2010 Fellows

Joanna Almeida, ScD, MPH, MSW

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Simmons College

Mentor: Charles Kaplan, PhD

Dr. Joanna Almeida is currently an Assistant Professor at Simmons School of Social Work. Dr. Almeida earned a ScD in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute on Urban Health Research at Northeastern University.  Almeida’s research is focused on understanding social factors such as stress, poverty, discrimination and neighborhood conditions that influence the deterioration of immigrants’ health after arrival in the US. She is currently co-investigator on a NIAAA funded RO1 that is testing the efficacy of culturally adapted Motivational Interviewing (MI) vs. standard MI on hazardous drinking among Latinos in Boston, MA. Dr. Almeida’s work has been covered by the Boston Globe, Boston Public Radio and National Public Radio.

Selected Publications:
Schmidt N, Tchetgen Tchetgen E, Ehntholt E, Almeida J, Nguyen QC, Molnar BM, Azrael D & Osypuk TL. (2014). Does neighborhood social capital change over time? Results from the Boston Neighborhood Survey. Journal of Community Psychology, 42(1), 61-79.

Almeida, J., Johnson, RM., Matsumoto, A. & Godette, D. (2012) Substance use, generation and time in the United States: The modifying role of gender for urban immigrant adolescents. Social Science & Medicine, 75(12):2069-2075.

Acevedo-Garcia, D. & Almeida, J. (2012). Special Issue Introduction: Place migration and health. Social Science & Medicine. 75(12):2055-2059.

Acevedo-Garcia, D., Sanchez-Vaznaugh, E., Viruell-Fuentes, E., & Almeida, J. (2012). Integrating social epidemiology into immigrant health research: A cross-national framework. Social Science & Medicine, 75(12):2060-2068.

Almeida, J., Johnson, RM., McNamara, M., & Gupta, J. (2011) Peer violence perpetration among urban adolescents: Dispelling the myth of the violent immigrant. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26 (13):2658-80.

NIAAA. R01. (December 2012- November 2017). A randomized clinical trial of culturally tailored motivational interviewing. Co-Investigator.

NICHD. Loan Repayment Program. (August 2012- July 2013). The health and wellbeing of immigrant children and youth: Risk and protective factors and social pathways.

Guadalupe Bacio, PhD, MA

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Chicano/a Latino/a Studies
Pomona College

IRTI Mentor: Guillermo Prado, PhD

Guadalupe Bacio is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and the Intercollegiate Department of Chicana/o-Latina-o Studies at Pomona College. The overarching goal of her program of research is to understand and address disparities in patterns and consequences of alcohol and drug use encountered by Latinx adolescents of different immigrant generations. To this end, one line of Dr. Bacio’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that explain the immigrant paradox in the etiology and development of alcohol and drug use among Latinx youth of first-, second-, and third-generation immigrant. On another line of research, Dr. Bacio examines the effectiveness of school-based adolescent alcohol intervention programs for Latinx and other minority youth populations. Dr. Bacio directs the Cultural contExts, adolesceNt healTh behavioRs, & develOpment (CENTRO) Research Lab. The CENTRO lab combines several research methods including community-participatory research, laboratory-based tasks, and large-scale surveys.

Selected Publications
Bacio, G.A.
, Garcia, T.A., Anderson, K.G., Brown, S.A., & Myers, M.G. (In press) Engagement and retention of ethnically diverse adolescents to a school-based intervention. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research

Bacio, G.A. & Ray, L. A. (2016) Drinking initiation among Latino youth: Cognitive and contextual explanations of the immigrant     paradox. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. doi: 10.1080/1067828X.2016.1153553 Garcia, T.A.,

Bacio, G.A., Tomlinson, K., Ladd, B.O., & Anderson, K.G. (2015) Effects of sex composition on group processes in alcohol prevention groups for teens. Experimental and Clincal Psychopharmacology, 4, 275-83. doi: 10.1037/pha0000032.

Bacio, G. A., Estrada, Y., Huang, S., Martinez, M., Sardinas, K., & Prado, G. (2015). Ecodevelopmental predictors of early initiation of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use among Hispanic adolescents. Journal of School Psychology, 53(3), 195-208. doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2015.02.001

NIH, T32. (September 2014- Present). Alcohol Research in the Science/Practicioner Model: Behavioral Sciences in Alcohol Abuse.

Angela Bazzi, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences
Boston University

Mentor: Hortensia Amaro, PhD

Angela Bazzi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health and a Boston University Peter Paul Career Development Professor. She received her PhD in Global Health from the University of California, San Diego, and completed postdoctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health. With the ultimate goal of improving the health of socially marginalized populations, she employs quantitative and qualitative research methods to identify and contextualize the determinants of health disparities and resilience. Prior to obtaining her MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, she was a reproductive health policy fellow at the United States Agency for International Development.

Selected Publications
Robertson, A.M., Syvertsen, J.L., Ulibarri, M.D., Rangel, G., Martinez, G., Strathdee, S.A. (2014). Prevalence and correlates of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among female sex workers and their non-commercial male partners in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. Journal of Urban Health, [epub ahead of print].

Syvertsen, J.L., Robertson, A.M., et al. (2014). Rethinking risk: gender and injection drug-related HIV risk among female sex workers and their non-commercial partners along the Mexico-U.S. border. International Journal of Drug Policy, [epub ahead of print].

Robertson, A.M., Garfein, R.S., Wagner, K.D., Mehta, S.R., Magis-Rodriguez, C., Cuevas-Mota, J, Moreno-Zuniga, P.G., & Strathdee, S.A. for Proyecto El Cuete IV and STAHR II. (2014). Evaluating the impact of Mexico’s drug policy reforms on people who inject drugs in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico, and San Diego, CA, United States: A binational mixed methods research agenda. Harm Reduction Journal, 11(4).

NIH, T32. (September 2012- July 2013). Aids training grant.

NIDA, R36. (August 2011-August 2012). Dissertation research on sexual partner concurrency in the Mexico-U.S border region.

Rick Cruz, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Utah State University

Mentor: Nancy Gonzales, PhD 

Rick A. Cruz is an assistant professor in psychology, and a faculty member in the Combined PhD program in Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology at USU. Rick completed his PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle with a focus in Child Clinical Psychology, and his APA accredited clinical internship at the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Rick completed his undergraduate training in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish, at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Dr. Cruz’s research is focused on the intersection of cultural and familial processes as they influence ethnic minority youth development, with a particular emphasis on Latino adolescent substance use risk and mental health issues. He is currently investigating cultural change and family disruption as precursors of substance use development among Mexican-origin adolescents. Dr. Cruz also has secondary interests in evaluating prevention and intervention programs for youth internalizing and externalizing problems, and assessing the utility of patient-reported outcomes to promote effective and efficient mental health services for youth and adults. Dr. Cruz’s work leverages quantitative methodology, such as SEM, latent growth curve modeling and multilevel modeling, to answer substantive questions related to youth development, family functioning, intervention programs and measurement.

Selected Publications:
Tsai, M., Fleming, A.F., Cruz, R.A., Hitch, J., & Kohlenberg, R.J. (in press). “Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP): Using Awareness, Courage, Love and Behaviorism to Promote Change”. In N. Thoma & D. McKay (Eds.), Engaging Emotion in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Experiential Techniques for Promoting Lasting Change. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

McCarty, C., Violette, H., Duong, M., Cruz, R.A., & McCauley, E. (2013). A randomized trial of the positive thoughts and action program for depression among early adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, [epub ahead of print].

Cruz, R.A., Wilkinson, A. V., Bondy, M. L., & Koehly, L. M. (2012). Psychometric evaluation of the Demographic Index of Cultural Exposure (DICE) in a Mexican-origin community sample. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 34(3): 404-420.

Cruz, R.A., King, K.M., Widaman, K.F., Leu, J., Cauce, A.M., & Conger, R.D. (2011). Cultural predictors of positive father involvement in two-parent Mexican-origin families. Journal of Family Psychology, 25(5): 731-740.

Pedersen, E. R., Cruz, R.A., LaBrie, J. W., & Hummer, J. F. (2011). Examining the relationships between acculturation orientations, perceived and actual norms, and drinking behaviors of short-term American sojourners in foreign environments. Prevention Science, 12(4): 401-410.

NIDA. F31. (August 2011- August 2013). Acculturation, family context, and Mexican origin youth substance use risk across time

Nalini Negi, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, School of Social Work
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Mentor: Avelardo Valdez, PhD

Dr. Negi’s research has emphasized the social etiology and mechanisms that confer risk of psychological distress and substance abuse among migrant populations such as Latino transmigrants (migrants who move back and forth between borders) and day laborers. She has published extensively in scientific journals as well as edited two books, one on social work practice with Latinos by Lyceum Press and one on social work practice with transnational migrants by Columbia University Press. Dr. Negi is currently principal investigator on a grant funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse examining the drug use patterns of Latino migrant day laborers in Baltimore city. In 2012, she received the National Award for Excellence in Research by a New Investigator from the National Hispanic Science Network. She was also awarded the 2012-2013 Exemplary Faculty of the Year Award for her outstanding teaching by the Student Government Association of the SSW UMB. Dr. Negi received her doctoral degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin in August 2008. Her dissertation work examined the risk and protective factors of psychological well-being and substance use among Latino day laborers. Dr. Negi’s dissertation received the top honor for a dissertation by the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), the largest scientific organization representing social work in the United States. Dr. Negi speaks five languages and has lived in seven countries in five continents.

Selected Publications:
Negi, N.J. & Mahapatra, N. (in press). “No somos vagabundos (“We are not loiterers”) The Impact of Anti-Immigrant Policies on the Lives of Latino Day Laborers in the United States”. In Ackerman, A.R.& Furman, R. (Eds.), The Criminalization of Immigration: Contexts and Consequences. Carolina Academic Press.

Negi, N.J. & Iwamoto, D.K. (2014). The factor structure of the BSI-18 with Latino migrant day laborers. Research on Social Work Practice, 24 (3), 364-371.

Negi, NJ., Cepeda, A., & Valdez, A. (2013) Crime victimization among immigrant Latino day laboreres in post-Katrina New Orleans. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Science, 35(3), 354-369.

Negi, N.J., Michalopoulos, L.M., Boyas, J. & Overdorff, A. (2013).Social networks that promote well-being among Latino migrant day laborers. Advances in Social Work, 14(1), 247-259.

Negi, N.J. (2011). Identifying psychosocial stressors of well-being and facotrs related to substance abuse among Lation day laborers. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 13 (4), 748-755.

NIDA. K01. (July 2013- July 2014). Drug and HIV risk among Latino immigrant day laborers in Baltimore.