Donna L Rew
Having recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in adolescent health, Lynn Rew is currently conducting a study of the sexual health practices of homeless adolescents, funded by NIH. She is particularly interested in the associations between childhood sexual abuse and neglect and the long-term sexual behaviors and problems of adolescents and young adults. In particular, she hopes to develop and test interventions that will curtail the excessive numbers of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS in the homeless youth population. Rew is active in the Society for Adolescent Medicine as well as the American Holistic Nurses' Association and seeks to understand and enhance the multidimensional nature of health among adolescents. Her previous work as project director of a program to provide university education experiences for underserved populations is another area in which she remains interested and has some expertise. Rew's recent pilot findings suggest that youth of Hispanic/Latino descent who have a history of sexual abuse and who are now homeless are at very high risk for suicide.