Luz Marilis López, Ph.D.
Dr. López joined the faculty at Boston University School of Social Work in 2005. She teaches clinical practice, group work interventions, and advanced level courses in substance abuse, trauma and mental health. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator of an evaluation study of Latinos in prison reentry at Tapestry Health in Springfield, Massachusetts (co-principal investigator, Lena Lundgren, PhD). This study is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. The main objectives of this research are to implement innovative HIV prevention interventions and evidence-based treatment models for Latino substance users, and to prevent prison recidivism among Latinos in central Massachusetts. Dr. López has more than 16 years of professional experience in the fields of HIV and substance abuse prevention with diverse populations. She also developed and leads an annual cultural immersion travel course to Puerto Rico in which Boston University graduate students gain exposure to Puerto Rican culture, public health social work practice, and community participatory research.