Contact Information

Assistant Professor
Boston University
School of Social Work
264 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Office (617) 353-3750



Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2013


Christopher Salas-Wright, Ph.D.

Christopher Salas-Wright, Ph.D.


BA, Santa Clara University, Philosophy
MA, Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry
MSW, University of Washington, School of Social Work
PhD, Boston College, Graduate School of Social Work

Research Statement

Christopher Salas-Wright, PhD, MSW is assistant professor in the Boston University School of Social Work and voluntary faculty at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. His research agenda focuses on cultural stress and resilience among immigrants and the prevention of alcohol and other drug misuse among adolescents. Dr. Salas-Wright’s work in these areas has resulted in more than 150 scholarly publications, including first-author articles in journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, and Journal of Adolescent Health. He is author of Drug Abuse and Antisocial Behavior: A Biosocial Life Course Approach and editor of The Routledge International Handbook of Delinquency and Health. Dr. Salas-Wright serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation and on the editorial boards of Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Journal of Criminal Justice, and The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Dr. Salas-Wright has received research and training support from several federal funding sources, including the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Currently, he is Principal Investigator of a K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award, funded by NIAAA. Dr. Salas-Wright’s research and commentary have appeared in numerous television and print sources, including ABC, NBC, and CBS News, CNN, and USA TODAY. In 2019, he received the Society for Social Work and Research’s Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award, the organization’s premier honor for early career faculty.


  1. Salas-Wright, C.P., & Schwartz, S.J. (in press). The study and prevention of alcohol and other drug misuse among migrants: Toward a transnational theory of cultural stress. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11469-018-0023-5
  2. Salas-Wright, C.P., Vaughn, M.G., Goings, T.C., Miller, D.P., Schwartz, S.J. (2018). Immigrants and mental disorders in the United States: New evidence on the healthy immigrant hypothesis. Psychiatry Research, 267, 438-445. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.06.039
  3. Salas-Wright, C.P., Vaughn, M.G., & Reingle Gonzalez, J.M. (2016). Drug Abuse and Antisocial Behavior: A Biosocial Life Course Approach. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  4. Salas-Wright, C.P., Nelson, E., Vaughn, M.G., Reingle Gonzalez, J.M. & Córdova, D. (2017).Trends in fighting and violence among adolescents in the United States, 2002-2014. American Journal of Public Health, 107(6), 977-982. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303743

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