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About Dr. Elwood


Scientific Review Administrator (Designated Federal Official for the Community-Level Health Promotion study section), National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review (1/26/2004 to present).

Director of Research and Development, Guidance Clinic of the Middle Keys, Inc., Key West and Marathon, FL (8/1/2003 to 12/31/2003).

Manager, Safeport and associated programs, Guidance Clinic of the Middle Keys, Inc., Key West, FL (12/31/2002 to 7/31/2003).

Program Evaluator and Intervention Coordinator; Guidance Clinic of the Middle Keys, Inc. (within Key West Housing Authority complex), Key West, FL (8/2002 to 12/30/2002).

Registrar; Campus South program, Key West Housing Authority, Key West, FL (1/2001 to 7/31/2002).

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami and Key West, FL (2/2000 through 12/2000).

Executive Director; Center for Public Health and Evaluation Research, Inc., Key West, FL, and Houston, TX (1996 to 1/2004).

Senior Research Scientist; Behavioral Research Group (division of NOVA Research Company), Houston, TX , (8/1995 through 1/2000).


Purdue University
Ph.D. in Human Communication

University of South Florida
M.A. in Human Communication

University of Florida
B.S. in Public Affairs


Elwood, W. N. (Editor/contributor). (1999). Power in the blood: A handbook on AIDS, politics, and communication. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Elwood, W. N. (Editor/contributor). (1995). Public relations inquiry as rhetorical criticism: Case studies of corporate discourse and social influence. Westport, CT: Praeger Series in Political Communication. Named "best book in public relations" by the 1996 National Communication Association.

Elwood, W. N. (1994). Rhetoric in the War on Drugs: The triumphs and tragedies of public relations. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

31 Articles, including

El Elwood, W. N., & Vega, M. (2005). Process evaluation results from a condom use intervention with substance abusers in treatment: From "Cinderella?" to "Show me!" Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 23, 47-62.

Elwood, W. N., & Greene, K. (2005). “Risks both known and unknown”: A qualitative method for assessing the role of situation in HIV/STD risk and prevention. Journal of Homosexuality, 50(1), 135-154.

Elwood, W. N., Greene, K., & Carter, K. C. (2003). Gentlemen don't speak: Communication norms and condom use in bathhouses. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 31, 277-297.

Elwood, W. N., & Greene, K. (2003). Desperately seeking skeezers: Downward comparison theory and the implications for HIV/STD prevention among heterosexual African-American crack users. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 2, 15-33.

Elwood, W. N. (2002). Protecting pleasure is everybody's business: Bathhouses and HIV risk among men who have sex with men. Focus, 17(10), 1-4.

Elwood, W. N. (2001). "The head that doesn't speak one calls a cabbage": HIV/AIDS, risk, and social support in the 21st century. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 19, 143-149.

Elwood, W. N. (2001). Sticky business: Patterns of procurement and misuse of prescription cough syrup in Houston. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 33, 121-133.

Williams, M. L., Bowen, A. M., Elwood, W. N., McCoy, C. B., McCoy, H. V., Freeman, R. C., Weatherby, N. L., & Pierce, T. L. (2000). Determinants of condom use among African Americans who smoke crack cocaine. Culture, Health, and Sexuality, 2, 15-32.

Williams, M. L., Freeman, R. C., Bowen, A. M., Zhao, Z., Elwood, W. N., Gordon, C., Young, P., Rusek, R., & Signes, C.-A. (2000). A comparison of the reliability of self-reported drug use and sexual behaviors using computer-assisted versus face-to-face interviewing. AIDS Education and Prevention, 12, 199-213.

Elwood, W. N., & Williams, M. L. (1998). Sex, drugs, and situation: Attitudes, drug use, and sexual risk behaviors among men who frequent bathhouses. Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, 10, 23-44.

Holland, J. A., Nelson, L., Ravikumar, P. R., & Elwood, W. N. (1998). Embalming fluid-soaked marijuana: New high or new guise for PCP? Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 30, 215-219.

Elwood, W. N., Williams, M. L., Bell, D. C., & Richard, A. J. (1997). Powerlessness and HIV prevention among people who trade sex for drugs "strawberries." AIDS Care, 9, 273-284.

Elwood, W. N., & Ataabadi, A. N. (1997). Influence of interpersonal and mass-mediated interventions on injection drug and crack users: Diffusion of innovations and HIV risk behaviors. International Journal of the Addictions, 32, 635-651.

Williams, M. L., Elwood, W. N., Weatherby, N. L., Bowen, A. M., Zhao, Z., Saunders, L. A., Montoya, I. D. (1996). An assessment of the risks of syphilis and HIV infection among a sample of not-in-treatment drug users in Houston, Texas. AIDS Care, 8, 671-682.

Richard, A. J., Bell, D. C., Elwood, W. N., & Dayton, C. A. (1996). Outreach in program evaluation: Some measurement issues. Evaluation Practice, 17, 237-250.

Elwood, W. N., & Ataabadi, A. N. (1996). Tuned in and turned off: Injection drug and crack cocaine users' responses to media intervention messages. Communication Reports, 9, 49-59.

Elwood, W. N. (1995). Declaring war on the home front: Metaphor, presidents, and the War on Drugs. Metaphor and Symbolic Activity, 10, 95-116.

Elwood, W. N. (1995). Lipstick, Needle, and company: A case study of the structure of a bridge group in Houston, Texas. Connections, 18, 46-57.

Elwood, W. N., Dayton, C. A., & Richard, A. J. (1995). Ethnography and illegal drug users: The efficacy of outreach as HIV prevention. Communication Studies, 46, 261-275.

Elwood, W. N., Montoya, I. D., Richard, A. J., & Dayton, C. A. (1995). To hang in the 'hood: The description and analysis of outreach activities. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 27, 249-259.

Montoya, I. D. & Elwood, W.N. (1995). Fostering a drug-free workplace. Health Care Supervisor, 14, 1-13.

Elwood, W. N. (1994). Russian formalism and cultural narratives: An argument to trash the structuralist perspective. American Journal of Semiotics, 11, 133-140.

Elwood, W. N. (1989). Call for Philip Morris: Redeeming smokers through the drama of protest rhetoric. Florida Communication Journal, 17, 23-28.


Elwood, W. N., with the Safeport Transition Team. (2001, December). Procedural partnership plan to serve Safeport clients-tenants in public housing. Key West: Key West Housing Authority and Guidance Clinic of the Middle Keys.

Elwood, W. N. (1999, November). Leaning on syrup: The procurement and misuse of codeine cough syrup in Houston. Austin: Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. On World Wide Web:

Elwood, W. N., as part of the CSAP Communications Team. (1998, June). Methamphetamine use in four populations: Phase 2 reports. Bethesda, MD: University Research Corporation, CSAP contract number 277-95-4012 (see page 2 for credits).

Elwood, W. N. (1998, March). “Fry”: A study of adolescents’ use of embalming fluid with marijuana and tobacco. Austin: Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. ERIC#: CG028686.

Elwood, W. N., & Williams, M. L. (1996, September). A report on problems related to substance abuse in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. Report prepared for the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization.