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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Tania Tarantino
Project L/EARN Alumna - 1999
Tania Tarantino
How Gender, Self-Esteem, and Knowledge About Condom Use and Sexual Risk-Taking Affect Contraception Use Among Sexually Active Adolescents
Allan Horwitz, Ph.D.
Board of Governors Professor
Department of Sociology

Tania is a Rutgers College alumna who had majored in Public Health. She had initially been attracted to Project L/EARN because of the "one-on-one attention with faculty" that the program offers. Coming from a family that has relatives in places like Egypt, Russia, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Australia, and Colombia, Tania chose to come to Rutgers "because [she] wanted to experience being away from home." No stranger to research, Tania has had previous experience as a research assistant for a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. She had also worked in the DNA sequencing facility at the medical school, and had been a volunteer at the Robert Wood Johnson Pediatric AIDS foundation. Tania recalls meeting most of the faculty at the Institute, and remembers how "helpful they were in helping [her] organize and clean up [her] data." Before her experience with Project L/EARN, Tania had wanted to get a double master's degree in Public Health and Business, but then decided she wanted something more applied and chose to pursue a DrPH degree. She hopes to take her experiences and the knowledge she gained from Project L/EARN and apply them in her educational endeavors.

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