Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research


Me & You Too.

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Project Overview

Me & You Too is a multi-level 6th grade sexual risk avoidance education curriculum designed to increase students’ healthy decision-making, goal-setting, and self-regulation skills to have healthy relationships and abstain from sexual activity and other risk behaviors.

Me & You Too is an online curriculum for 6th graders that aims to address determinants of sexual risk behavior and dating violence. Based in social cognitive theory, social-emotional learning, and the socioecological model, it includes resources for parents/guardians and school staff to provide a wrap-around curriculum for youth and their families. The multi-level approach includes eight (8) computer-based lessons, parent/guardian take home activities, and a community resource guide for healthcare and social services.

The objectives of the study are to:

  • Assess impact on short-term psychosocial outcomes as a result of the curriculum
  • Explore short-term outcomes by student characteristics (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity) to understand for whom the intervention was effective, and to identify potential areas for improvement

Program components include topics of:

  • Healthy friendships
  • Managing emotions
  • Positive coping skills
  • Resisting peer pressure
  • Constructive communication
  • Dating violence types and consequences
  • Unfavorable norms toward violence
  • Cyber safety and anti-trafficking awareness
  • Skills apply to current or future relationships (peers, dating partners, family)



UTHealth School of Public Health is a graduate education and research institution dedicated to advancing population health. It is a member school of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the most comprehensive academic health center in the University of Texas System. UTHealth School of Public Health has campuses in Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio, all of which are strategically located to best serve Texas’ diverse and geographically unique communities.


For more than 125 years, UTMB has stood with Texas—training the health care workforce; helping make the state a leader in advancing the understanding and treatment of illness and injury; serving as a major provider of health care for Texans and their families; and innovating the future of how care is delivered.

UTMB includes schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Graduate Biomedical Sciences; four institutes for advanced study; a major medical library; a network of hospitals and clinics that provide a full range of primary and specialized medical care; and numerous research facilities. UTMB is a part of The University of Texas System and a member of the Texas Medical Center.


The Administration for Children & Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities with funding, strategic partnerships, guidance, training and technical assistance.


Christine Markham, PhD - Project Director/ Principal Investigator (PI)

Melissa Peskin, PhD - Co-Project Director/ Co-PI

Ross Shegog, PhD - Co-Investigator

Belinda Hernández, PhD - Co-Investigator

Robert Addy, PhD - Data Analyst

Elizabeth Hucul. MPH - Project Coordinator

Jeff Temple, PhD - Local Evaluation PI, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston

Elizabeth Baumler, PhD - Statistician, UTMB

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