Avelardo Valdez, PhD
School of Social Work and Sociology, Professor; Director Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Abuse
University of Southern California
A primary focus of Dr. Valdez’s research has been on the relationship between substance abuse, violence, and health issues among high-risk groups. His research projects have been among “hidden populations” such as youth and prison gang members, injecting and non-injecting heroin users, and sex workers on the U.S./Mexico border. Currently, Dr. Valdez also serves as a Co-Investigator on NIH/NIDA longitudinal study of female Mexican Americans associated with male gang members as adolescents. Dr. Valdez received the NHSN National Award of Excellence in Mentorship for his focus on promoting interest and professional commitment to Hispanic drug abuse research among students and early career faculty.