Dr. Matson’s research focuses on understanding the role of romantic relationships context on drug use and risk for sexually transmitted infections (STI) among adolescents. Currently, Dr. Matson is co-investigator of longitudinal cohort study of adolescent and young adult females in which daily electronic diaries are collected to assess behaviors and risk perceptions within and between sex partners. Her research interests are to disentangle individuals from dyadic risk in order to address the age and racial disparities in STI/HIV rates. Dr. Matson was trained in epidemiology with a particular emphasis on intensive longitudinal and multilevel data analysis. She collaborates with faculty from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.