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Hortensia Amaro

Hortensia Amaro, PhD

Dr. Amaro has authored more than 130 scholarly publications, many of them widely cited, and she has made landmark contributions to improving behavioral healthcare in community-based organizations by launching addiction treatment programs that have helped thousands of families and by informing practice in agencies around the world. Over the last 30 years, Dr. Amaro has forged vital connections between public health research and practice. Her studies have focused on alcohol and drug use and addiction among adolescents and adults; the development and testing of behavioral interventions for HIV/AIDS prevention, including innovative HIV prevention models targeted to Latina and African American women; substance abuse and mental health treatment for Latina and African American women and incarcerated men; alcohol and drug use among college populations; and behavioral interventions for HIV medications adherence.


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