Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz

Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz, PhD, MPHE, MCHES

Chair and Professor (Appointment Pending), Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health


Carlos is an academic activist. Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz’s professional work focuses on engaging the social determinants of health to address health inequities among populations made vulnerable by factors such as race/ethnicity, incarceration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and HIV status. He conducts community-based participatory research in Puerto Rico, the continental United States, and the Caribbean region and has several funded projects to improve primary care, HIV prevention services, and interventions to improve HIV prevention services with sexual minority men, enhance continuity of care for justice-involved people and primary care for Latinx and transgender populations. He is also testing the implementation of medical-legal partnerships to improve health among Latinos. Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz has also conducted pandemic-related research; he is the first author of one of the most cited studies about COVID-19 infection and death risk among the US Latinx population.

In addition to his teaching and research activities, Rodriguez-Diaz serves as president of the Board of Directors of Coai, Inc., a community-based organization providing health services to LGBTQ populations in Puerto Rico, and as past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, an international organization dedicated to advancing knowledge about sexuality.


  • Walden University, PhD Field of Study: Public Health
  • University of Puerto Rico, MPH Field of Study: Public Health - Education
  • University of Puerto Rico, BS Field of Study: Interdisciplinary Science


  • Published on 12/26/2023

    Rodriguez-Diaz CE, Seager L, Navalta C, Lapointe L, Laino A, Wilhite D, Melin K, Varga L, Zea MC. Experiences of Latinx sexual and gender minorities with access to healthcare during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2023 Dec 26. PMID: 38146952.

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  • Published on 10/17/2023

    Zapata JP, Queiroz A, Rodriguez-Diaz CE, Mustanski B. Factors Associated with HIV Testing Among Spanish and English-Speaking Latino Adolescents Aged 13-18. AIDS Behav. 2024 Jan; 28(1):343-356. PMID: 37848599.

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  • Published on 9/11/2023

    Maclin BJ, Wang Y, Rodriguez-Diaz C, Donastorg Y, Perez M, Gomez H, Barrington C, Kerrigan D. Comparing typologies of violence exposure and associations with syndemic health outcomes among cisgender and transgender female sex workers living with HIV in the Dominican Republic. PLoS One. 2023; 18(9):e0291314. PMID: 37695770.

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  • Published on 8/30/2023

    Maclin BJ, Wang Y, Rodriguez-Diaz C, Donastorg Y, Perez M, Gomez H, Barrington C, Kerrigan D. Beyond a deficit-based approach: Characterizing typologies of assets for cisgender and transgender female sex workers and their relationship with syndemic health outcomes. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023; 3(8):e0002314. PMID: 37647289.

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  • Published on 6/1/2023

    Zapata JP, Avila AA, Hurtado M, de St Aubin E, Rodriguez-Diaz CE, Robles G. Stakeholders' Perspectives About Cultural Strategies to Support PrEP for Latino Sexual Minority Men. AIDS Educ Prev. 2023 Jun; 35(3):185-200. PMID: 37410369.

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  • Published on 5/17/2023

    Robles G, Lee JJ, Reynolds A, Rodríguez-Díaz CE, Rendina HJ. Reactions to Testing HIV Negative: An Assessment of Measurement Invariance and Associations with Condomless Anal Sex among English and Spanish-speaking Latinx Sexual Minority Men in the United States. AIDS Behav. 2023 Nov; 27(11):3661-3668. PMID: 37195473.

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  • Published on 3/16/2023

    Stoff DM, Bowleg L, Del Río-González AM, Rodriguez-Diaz CE, Zea MC. Critical Perspectives on Expanding Racial/Ethnic Diversity in the HIV Research Workforce: Comorbidities and Mentoring. Health Educ Behav. 2023 Mar 16; 10901981231157795. PMID: 36924258.

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  • Published on 1/1/2023

    Robles, G., López-Matos, J., Cienfuegos-Szalay, J.,* Rodríguez-Díaz, C. E., & Rendina, J. . The use of a Spanish-translated PrEP stigma scale among the Latino Sample of the UNITE cohort study. Stigma and Health. 2023.

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  • Published on 1/1/2023

    St. George, S. M., Harkness, A. R., Rodriguez-Diaz, C. E., Weinstein, E. R., Pavia, V., & Hamilton, A. B. . Applying rapid qualitative analysis for health equity: Lessons learned using "EARS" with Latino communities. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 2023.

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  • Published on 11/15/2022

    Andrade EL, Cordova A, Schagen CR, Jula M, Rodriguez-Diaz CE, Rivera MI, Santos-Burgoa C. The impact of Hurricane Maria on individuals living with non-communicable disease in Puerto Rico: the experience of 10 communities. BMC Public Health. 2022 Nov 15; 22(1):2083. PMID: 36380330.

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