NIH Grant Award (U54):

Brown Bag Lecture (10/25):
Sara M. St. George, PhD
Assistant Professor
Public Health Sciences
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Brown Bag Lecture (11/08):
Jose Felix Colon Burgos, MS DrPH
Investigador Evaluador de Sistemas de Salud, NIH Diversity Fellow, Proyecto Sindemias

NIMHD Awards Endowment to FIU (PIs: Gil, De La Rosa)
Endowment makes FIU regional hub for the study of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, obesity, and diabetes

NIAAA Awards R01 Grant to Dr. De La Rosa
Study will Examine Alcohol Use among Recent Latino Immigrants

Dr. Kanamori, CRUSADA Postdoctoral Fellow, Awarded NIH K99/R00 Grant
First investigator from College of Public Health & Social Work to receive an NIH Pathway to Independence Award

CRUSADA/C-SALUD PhD Fellow wins at 2016 Florida Research Symposium
Stephanie Diez won 1st Place in Social Sciences Category for presentation on problem videogame play in children & youth

NIH Awards $12.7 Million to FIU
Three CRUSADA Researchers are Members of Interdisciplinary Team

Frank Dillon Awarded R15 grant from NIMHD
Affiliated faculty member Frank Dillion was awarded a R15 to conduct a study of HIV testing among at risk Latino men

USAID Report
C-SALUD Postdoctoral Scholar authors report titled "Indicators of Child Deprivation in Sub-Saharan Africa"

CRUSADA Faculty Featured on NIH Website
Preventing HIV/AIDS in Recent Latino Immigrants


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NIH Awards $12.7 Million to FIU
Interdisciplinary Team includes Three CRUSADA Researchers

Florida International University has been awarded a $12.7 million National Institutes of Health grant through the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Three CRUSADA researchers --- Dr. Mario De La Rosa, Director of CRUSADA; Dr. Patria Rojas, Senior Behavioral Health Scientist; and Dr. Mariana Sanchez, Postdoctoral Associate --- are members of the interdisciplinary research team.

This multi-year national study will investigate substance use and adolescent brain development.

Brain MRI slide of a girl. Actual patient and clinic names have been omitted.

Led by Dr. Raul Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Immunology and faculty member at the FIU Center for Children and Families (CCF), the team will integrate the collective expertise of researchers from the College of Arts & Sciences and the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work.

The FIU research project site is supported by the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (U01 DA 041156-01; PI: Gonzalez).

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Research Team Composition

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Principal investigator Raul Gonzalez, associate professor of psychology, psychiatry, and immunology and researcher in the Center for Children and Families (CCF)
  • Stefany Coxe, assistant professor of psychology and researcher in CCF
  • Anthony DeCaprio, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and researchers in the International Forensic Research Institute
  • Anthony Dick, assistant professor of psychology, researcher in CCF and the Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging Center (CNIC)
  • Angela Laird, associate professor of physics and director of CNIC
  • William E. Pelham Jr., chairman of the Department of Psychology and director of the CCF
  • Matthew Sutherland, assistant professor of psychology and researcher in CNIC
  • Elisa Trucco, assistant professor of psychology and researcher in CCF

Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work

  • Mario De La Rosa, professor of social work and director of the Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA)
  • Tan Li, assistant professor of biostatistics and deputy director of the Integrated Biostatistics & Data Management Center
  • Patria Rojas, senior behavioral health scientist, CRUSADA
  • Mariana Sanchez, postdoctoral associate, CRUSADA
  • Eric Wagner, professor of social work and director of the FIU-Banyan Research Institute for Dissemination, Grants and Evaluation (FIU BRIDGE)
  • O. Dale Williams, professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics and director of the Integrated Biostatistics and Data Management Center