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Cara Exten

Assistant Professor

307D Nursing Sciences Building
814-863-9724
cer5374@psu.edu

Biography

Cara is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. She is an infectious disease epidemiologist, with a focus on health disparities affecting sexual and gender minority populations.  Her program of research is focused specifically on disparities related to sexual health (e.g. HIV and sexually transmitted infections) and substance use. She has extensive experience in survey data collection, the application of advanced statistical methods, and working with high-risk populations. She is passionate about the examination of diseases in their entirety, including biological, sociological and epidemiological factors.

Recent Publications

Time since first acting on same-sex attraction and recreational drug use among men who have sex with men (MSM): Is there an effect of "gay age"?

Rice, C. E., Vasilenko, S. A., Lanza, S. T., Davis, J. A., Fields, K. S., Ervin, M., & Norris Turner, A. (2018). Time since first acting on same-sex attraction and recreational drug use among men who have sex with men (MSM): Is there an effect of "gay age"? Substance Use and Misuse, 53(5), 852-858. PMCID PMC:6124658

Sexual behavior latent classes among men who have sex with men: Associations with sexually transmitted diseases

Rice, C. E., Norris Turner, A., & Lanza, S. T. (2017). Sexual behavior latent classes among men who have sex with men: Associations with sexually transmitted infections. Journal of Sex Research, 54(6), 776-783. PMCID: PMC5479140

Disparities in substance use behaviors and disorders among adult sexual minorities by age, gender, and sexual identity

Schuler, M. S. Rice, C. E., Evans-Polce, R. J., & Collins, R. L. (2018). Disparities in substance use behaviors and disorders among adult sexual minorities by age, gender, and sexual identity. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 189, 139-146. PMCID PMC:6083846

Sexual minority health disparities: An examination of age-related trends across adulthood in a national cross-sectional sample

Rice, C. E., Vasilenko, S. A., Fish, J. N., & Lanza, S. T. (2019). Sexual minority health disparities: An examination of age-related trends across adulthood in a national cross-sectional sample. Annals of Epidemiology, 31, 20-25. PMCID PMC:6606453

Is young adulthood a critical period for suicidal behavior among sexual minorities? Results from a US national sample

Fish, J. N., Rice, C. E., Lanza, S. T., & Russell, S. T. (2018). Is young adulthood a critical period for suicidal behavior among sexual minorities? Results from a US national sample. Prevention Science. doi: 10.1007/s11121-018-0878-5. PMCID:PMC6163093