William Vega is Provost Professor and Director of the Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at USC and is Co-Director of the Network for Multicultural Research on Health and Healthcare at UCLA. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine, he has conducted field and clinical research projects on health, mental health, and substance abuse in various regions of the United States and Latin America. His specialty is multi cultural epidemiologic and services research with adolescents and adults, work that has been funded by multiple public and private sources. He has published over 170 articles and chapters on these topics, in addition to several books. Dr. Vega was cited in ISIHighlyCited.com Web of Science in 2006 in the top one-half of one percent of most highly cited researchers in the social science literature world-wide. In 2002, he was awarded the Culture, Community, and Prevention Science Award by the Society for Prevention Research, and the National Award for Excellence in Research by a Senior Scientist by the National Hispanic Science Network. He is the president of the National Latino Council on Tobacco and Alcohol Prevention, and a founding member of the International Consortium of Psychiatry Epidemiology of the World Health Organization, and a member of the Institute of Medicine- Board of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Advisory Group for Health Policy Scholars.
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