Dr. Alex Kecojevic

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Office:   University Hall 379
Phone:   973-720-3496
Email:kecojevica@wpunj.edu
Office Hours:   By appointment

Department: Public Health
Position: Assistant Professor
Area Specialization: Substance use and prevention, LGBT health, HIV, Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health, Mixed Research Methods

Education:

DrPH, Community Health and Prevention, Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia PA

MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

BSc(honors).  University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Selected publications: 

Kecojevic A, Basch CH, Lankenau SE. Early initiation of substance use as an indicator of problematic substance use among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Substance Use and Misuse. doi:10.1080/10826084.2017.1323926.

Kecojevic A, Jun HJ, Reisner SL, Corliss HL. (2016). Concurrent Polysubstance Use in a Longitudinal Study of U.S. Youth: Associations with Sexual Orientation. Addiction. 112(4):614-624. doi: 10.1111/add.13681.

Fullwood MD, Kecojevic A, Basch CH. (2016). Examination of YouTube videos related to synthetic cannabinoids. Int J Adolesc Med Health. pii: /j/ijamh.ahead-of-print/ijamh-2016-0073/ijamh-2016-0073.xml. doi: 10.1515/ijamh-2016-0073. 

Basch CH, Ethan D, Kecojevic A. (2016). Comparing health-related news articles to original research studies: A lesson for research methods. Pedagogy in Health Promotion. doi: 10.1177/2373379916661562.

Basch CH, Kecojevic A, Menafro A. (2016) Provision of Information Regarding Electronic Cigarettes from Shop Employees in New York City. Public Health. 136:175-7. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2016.03.034.

Kecojevic A, Corliss HL, Lankenau SE. (2015). Motivations for prescription drug misuse among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) in Philadelphia. International Journal of Drug Policy. 26(8):764-71. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.03.010.

Kecojevic A, Wong CF, Corliss HL, Lankenau SE. (2015). Risk factors for high levels of prescription drug misuse and illicit drug use among substance-using young men who have sex with men (YMSM), Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 150:156-163. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.02.031.

Kecojevic A, Silva K, Sell RL, Lankenau SE. (2015). Prescription drug misuse and sexual risk behaviors among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) in Philadelphia. AIDS and Behavior, 19(5):847-56. doi: 10.1007/s10461-014-0898-5.

Lankenau SE, Kecojevic A, Silva K. (2015). Association between prescription opioid injection and HCV among young injection drug users. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 22(1):35-42. doi:10.3109/09687637.2014.970515.

Schrager SM, Kecojevic A, Silva K, Bloom JJ, Iverson E, Lankenau SE. (2014). Correlates and consequences of opioid misuse among high-risk young adults. Journal of Addiction, doi: 10.1155/2014/156954

Silva K, Kecojevic A, Lankenau SE. (2013). Perceived drug use functions and risk reduction practices among young nonmedical users of prescription drugs. Journal of Drug Issues, 43(4): 483-496.

Wong CF, Silva K, Kecojevic A, Schrager SM, Bloom JJ, Iverson E, Lankenau SE. (2013). Coping and emotion regulation profiles and patterns of nonmedical prescription drug and illicit drug use among high-risk young adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 132(1-2):165-71.

Silva K, Schrager SM, Kecojevic A, Lankenau SE. (2013). Factors associated with history of non-fatal overdose among young nonmedical users of prescription drugs. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 128(1-2):104-10.

Lankenau, SE, Wagner, K, Silva, K, Kecojevic, A, Iverson, E, McNeely, M, & Kral, A. (2013). Injection drug users trained by overdose prevention programs: responses to witnessed overdoses. Journal of Community Health, 38(1):133-41.

Kecojevic A, Wong CF, Schrager SM, Silva K, Bloom JJ, Iverson E, Lankenau SE. (2012). Initiation into Prescription Drug Misuse: Differences between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and heterosexual high-risk young adults in Los Angeles and New York. Addictive Behaviors, 37: 1289-1293.

Kecojevic A, Lindsell CJ, Lyons MS, Holtgrave D, Torres G, Heffelfinger J, Brown J, Couture E, Jung J, Connell S, Rothman RE; National Emergency Department HIV Testing Consortium. (2011). Public health and clinical impact of increasing emergency department-based HIV testing: perspectives from the 2007 conference of the National Emergency Department HIV Testing Consortium. Annals of Emerg Med. 58(Suppl 1). S151-9.e1.

Grants:

2017-2018: Principal Investigator, American Cancer Society: Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI) Grant. Award: $20,000.

2012-2014: Principal Investigator, R36 National Institute on Drug Abuse Doctoral Dissertation Grant: Prescription drug misuse and risky sexual behaviors among YMSM in Philadelphia. Award: $90,000.

Related professional experience:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, SDSU Research Foundation, Graduate School of Public Health, Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science, San Diego, CA.

Graduate and Teaching Assistant, Drexel University School of Public Health, Department Community Health and Prevention, Philadelphia, PA.

Research Program Manager, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Emergency Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

Courses taught:

Health Research Methods I, Health Research Methods II, Drugs and Health, Introduction to Public Health, HealthyU