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Associate Professor
Arik Marcell

Departmental Affiliations

School of Medicine

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Info

200 N. Wolfe Street, Room 2062

Research Interests

Adolescent health; Sexual & reproductive health; Health care utilization; Male health
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Marcell is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine and in the Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health. His primary interests include adolescent health with special emphases on sexual and reproductive health, health care utilization, and male health. He has led updates to the nation's Title X Guidelines on men’s health for clinical preventive service recommendations on family planning and sexual and reproductive health. He was recently funded as the primary investigator on a CDC-funded Project Connect Baltimore that evaluates the development and effectiveness of training youth-serving professionals on a clinical web-based provider guide designed to engage young males in Baltimore in sexual and reproductive healthcare. He directs the Title X Program at the Harriet Lane Clinic and was recently received funding from the Office of Family Planning to integrate rapid HIV testing in the clinic. He also directs, a comprehensive youth resource guide for Baltimore City.

He was recently awarded an NICHD R21 to examine the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of on innovative Text4Father curriculum to share with expectant 1st time lower income fathers during their partner's pregnancy through early infancy, together with colleagues from across the University (Drs. Sara Johnson, Alain Labrique, and Kathryn Van Eck).

He has experience using mixed methodologies, including focus groups, in-depth interviewing, consensus-building techniques, systematic reviews and literature synthesis, and prospective and person-based longitudinal data analysis using large datasets, including the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, the National Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys, the National Survey of Adolescent Males, and the National Survey of Family Growth. He was also funded through the NIH’s NICHD career development K23 mechanism to study teen males’ barriers and access to reproductive health care.

He has extensive experience conducting trainings with health professionals at all levels and clinical staff on engaging men in family planning and sexual and reproductive health care.

Dr. Marcell is Faculty Sponsor for the School's Certificate in Adolescent Health:

He is the Lead Instructor for the courses:
Masculinity, Sexual Behavior & Health: Adolescence & beyond (380.720.01):

Dr. Marcell is Faculty & Director of Clinical Services in the JHU LEAH (Leadership Education in Adolescent Health) & the Director of the Title X Program at the Harriet Lane Clinic. JHU LEAH is a multi-disciplinary training program funded by the MCHB for fellows in medicine, nursing, social work, nutrition and psychology and it emphasizes clinical, public health and research training on adolescent health. Contact Carla Gourdine at to get added to listserve. General information about this program can be found at

LEAH educational activities are held each Friday morning from 9-12 typically at 200 N. Wolfe St (Rubinstein Bldg), 2nd Floor Main Conference Room (and virtually now). Any student with an interest in adolescent health is welcome to participate in any of its educational activities.
Honors & Awards
Teaching Excellence, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Term 2 | 2010-11, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2018-19, 2019-20 for Masculinity, Sexual Behavior & Health: Adolescence & beyond 
Teaching Excellence, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Term 4 | 2010-11 for Seminar on Adolescent Health
Select Publications
Selected publications from the last few years:
  • Marcell AV, Morgan AR, Sanders R, Lunardi N, Pilgrim NA, Jennings JM, Page KR, Loosier PS, Dittus PJ. The socio-ecology of sexual and reproductive health care use among young urban minority males. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2017;60(4):402-410.
  • Marcell AV, Okano L, Pilgrim NA, Page KR, Sanders R, Jennings JM, Loosier PS, Dittus PJ. Prevalence of HIV testing provision at community organizations serving young people in a mid-Atlantic city, 2013-2014. Public Health Reports. 2017; 132(2);203-209.
  • Marcell AV, Gibbs S, Choiriyyah I, Sonenstein FL, Astone N, Pleck JH, Dariotis J. National Needs of Family Planning Among US Men Aged 15 to 44 Years. American Journal of Public Health. 2016;106(4):733-9.
  • Marcell AV, Gibbs S, Lehmann H. Brief condom interventions targeting males in clinical settings: a meta-analysis. Contraception; 2016; 93(2):153-163.
  • Marcell AV, Gavin L, Moskosky S, McKenna R, Rompalo A. Developing Federal recommendations for providing quality family planning services: Clinical services for men. Am J Prev Med. 2015;49(2S1):S14–S22. Informed men's health guidance recommended in: Gavin L, Moskosky S, Carter M, Curtis K, Godfrey E, Marcell AV, Tepper N, Zapata L. Providing quality family planning services: Recommendations of CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs. MMWR. 2014;63(RR-04):1-54. Separate pullout published in: Marcell AV and the National Male Training Center for Family Planning and Reproductive Health. Preventive male sexual and reproductive health care: A summary of service recommendations for clinical practice. Philadelphia, PA: The National Male Training Center for Family Planning and Reproductive Health and the Office of Family Planning; 2014. (Copyright).
National Survey of Adolescent Males
JHU LEAH Program
Project Connect Baltimore
Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Training Program