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Guillermo Prado, Ph.D.

Acting Chief of Division of Epidemiology and Population Health Sciences

305-243-2748 (office)

305-243-5577 (fax)

Center for Family Studies Building, Room 312

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Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

My applied and basic research area focuses on the prevention and reduction of substance use (i.e., alcohol, cigarette, and drug use) and HIV risk behavior health disparities among Hispanic youth as well on the application of advanced statistical methodology to understand the socio-contextual determinants of health and the evaluation of behavioral health interventions for minority populations. Specifically, my research program focuses on understanding the social-contextual determinants of substance use and HIV risk behaviors and on developing, evaluating, and disseminating the efficacy and effectiveness of Familias Unidas, a theoretically driven intervention designed to prevent and reduce substance use and HIV risk behaviors in Hispanic youth.

Familias Unidas is the only behavioral intervention found to be efficacious in preventing/reducing substance use and risky sexual behaviors in Hispanic adolescents. The Familias Unidas research program is currently supported by two National Institutes of Health grants and a third grant supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of the National Institutes of Health funded study is a translational study, which is testing the feasibility of training school counselors across Miami-Dade County in implementing the Familias Unidas intervention by evaluating Familias Unidas using an experimental design. This study will have a significant impact on bridging the gap between research and practice.

Recent Publications
Prado, G., Pantin, H., Huang, S., Cordova, D., Tapia, M., Velazquez, M.R., Calfee, M., Malcolm, S., Arzon, M., Villamar, J., Leon Jimenez, M., Cano, N. Effects of a family intervention in reducing HIV risk behaviors among high-risk Hispanic adolescents: A randomized controlled trial. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, In Press.
Prado, G. & Pantin, H. Reducing Substance Use and HIV Health Disparities among Hispanic Youth in the U.S.A.: The Familias Unidas Program of Research, Psychosocial Interventions 20: 63-73, 2011.
Prado, G., Huang, S., Maldonado-Molina, M., Bandiera, F., Schwartz, S.J., de la Vega, P. Brown, C.H., & Pantin, H. An Empirical Test of Ecodevelopmental Theory in Predicting HIV Risk Behaviors among Hispanic Youth. Health Education & Behavior, 37: 97-114, 2010.
Prado, G., Huang, S., Schwartz, S., Maldonado-Molina, M., Bandiera, F., de la Rosa, M., & Pantin, H. What accounts for differences in substance use among U.S. born and immigrant Hispanic adolescents?: Results from a longitudinal prospective cohort study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 45: 118 125, 2009.

Prado, G., Schwartz, S., Maldonado-Molina, M., Huang, S., Pantin, H., Lopez, B., & Szapocznik, J. Eco-developmental x intrapersonal risk: Substance use and sexual behavior in Hispanic adolescents. Health Education & Behavior, 36: 45-51, 2009.


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