Dr. Arrington-Sanders’ research focuses on improving the sexual health of African American adolescent men who have sex with men. She is currently the principal investigator of a K23 Career Development Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to examine reasons for and satisfaction with first and subsequent penetrative same-sex sexual experiences (PSSE) and to examine the role of first PSSE on second and subsequent PSSEs in African American men and how social context impacts sexual satisfaction with first PSSE; how sexual satisfaction during first PSSE impacts time to second partner and satisfaction with second PSSE; and engagement in young adult sexual health protective behaviors during most recent sex.
Other areas of research focus on HIV prevention community-based efforts and linking HIV-infected adolescents to care. Arrington-Sanders is interested in better understanding how partner selection intersects with care-seeking behavior and the role of the African American church in targeting individual, partner, and environmental factors associated with HIV transmission and acquisition among poor urban youth and adults. She is the principal investigator of the HIV quality improvement project and co-investigator to many projects addressing HIV testing behavior in risky adolescent groups.
Arrington-Sanders R, Leonard L, Brooks D, Celentano D, Ellen J. "Older partner selection in young African-American men who have sex with men." J Adolesc Health. 2013 Jun;52(6):682-8.
Straub DM, Arrington-Sanders R, Harris DR, Willard N, Kapogiannis B, Emmanuel P, Futterman D, Ellen JM; Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions. "Correlates of HIV testing history among urban youth recruited through venue-based testing in 15 US cities." Sex Transm Dis. 2011 Aug;38(8):691-6.
Arrington-Sanders R, Ellen J. "A systems approach to improve human immunodeficiency virus screening in sexually active youth in urban academic ambulatory settings." Sex Transm Dis. 2011 Aug;38(8):777-9.
Leonard L, Berndtson K, Matson P, Philbin M, Arrington-Sanders R, Ellen JM. "How physicians test: clinical practice guidelines and HIV screening practices with adolescent patients." AIDS Educ Prev. 2010 Dec;22(6):538-45.
Simpkins EP, Arrington-Sanders R, Ellen JM, Erbelding E. "HIV trends in adolescents: tracing our steps in preparation for our future." Sex Transm Dis. 2010 Feb;37(2):129.