Catalina Lopez-Quintero, MD, PhD
PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
MPH, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
MD, Universidad Colegio Mayor de Neustra Señora desl Rosario
As a post-doctoral fellow at Michigan State University under the mentorship of Professor Jim Anthony, I investigate the long-term impact of substance use among a cohort of US adults, and socially maladaptavive drug use behaviors among users of internationally regulated drugs worldwide. More recently, I have become interested in applying innovative risk prediction models for acquisition of high-risk behaviors and for the transition to established clinical syndromes of drug dependence.About Me
Working as a clinician in remote and underserved areas in Colombia and witnessing first-hand the complex social problems derived from drug trafficking, violence, limited accessibility to health services, and economical instability, fueled my interest in drug use and high-risk sexual behaviors research. I pursued a career in public health with the aim to design and implement theory-driven, effective evidence-based preventive interventions, particularly among underserved populations. My research projects in Colombia, Israel and the United States has thus far focused on disentangling the role that factors at different level of influence (e.g. biological, behavioral, socio-cultural, or political) exert on the transitions from the early stages of drug use involvement to drug addiction. Additionally, I have investigated the patterns and determinants of online information seeking and e-health literacy of adolescents in Israel and the potential use of information technologies on the delivery of online-based preventive and clinical interventions.