Dr. Matt Tincani partners with PHMC on $4.8M U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant 

Dr. Matt Tincani

Dr. Matt Tincani, Associate Professor of Psychological Studies in Education, is co-principal investigator on a $4.8 million U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (The Family Youth Services Bureau) grant. Dr. Tincani will work with the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) to develop a program for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to prevent teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. 

The grant allows PHMC’s Philadelphia Area Sexual Health Initiative (PASHI) to develop and rigorously evaluate the intervention to be created with that goal that this will be the first evidence-based intervention for prevention of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection among young people with ASD in the nation. The program, PALMS for Youth with ASD (PYA) will create an intervention “Promoting Awareness through Live Movement and Sound” for the prevention of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection among young people with ASD, and will seek to establish an evidence base for the intervention. 
 
“Youth with ASD need sexuality education, yet there are currently no evidence-based programs tailored to this unique population. This research collaboration with PHMC, the region's premier provider of reproductive health education, enables us to adapt and rigorously evaluate a one-of-a-kind sexuality education program for youth with ASD,” said Dr. Tincani. “With our goal to recruit 500 participants across partner sites in and around Philadelphia, this is one of the largest ASD intervention research projects ever.”
 
- Jane Clauss