Contact Information

Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine Clinical Center
Michigan State University
788 Service Rd. #B103
East Lansing, MI 48824-7046

(517) 884-0436

Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2012


Carlos Rios-Bedoya, ScD, MPH



ScD Johns Hopkins University
MPH Univeristy of Puerto Rico
B.S. Univeristy of Puerto Rico

About Me

Carlos F. Ríos-Bedoya, ScD, MPH, joined the East Lansing campus of the Department of Family Medicine as an assistant professor with a research focus on adolescent risk assessment within both local and international health settings. His research links with departmental themes in health promotion, disease prevention, and outcomes assessment research. He also shares in teaching responsibilities.

\After earning his BS and MPH at the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Ríos-Bedoya received a ScD in psychiatric epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University in 1999. Most recently he has served as a post-doctoral Fellow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. From 2004-2006, he pursued his work as a Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Department of Mental Health, and since that time was located at the MSU Department in Epidemiology.

Research Statement

His recent research has focused on the association between childhood risk-taking behavior and subsequent drug use as a young adult. Currently, he is laying the groundwork for the use of text messaging and other mobile technology to identify and prevent underage drinking, smoking, and illegal drug use with emphasis on gender differences and minority populations. He has published extensively in the areas of drug use, alcohol use and HIV/HCV infection.
He is also laying the groundwork to utilize mobile technology in screening adolescents for legal and illegal drug use within clinical settings. He also plans to use this technology in community settings to better understand the transition from drug opportunity to use within the adolescents' natural environment.