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About Dr. Berlin

Adolescent and Adult Sexuality Expert

Dr. Berlin is an internationally recognized expert in the field of sexuality.  She holds a PhD in Health Sciences in Adolescent Sexuality. She founded S.T.A.R. Theater in 1987 at the height of the AIDS epidemic.  S.T.A.R. Theater is the pre-eminent theater in education sexuality program in the United States.  In 2000 she was asked by the United Nations to replicate the S.T.A.R. Theater methodology and has worked in over 50 countries teaching sexual education using her technique.

Dr. Berlin is also the founder of the Adolescent AIDS Prevention Program at Mt. Sinai Hospital's Adolescent Health Center, where she was the co-director of the program.  Dr. Berlin and the STAR program have received numerous local and national awards for innovation in the field of peer education, educational theater and sexuality/puberty education for young people.  In 1996 PBS produced an award winning film called "Sex and Other Matters of Life and Death", about Dr. Berlin and her program.

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"Sex and Other Matters of Life and Death"

Award Winning PBS Documentary About the S.T.A.R. Program and Dr. Berlin

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Charlie Rose Interview:  The H.I.V. Epidemic (Part 1)

In 1992 I was interviewed by Charlie Rose about the HIV epidemic, along with other experts in New York City.  Please take a look at both parts of the video.  The AIDS epidemic seems so long ago, but we can learn a lot from our public health history and see how far we have come in combatting H.I.V. and A.I.D.S.  Let me know what you think!


Charlie Rose Interview:  The H.I.V. Epidemic (Part 2)

In the second part of the Charlie Rose interview, Rap duo Salt-N-Pepa, Cheryl James and Sandra Denton, focus on their new single promoting AIDS awareness.  A panel of teenage AIDS educators (STAR Theater actors) share their stories and discuss the importance of safe sex practices.  GMHC activists Michael Shernoff and Richard Elovich, Dr. Cydelle Berlin, and Helen Gasch of the HIV Center at Columbia explain methods for educating different communities about AIDS prevention.

Testimonials for Dr. Cydelle Berlin

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Premier Cares Award for Excellence and Commitment to the Field

STAR Theatre and Dr. Cydelle Berlin received the National Premier Cares Award for Excellence and commitment to the field of HIV/AIDS prevention for adolescents.

American Academy of Pediatrics
Best H.I.V. Prevention Programs in U.S.

Dr. Berlin and STAR Theater received this most prestigious award for adolescent sexuality from the American Academy of Pediatrics for their groundbreaking work in theater in education.

Johnson & Johnson Award for Excellence
Best Adolescent Sexuality Prevention Program

Johnson & Johnson awarded STAR theater and Dr. Cydelle Berlin their annual award for excellence for prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy.

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Bank of America
Local Hero Award

Bank of America Local Hero Award given to Dr. Cydelle Berlin, New York City, 2006

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Award “For Extraordinary Contribution of Time, Talent, Energy and Commitment in the Fight Against Adolescent HIV/AIDS” presented to Dr. Berlin by the AIDS and Adolescents Network of New York 1998

National Cable Ace Award

National Cable Ace Award for “On The Edge”,  adolescent reproductive health care television series written and hosted by Dr. Berlin, 1997

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