
AddressCHL 4650 W Sunset Blvd.
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90027
Phone+1 323 361 8424
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    TitleVice-Chair of Research at CHLA


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    Michele D. Kipke, PhD is a Professor of Pediatrics and Preventative Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), and serves as the Vice Chair of Research within the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She is also Co-Director of the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) at USC. Dr. Kipke, a nationally known health researcher and policy expert, also directs The Saban Research Institute’s Community, Health Outcomes, and Intervention Research (CHOIR) Program at CHLA.

    Dr. Kipke is the Co-PI of the NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award and directs the Community Engagement and Clinical Research Services programs within the SC CTSI. She is currently providing oversight in the implementation of a new Clinical Trials Management System and development of a clinical data warehouse at USC and CHLA. As the Co-Director of the SC CTSI, Dr. Kipke provides leadership and oversight of all institute programs and operations.

    Since 2013, Dr. Kipke has served as Interim Director of Clinical Research in The Saban Research Institute, including oversight of the clinical research component of the SC CTSI at CHLA. In this role, she has led efforts to streamline the clinical research process including budgeting, contracting and study start-up, revitalizing a robust clinical research infrastructure that includes research nurses, a clinical research coordinator pool, recruitment specialists and regulatory specialists. The new infrastructure provides continued education, training and support for research staff throughout the institution, as well as ongoing quality assurance monitoring and audits. In addition, she has facilitated efforts to improve the efficiency of CHLA’s Institutional Review Board, significantly reducing the turnaround time for full committee review.

    Dr. Kipke received her doctorate from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. An expert on child, family, and community health, Dr. Kipke is widely published on topics that examine individual, familial, peer, and social network influences on youth involvement in risky behaviors.

    Her research interests include pediatric health outcomes and services research; neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism; access and barriers to health care and disparities in health outcomes; community-level influences on health outcomes, and social epidemiology and health status/outcomes of children, adolescents, and families; community-based translational research and research with at-risk and vulnerable children and adolescents to examine risk factors associated with poor health outcomes, including HIV, injury and violence.


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    Southern California Clinical and Translational Institute
    NIH/NCATS UL1TR001855Jul 1, 2016 - May 31, 2021
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Young Men of Color Who Have Sex with Men Cohort Study
    NIH/NIDA U01DA036926Aug 15, 2015 - Jul 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    African American Young Mens Study
    NIH/NIDA R01DA022968Apr 1, 2008 - Mar 31, 2013
    Role: Principal Investigator
    HIV Prevention for High Risk African American Young Men
    NIH/NIDA R21DA024588Feb 15, 2008 - Jan 31, 2011
    Role: Principal Investigator
    YMSM Drug Use, Sexual Risk &Health Promoting Behaviors
    NIH/NIDA R01DA015638Sep 1, 2003 - Jun 30, 2009
    Role: Principal Investigator
    UNDERSTANDING YOUNG FEMALES RISK &PROTECTIVE BEHAVIORS
    NIH/NIDA R01DA010662May 1, 1997 - Apr 30, 2002
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Comm. Based SA, Primary Hlth. Svcs Delivery Sys. for Yth
    SAMHSA/CSAT H2NTI000727Sep 30, 1993 - Sep 29, 1996
    Role: Principal Investigator
    DRUG USE AND HIV-RISK SEXUAL BEHAVIORS IN HOMELESS YOUTH
    NIH/NIDA R01DA007613May 1, 1993 - Apr 30, 1998
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Javier JR, Reyes A, Coffey DM, Schrager SM, Samson A, Palinkas L, Kipke MD, Miranda J. Recruiting Filipino Immigrants in a Randomized Controlled Trial Promoting Enrollment in an Evidence-Based Parenting Intervention. J Immigr Minor Health. 2018 May 17. PMID: 29774510.
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    2. Holloway IW, Traube DE, Schrager SM, Tan D, Dunlap S, Kipke MD. Psychological distress, health protection, and sexual practices among young men who have sex with men: Using social action theory to guide HIV prevention efforts. PLoS One. 2017; 12(9):e0184482. PMID: 28886128.
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    3. Hill BJ, Rosentel K, Bak T, Silverman M, Crosby R, Salazar L, Kipke M. Exploring Individual and Structural Factors Associated with Employment Among Young Transgender Women of Color Using a No-Cost Transgender Legal Resource Center. Transgend Health. 2017; 2(1):29-34. PMID: 28795154.
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    4. Lakshmanan A, Agni M, Lieu T, Fleegler E, Kipke M, Friedlich PS, McCormick MC, Belfort MB. The impact of preterm birth <37 weeks on parents and families: a cross-sectional study in the 2 years after discharge from the neonatal intensive care unit. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2017 Feb 16; 15(1):38. PMID: 28209168.
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    5. Kubicek K, Arauz-Cuadra C, Kipke MD. Attitudes and perceptions of biomedical HIV prevention methods: voices from young men who have sex with men. Arch Sex Behav. 2015 Feb; 44(2):487-97. PMID: 25633499; PMCID: PMC4322392.
    6. Zamora I, Harley EK, Green SA, Smith K, Kipke MD. How sex of children with autism spectrum disorders and access to treatment services relates to parental stress. Autism Res Treat. 2014; 2014:721418. PMID: 25580295; PMCID: PMC4279184.
    7. Lu Y, Pyatak EA, Peters AL, Wood JR, Kipke M, Cohen M, Sequeira PA. Patient perspectives on peer mentoring: type 1 diabetes management in adolescents and young adults. Diabetes Educ. 2015 02; 41(1):59-68. PMID: 25394732.
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    8. Herrick A, Stall R, Egan J, Schrager S, Kipke M. Pathways towards risk: syndemic conditions mediate the effect of adversity on HIV risk behaviors among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). J Urban Health. 2014 Oct; 91(5):969-82. PMID: 25146488; PMCID: PMC4199441.
    9. Holloway IW, Rice E, Kipke MD. Venue-based network analysis to inform HIV prevention efforts among young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. Prev Sci. 2014 Jun; 15(3):419-27. PMID: 24464324; PMCID: PMC4028409.
    10. Wong CF, Schrager SM, Holloway IW, Meyer IH, Kipke MD. Minority stress experiences and psychological well-being: the impact of support from and connection to social networks within the Los Angeles House and Ball communities. Prev Sci. 2014 Feb; 15(1):44-55. PMID: 23412944; PMCID: PMC3796016.
    11. Holloway IW, Schrager SM, Wong CF, Dunlap SL, Kipke MD. Network correlates of sexual health advice seeking and substance use among members of the Los Angeles House and Ball communities. Health Educ Res. 2014 Apr; 29(2):306-18. PMID: 24452228; PMCID: PMC3959205.
    12. Schrager SM, Latkin CA, Weiss G, Kubicek K, Kipke MD. High-risk sexual activity in the House and Ball community: influence of social networks. Am J Public Health. 2014 Feb; 104(2):326-31. PMID: 24328654; PMCID: PMC3935685.
    13. Wong CF, Schrager SM, Chou CP, Weiss G, Kipke MD. Changes in developmental contexts as predictors of transitions in HIV-risk behaviors among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Am J Community Psychol. 2013 Jun; 51(3-4):439-50. PMID: 23254866.
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    14. Kubicek K, McNeeley M, Holloway IW, Weiss G, Kipke MD. "It's like our own little world": resilience as a factor in participating in the Ballroom community subculture. AIDS Behav. 2013 May; 17(4):1524-39. PMID: 22618891; PMCID: PMC3511645.
    15. Kipke MD, Kubicek K, Supan J, Weiss G, Schrager S. Laying the groundwork for an HIV prevention intervention: a descriptive profile of the Los Angeles House and Ball communities. AIDS Behav. 2013 Mar; 17(3):1068-81. PMID: 22699855; PMCID: PMC3492531.
    16. Holloway IW, Traube DE, Kubicek K, Supan J, Weiss G, Kipke MD. HIV prevention service utilization in the Los Angeles House and Ball communities: past experiences and recommendations for the future. AIDS Educ Prev. 2012 Oct; 24(5):431-44. PMID: 23016504; PMCID: PMC3507445.
    17. Kubicek K, Liu D, Beaudin C, Supan J, Weiss G, Lu Y, Kipke MD. A profile of nonurgent emergency department use in an urban pediatric hospital. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Oct; 28(10):977-84. PMID: 23023463; PMCID: PMC3464348.
    18. Traube DE, Schrager SM, Holloway IW, Weiss G, Kipke MD. Environmental risk, social cognition, and drug use among young men who have sex with men: longitudinal effects of minority status on health processes and outcomes. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013 Jan 01; 127(1-3):1-7. PMID: 22749680; PMCID: PMC3480562.
    19. Holloway IW, Traube DE, Rice E, Schrager SM, Palinkas LA, Richardson J, Kipke MD. Community and Individual Factors Associated with Cigarette Smoking Among Young Men Who Have Sex With Men. J Res Adolesc. 2012 Jun 01; 22(2):199-205. PMID: 22661879.
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    20. Kubicek K, Beyer WH, McNeeley M, Weiss G, Omni LF, Kipke MD. Community-engaged research to identify house parent perspectives on support and risk within the House and Ball scene. J Sex Res. 2013; 50(2):178-89. PMID: 22206442; PMCID: PMC3432658.
    21. Traube DE, Holloway IW, Schrager SM, Kipke MD. Utilizing Social Action Theory as a framework to determine correlates of illicit drug use among young men who have sex with men. Psychol Addict Behav. 2012 Mar; 26(1):78-88. PMID: 21644802; PMCID: PMC3241957.
    22. Kubicek K, Beyer W, Weiss G, Kipke MD. Photovoice as a tool to adapt an HIV prevention intervention for African American young men who have sex with men. Health Promot Pract. 2012 Jul; 13(4):535-43. PMID: 21460254; PMCID: PMC3134174.
    23. Schrager SM, Wong CF, Weiss G, Kipke MD. Human immunodeficiency virus testing and risk behaviors among young men who have sex with men in Los Angeles County. Am J Health Promot. 2011 Mar-Apr; 25(4):244-7. PMID: 21361809; PMCID: PMC3164870.
    24. Epstein D, Wong CF, Khemani RG, Moromisato DY, Waters K, Kipke MD, Markovitz BP. Race/Ethnicity is not associated with mortality in the PICU. Pediatrics. 2011 Mar; 127(3):e588-97. PMID: 21357333.
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    25. Wolfson JA, Schrager SM, Khanna R, Coates TD, Kipke MD. Sickle cell disease in California: sociodemographic predictors of emergency department utilization. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2012 Jan; 58(1):66-73. PMID: 21360655; PMCID: PMC3272000.
    26. Wolfson JA, Schrager SM, Coates TD, Kipke MD. Sickle-cell disease in California: a population-based description of emergency department utilization. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2011 Mar; 56(3):413-9. PMID: 21225920; PMCID: PMC3286652.
    27. Kubicek K, Carpineto J, McDavitt B, Weiss G, Kipke MD. Use and perceptions of the internet for sexual information and partners: a study of young men who have sex with men. Arch Sex Behav. 2011 Aug; 40(4):803-16. PMID: 20809373; PMCID: PMC3000442.
    28. Wong CF, Weiss G, Ayala G, Kipke MD. Harassment, discrimination, violence, and illicit drug use among young men who have sex with men. AIDS Educ Prev. 2010 Aug; 22(4):286-98. PMID: 20707690; PMCID: PMC2962624.
    29. Kubicek K, Weiss G, Iverson EF, Kipke MD. Deconstructing the complexity of substance use among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) by optimizing the role of qualitative strategies in a mixed methods study. Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Apr; 45(5):754-76. PMID: 20222783; PMCID: PMC2922902.
    30. Ford WL, Weiss G, Kipke MD, Ritt-Olson A, Iverson E, Lopez D. The Healthy Young Men's Study: Sampling Methods to Recruit a Random Cohort of Young Men Who Have Sex with Men. J Gay Lesbian Soc Serv. 2009 Oct 01; 21(4):357-373. PMID: 20823947.
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    31. Kubicek K, McDavitt B, Carpineto J, Weiss G, Iverson E, Kipke MD. "God Made me Gay for a Reason": Young Men who have Sex with Men's Resiliency in Resolving Internalized Homophobia from Religious Sources. J Adolesc Res. 2009 Sep 01; 24(5):601-633. PMID: 20160996.
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    32. Wong CF, Kipke MD, Weiss G, McDavitt B. The impact of recent stressful experiences on HIV-risk related behaviors. J Adolesc. 2010 Jun; 33(3):463-75. PMID: 19608264; PMCID: PMC2862810.
    33. Kubicek K, Beyer WJ, Weiss G, Iverson E, Kipke MD. In the dark: young men's stories of sexual initiation in the absence of relevant sexual health information. Health Educ Behav. 2010 Apr; 37(2):243-63. PMID: 19574587; PMCID: PMC2866104.
    34. McDavitt B, Iverson E, Kubicek K, Weiss G, Wong CF, Kipke MD. Strategies Used by Gay and Bisexual Young Men to Cope with Heterosexism. J Gay Lesbian Soc Serv. 2008 Oct 01; 20(4):354-380. PMID: 20967136.
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    35. Carpineto J, Kubicek K, Weiss G, Iverson E, Kipke MD. Young men's perspectives on family support and disclosure of same-sex attraction. J LGBT Issues Couns. 2008 Jun 01; 2(1):53-80. PMID: 21423842.
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    36. Kubicek K, Carpineto J, McDavitt B, Weiss G, Iverson EF, Au CW, Kerrone D, Martinez M, Kipke MD. Integrating professional and folk models of HIV risk: YMSM's perceptions of high-risk sex. AIDS Educ Prev. 2008 Jun; 20(3):220-38. PMID: 18558819; PMCID: PMC2753294.
    37. Wong CF, Kipke MD, Weiss G. Risk factors for alcohol use, frequent use, and binge drinking among young men who have sex with men. Addict Behav. 2008 Aug; 33(8):1012-20. PMID: 18495364; PMCID: PMC2483958.
    38. Limbos MA, Chan LS, Warf C, Schneir A, Iverson E, Shekelle P, Kipke MD. Effectiveness of interventions to prevent youth violence a systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2007 Jul; 33(1):65-74. PMID: 17572314.
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    39. Kipke MD, Iverson E, Moore D, Booker C, Ruelas V, Peters AL, Kaufman F. Food and park environments: neighborhood-level risks for childhood obesity in east Los Angeles. J Adolesc Health. 2007 Apr; 40(4):325-33. PMID: 17367725.
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    40. Kipke MD, Kubicek K, Weiss G, Wong C, Lopez D, Iverson E, Ford W. The health and health behaviors of young men who have sex with men. J Adolesc Health. 2007 Apr; 40(4):342-50. PMID: 17367727; PMCID: PMC2955360.
    41. Kipke MD, Weiss G, Wong CF. Residential status as a risk factor for drug use and HIV risk among young men who have sex with men. AIDS Behav. 2007 Nov; 11(6 Suppl):56-69. PMID: 17265143; PMCID: PMC2930767.
    42. Kubicek K, McDavitt B, Carpineto J, Weiss G, Iverson EF, Kipke MD. Making Informed Decisions: How Attitudes and Perceptions Affect the Use of Crystal, Cocaine and Ecstasy among Young Men who Have Sex with Men. J Drug Issues. 2007; 37(3):643-674. PMID: 18852843.
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    43. Kipke MD, Weiss G, Ramirez M, Dorey F, Ritt-Olson A, Iverson E, Ford W. Club drug use in los angeles among young men who have sex with men. Subst Use Misuse. 2007; 42(11):1723-43. PMID: 17934992; PMCID: PMC2405898.
    44. Unger JB, Kipke MD, De Rosa CJ, Hyde J, Ritt-Olson A, Montgomery S. Needle-sharing among young IV drug users and their social network members: The influence of the injection partner's characteristics on HIV risk behavior. Addict Behav. 2006 Sep; 31(9):1607-18. PMID: 16459023.
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    45. Darling N, Palmer RF, Kipke MD. Do street youths' perceptions of their caregivers predict HIV-risk behavior? J Fam Psychol. 2005 Sep; 19(3):456-64. PMID: 16221025.
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    46. Montgomery SB, Hyde J, De Rosa CJ, Rohrbach LA, Ennett S, Harvey SM, Clatts M, Iverson E, Kipke MD. Gender differences in HIV risk behaviors among young injectors and their social network members. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2002; 28(3):453-75. PMID: 12211360.
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    47. De Rosa CJ, Montgomery SB, Hyde J, Iverson E, Kipke MD. HIV risk behavior and HIV testing: a comparison of rates and associated factors among homeless and runaway adolescents in two cities. AIDS Educ Prev. 2001 Apr; 13(2):131-48. PMID: 11398958.
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    48. De Rosa CJ, Montgomery SB, Kipke MD, Iverson E, Ma JL, Unger JB. Service utilization among homeless and runaway youth in Los Angeles, California: rates and reasons. J Adolesc Health. 1999 Jun; 24(6):449-58. PMID: 10401975.
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    49. Weiker RL, Edgington R, Kipke MD. A collaborative evaluation of a needle exchange program for youth. Health Educ Behav. 1999 Apr; 26(2):213-24. PMID: 10097965.
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    50. De Rosa CJ, Montgomery SB, Kipke MD, Iverson E, Ma JL, Unger JB. Service utilization among homeless and runaway youth in Los Angeles, California: rates and reasons. J Adolesc Health. 1999 Mar; 24(3):190-200. PMID: 10195802.
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    51. Schneir A, Kipke MD, Melchior LA, Huba GJ. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles: a model of integrated care for HIV-positive and very high-risk youth. J Adolesc Health. 1998 Aug; 23(2 Suppl):59-70. PMID: 9712254.
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    52. Unger JB, Kipke MD, Simon TR, Montgomery SB, Johnson CJ. Homeless youths and young adults in Los Angeles: prevalence of mental health problems and the relationship between mental health and substance abuse disorders. Am J Community Psychol. 1997 Jun; 25(3):371-94. PMID: 9332967.
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    53. Kipke MD, Montgomery SB, Simon TR, Iverson EF. "Substance abuse" disorders among runaway and homeless youth. Subst Use Misuse. 1997 Jun; 32(7-8):969-86. PMID: 9220564.
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    54. Kipke MD, Simon TR, Montgomery SB, Unger JB, Iversen EF. Homeless youth and their exposure to and involvement in violence while living on the streets. J Adolesc Health. 1997 May; 20(5):360-7. PMID: 9168383.
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    55. Kipke MD, Unger JB, O'Connor S, Palmer RF, LaFrance SR. Street youth, their peer group affiliation and differences according to residential status, subsistence patterns, and use of services. Adolescence. 1997; 32(127):655-69. PMID: 9360739.
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    56. Kipke MD, Unger JB, Palmer RF, Edgington R. Drug use, needle sharing, and HIV risk among injection drug-using street youth. Subst Use Misuse. 1996 Jul; 31(9):1167-87. PMID: 8853236.
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    57. Anderson JE, Cheney R, Clatts M, Faruque S, Kipke M, Long A, Mills S, Toomey K, Wiebel W. HIV risk behavior, street outreach, and condom use in eight high-risk populations. AIDS Educ Prev. 1996 Jun; 8(3):191-204. PMID: 8806949.
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    58. Kipke MD, O'Connor S, Palmer R, MacKenzie RG. Street youth in Los Angeles. Profile of a group at high risk for human immunodeficiency virus infection. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995 May; 149(5):513-9. PMID: 7735403.
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    59. Kipke MD, Boyer C, Hein K. An evaluation of an AIDS risk reduction education and skills training (ARREST) program. J Adolesc Health. 1993 Nov; 14(7):533-9. PMID: 8312288.
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    60. Kipke MD, Montgomery S, MacKenzie RG. Substance use among youth seen at a community-based health clinic. J Adolesc Health. 1993 Jun; 14(4):289-94. PMID: 8347640.
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    61. Lukemeyer GT. Selected demographic changes in medicine. Indiana Med. 1992 Sep-Oct; 85(5):366-7. PMID: 1460254.
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    62. Kipke MD, Hein K. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in Adolescents. Adolesc Med. 1990 Oct; 1(3):429-450. PMID: 10350725.
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    63. Kipke MD, Futterman D, Hein K. HIV infection and AIDS during adolescence. Med Clin North Am. 1990 Sep; 74(5):1149-67. PMID: 2201850.
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    64. Kipke MD, Drucker E. Reliability and construct validity of the needle sharing inventory. Int J Addict. 1989 Jun; 24(6):515-26. PMID: 2599680.
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