Kirby, Doug

Dr. Douglas Kirby

Douglas Bernard Kirby, PhD, was a senior research scientist at ETR Associates and a pillar in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

Dr. Kirby received his PhD in Sociology from UCLA in 1975. He was one of the world’s leading experts on school and community programs to reduce sexual risk taking, and dedicated his career to promoting sexual and reproductive health among young people through his writing, teaching, and research. He authored over 150 articles, chapters and monographs on these programs, and frequently spoke nationally and internationally on his work. He served as a scientific adviser to the CDC, USAID, WHO, UNFPA, UNESCO, and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Dr. Kirby died of a heart attack in December 2012, at age 69, while mountain climbing in Ecuador. His legacy continues to inform and transform the field.

Dr. Kirby’s career started in 1977 at Mathtech, Inc., as Director for the Social Science Group. In the early 1980s, Dr. Kirby completed a seminal study on the impact of school-based health centers while working at The Center for Population Options (now Advocates for Youth). Dr. Kirby joined ETR Associates in 1988 and continued his work in adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Kirby was involved in the creation and/or evaluation of numerous sex and HIV education curricula including Reducing the Risk, Safer Choices, and Draw the Line/Respect the Line, among others. He authored several encyclopedic reviews of the scientific literature, such as Emerging Answers 2007, which summarized the literature on adolescent sexual behavior and HIV/STD/pregnancy prevention programs. This work facilitated access to scientific research and paved a pathway for progress toward more effective prevention programs. More recently, Dr. Kirby worked with colleagues to create Promoting Sexual Health, a program that focuses on STD and pregnancy prevention among young adults and features the promotion of healthy sexual relationships. He also authored a theoretical guidebook, Reducing Adolescent Sexual Risk, on how to develop and adapt sexuality education curricula.

Dr. Kirby’s latest work focused on helping countries ravaged by HIV to strengthen their prevention education efforts through developing more impactful educational programs. Over the past year, Dr. Kirby delivered trainings for Ministries of Education, Ministries of Health and non-governmental organizations from over a dozen southern and eastern African countries on designing effective programs.

Dr. Kirby was a passionate professional who was incredibly generous with his time—answering inquiries from research colleagues, policy-makers, and students with thought and depth. He relished the opportunity to explore scientific issues, and continuously pondered and tackled complexities of the field. Doug was also a caring human being who took personal interest in those he met. He loved a good conversation and took the time to build relationships, show concern, and share his support no matter how overwhelmed or busy he was in his professional life.

One of Dr. Kirby’s goals in life was to help make the world a better place—he achieved that goal and more. Dr. Douglas Kirby will always hold a position of influence in the field of sexual and reproductive health and will continue to serve as an inspiration to others in the field for years to come. In his honor, ETR has established the Kirby Summer Internship, for graduate students in education, psychology, sociology, public health, epidemiology or a related field, with a focus or interest in sexual and reproductive health. ETR also launched the Kirby Summit, a gathering that focuses on the application of a particular area of emerging or ongoing research to the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

Doug was a pioneer in the field of sex education, both in the United States and internationally, identifying the key features of good quality, effective education and raising important questions about the limitations of other approaches…. He is sadly missed by all who worked with him or knew his work, but leaves the field of sex education a richer place as the result of his enthusiasm, dedication and scholarship.


Get Real

Get Real was developed by Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and is also being used in a county in NC (middle schools).

Get Real: Comprehensive Sex Education That Works, features a section aimed at 12-year-olds detailing how Saran Wrap can be used as a substitute for a condom in non-reproductive sex acts, or as a hygienic barrier during various oral sex acts.


Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
Program Summary

Get Real (Middle School) is a 3-year curriculum for middle school youth designed to delay sex and increase correct and consistent use of protection methods when a person becomes sexually active. The program emphasizes responsible decision-making, applying the decision-making model to real-life situations, and increasing healthy communication with partners and family members on sexual health. Get Real is delivered in nine 45-minute lessons each in grades 6, 7, and 8.
Target Population

The program was designed and tested for youth in grades 6, 7, and 8.
Program Setting

The program was designed and evaluated as a classroom-based curriculum.

Contact and Availability Information

For curriculum, materials, and pricing information, please contact:
Nancy Gonzalez-Caro, MPH
Evidence-Based Product Specialist
100 Enterprise Way, Suite G300
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Ph: 800-325-3048 x 237

Wright, Tracy

Tracy Wright is a skilled eLearning and Professional Development (PD) specialist who is currently directing the CDC-DASH PD contract. Before coming to ETR, she served as the National Network Learning Manager for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. In that capacity, she led the development and execution of an overall strategy to support the Healthy Schools Program (HSP) in delivering high-quality PD through distance-learning modalities for HSP schools. She was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of all distance learning events offered through HSP, including live virtual trainings, on-demand trainings, webinars, tutorials and online courses. In addition, she designed and conducted virtual training and technical assistance opportunities to build the capacity of Alliance staff to design and deliver high-quality virtual learning events.

Prior to her work at the Alliance, Ms. Wright worked at RMC Health as a PD and Distance Learning Consultant for two CDC-DASH-funded projects: the Evaluation Research Team (ERT) and the Professional Development Partnership Team (PDP). She has also served as a health education teacher at both the middle and high school levels. She is currently teaming with ETR staff to write an addendum to a recently published PD synthesis paper that will highlight the critical design variables for effective web-based learning. She holds a Master’s degree in adult education with an emphasis in distance/online learning.

Current Projects

CDC-DASH Professional Learning Collaborative

Unti, Tracy

Tracy Unti has worked for ETR for over 18 years, gaining experience and expertise in all levels of the evaluation process. She is skilled at developing data entry and tracking databases in several program formats such as Access, Excel and Word, and collecting data using tools ranging from Survey Monkey to PDA mobile survey software such as SurveyToGo. She is also skilled in instrument development for data collection; the data analysis process, including writing syntax and running frequencies, T-tests and other statistical analysis; and summarizing data informatively as well as visually.

Ms. Unti has acted as data manager on several projects over the last few years, including the PAX Good Behavior Game, Peer Health Exchange and the TPP Replication Evaluations of It’s Your Game in South Carolina and Houston. She also performs literature searches and acts as the department’s inter-library loan staffer as a back up, performing Administrative Specialist duties in that person’s absence (contract processing, reimbursement form processing, etc.).

Prior to ETR, Ms. Unti worked as a probation officer for 5 years. In that capacity, she managed a caseload of juvenile offenders in a custodial environment, coordinated the Theft Offender and Community Work Service programs, and prepared reports with dispositional recommendations to the juvenile court.

Current Projects

Keeping It Real (South Carolina)
Peer Health Exchange

Boschert, Theresa

As director of the Communities Energized for Health project, Theresa Boschert works with public housing authorities and city governments in Yolo County to legislatively ensure that low-income apartment dwellers can enjoy their homes free from other folks’ drifting tobacco smoke. She is excited that this new project will continue efforts to persuade the United Auburn Indian Community to protect their employees and guests by making Thunder Valley Casino 100% smoke-free.

She has over 17 years of successful public health and nonprofit executive experience, including addressing a wide variety of tobacco control issues through the California Department of Health Services Proposition 99; designing public health programs used statewide, nationally and internationally; enhancing organizational capacity, cultural diversity, legal and enforcement protocols for tobacco control issues; providing guidance and leadership to California’s tobacco control movement on low socio-economic issues; and collecting and analyzing evaluation data relevant to public health strategies to promote smoke-free multi-unit housing.

Prior to her work in public health advocacy, she was executive director and lobbyist for the California Women Lawyers Association. She holds a law degree from Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington, Indiana, and a BA in English from Montana State University at Billings.

She thrives on creative, practical, community-based policy development and feels most comfortable and inspired to do this meaningful grassroots work as part of ETR. She lives in Sacramento with her spouse, Dian.

Current Projects

Communities Energized for Health


Kiser, D., and T. Boschert. 2001. Eliminating Smoking in Bars, Restaurants and Gaming Clubs. Journal of Public Health Policy 22 (1): 81-7.

Kiser, D., T. Boschert, P. Hunting, T. Buffington, J. Wellman-Benson, and C.Wingo. 2001. The California Smoke-Free Workplace Act—A Case Study. California Department of Health Services, Tobacco Control Section, November.

Kiser, D., T. Boschert, E. Schiller, L. Collins,R. Zometa and S. Santiago. 2000. Collected Abstracts and Case Studies on the Development and Implementation of Smoke-Free Bars in California. American Lung Association of California.

Kiser, D., and T. Boschert. 1999. The Education Advocacy Member—Policy Leadership “TEAM” Approach. National Conference on Tobacco Control Abstract Manual.

Neff, Tamara

Tamara Neff is an Instructional Designer developing and maintaining online learning deliveries and materials in partnership with subject matter experts to enhance the quality and efficacy of blended and e-learning opportunities available to the field.

Working remotely from Athens, Georgia, Ms. Neff has facilitated the development and delivery of over a dozen self-directed online courses, co-coordinated the successful design and development of a new online learning system specifically for the AmeriCorps VISTA program, and contributed to the innovation and improvement of online learning deliverables under the National Service Resources and Training project to expand the e-learning quality and capacity of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Ms. Neff served two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, supporting community leadership development efforts in Baltimore City from 1999-2001. She earned an MA in Instructional Systems Development from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, with a certification in web-based and computer-based training (WBT/CBT), in 2004. She has extensive experience in the field of adult learning as a literacy and ESOL instructor, meeting and process facilitator, and adjunct faculty member at the University of Baltimore. As a military family member, she contributes to the efforts of veterans advocacy organizations through online support networks.

Current Projects

National Service Knowledge Network Online Learning Center
VISTA Campus
ETR University