Miguel Cruz-Feliciano, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Public Health, Walden University
M.S. in Epidemiology, University of Puerto Rico
B.S. in Microbiology, University of Puerto Rico
Dr. Cruz-Feliciano is a public health professional with specialization in epidemiology, and colleague of the Institute of Research, Education and Services in Addiction (IRESA) at the Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Currently, Dr. Cruz-Feliciano is assistant professors and research associate with special emphasis in behavioral health epidemiology and evaluation of programs and services. He has been working closely in the areas education and services for federal and state funded projects with emphasis in Alzheimer’s, adolescent sexual behavior, criminal justice, homelessness, mental health, substance use, and suicide. His experience over the years working with federal funded programs sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, provided the opportunity to focus on disparities in service provision and workforce development among Hispanic and Latinos across the United States. His research interest aims to identify and explore factors that impede or facilitate treatment utilization, retention, and completion among vulnerable populations (e.g., older adults, women, Hispanic/Latinos). Its research and efforts are gears towards improvement for health outcomes, wellbeing, and quality of life thus reducing disparities and inequalities among underserved populations.
Dr. Cruz-Feliciano has a PhD in Public Health, specialization in epidemiology from Walden University at Minneapolis, MN and received his Master’s degree (MS) in Epidemiology from the Medical Science Campus University of Puerto Rico and Bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo. Since 1999, he started getting involved in different committees and initiatives especially assessing service providers’ workforce capacity building needs to serve Hispanic and Latino populations seeking substance abuse treatment services. He keeps working mostly under federal funded programs in areas for supporting workforce capacity building in the substance use and mental health field, as well as evaluation and research for behavioral health programs and services. He collaborates in various research publications and posters, and presented at various National Conferences in English and Spanish.