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Jacinda K. Dariotis, PhD

  • Associate Professor - Adjunct

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E4535
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 2005
MAS, Pennsylvania State University, 2005
MS, Pennsylvania State University, 2002
MA, Columbia University - Teachers College, 1999


Dr. Dariotis is a multidisciplinary family researcher and developmentalist focusing on understanding family formation decision-making (in terms of fertility and romantic unions) and risk-taking tendencies (sexual and substance use) across the lifespan beginning in childhood through middle adulthood. Of particular interest are the biological and familial determinants of fertility and romantic relationship intentions in youth and how life-course competition variables influence those intentions and subsequent behaviors over time. She has been involved in numerous state-wide prevention and intervention program evaluations while completing her graduate degrees in Human Development and Family Studies as well as Statistics. As a mixed-methodologist she focuses on both quantitative (parametric and nonparametric statistics) and qualitative paradigms.

In the fall of 2005, Dr. Dariotis joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is currently an investigator on two projects at the Center on Adolescent Health that focus on examining men’s developmental trajectories in terms of their reproductive health and transition into marital and parental roles.

Her current study, the HONESTY (HOrmone and NEurological Survey of Texting Youth) Project, examines how emotional regulation, executive cognitive functioning, and hormones are associated with risk behavior in regard to HIV and other health consequences in 130 HIV-negative 18-24 year old men and women in and around Baltimore. Biological and social data are collected (e.g., fMRI, saliva, swabs, urines, surveys, texted items).


Honors and Awards

Ph.D., M.A.S., M.S. (Penn State Univ); M.A. (Columbia Univ)

K01:  Exploring neurological & endocrine determinants of risk behavior decision-making

  • Decision-making, adolescent neuroscience, 
  • risk-taking and risk avoidance, fertility, marriage, cohabitation, voluntary childlessness, reproductive health, biological determinants, social determinants, adolescent development, adult development, lifespan development, family studies, romantic relationships, sexual behaviors, hormones, mobile technology data collection, qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Published

  • Astone, N., Dariotis, J., Sonenstein, F., Pleck, J.H., & Hynes, K.  (2010). Men’s work effort and the transition to fatherhood.  Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 31(1), 3-13.

  • Dariotis, J.K., Bumbarger, B.K., Duncan, L.G., & Greenberg, M.T. (2008).  How Do Implementation Efforts Relate to Program Adherence?  Examining the Role of Organizational, Implementer, and Program Factors.  Journal of Community Psychology, 36, 744-760.

  • Dariotis, J.K. (2008).  Childlessness. In D. Carr, R. Crosnoe, M.E. Hughes, and A. Pienta (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development (pp. 51-55).  Macmillan.

  • Dariotis, J.K., Pleck, J.H., Sonenstein, F.L., Astone, N.M., & Sifakis, F.  (2009).  What are the Consequences of Relying upon Self-Reports of Sexually Transmitted Diseases? Lessons Learned about Recanting in a Longitudinal Study.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 45(2), 187-192.

  • Transitions to Fatherhood