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Network Investigator Showcase: January 2011

Congratulations to Dr. Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D. for having been accepted into the Institute of Medicine in October 2010!

Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Health Sciences at the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. She received her doctoral degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1982 and was awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Humane Letters by Simmons College in 1994. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Amaro's work has focused on improving the connections between public health research and public health practice. Her research has resulted in over 65 scientific publications on epidemiological and community-based studies of alcohol and drug use among adolescents and adults; on the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS prevention programs; and on substance abuse and mental health treatment issues for women. She has been the principal investigator and manager of 28 public health research grants totaling over $25 million dollars.

She currently is Principal Investigator and collaborator on numerous research projects including: 1) a national cross-site study of the effectiveness of gender specific substance abuse treatment programs, 2) a national cross-site study on the effectiveness of integrated and trauma informed service delivery model for substance abusing women with mental health disorders, 3) a study of the effectiveness of a gender specific HIV prevention program for Latinas, 4) a study of HIV prevention with African American and Latina women in substance abuse treatment, 5) a population based HIV behavioral indicators research study, 6) a national cross-site study of HIV prevention among racial and ethnic minority populations, and 7) a faculty training program on substance abuse prevention.


Ulibarri, M.D., Sumner, L.A., Cyriac, A., Amaro, H. (2010). Power, Violence, and HIV Risk in Women. In M. Paludi & F.L. Denmark (Eds.), Victims of Sexual Assault and Abuse: Resources and Responses for Individuals and Families: Vol. 1. Incidence and Psychological Dimensions.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, ABC-CLIO.

Arévalo, S., & Amaro, H. (2010).Sexual health of Latino populations in the U.S.  In M. Asencio (Ed.), Latina/o Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices and Policies. (pp. 75-89) New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Meléndez, M., Cortés, D., Amaro, H. (In press). Acceptability and cultural fit of spiritual self-schema therapy for Puerto Rican women with addiction disorders: qualitative findings. Women and Therapy.

Rickles, N., Dominguez, S., and Amaro, H. (In press). Perceptions of healthcare, health status, and discrimination among African-American veterans. E. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice.

Ulibarri, M.D., Strathdee, S.A., Lozada, R., Magis-Rodriguez, C., Amaro, H., O’Campo, P., & Patterson, T.L. (In press). Prevalence and correlates of client-perpetrated violence among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. Violence Against Women.

Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ® Princeton, New Jersey