Luz Marilis López
Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Practice
Associate Director, Dual Degree Program in Social Work & Public Health
BA (social sciences, minor psychology) University of Puerto Rico
MSW, State University of New York at Buffalo
MPH (international public health) Tulane University, New Orleans
PhD (social work) Tulane University, New Orleans
CP 759 Introduction to Clinical Social Work Practice
CP 760 Differential Social Work with Groups
CP 803 Clinical Practice and Trauma
CP 809 Alcoholism and Drug Abuse: Assessment and Treatment
Puerto Rico cultural immersion, Public Health Social Work Travel Course
Scholarly and Practice Interests
Research and practice interests are in the areas of substance abuse; trauma due to violence; diverse populations; Latino culture; HIV/AIDS prevention and group work.
López, L. & *Vargas E. (2011). En dos culturas: Group work with Latino immigrants and refugees. In Geoffrey , L G. & Ephross (Eds). Group Work with Populations at Risk. Third Edition (136-152) 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.Vol. 45, No. 10, Pages 1605-1622.
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. (Second Edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
López, L., *Zerden, L. Fitzgerald, T. & Lundgren, L. (2008) Capacity enhancementprevention model for Puerto Rican injection drug users 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.
*Denotes PhD or MSW student participation in publication
López, L, Sheehan, D., Chassler, D, Lundgren, L. MSW Students in Addiction Research with Latinos in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) conference, Oral Presentation, Portland, Oregon. October, 2010
Lindhorst, T., Edleson, J., López, L., Mehrotra, G. Battered Mothers and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Panel Presentation.Council on Social Work Education, Oregon. Oral Presentation, October 2010.
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. Oral Presentation, March 2010
López, L., Ross, A,. Chassler, D., & Lundgren L. Differences in mental health symptoms and attempted suicide among Puerto Rican drug users in Puerto Rico and Massachusetts. American Public Health Association, National Annual Conference, Oral Presentation, Philadelphia- November 2009.
López L., Chassler D., Horowitz A., & Lundgren, L. Factors associated with substance abuse treatment utilization for mainland and Island Puerto Rican active opiate users. Addiction Health Services Research, National Annual Conference, Poster presentation, San Francisco, CA. October 2009.
López L., Zerden L., Fitzgerald T., & Lundgren L. Puerto Rican injection drug users: Prevention implications in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. Addiction Health Services Research, National Annual Conference, Poster presentation, Boston, Massachusetts. October 2008.
López L., Fitzgerald T., & Lundgren L. Voices Boricuas: Health perspectives of injecting drug users in Puerto Rico and Massachusetts; American Public Health Association, National Annual Conference, Poster Presentation, San Diego, California. October 2008.
Zerden L., López L., & Lundgren L. Needle Sharing, HIV, and Acculturation: A Dual-Site Study of Puerto Rican Injection Drug Users. The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, (AMERSA), National Annual Conference, Oral presentation, Washington DC. November 2008.
López L., Zerden L., Fitzgerald T.,& Lundgren L. Puerto Rican injection drug users in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico – HIV, HCV and STDs. College on Problems of Drug Dependence, International Annual Conference, Poster presentation, San Juan, Puerto Rico. June 2008.
López, L., Zerden, L. Fitzgerald, T., & Lundgren, L. Differences in HIV risk behaviors and health status between Puerto Rican injection drug users residing on the Island and the United States mainland. American Public Health Association, National Annual Conference, Washington DC,, Oral presentation, November, 2007.
López L, Zerden, L., Fitzgerald T., & Lundgren, L. Place of residence matters for Puerto Rican injection drug users in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, National Annual Conference, Oral presentation, Washington DC. November 2007.
Selected Grant Activity
Principal Investigator, Outcome Evaluation of the Tapestry Health La Voz: Prevention of Substance Abuse and HIV for Latino Reentry Program. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services . Co-Principal Investigator: Lena Lundgren . October 2008-present
Co-Principal Investigator, Outcome Evaluation of Tapestry Health HIV/AIDS & Susbtance Abuse Division; La Voz: Treatment for Homeless. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration. Principal Investigator: Lena Lundgren
Principal Investigator, Voices Boricuas quantitative research study: HIV Risk Behaviors and Prevention among Drug Users in the Island of Puerto Rico. Funded by Boston University School of Social Work 2006-2010
Consulting and Professional Activities
Member, Sub-Committee of Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). After the Crisis: Healing from Trauma after Disasters Initiative, July 2006 – present.
Member, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Member, Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG)
Member, National Hispanic Science Network
Member, Latino Coalition, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
Awards and Honors
May 2010Women of Courage Award for contributions to Education in Massachusetts. La Alianza Hispana, Boston, Massachusetts
May 2009Staff Excellence Award, Casa Esperanza Substance Abuse Program For groundbreaking work in the addiction field and commitment to the staff and residents.
June 2005Training Fellowship, National Hispanic Science Research Summer Institute. Houston,Texas. Funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes ofHealth (NIH).
July 2005Training Fellowship, Family Research Consortium, Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institutes of Health, New Orleans