Faculty Collaborators

Luz Marilis López, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Email:
luzlopez@bu.edu

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.

Dr. Lopez’s CV:

 

Education

2004               Ph.D.   Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA . Dissertation title:                         Violence and HIV Risk Behaviors among Latina Women with Co-Occurring Disorders

1998                MPH   Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

1990                MSW   School of Social Work, State University of New York at Buffalo, NY

1987                BA       University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

Professional Employment

2011-present   Clinical Associate Professor & Associate Director MSW/MPH Dual Degree Program, Boston University School of Social Work

2005-2011       Assistant Professor, Clinical Practice Department, Boston University School of Social Work

2000-2004       Program Manager, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA Coordinate clinical interventions and evaluation of three national Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) multi-site research programs.

10/99-2000      Field Evaluation Coordinator, Boston University School of Public Health, Data Coordinating Center, Boston, MA.Coordinated evaluation at “Entre Familia,” a                                       residential treatment center for Latina women in recovery from substance abuse.                                   Recruited participants (residents and staff), collected quantitative and qualitative                                 data, conducted post-discharge outreach and follow-up interviews; assisted with  federal and local reports.

02/97-09/99     Health Educator, Latino Outreach/HIV Counseling and Testing, NO AIDS Task Force, New Orleans, LA.Conducted presentations and workshops on HIV/AIDS                               education and prevention; developed bilingual, bicultural educational material, conducted HIV counseling and testing; co-facilitated Latino HIV positive support group and families’ home visits, worked with other New Orleans area HIV/AIDS service organizations.

1990-1994       Bilingual Social Worker, Language Development Program (LDP), Buffalo, NY.Provided services to families of speech and hearing impaired children with an interdisciplinary team. Assessment, diagnosis of child developmental stages, home visits, family counseling, liaison and parent advocate to Buffalo Board of Education, Department of Special Education and LDP; facilitated Latino parents’ support group.

Other Professional Experience

2014-2015       Planning Committee Member for the Inter-Professional Health Care Symposium Member of the planning committee for the Inter-Professional Health Care                                               Symposium at Wheelock College from Spring 2014 to May 2015. Members include                                 representatives from Massachusetts Schools of Social Work, Boston Medical Center                               School of Medicine, Tuft and other nursing programs in the Boston metro area.

2012-present   National Hispanic and Latino ATTC, Expert Panel Member Consultant, Hispanic ATTC network, Universidad Central del Caribe Bayamon, Puerto Rico

 2010-2015       Consultant, Casa Esperanza Program, Boston, Massachusettes Staff training on trauma informed substance abuse interventions.

2009               Consultant, Education/Practice, Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) Expert Panel on the Development of Core Competencies for Working with Women & Girls in Behavioral Health, MD.

2008              Coordinator, MSW Student Exchange Program for BUSSW, InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico and University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (October 19-27.) Designed, directed, and taught best practices in public health social work with other  faculty and administrators, including classes and social service program visits.

2008                Co-Coordinator, Boston University Institute on Immigrants and Refugees:                     Addressing Dislocation, Racism, Trauma and Resilience (October 25-26);  collaboration of BUSSW and BU School of Education. Panel and attendees included  local and national speakers as well as community practitioners.

2007-2009       Clinician, Trauma Treatment Group, Casa Esperanza Program, Boston, MA Conducted a weekly trauma support group in the men’s residential substance abuse program utilizing the M-TREM curriculum, (Men Trauma Recovery and Empowerment model). Provided staff educational trainings.

2006-2010       Consultant on Clinical Practice and Research, National Institute of Justice (NIJ) study of Hague Domestic Violence Cases. In collaboration with the University of Washington and University of Minnesota, Schools of Social Work. Conducted  qualitative interviews and assisted with data analysis and development of  manuscripts.

2006-2008      Education and Evaluation Consultant, Massachusetts Department of Public Health Save Families from Domestic Violence multi-site study.Advisory team member at  grantee meetings in Washington D.C. Funded by the Family Violence Prevention  Fund & the Association of Child and Maternal Health Programs.

2007                Evaluation Consultant, Casa Esperanza Substance Abuse Program, Boston, MA Co-led an assessment and program evaluation with staff and residents.

2005-2006      Consultant, Institute of Health and Recovery, Cambridge Massachusetts. SAMHSA, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Treatment (FAST) assessment collaborative.  

2005                Consultant and interviewer, Brown University and Fenway Community Health Center. Boston, Massachusetts, multi-site National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) grant: “A Contextual Model of Microbicide Acceptability”

1996-1997         Research Assistantship, Tulane University School of Public Health, New Orleans

1995/1998        Course Instructor, Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA.

1994-1996       Trainer/Group Facilitator, Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans,       LA.Conducted HIV prevention workshops and co-facilitated a women’s support                                     group.

1995(summer) Research Assistantship, Center for Socio-Medical Research, School of Public Health Medical Science Campus, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.

Professional Service

2011-2014       Executive Board of Directors, National Association of Social Workers, MA chapter

2011                  Strategic Planning Committee member, Casa Esperanza Program, Boston, MA

2010-2012       Board Member, La Alianza Hispana, Boston, Massachusetts

2006-2008       Steering Committee for Annual Symposium, National Association of Social                                            Workers, MA chapter Latino Representative, Governor’s Commission on HIV/AIDS,                            New Orleans, LA.

1997-1999       Latino Representative, Community Planning Group, New Orleans, LA

Editorial Activity

Peer Reviewer

2008-present        Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved

2009                      Qualitative Health Research

2010                       Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (JIAPAC)

2010                       Substance Abuse Prevention and Policy

Funded Research

2016-2021       HRSA –Boston Medical Center & BU School of Social Work Primary Care

Training and Enhancement. Grant Number: TOBHP29986

2013-2016       Consultant, Outcome Evaluation Door-to-Door HIV Outreach for Latinas. Center                            for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services                                                Administration.  $300,000.

2013-2016       Consultant, for Jordana Muroff, PhD (Principal Investigator) Smart-Phone grant for Latinos at the substance abuse residential Casa Esperanza Program. This is a Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) funded grant # 9500302710.   Assisted with the Spanish translation and cultural adaptation of the smart phone applications and educational materials; supervision of the bilingual research assistant assigned to the project. Reviewed and edited documents in English and Spanish.

2008-2013       PI, Outcome Evaluation of the Tapestry Health La Voz: Prevention of Substance Abuse and HIV for Latino Reentry Program in Springfield, Massachusetts. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), Grant number: SP015081-01. Co-PI: Lena Lundgren, PhD. $337,333

2008-present   Co-PI, Outcome Evaluation of Tapestry Health HIV/AIDS & Substance Abuse Division; La Voz: Treatment for Homeless. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration. PI: Lena Lundgren, PhD. $400,000

2006-2015       PI, Voices Boricuas: Injecting Drug Users, HIV Risk Behaviors and Prevention in the Island of Puerto Rico. Funded by Boston University School of Social Work: Dean’s grant $20,000. Submitted  PI for Evaluation (SAMHSA) proposal: Pending results- for July 2016 to 2021The Primary Care Training and Enhancement Program at Boston Medical Center – (Co-PI Prof. Betty Ruth) in collaboration with BMC – $304.090

2015-2018       Consultant: SBIRT SAMHSA Grant in collaboration with School of Public Health

Submitted      PI for Evaluation (SAMHSA) proposal: Pending results for July 2016 to 2021

The Primary Care Training and Enhancement Program at Boston Medical Center – (Co-PI Prof. Betty Ruth) in collaboration with BMC – $304.090

Publications

*Denotes PhD or MSW student participation in publication.

Gonyea, J., López, L,*Velasquez, E. (2016) The Effectiveness of a Culturally Sensitive Cognitive Behavioral Group Intervention for Latino Alzheimer’s Caregivers. The Gerontologist (56) 292-302.

López, L, Vargas, E, Hermanto, J (in press). Chapter 12: Group Work with Immigrants and Refugees. In Group Work with Populations at Risk. Grief G. and Knight, C. editors. Oxford Press: New York

López,L; Saxe-Zerden,L, Bourgois, P; PhD, Hansen, H; Abadie, R; Dombrowski, K, Curtis, R (2015).Letter to the Editor: HIV/AIDS in Puerto Rican people who inject drugs: policy considerations. American Journal of Public Health, (Vol. 105 No.1-pp e3-pe3).

Amodeo, M., & López, L. M. (2013). Making effective referrals to Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 step programs. In R. Saitz (Ed.), Addressing unhealthy alcohol use in primary care (pp. 73-84), Springer.

Zerden, L, López, L., & Lundgren, L. (2012). HIV prevention with Puerto Rican injection drug users. In K. C. Organista (Ed.), HIV Prevention with Latinos: Theory, Research and Practice. (pp. 383-403). New York: Oxford University Press.

López, L., & *Vargas E. (2011). En dos culturas: Group work with Latino immigrants and refugees. In L.G. Geoffrey & Ephross (Eds). Group Work with Populations at Risk. Third Edition (pp. 136-152) New York: Oxford University Press.

*Zerden, L., López, L., & Lundgren, L. (2010). Needle sharing of Puerto Rican injection drug users in a dual site study: Location matters. Substance Abuse and Misuse, 45(10), 1605-1622.Amodeo, M., & López, L. (2010). Social work interventions with alcohol and other drug problems. In J. Brandell (Ed.), Theory and practice in clinical social work. (2nd Ed.) (pp. 525-559). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

López, L., *Zerden, L. *Fitzgerald, T., & Lundgren, L. (2008) Puerto Rican injection drug users: Prevention implications in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. Evaluation and Program Planning 31(1), 64-73.

Amodeo, M., & López, L. (2008). Alcohol and other drug problems: Practice interventions. In T. Mizrahi & L. Davis (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Work (20th edition). New York: Oxford University Press.

Amaro, H., McGraw, S., Larson, M.J., López, L., Nieves, R., & Marshall, B. (2004). Boston Consortium of Services for families in recovery: A trauma-informed intervention model for women’s alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 22(3/4), 95-119.

Sorensen W., López, L., & Anderson, P. (2001). Latino AIDS immigrants in the Western Gulf States: A different population and the need for innovative prevention strategies. Journal of Health and Social Policy, 13(1), 1-19.

Juried Presentations

National and International

López, L, Hermanto, Chassler, D, Lungren L (Jan. 2016) . Heroin and Xylazine Combined: A Contributing Factor to HIV Risk Behaviors in Puerto Rican Drug Users. Oral presentation at the annual conference of Society of Social Work Research & Services (SSWR) Washington DC.

López, L and Mendoza (March 2015). A La Familia Bilingual Film and panel discussion. LULAC National Women’s Conference. Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

López L., Cultural immersion public health social work with focus on trauma and addiction. Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. June 2015.

López, L, Hermanto, J., Russ A, Chassler, D., Lundgren, L. (October 2014). Injection of Xylazine mixed with heroin associated with poor health outcomes and HIV risk behaviors in Puerto Rico. Oral presentation at the Addiction Health Research and Services conference. Boston, Massachusetts

López, L, Chassler, D, Lungren L, (March 2014) Addiction, mental health and HIV preventionwith Latinos: A global public health social work perspective. Oral presentation at the International Social Work Conference. Kampala, Uganda.

López, L, Chassler, D, Lundgren L., (July 2013) Cultural Experience in Addiction and HIV research with Latinos in Puerto Rico and the United States. Oral presentation at the International Consortium for Social Development, Kampala, Uganda.

López, L.Ross A. Williams, M. Chassler, D., & Lundgren, L. (October 2012) Injection of Xylazine: A contributing factor to HIV risk behaviors among Puerto Rican IV drug users. Oral presentation at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference, San Francisco, CA.

Ruth B, Tobia, V., Ross, A., Lopez, L., Hill, E., Marshall, J. (November 2012) Mapping the practice of public health social work: Findings from an MSW/MPH program evaluation. Oral presentation at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference, San Francisco, CA.

McLaughlin, D, Gianino, M., & López, L. (November, 2012) In the here and now: Teaching and learning experiential group-work methods. Oral presentation at the Council of Social Work Education annual program meeting, Washington, DC.

López, L., Mehrotra, G, Lindhorst, T., & Edleson, . (November, 2011) Mothers fleeing to the US for safety due to domestic violence: Hague Convention cases & the Latinas’ perspective. Oral presentation at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference, Washington DC.

McLaughlin, D., Gianino M., & López, L (June, 2011). Group Work in the Classroom. The Experiential Lab. Oral presentation at the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG) annual meeting, Long Beach, CA.

López, L., Mehrotra, G Lindhorst, T., and Edleson. (January, 2011) Battered Latina mohters fleeing to the US for safety: Hague convention cases and domestic violence. Oral preestation at the Society for Social Work and Research, Tampa, FL.

López, L, Sheehan, D., Chassler, D., & Lundgren, L (October, 2010). MSW Students in Addiction Research with Latinos in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Oral presentation at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) annual program meeting, Portland, OR.

Lindhorst, T., Edleson, J., López, L., & Mehrotra, G. (October 2010). Battered mothers and the Hague Convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction. Panel presentation at the Council on Social Work Education annual program meeting, Portland, OR.

López, L., Ross, A,. Chassler, D., & Lundgren L. (November 2009) Differences in mental health symptoms and attempted suicide among Puerto Rican drug users in Puerto Rico and Massachusetts. Oral presentation at the American Public Health Association annual conference, Philadelphia, PA.

López L., Chassler D., Horowitz A., & Lundgren, L. (October 2009) Factors associated with substance abuse treatment utilization for mainland and Island Puerto Rican active opiate users. Poster presentation at the Addiction Health Services Research annual conference, San Francisco, CA.

López L., Zerden L., Fitzgerald T., & Lundgren L. (October 2008) Puerto Rican injection drug users: Prevention implications in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. Poster presentation at the Addiction Health Services Research annual conference, Boston, MA.

López L., Fitzgerald T., & Lundgren L. (October 2008) Voices Boricuas: Health perspectives of injecting drug users in Puerto Rico and Massachusetts, Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association annual conference, San Diego, CA.

Zerden L., López L., & Lundgren L. (November 2008) Needle Sharing, HIV, and Acculturation: A Dual-Site Study of Puerto Rican Injection Drug Users. Oral presentation at the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) annual conference, Washington DC.

López L., Zerden L., Fitzgerald T.,& Lundgren L. (June 2008) Puerto Rican injection drug users in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico – HIV, HCV and STDs. Poster presentation at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence annual conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

López, L. Zerden, L. Fitzgerald, T.; and Lundgren, L (November, 2007). Differences in HIV risk behaviors and health status  between Puerto Rican injection drug uses residing on the Island and the United States mainland. Oral presentaiton at the American Public Health Association annual conference, Washington DC.

López L, Zerden, L., Fitzgerald T., & Lundgren, L. (November 2007) Place of residence matters for Puerto Rican injection drug users in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. Oral presentation at the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse annual conference, Washington DC.

Gianino, M., López L, Mclaughlin, D, & Schiller L. (October 2006) In real time: advanced educational experiential workshops for teaching and supervising group work in the classroom and field. 28th Oral presentation at the International Symposium on Social Work with Groups, San Diego, CA.

López, L. (September 2006) A hurricane Katrina perspective: restoration of hope and healing through group work. (English and Spanish sessions). Oral presentation at the National Latino Behavioral Health Institute Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

López, L. (September, 2006) HIV+ disclosures, socio-cultural implications for Latinos & Managing disasters related stress-Katrina anniversary, one year later. Oral presentation at the Positive Journey: Annual Empowerment HIV Conference, New Orleans, LA.

López, L. (September 2005)“Ay Mija que dirá la gente”: group interventions for women in recovery from violence and drug addiction. Oral presentation at the National Latino Behavioral Health Institute Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Regional Presentations

López L. and Gianino, M. Suicide Assessment and intervention. Professional Education Program, BUSSW. Oct, 2015

López, L, & Belkin-Martinez (Sept 2015) Liberation Health & Latino Cultural Adaptations. The Meeting Point Clinicians, Jamaica Plain, MA.

López, L,Belkin-Martinez D., Rohani, M. (October 2014). Thinking Globally in Social Work Practice.

National Association of Social Workers, MA chapter, Student of Color Reception. Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts.

López, L. Latinos and Mental Health. Training Workshop for clinicians & interns at Boston University Health Center. May 2014.

López, L. Trauma and Substance Abuse Treatment with Latinos. Staff Training for Elliot HealthCommunity Center, Professional Education Program. April 2014

López, L. A Trauma-Informed Approach to Substance Abuse Treatment: Practical Steps for Implementation. BU School of Social Work, Professional Education Program. October 2013.

López, L. Resiliency and Hope after the Boston Marathon Bombings. Interactive presentation with clinicians. Bay Cove Human Services, Boston, MA. April 2013.

López, L. Cultural Considerations working with Latinos. Professional Education Program, Boston, MA. March 2013

López, L. Treatment of substance abuse with women & men with trauma histories. Southern Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Health Center, Jamaica Plain, MA, October 2012.

López, L. (March 2012). Trauma Informed Substance Abuse recovery groups: what does it really mean? Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, MA Chapter. Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts.

McLaughlin, D., & López. L. (March, 2012) Constructing Compassion in Group Work: Building Mutual Aid, Symposium at the National Association of Social Work – MA Chapter, Framingham, MA.

López, L. Treating substance abuse as a pattern of adaptation to trauma. Boston Rape Crisis Center, Boston, MA, April 2012.

López, L. Treatment of substance abuse with women & men with trauma histories. Southern Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Health Center, Jamaica Plain, MA, October 2012.

López, L. Treating substance abuse as a pattern of adaptation to traumatic deregulation, BU Professional Education Program, September 2012.

López, L. Motivational Interviewing: a Model for Change. Presentation for social workers, counselors, and psychologists at English High School, Jamaica Plain, MA, September 2011.

López L. Co-occurring trauma and substance abuse: Implications for practice, BU School of Social Work Professional Education Program, Trauma Certificate Program, November 2011.López, L. Nature, Course and Diagnosis of Substance Use Disorders. BRIDGE Program. BUSSW, February 2011.

López, L. Culturally Competent-Consumer Driven Care: The Latino Perspective. Elliot Community Health Center, Lexington, MA, November 2010.

López, L. (October 2009). Diversity & Difference: Theory & Practice, Panel Presentation – National Association of Social Workers MA Chapter, Waltham, MA.

López L. Treating substance abuse as a pattern of adaptation to trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) One day workshop. BU School of Social Work, Professional Education Program, Boston, MA. March 2009.

López, L. Application of the community participatory research in substance abuse programs. Casa Esperanza Substance Abuse Residential Program, Boston, MA. May 2008. López L. (February 2007)

“¿Que dirá la gente?” HIV risk behaviors and trauma among Latinos. New England Latino Students Leadership Conference, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Invited Presentations

National/International

Muroff J, & López L A Smartphone Recovery Tool: The C.A.S.A. CHESS App for Latinos with Co-

morbid Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. Boston University Women’s Guild, BU School of Medicine. Oct, 2015

López L., Intimate partner violence in Hispanic and Latino Population. Developed Fact Sheet and

conducted National Webminar presentation. National Hispanic/Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC), funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration. December, 2013.

López L., Women’s Voices in Group Work Panel Presentation, invited member of The Roselle Kurland Memorial

Invitational, International Association of Social Work with Groups, Annual Symposium, Boston, MA, June, 2013

López L., Latino Families, Violence and HIV/AIDS. Keynote address and workshop at the first Conference on Families and Society, Center for Science and Family Research, Catholic University of Santo Domingo. Dominican Republic, November 2005

López, L., Vargas, E., Chassler D., & Lundgren, L. The use of drugs and reported HIV/AIDS status between homeless in Puerto Rico and the United States. Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus, Puerto Rico, March 2010

Media Appearances

López, L. HIV prevention and microbicides – Guest Speaker, Women’s Health Today Program, Local (Boston Channel 9). Boston, Massachusetts. April 2006.

López, L & Justo, M. Families, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention in Hablando de la Salud(Discussing Health) Dominican Republic TV station in Santo Domingo, November 2005.

López, L Radio Tropical and La Fabulosa (Latino radio stations). Provided commentary four times per year for programs on HIV and Latinos, New Orleans, LA, 1997-1999.

DVD Appearances

Participant in video-taped focus group on responsible practice and responding to differences and diversity in clinical situations. Study tool accompanying the text book: Murphy, B. and Dillon, C. (2010)

Interviewing in Action in a Multicultural World, (third edition). CA. This Thomson Brooks/Cole textbook is used by graduate social work schools and counseling psychology programs nationally.

Courses Taught

2005-present   Boston University School of Social Work

CP 759: Introduction to Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups

CP 760: Differential Social Work with Groups

CP 809: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse: Assessment and Treatment

CP 803: Clinical Practice and Trauma

HB752: Exploring Culture through Narratives: Human Behavior & Clinical Perspectives

SSW Elective: The Puerto Rico Experience in Puerto Rico (2006-present); MSW travel/study course, with the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras & the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico

1995-1997       Instructor, Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA

Cross Cultural Issues in Social Work Practice

Human Development and Behavior

Field Seminar

1993                 Instructor, State University of New York, Brockport, NY

Women in Latin America (Foreign Language Department and Women’s Studies Department)

1991-1993       Co-Instructor, State University of New York at Buffalo, NY

Women in Latin America (Women’s Studies, American Studies Department)

1990-1991      Co-Instructor, State University of New York at Buffalo, New York

Women in Contemporary Society (Women’s Studies Program, American Studies Department); course employed weekly meetings with instructors from different ethnic, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds

Doctoral Dissertation Committees

2012 – 2014     Third Reader, Michelle Novelle. “I’m Still Here”: Adolescent Social Orphans in Colombian State Care: The Process of Identity Formation in the Absence of Permanency Graduation 05/2014.

2012 – 2014     Serve as second reader for Anna Rosales’ Dissertation proposal & critical essay entitled: Latino Immigrant Child Welfare Involvement & Street-Level Bureaucracy: Caseworkers Experiences within an Organizational Context.

2012 – 2013    Third Reader, Antonia Basualdo-Delmonico, The Invisible Hand in Youth Mentoring: Parent, Mentor and Agency Perspective on Parental Role. Graduation, 05/2013.

2012 – 2013     Dissertation Chair, Ivy Krull, Government Funding Requirements to promote implementation of evidence based practices in Community-based addiction treatment organizations. Graduation, 5/2013.

2009 –2013   Outside Reader, Diane Block, Brandeis University The Heller School for Policy and Management, Is State Policy Associated with reduced Disparity in Alcohol Problems among Black, White and Hispanic Individuals? Graduation, 05/2013.

2009-2011       First Reader, Terry Lewis: The Phenomenon of LGBT Affirming Black Churches and their response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Black America. Graduation, 12/2011.

2009 – 2010     Outside Reader, Diane Gout, Cultural identity and Familial Relationships as Protective Factors, against intimate partner violence among American Indian and Alaska Native Mothers. Graduation, 6/2010.

2007- 2009      Second Reader, Lisa Zerden, Acculturation and needle sharing: A dual site study of Puerto Rican injection drug users. Her dissertation data on homeless substance users was collected in Puerto Rico under my direction. Graduation, 5/2009.

2006-2007       Third Reader, Therese Fitzgerald, HIV/AIDS Risk Reduction Health Service Utilization among Injection Drug Using Women. Graduation, 5/2007.

Professional Organizations

2016 present    Affiliated Faculty Member of the Human Trafficking and Forced Migration- Pardee School of Global Studies

2011 – 2014     Board Member, National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter

2013 – 2016     Member, Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)

2007 – 2015     Member, The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse

2006-present   Member, Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups

2005-present   Member, Council on Social Work Education

2005-present   Member, American Public Health Association

2005-present   Member, National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse

2000-2006       Member, Conference participation coordinator, SAMHSA, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Latino Coalition

Committee Responsibilities

Boston University

2016-present   BU Faculty Council Equity and Inclusion Committee & Nominations Committee

2011-2016       BU Faculty Council, SSW Representative 2012-2014; SSW Alternate 2014-2016

2011-present   BU Faculty Council, Inclusion and Equity committee

 

BU School of Social Work

2011-present               Associate Director, MSW/MPH dual degree program

2011-present   Member, Admissions Review Committee

2011-2012       Member, Online Program Committee

2012-persent   Faculty Advisor, M.U.S.I.C – undergraduate Latino dancing/cultural group

2010-present   Chair, Diversity Committee

2010-2011       Member, Boston University Violence Prevention Task Force

2008-2010       Chair, Technology Committee

2008-2010       Member, Committee on Faculty Assignments

2007-2008       Member, Technology Committee

2005-2008       Member, Diversity Committee

  • Member, ad hoc Curriculum Committee Think Tank

Awards/Recognition

2015                Partnership Leadership Fellows Program, Boston, Massachusetts.

2010                Women of Courage Award for contributions in Education in Massachusetts, La         Alianza Hispana, Boston, Massachusetts

2009                Staff Excellence Award, Casa Esperanza Substance Abuse Program: For groundbreaking work in the addiction field and commitment to the staff and residents.

2005                Training Fellowship, National Hispanic Science Research Summer Institute. Houston, TX, Funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)

2005                Training Fellowship, Family Research Consortium, Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), New Orleans, LA

1989-1990       Special Merit Fellowship, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

 

Professional Licensure -Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), Massachusetts # 214867

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