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.
Dr. Lopez’s CV:
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
2011-present Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Practice Department & 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
Coordinated clinical interventions and evaluation of three national Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) multi-site research programs:
- The Boston Consortium of Services for Families in Recovery (BCSFR) as part of the Women, Co-Occurring Disorders and Violence study (9 national sites). Implemented trauma/mental health interventions in residential, outpatient, and methadone settings, including recruitment, program evaluation with the New England Research Institutes and Northeastern University, chairing the BCSFR Steering Committee and Interdisciplinary Service Integration Roundtables, Spanish adaptation of the Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM). Participated in the national SAMHSA Program Steering committee.
- Mother’s Hope, CSAT TCE-HIV Expansion Grant. Culturally relevant interventions and HIV prevention education for Latina and African American women at high risk for HIV/AIDS in 4 substance abuse treatment programs. Facilitated the Women’s Leadership Training Institute group & Family Reunification group in English and Spanish; coordinated evaluation activities at treatment sites.
- Program Manager/Change Leader (2003-2004), Network for Improvement of Addiction Treatment (CSAT-NIATx/STAR). This project aimed to increase access and retention in substance abuse treatment. Coordinated process improvement change cycles and staff trainings to reduce waiting time for admissions, increase attendance and retention rates in Entre Familia Residential Program and Mom’s Project Outpatient Program.
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
2012-present National Hispanic and Latino ATTC, Expert Panel Member Consultant, Hispanic ATTC network, Universidad Central del Caribe Bayamon, Puerto Rico
2010 Consultant, Casa Esperanza Program, Boston, Massachusetts
Staff training on trauma informed substance abuse interventions.
2009 Consultant, Education/Practice, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services 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.
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.
1987 Named to Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities
Professional Service and Recognition
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
1998-1999 Latino Representative, Governor’s Commission on HIV/AIDS, New Orleans, LA
1997-1999 Latino Representative, Community Planning Group, New Orleans, LA
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
Principal Investigator and Co-PI
2013-2016 Co-PI, Outcome Evaluation Door-to-Door HIV Outreach for Latinas. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. $300,000.
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
2006-2013 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
2013-2014 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. Attended weekly meetings, reviewed and edited documents in English and Spanish.
*Denotes PhD or MSW student participation in publication.
Gonyea, J., López, L,*Velasquez, E. (2014) The Effectiveness of a Culturally Sensitive Cognitive Behavioral Group Intervention for Latino Alzheimer’s Caregivers. The Gerontologist (00) 1-12.
Labiosa, W., Chassler D, López, L, Moreno-Serrano, G., Amodeo, M., Stewart E, Lundgren, L. (under review). A culturally-focused response to trauma of Latino men in a residential recovery program. Journal of Social Development.
*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.
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.
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.
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.
Amodeo, M., & López, L. (2010). Social work interventions with alcohol and other drug problems. In J. R. Brandell (Ed.), Theory and practice in clinical social work. (2nd Ed.) (pp. 525-559). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
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.
National and International
López, L, Chassler, D, Lungren L, (March 2014) Addiction, mental health and HIV prevention with 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., & Edleson. (January, 2011) Battered Latina mothers fleeing to the US for safety: Hague convention cases & domestic violence. Oral presentation 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., & Lundgren, L (November, 2007). Differences in HIV risk behaviors and health status between Puerto Rican injection drug users residing on the Island and the United States mainland. Oral presentation 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.
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, MA.
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. (October 2009). Diversity & Difference: Theory & Practice, Panel Presentation – National Association of Social Workers MA Chapter, Waltham, MA.
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.
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
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 Health Community 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. Treating substance abuse as a pattern of adaptation to trauma. Boston Rape Crisis Center, Boston, MA, April 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 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. The social work role with Latino clients: Use of multiple skills and intervention. Speaker guest, BU School of Social Work, Immigrant and Refugee Course, March 2010.
López, L. Trauma informed substance abuse interventions. Clinician and staff training at Southern Jamaica Plain Mental Health Clinic, Boston, MA. October 2010.
López L. Trauma informed and culturally appropriate models in the treatment of substance abuse: a social work perspective. National Association of Social Workers (Massachusetts Chapter). Belmont, MA, October 2009.
Lopez L. Treating substance abuse as a pattern of adaptation to trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) One day workshop. BU Professional Education Program, 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. The Puerto Rican Experience as a vital model of social work training and research collaborations. Oral presentation. Video-taped and included in the BU Universe web site by the Alumni Association Lecture Program, Boston University School of Social Work. November, 2007.
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.
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 text book is used by graduate social work schools and counseling psychology programs nationally.
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
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 Expected graduation 05/2014.
2012 – 2014 Served 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. Heer 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
2011-present Board Member, National Association of Social Workers, MA Chapter
2010 Member, Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)
2007-present 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
2011-present BU Faculty Council, SSW Representative 2012-2014; SSW Alternate, 2011
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
2006 Member, ad hoc Curriculum Committee Think Tank
Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), Massachusetts # 214867