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Research Associate Professor
Florida International University
Center for Research on U.S Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL
USA 33199

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Research Scientists

Member Since: 2004


Patria Rojas, PhD



Ph.D. Florida International University
M.P.H.  Boston University
M.S.W.  Boston University
B.A. Merrimack College.

About Me

Dr. Patria Rojas is a Research Associate Professor at Florida International University (FIU). She has a Masters of Social Welfare from Boston University, and a Masters of Public Health from that same institution. During her tenure at FIU, Dr. Rojas has been a Co-Principal investigator in two NIH research projects. Dr. Rojas research and published work focuses on health risk behaviors among Latinos particularly related to substance abuse, sexual risk behaviors, and acculturation.

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Rojas, P., Kim , S., De La Rosa, M, Dillon, F, Niyosenga, T. (2010) Intergenerational transmission of childhood sexual experience from Latina mothers to daughters as a risk factor for adultsubstance abuse. Women’s Health Issues. Available at:

Rojas, P.; Kim, S.; De La Rosa, M.; Dillon, F.; Niyonsenga, T. (2009). Intergenerational associations between a consensual childhood sexual experience and adult substance abuse among Latina mothers and daughters. Florida Health Review. Available at:

Rojas, P.; Ruffin, B.; Malow, R.; Roth, E.; Rosenberg, R. (In press). The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the Dominican Republic: Key Contributing Factors. Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care.

Dillon, F., De La Rosa, M., Rojas, P.; Duan, R. (2010). Age of Sexual Debut and long term risk behaviors in adult US Latinas. AIDS Care.

Ganapati, S.; Ganapati, E.; De La Rosa, M.; Rojas, P. (2010). Spatial Disparity of HIV/AIDS service providers: The case of Miami Dade County. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services.

Dillon, F., Felix‐Ortiz, M., De La Rosa, M., Rice, C., Rojas, P. (2009). Validation of a Multidimensional Measure of Cultural Identity Scales for Latinos among Latina mothers and daughters. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.