dr. hortensia amaro, phd

dean's professor of social work and preventive medicine, and associatevice provost of community research initiatives, university of southern california.

with her 30 years of experience in research and practice in the areas of substance abuse disorder treatment, hiv prevention, and other areas of public health, dr. amaro brings a wealth of community-based mental health expertise to the hope & grace fund. she has made landmark contributions to improving behavioral health care in community-based organizations by launching addiction treatment programs that have helped thousands of families and informing practice around the world. for example, her studies on clinical strategies for treating women with co-occurring drug addiction, mental illness, and post-traumatic stress disorder have provided strong evidence supporting integrated treatment for these conditions. dr. amaro has founded professional organizations and community-based service agencies, including the national hispanic psychological association, national trauma consortium, and latino health institute. she also serves on four institute of medicine committees, and on the review and advisory committees of samhsa, the national institutes of health, the us department of health and human services, and the us centers for disease control and prevention. in recognition of the impact of her scholarship, she was elected into the institute of medicine in 2010.