Rick Goldworthy

Rick Goldsworthy, Ph.D.

Principle Investigator

Rick is the CEO and Director of Research and Development of Academic Edge Inc. Under his direction, AEI has performed a wide range of work for government, university, and corporate clients. Relevant projects include the development and evaluation of warning symbols and labels for teratogenic pharmaceuticals, and the creation of web, video, and print materials on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. He has also directed the development of HIV/STD training materials (video, guidebooks, and interactive media) for primary care providers, creation of HIV/STD counseling training videos for pharmacists, development of training materials on pressure ulcer prevention for home healthcare providers, and implemented school-based programs in areas as diverse as conflict resolution and sexually transmitted disease prevention.

As Director of R&D, Rick manages the conceptualization, development, and evaluation of multimedia products and web sites, with particular emphasis on learning and instructional tools. His work includes recent publications in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the American Journal of Public Health, and Birth Defects Research A. He has also served as a reviewer for the National Institutes for Health and for numerous national educational and public health journals. Rick is a graduate of Indiana University’s Instructional Systems Technology department.

Christopher Fisher

Christopher Fisher, Ph.D.

Audience Research

Christopher M. Fisher, PhD is an Assistant Professor in Health Promotion, Social, & Behavioral Health at the College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Fisher has conducted a number of research studies on sexuality education and sexual health. His research focuses on the sexual literacy of adults who interact with, teach, and/or raise children and their comfort and confidence in being able to talk about sex in an accurate, comprehensive, and non-judgmental way. Dr. Fisher has taught high school and college-age (undergraduate and graduate) students in human sexuality and sexual health.

Kathleen Baldwin

Kathleen Baldwin

Sexual Health and Sexual Health Education

Kathleen Baldwin, MSW, CSE, CLC is the owner of Tell Kathleen Anything LLC, a training, consulting and coaching business. Kathleen is a certified sexuality educator since 1995, and a certified life coach. She has over 25 years of experience providing sexuality education to students of all ages, and training others to promote sexual health and literacy. She teaches Human Sexuality, and How to Teach about Sexuality at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and has written several web-based sexual health focused teaching and training curricula targeting diverse audiences. She co-founded the Great Lakes Institute for Community Health Education and the Sexual Attitude Reassessment Workshop at Waycross. She received her MSW and BSW degrees from Indiana University. Kathleen currently provides support to staff in youth programs replicating the science-based Carrera/Children’s Aid Society teen pregnancy prevention programs in six cities. She oversaw two Carrera program replication sites in Indianapolis for ten years during her 20 years as Vice President of Education and Training at Planned Parenthood of Indiana.

J. Dennis Fortenberry

J. Dennis Fortenberry MD MS

Adolescent Health

Dr. Dennis Fortenberry is professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, and associate director of the Section of Adolescent Medicine. His research interests focus on adolescent sexuality, sexual health, and sexually transmitted infections.  Currently funded research addresses the development of the microbiome of the penis in adolescent men, the vaginal microbiome of peri-menarchal girls, and human papilloma virus infections in adolescents and young adults. Other projects address STI transmission through sex toys, attitudes toward genitals, fMRI studies of sexual and romantic relationships, and several studies of bisexual men and women. He is one of the investigators of the recent National Survey of Sexual Health & Behavior. Dr. Fortenberry’s research has received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health and other Federal sources since 1987.

He is a member of the Community Prevention Leadership Group of the Adolescent HIV Trials Network, conducting studies of linkage to care and engagement in care of HIV+ youth. He currently serves on the executive committee of the American STD Association, as the vice-chair of the board of directors of the American Sexual Health Association (assuming the chair in 2014 during ASHA’s Centennial celebration), and as president-elect of the International Academy for Sex Research.  He also serves on the editorial boards of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, the Journal of Adolescent Health, and Archives of Sexual Behavior. He is associate editor of the Journal of Sex Research. He has published 250 papers and book chapters.

Dr. Fortenberry received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, as well as a master of science degree in epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma School of Public Health.