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Clara Haignere

Clara Haignere, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.H.E.S.

Associate Professor


1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Ritter Annex, 9th floor (004-09)
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Office: 215-204-5109  
Fax: 215-204-1854 


  • M.P.H. School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Ph.D. International Studies, University of Denver
  • M.A. Medical Sociology, University of Denver
  • B.A. Sociology, University of California at Davis

Research Interests

  • International Public Health
  • Adolescent Health
  • Sexual Abstinence
  • Education
  • Health Behavior Theories
  • Maternal and Child Health & Health Policy Issues


Dr. Clara Haignere has been a member of the faculty at Temple University since 1994.  Before coming to Temple University, she taught at the University of Colorado Medical School, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, and New York University. She has thirty years experience in international, national, and regional public health, working with underserved populations in diverse locations such as El Salvador, Chile, Costa Rica, Harlem, Brooklyn, and North Philadelphia. She speaks Spanish and German, having lived in Chile, Costa Rica, Germany and Austria.

She has developed health educational materials including HIV/AIDS curriculums for homeless youth, an HIV/AIDS video titled AIDS Not Us, and Family Life Education for the NYC School District. She has been a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Child Health with the National Institutes of Health and a reviewer for Family Planning Perspectives, Health Promotion Practice, Health Education Research, and Journal of Health Education and Behavior. She regularly presents at the American Public Health Association, the Society for Public Health Education, and has been invited to speak at the CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health, International AIDS Conferences, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children's Defense Fund. For twelve years, Dr. Haignere was the Principal Investigator for the CDC-sponsored grant, conducting the biannual Philadelphia Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Dr. Haignere has authored numerous articles, reports, and educational materials. Her publications include articles in such prestigious journals as Journal of the American Medical Association, AIDS Education and Prevention, International Journal of Health Studies, Journal of School Health, Health Education Research, and the Journal of Health Education and Behavior. Since 2001 she has offers students around the country international public health experience through the Temple Summer Abroad Program to Costa Rica that she personally developed.