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Hortensia Amaro


Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D., is Associate Dean and Distinguished Professor 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.

Dr. Amaro has also been recently accepted into the prestigious Institute of Medicine in October 2010.

Institute on Urban Health Research


Recent and Pending Publications

"Factors Associated with Treatment among those with Substance Abuse or Dependence: Race/Ethnic and Gender Patterns." In preparation.

Reed, E., Amaro, H., Matsumoto, A., Kaysen, D. (2009). The relation between interpersonal violence and substance use among a sample of university students: Examination of the role of victim and perpetrator substance use. Addictive Behaviors. 34 316–318.

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