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    Suzanne Wenzel, PhD

    TitleRichard and Ann Thor Professorship in Urban Development, Professor, Social Work, Chair, Department of Adults and Healthy Aging
    SchoolSchool of Social Work
    DepartmentSocial Work
    AddressMRF 315
    University Park Campus
    Los Angeles California 90089-0411
    Phone+1 213 740 0819
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      SUZANNE WENZEL has devoted much of her career to interdisciplinary research that seeks to understand and address health-related needs of vulnerable populations, particularly individuals experiencing homelessness in urban communities.

      Wenzel has served as the principal investigator on nine grants from the National Institutes of Health. Funding for these projects from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has totaled almost $12 million. Her research involving homeless persons has included an investigation of the relationship of trauma to substance use and HIV/AIDS risk among women; examinations of the social context of risk for substance use and HIV/AIDS among women, men and youth; and adaption of evidence-based programs to address post-traumatic stress and to prevent victimization and risky sexual activity among women. She is also investigating the process and outcomes of transitioning to permanent supportive housing for persons experiencing chronic homelessness and organized a Los Angeles County-wide forum on the topic of integrated care and housing for homeless persons. Wenzel has additionally focused her research on substance abuse treatment quality and continuous quality improvement, and organizational linkages among treatment courts for drug-involved offenders and community-based providers of behavioral health services.

      After completing her doctoral studies in community psychology, Wenzel was awarded a National Institute of Mental Health post-doctoral fellowship in the Rutgers/Princeton program in mental health research. Prior to her appointment at the USC School of Work in 2009, she was a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, Calif., and was responsible for research quality assurance in the RAND Health program.

      Wenzel serves as the director of the School of Social Work research cluster on Homelessness, Housing and Social Environment. She is an elected fellow in the Association for Psychological Science and a fellow in the Western Psychological Association. Wenzel is a member of the American Public Health Association, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Community Research and Action, and the Society for Social Work and Research. She has published 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, has performed peer review services for 35 different scholarly journals, and has served on review panels for the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies. She is also a member of several community advisory boards.


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      RAND2008RAND Corporation Merit Award

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      1. Winetrobe H, Wenzel S, Rhoades H, Henwood B, Rice E, Harris T. Differences in Health and Social Support between Homeless Men and Women Entering Permanent Supportive Housing. Womens Health Issues. 2017 Jan 30. PMID: 28153741.
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      2. Wenzel S, Rhoades H, Harris T, Winetrobe H, Rice E, Henwood B. Risk behavior and access to HIV/AIDS prevention services in a community sample of homeless persons entering permanent supportive housing. AIDS Care. 2016 Sep 21; 1-5. PMID: 27654072.
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      3. Wenzel S, Cederbaum JA, Song A, Hsu HT, Craddock JB, Hantanachaikul W, Tucker JS. Pilot Test of an Adapted, Evidence-Based HIV Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention for Homeless Women. Prev Sci. 2016 Jan; 17(1):112-21. PMID: 26103921.
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      4. Hsu HT, Wenzel S, Rice E, Gilreath TD, Kurzban S, Unger J. Understanding Consistent Condom Use Among Homeless Men Who Have Sex with Women and Engage in Multiple Sexual Partnerships: A Path Analysis. AIDS Behav. 2015 Sep; 19(9):1676-88. PMID: 25845531.
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      5. Song A, Wenzel S, Kim JY, Nam B. Experience of Domestic Violence During Childhood, Intimate Partner Violence, and the Deterrent Effect of Awareness of Legal Consequences. J Interpers Violence. 2015 May 14. PMID: 25976313.
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      6. Rhoades H, Wenzel S, Golinelli D, Tucker JS, Kennedy DP, Ewing B. Predisposing, enabling and need correlates of mental health treatment utilization among homeless men. Community Ment Health J. 2014 Nov; 50(8):943-52. PMID: 24595594.
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      7. Cederbaum JA, Song A, Hsu HT, Tucker JS, Wenzel S. Adapting an Evidence-Based Intervention for Homeless Women: Engaging the Community in Shared Decision-making. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014; 25(4):1552-70. PMID: 25418227.
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      8. Green HD, Tucker JS, Golinelli D, Wenzel S. Social networks, time homeless, and social support: A study of men on Skid Row. Netw Sci (Camb Univ Press). 2013 Dec 18; 1(3):305-320. PMID: 24466427.
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      9. Tucker JS, Ober A, Ryan G, Golinelli D, Ewing B, Wenzel S. To use or not to use: A stage-based approach to understanding condom use among homeless youth. AIDS Care. 2014 May; 26(5):567-73. PMID: 24099462.
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      10. Brown RA, Kennedy DP, Tucker JS, Golinelli D, Wenzel S. Monogamy on the Street: A Mixed-Methods Study of Homeless Men. J Mix Methods Res. 2013 Oct 1; 7(4). PMID: 24327811.
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      11. Tucker JS, Wenzel S, Golinelli D, Kennedy DP, Ewing B, Wertheimer S. Understanding heterosexual condom use among homeless men. AIDS Behav. 2013 Jun; 17(5):1637-44. PMID: 22392155.
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      12. Kennedy DP, Wenzel S, Brown R, Tucker JS, Golinelli D. Unprotected sex among heterosexually active homeless men: results from a multi-level dyadic analysis. AIDS Behav. 2013 Jun; 17(5):1655-67. PMID: 23212852.
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      13. Tucker JS, Wenzel S, Kennedy DP, Golinelli D, Ewing B. Sex Trade Behavior among Heterosexually Active Homeless Men. Arch Sex Behav. 2013 Nov; 42(8):1535-44. PMID: 23720137.
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      14. Cederbaum JA, Wenzel S, Gilbert ML, Chereji E. The HIV risk reduction needs of homeless women in Los Angeles. Womens Health Issues. 2013 May-Jun; 23(3):e167-72. PMID: 23541392.
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      15. Rhoades H, Wenzel S. Correlates of prescription drug misuse among heterosexually active homeless men. Subst Abus. 2013; 34(2):143-9. PMID: 23577908.
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      16. Kennedy DP, Brown RA, Golinelli D, Wenzel S, Tucker JS, Wertheimer SR. Masculinity and HIV Risk among Homeless Men in Los Angeles. Psychol Men Masc. 2013; 14(2):156-167. PMID: 23730216.
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      17. Tucker JS, Sussell J, Golinelli D, Zhou A, Kennedy DP, Wenzel S. Understanding pregnancy-related attitudes and behaviors: a mixed-methods study of homeless youth. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2012 Dec; 44(4):252-61. PMID: 23231333.
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      18. Wenzel S, Rhoades H, Hsu HT, Golinelli D, Tucker JS, Kennedy DP, Green HD, Ewing B. Behavioral health and social normative influence: correlates of concurrent sexual partnering among heterosexually-active homeless men. AIDS Behav. 2012 Oct; 16(7):2042-50. PMID: 22001933.
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      19. Wenzel S, Hsu HT, Zhou A, Tucker JS. Are social network correlates of heavy drinking similar among black homeless youth and white homeless youth? J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2012 Oct; 73(6):885-9. PMID: 23036205.
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      20. Tucker JS, Ryan GW, Golinelli D, Ewing B, Wenzel S, Kennedy DP, Green HD, Zhou A. Substance use and other risk factors for unprotected sex: results from an event-based study of homeless youth. AIDS Behav. 2012 Aug; 16(6):1699-707. PMID: 21932093.
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      21. de la Haye K, Green HD, Kennedy DP, Zhou A, Golinelli D, Wenzel S, Tucker JS. Who is Supporting Homeless Youth? Predictors of Support in Personal Networks. J Res Adolesc. 2012 Dec 1; 22(4):604-616. PMID: 23204810.
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      22. Golinelli D, Ridgeway G, Rhoades H, Tucker J, Wenzel S. Bias and variance trade-offs when combining propensity score weighting and regression: with an application to HIV status and homeless men. Health Serv Outcomes Res Methodol. 2012 Jun; 12(2-3):104-118. PMID: 22956891.
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      23. Wenzel S, Rhoades H, Tucker JS, Golinelli D, Kennedy DP, Zhou A, Ewing B. HIV Risk Behavior and Access to Services: What Predicts HIV Testing among Heterosexually Active Homeless Men? AIDS Educ Prev. 2012 Apr; 24(3):270-9. PMID: 22676465.
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      24. Brown RA, Kennedy DP, Tucker JS, Wenzel S, Golinelli D, Wertheimer SR, Ryan GW. Sex and relationships on the street: how homeless men judge partner risk on skid row. AIDS Behav. 2012 Apr; 16(3):774-84. PMID: 21630015.
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      25. Tucker JS, Hu J, Golinelli D, Kennedy DP, Green HD, Wenzel S. Social network and individual correlates of sexual risk behavior among homeless young men who have sex with men. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Oct; 51(4):386-92. PMID: 22999840.
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      26. Green HD, Tucker JS, Wenzel S, Golinelli D, Kennedy DP, Ryan GW, Zhou AJ. Association of childhood abuse with homeless women's social networks. Child Abuse Negl. 2012 Jan; 36(1):21-31. PMID: 22265902.
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      27. Wenzel S, Holloway I, Golinelli D, Ewing B, Bowman R, Tucker J. Social networks of homeless youth in emerging adulthood. J Youth Adolesc. 2012 May; 41(5):561-71. PMID: 21863378.
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      28. Rhoades H, Wenzel S, Golinelli D, Tucker JS, Kennedy DP, Green HD, Zhou A. The social context of homeless men's substance use. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2011 Nov 1; 118(2-3):320-5. PMID: 21601380.
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      29. Martino SC, Tucker JS, Ryan G, Wenzel S, Golinelli D, Munjas B. Increased substance use and risky sexual behavior among migratory homeless youth: exploring the role of social network composition. J Youth Adolesc. 2011 Dec; 40(12):1634-48. PMID: 21400037.
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      30. Tucker JS, Wenzel S, Golinelli D, Zhou A, Green HD. Predictors of substance abuse treatment need and receipt among homeless women. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2011 Apr; 40(3):287-94. PMID: 21185682.
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      31. Kennedy DP, Wenzel S, Tucker JS, Green HD, Golinelli D, Ryan GW, Beckman R, Zhou A. Unprotected sex of homeless women living in Los Angeles county: an investigation of the multiple levels of risk. AIDS Behav. 2010 Aug; 14(4):960-73. PMID: 19876728.
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      32. Golinelli D, Ryan G, Green HD, Kennedy DP, Tucker JS, Wenzel S. Sampling to reduce respondent burden in personal network studies and its effect on estimates of structural measures. Field methods. 2010 Aug 1; 22(3):217-230. PMID: 21113275.
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      33. Wenzel S, Tucker JS, Golinelli D, Green HD, Zhou A. Personal network correlates of alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use among homeless youth. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2010 Nov 1; 112(1-2):140-9. PMID: 20656423.
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      34. Tucker JS, Wenzel S, Golinelli D, Ryan G, Zhou A, Beckman R, Kennedy DP, Green HD. Is substance use a barrier to protected sex among homeless women? Results from between- and within-subjects event analyses. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2010 Jan; 71(1):86-94. PMID: 20105418.
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      35. Ryan GW, Stern SA, Hilton L, Tucker JS, Kennedy DP, Golinelli D, Wenzel S. When, where, why and with whom homeless women engage in risky sexual behaviors: A framework for understanding complex and varied decision-making processes. Sex Roles. 2009 Oct; 61(7-8):536-553. PMID: 20485467.
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      36. Wenzel S, Green HD, Tucker JS, Golinelli D, Kennedy DP, Ryan G, Zhou A. The social context of homeless women's alcohol and drug use. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2009 Nov 1; 105(1-2):16-23. PMID: 19616904.
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      37. Wenzel S, D'Amico EJ, Barnes D, Gilbert ML. A pilot of a tripartite prevention program for homeless young women in the transition to adulthood. Womens Health Issues. 2009 May-Jun; 19(3):193-201. PMID: 19345588.
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      38. D'Amico EJ, Barnes D, Gilbert ML, Ryan G, Wenzel S. Developing a tripartite prevention program for impoverished young women transitioning to young adulthood: addressing substance use, HIV risk, and victimization by intimate partners. J Prev Interv Community. 2009; 37(2):112-28. PMID: 19363772.
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      39. Tucker JS, Kennedy D, Ryan G, Wenzel S, Golinelli D, Zazzali J. Homeless Women's Personal Networks: Implications for Understanding Risk Behavior. Hum Organ. 2009 Jan 1; 68(2):129-140. PMID: 20351796.
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      40. Golinelli D, Longshore D, Wenzel S. Substance use and intimate partner violence: clarifying the relevance of women's use and partners' use. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2009 Apr; 36(2):199-211. PMID: 18535909.
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      41. Mandell W, Edelen MO, Wenzel S, Dahl J, Ebener P. Do dimensions of therapeutic community treatment predict retention and outcomes? J Subst Abuse Treat. 2008 Oct; 35(3):223-31. PMID: 18248942.
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      42. Edelen MO, Miles JN, Osilla KC, Wenzel S. Further validity evidence for the dimensions of change in therapeutic community treatment instrument. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2008; 34(3):285-92. PMID: 18428071.
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      43. Miles JN, Wenzel S, Mandell W. The relationship between the Dimensions of Change Instrument and retention in therapeutic community treatment: the moderating influence of time in treatment. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2008; 34(6):667-72. PMID: 18850499.
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      44. Tucker JS, Elliott MN, Wenzel S, Hambarsoomian K. Relationship commitment and its implications for unprotected sex among impoverished women living in shelters and low-income housing in Los Angeles County. Health Psychol. 2007 Sep; 26(5):644-9. PMID: 17845116.
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      45. McNeese-Smith D, Nyamathi A, Longshore D, Wickman M, Robertson S, Obert J, McCann M, Wells K, Wenzel S. Processes and outcomes of substance abuse treatment between two programs for clients insured under managed care. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2007; 33(3):439-46. PMID: 17613971.
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      46. Paddock SM, Edelen MO, Wenzel S, Ebener P, Mandell W, Dahl J. Measuring changes in client-level treatment process in the therapeutic community (TC) with the Dimensions of Change Instrument (DCI). Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2007; 33(4):537-46. PMID: 17668339.
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      47. Chan KS, Wenzel S, Mandell W, Orlando M, Ebener P. Are prisoner characteristics associated with therapeutic community treatment process? Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2007; 33(2):267-79. PMID: 17497550.
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      48. Edelen MO, Tucker JS, Wenzel S, Paddock SM, Ebener P, Dahl J, Mandell W. Treatment process in the therapeutic community: associations with retention and outcomes among adolescent residential clients. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2007 Jun; 32(4):415-21. PMID: 17481465.
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      49. Wenzel S, Tucker JS, Elliott MN, Hambarsoomians K. Sexual risk among impoverished women: understanding the role of housing status. AIDS Behav. 2007 Nov; 11(6 Suppl):9-20. PMID: 17160485.
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      50. Tucker JS, Wenzel S, Elliott MN, Hambarsoomian K. Predictors of unprotected sex with non-cohabitating primary partners among sheltered and low-income housed women in Los Angeles County. J Health Psychol. 2006 Sep; 11(5):697-710. PMID: 16908467.
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      51. Wenzel S, Tucker JS, Hambarsoomian K, Elliott MN. Toward a more comprehensive understanding of violence against impoverished women. J Interpers Violence. 2006 Jun; 21(6):820-39. PMID: 16672743.
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      52. Wenzel S, Hambarsoomian K, D'Amico EJ, Ellison M, Tucker JS. Victimization and health among indigent young women in the transition to adulthood: a portrait of need. J Adolesc Health. 2006 May; 38(5):536-43. PMID: 16635764.
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      53. Orlando M, Wenzel S, Ebener P, Edwards MC, Mandell W, Becker K. The dimensions of change in therapeutic community treatment instrument. Psychol Assess. 2006 Mar; 18(1):118-22. PMID: 16594821.
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      54. Wenzel S, Ebener P, Hunter SB, Watkins KE, Gilmore JM. Research-practice partners assess their first joint project. Sci Pract Perspect. 2005 Dec; 3(1):38-45. PMID: 18552746.
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      55. Tucker JS, Wenzel S, Straus JB, Ryan GW, Golinelli D. Experiencing interpersonal violence: perspectives of sexually active, substance-using women living in shelters and low-income housing. Violence Against Women. 2005 Oct; 11(10):1319-40. PMID: 16135692.
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      56. Rayburn NR, Wenzel S, Elliott MN, Hambarsoomians K, Marshall GN, Tucker JS. Trauma, depression, coping, and mental health service seeking among impoverished women. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2005 Aug; 73(4):667-77. PMID: 16173854.
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      57. Wenzel S, Tucker JS. Reemphasizing the context of women's risk for HIV/AIDS in the United States. Womens Health Issues. 2005 Jul-Aug; 15(4):154-6. PMID: 16051105.
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      58. Tucker JS, D'Amico EJ, Wenzel S, Golinelli D, Elliott MN, Williamson S. A prospective study of risk and protective factors for substance use among impoverished women living in temporary shelter settings in Los Angeles County. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2005 Oct 1; 80(1):35-43. PMID: 16157229.
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      59. Hunter SB, Watkins KE, Wenzel S, Gilmore J, Sheehe J, Griffin B. Training substance abuse treatment staff to care for co-occurring disorders. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2005 Apr; 28(3):239-45. PMID: 15857724.
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      60. Tucker JS, Wenzel S, Elliott MN, Marshall GN, Williamson S. Interpersonal violence, substance use, and HIV-related behavior and cognitions: a prospective study of impoverished women in Los Angeles County. AIDS Behav. 2004 Dec; 8(4):463-74. PMID: 15690119.
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      61. Watkins KE, Hunter SB, Wenzel S, Tu W, Paddock SM, Griffin A, Ebener P. Prevalence and characteristics of clients with co-occurring disorders in outpatient substance abuse treatment. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2004 Nov; 30(4):749-64. PMID: 15624547.
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      62. Chan KS, Wenzel S, Orlando M, Montagnet C, Mandell W, Becker K, Ebener P. How important are client characteristics to understanding treatment process in the therapeutic community? Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2004 Nov; 30(4):871-91. PMID: 15624553.
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      63. Wenzel S, Tucker JS, Elliott MN, Hambarsoomians K, Perlman J, Becker K, Kollross C, Golinelli D. Prevalence and co-occurrence of violence, substance use and disorder, and HIV risk behavior: a comparison of sheltered and low-income housed women in Los Angeles County. Prev Med. 2004 Sep; 39(3):617-24. PMID: 15313103.
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      64. Wenzel S, Tucker JS, Elliott MN, Marshall GN, Williamson SL. Physical violence against impoverished women: a longitudinal analysis of risk and protective factors. Womens Health Issues. 2004 Sep-Oct; 14(5):144-54. PMID: 15482965.
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      65. Tucker JS, Wenzel S, Elliott MN, Hambarsoomian K, Golinelli D. Patterns and correlates of HIV testing among sheltered and low-income housed women in Los Angeles County. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2003 Dec 1; 34(4):415-22. PMID: 14615660.
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      66. Herndon B, Asch SM, Kilbourne AM, Wang M, Lee M, Wenzel S, Andersen R, Gelberg L. Prevalence and predictors of HIV testing among a probability sample of homeless women in Los Angeles County. Public Health Rep. 2003 May-Jun; 118(3):261-9. PMID: 12766220.
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      67. Bird CE, Jinnett KJ, Burnam MA, Koegel P, Sullivan G, Wenzel S, Ridgely MS, Morton SC, Miu A. Predictors of contact with public service sectors among homeless adults with and without alcohol and other drug disorders. J Stud Alcohol. 2002 Nov; 63(6):716-25. PMID: 12529072.
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      68. Luck J, Andersen R, Wenzel S, Arangua L, Wood D, Gelberg L. Providers of primary care to homeless women in Los Angeles County. J Ambul Care Manage. 2002 Apr; 25(2):53-67. PMID: 11995196.
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      69. Kilbourne AM, Herndon B, Andersen RM, Wenzel S, Gelberg L. Psychiatric symptoms, health services, and HIV risk factors among homeless women. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2002 Feb; 13(1):49-65. PMID: 11836913.
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      70. Turner S, Longshore D, Wenzel S, Deschenes E, Greenwood P, Fain T, Harrell A, Morral A, Taxman F, Iguchi M, Greene J, McBride D. A decade of drug treatment court research. Subst Use Misuse. 2002; 37(12-13):1489-527. PMID: 12487232.
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