Janet Rosenbaum

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center School in Brooklyn.

Currently, my research describes links between adolescents' health and economic circumstances, including the role of employment in teen risk behaviors ( Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy 2013, Spotlight on Poverty commentary 2011); safe sex and economic dependence on boyfriends (Journal of Adolescent Health 2012); and the health disparities between young adults whose highest degrees are bachelors, associates, and high school diplomas (Health Services Outcomes Research Methodology 2012).

I write the teen risk blog.

Recent publications


In my dissertation, I found that virginity pledgers don't delay sex (Pediatrics 2009), that virginity pledgers don't report their sexual behavior accurately (American Journal of Public Health 2006), and that adolescents report key risk behaviors (sex, drugs, smoking, alcohol) reliably in short periods but not weight control behaviors (American Journal of Epidemiology 2009) (AJE paper's data). Soon after, I found that most Southern Baptists sampled at 9 Texas Southern Baptist Sunday Schools reporting having sex before marriage and advocate comprehensive school sex education (Journal of Religion and Health 2013).

The virginity pledge work got some media coverage, even on Saturday Night Live (starting around 1:40).

After college, I did a qualitative study that became a small part of part of this paper , published in Science in December 2001, coincidentally the last time I updated the style of this webpage.

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