Hortensia Amaro, NAM
Distinguished University Professor and Senior Scholar on Community Health, FIU
Hortensia de los Angeles Amaro, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Professor at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University (FIU). Prior to joining FIU, Amaro served as Associate Vice Provost of Community Research Initiatives and Dean's Professor of Social Work and Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California. Before joining USC in 2012, Dr. Amaro was with Northeastern University for 10 years, serving as associate dean, as well as distinguished professor of health sciences and counseling psychology, of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, and as founder and director of the university's Institute on Urban Health Research. For 18 years prior to that, she was professor in the Boston University School of Public Health and in the Department of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Amaro also served as a distinguished visiting professor in women's health at Ben Gurion University in Israel and for 14 years served as a mayoral appointee to the Board of the Boston City Health Department. She has dramatically advanced the understanding of substance abuse disorder treatment, HIV prevention and other urgent public health challenges through a distinguished career that has spanned scholarly research, translation of science to practice, top-level policy consultation and service. In addition to service on numerous NAM consensus study committees, Board on Population Health, and senior advisor to the NAM RWJ-funded Culture of Health Program, she has served as associate editor of 4 major journals and on the advisory boards of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics among others. She has authored more than 160 scholarly publications, many widely cited, and has made landmark contributions to improving behavioral health care in community-based organizations by launching addiction treatment programs and HIV prevention agencies in communities of color that have helped thousands of families and informing practice in agencies around the world. She received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1982 and was awarded honorary doctoral degrees in humane letters by Simmons College in 1994 and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in 2012. In recognition of the impact of her scholarship, Amaro was elected to the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in 2010 and has received in over 30 awards from professional, governmental and community-based organizations. She currently serves on the ASEMFL Board of Directors.