Faculty Mentors

Carlos E. Rodriguez-Diaz, PhD

Associate Professor
Milken Institute School of Public Health
The George Washington University

Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz is a community health scientist with over fifteen years of experience practicing public health and conducting action research in Puerto Rico, the United States of America, and the Caribbean Region. His work has focused on infectious diseases, particularly HIV care and prevention, as well as sexual health promotion and health equity through actions on the social determinants of health. Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz is currently studying health and racial disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has lead in several programs and research projects addressing health inequities among populations made socially vulnerable including people with HIV, Hispanic/Latinxs, incarcerated populations, and sexual and gender minority groups. Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz’ research and scholarship has led to coverage in well-known national and international media sources such as the Washington Post, The Hill, The Guardian, El Nuevo Día (Puerto Rico), El Mercurio (Chile), and Folha de S.Paulo (Brazil), as well as in major research publications and conferences. Rodriguez-Diaz completed post-doctoral training in HIV and Global Health Research, a Ph.D. in Public Health with a major in Community Health, and an MPH in Health Education. He has also completed post-graduate training in health policy, human rights, and health diplomacy.

Selected Publications:

Rodríguez-Díaz, C. E., & Lewellen-Williams, C. (2020). Race as a structural determinant for emergency and recovery response in the aftermath of hurricanes in Puerto Rico. Health Equity. doi: https://doi.org/10.1089/heq.2019.0103

Stoff, D. M., Zea, M. C., &  Rodríguez-Díaz, C. E. (2020). Mentoring program by and for a new generation of Latino investigators in behavioral-social science HIV research. Ethnicity and Disease, 30(2), 305-312. doi: 10.18865/ed.30.2.305.

Gelpí-Acosta, C., Rodríguez-Díaz, C. E., Abadie, R. & Aponte-Meléndez, Y. (2020). Puerto Rican syndemics: Opiates, overdoses, and HIV/HCV in a context of ongoing financial and environmental crises. American Journal of Public Health, 110(2): 176-177.