Mario De La Rosa, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Ohio State University
MSSA, Case Western Reserve University
BA, State University of New York, Oswego
Dr. De La Rosa is a tenured Professor in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University and a past member of the National Advisory Council of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. He is a pioneering scientist with more than two decades of experience and expertise in building the research capacity of Florida International University to conduct behavioral research on the causes and consequences of Latino substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, violence, delinquency, and health disparities, while accounting for cross-cultural factors and issues. Dr. De La Rosa serves as Director of the Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse (CRUSADA), recognized as one of the nation’s leading academic centers of health disparity research. Among CRUSADA’s many distinctions is that it houses a National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) P20 Exploratory Center of Excellence, titled Center for Substance Use and HIV/AIDS Research on Latinos in the United States (C-SALUD; P20MD002288), recently re-funded under a competitive 5-year continuation award.
Dr. De La Rosa’s program of research focuses on Latino substance abuse, substance use as a risk factor for HIV/AIDS, violence, delinquency, and cross-cultural issues. Dr. De La Rosa has also published more than 60 scholarly publications on the etiology of drug use with Latino and other minority populations and related consequences. He is currently the Director of two R24 Centers of Excellence, each funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The NCMHD funded center is called the “Latino HIV/AIDS Behavioral Science Research Center” (R24-MD000498), and its principal aim is to develop the research infrastructure of FIU on the extent of the HIV/AIDS epidemic among the Latino populations. The NIDA funded center is called the “Latino Minority Drug Abuse Research Program” (1R24 DA14260-1A1). This is a research infrastructure building minority development research grant (MIDARP), whose aim is to conduct high quality and rigorous research on drug abuse among the Latino populations in South Florida. Dr. De La Rosa has also served on numerous national scientific review panels and several scientific journal editorial boards. He is currently a member of the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and health Disparity of the National Institutes of Health . He is the recipient of numerous awards such as the 1996 American Association for the Advancement of Science, award for outstanding work in the substance abuse field and the 1989 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Office of Minority Affairs, The Ohio State University.