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Scientific Director
HIV Risk Reduction in High Risk Latina Migrant Workers
Florida International University
Center for Research on U.S. Latinos HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse
11200 SW 8th Street. PCA 353A
305. 348. 0435

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Membership Category:
Research Scientist

Member Since: 2014


Mariano J. Kanamori, PhD MA

Diana Sheehan, MPH


Ph.D.   University of Maryland College Park
MA,      Georgetown University
B.A.      University of Lima, Perú.

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About Me

Dr. Mariano Kanamori is a Latino epidemiologist with more than 20 years of research experience working in the areas of health, nutrition, substance use, HIV prevention, emotional abuse among others. Dr. Kanamori has had extensive interaction with people from different cultures and has worked with a diverse range of people ranging from community lay workers living in Ethiopian rural towns, Latino migrant workers in Florida,  and Peruvian mountains and jungles to national and international country and project managers. Dr. Kanamori has received 14 awards from different institutions such as the National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities, the American Public Health Association, the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, the University of Maryland College Park Graduate School, the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health, Eta Sigma Gamma, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the National Council of Urban Indian Health, the National Cancer Institute, Georgetown Hospital, the Ford Foundation, the Canadian Government and Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Kanamori is currently the Scientific Director of the project “HIV risk reduction in high risk Latina migrant workers in south Florida” funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health and as a research scientist for the “Longitudinal Study on Drug Abuse and High Risk Among Latina Mother-Daughter Dyads” as well as the “Recent Latina Immigrant” research programs. Under the mentorship of Dr. De La Rosa and Dr. Trepka, he is receiving training on dyadic and social network analysis for Latino adolescent and adult individuals on topics related to substance abuse, HIV prevention and domestic violence.
In Peru, Dr. Kanamori had the opportunity to design, implement and evaluate nationwide health promotion programs that addressed the socio-cultural determinants that influence malnutrition, diarrhea, infectious diseases, acute respiratory diseases, and the use of family planning methods. In the US, the Special Population Network, a program from the NCI that promotes the development of researchers from minority groups allowed him to complete his pre-doctoral at the Lombardi Cancer Control Center, Georgetown Hospital, in Latino breast, colorectal and lung cancer prevention and control. Dr. Kanamori was also able to work with Dr. Huerta, former president of the American Cancer Society, and Professor Haider in studying the potential of a social marketing strategy based on radio soap operas in promoting the use of colorectal cancer screening among Hispanics.
Dr. Kanamori earned his PhD from the University of Maryland (UMD), School of Public Health and has worked in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UMD under the mentorship of Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras. He was the winner of the 2014 University of Maryland Distinguished Dissertation Award for dissertations completed in 2013 in the category of Biological and Life Sciences competing with more than 620 dissertations school-wide. His research included identifying and addressing factors influencing a relatively higher tobacco use among certain youth minority populations and youth of low socio-economic status and the development of the logic model for the State of Maryland tobacco program. During his PhD training, he also developed a framework using social network theory and the internet to perform process evaluations for orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) health promotion projects with personnel in the US and both rural and urban areas in Ethiopia. Dr. Kanamori also developed a socio-ecological framework to understand which factors at the individual, inter-personal, community and societal levels are associated with OVC's educational success using data from around 1,000 OVC from 3 Ethiopian regions (Addis Ababa, Oromiya and Tigray). He also led the final evaluation of an OVC health promotion project funded by PEPFAR-USAID that interviewed 150 people including OVC living on the street, OVC living in shelters, OVC's mothers, community leaders, stakeholders, and program staff members from 5 urban and rural regions in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa, Adigrat, DebreZeit, Mekelle and Zeway). His work also involved a qualitative study to understand the association of migration and climate changes on health and food access of HIV/AIDS impacted OVC and their families in Ethiopia. Dr. Kanamori's latest work is the USAID-ICF Macro funded publication "DHS Comparative Reports No. 32, Indicators of Child Deprivation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Levels and Trends from the Demographic and Health Surveys" that is going to be distributed to decision makers at all levels – from governments, politicians, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), researchers, community based organizations, and advocacy groups.