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Amaro, H., Magno-Gatmaytan, C., Meléndez, M., Cortés, D., Arevalo, S., Margolin, A. (In press). Mindfulness-based HIV prevention among Puerto Rican women in substance abuse treatment: Assessing the acceptability and promise of Spiritual Self-Schema therapy. Substance Abuse.

Meléndez, M., Cortés, D., Amaro, H. (In press). Acceptability and cultural fit of spiritual self-schema therapy for Puerto Rican women with addiction disorders: qualitative findings. Women and Therapy.

Arévalo, S., Bécares, L., & Amaro, H. (In press). Health of incarcerated Latino men. In Aguirre-Molina, M., Borrell, L., & Vega, W. (Eds.), Social and Structural Factors Affecting the Health of Latino Males. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University.

Ulibarri, M.D., Sumner, L.A., Cyriac, A., Amaro, H. (in press). Power, Violence, and HIV Risk in Women. In M. Paludi & F.L. Denmark (Eds.), Victims of Sexual Assault and Abuse: Resources and Responses for Individuals and Families: Vol. 1. Incidence and Psychological Dimensions. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, ABC-CLIO.

Almeida J, Subramanian SV, Kawachi I, & Molnar BE. Is blood thicker than water? Social support, depression and the modifying role of ethnicity/nativity status. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. (In press).

Rosenfeld L, Rudd R, Emmons KM, Acevedo-García D, Martin L, Buka S. (in-press). "Beyond Reading Alone: The Relationship between Aural Literacy and Asthma Management." Patient Education and Counseling.

Merrill Singer, Claudia Santelices, Derrick Hodge, Zahira Medina, Marisa Solomon. Assessing and Responding to a Community Health Risk: Second-Hand Smoking in Puerto Rican Households. Practicing Anthropology, 2010 [In Press]

From Street Research to Public Health Intervention: The Hartford Drug Monitoring Project. Merrill Singer, Claudia Santelices, Greg Mirhej and Hassan Saleheen; in Anthropology and Public Health; edited by Robert Hahn and Margaret Inborn. Oxford University Press. [In Press]


Reed, E., Prado, G., Matsumoto, A., & Amaro, H. (2010). Alcohol and drug use and related consequences among gay, lesbian and bisexual college students: Role of experiencing violence, feeling safe on campus, and perceived stress. Addictive Behaviors. 35(3), 168-171.

Oralia, L., Steffanie, A. S., Remedios, L., Hugo, S., Victoria, D. O., Gustavo, A. M., Amaro, H., Patterson, T. (2010). Correlates of Early versus Later Initiation into Sex Work in Two Mexico-U.S. Border Cities. The Journal of Adolescent Health. 46(1) 37-44

Arévalo, S., & Amaro, H. (2010). Sexual health of Latino populations in the U.S. In M. Asencio (Ed.), Latina/o Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices and Policies. (pp. 75-89) New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Rosenfeld, L., Rudd, R., Chew, G., Emmons, K., Acevedo-García, D. (2010). "Are Neighborhood-Level Characteristics Associated with Indoor Allergens in the Household?" Journal of Asthma. 47(1) 66-75.


Almeida J, Johnson RM, Molnar BE & Azrael D. Emotional distress among sexual minority youth: The mediating role of maltreatment from peers. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 2009;38 (7):1001-14.

Almeida J, Molnar BE, Kawachi I, & Subramanian SV. A multilevel analysis of social ties and social cohesion among Latinos and their neighborhoods: Results from Chicago. Journal of Urban Health. 2009;86 (5):745-59.

Almeida J, Kawachi I, Molnar, BE, & Subramanian, SV. Ethnicity and nativity status as determinants of perceived social support: Testing the concept of familism. Social Science & Medicine. 2009;68 (10):1852-8.

Almeida J, Cohen AP, Subramanian SV & Molnar, BE. Increased worker caseloads in state child protective service agencies as a potential explanation for the decline in child sexual abuse: A multilevel analysis. Child Abuse & Neglect. 2008; 32(3): 367-75.

Reed, E., Amaro, H. Matsumoto, A. & Kaysen, D. (2009). Interpersonal violence among a sample of university students: Relation to substance use and relevance of context. Addictive Behaviors, 34, 316-318.

Ojeda, V., Strathdee, S., Lozada, R., Rusch, M., Fraga, M., Orozovich, P., Magis-Rodriguez, C., De La Torre, A., Amaro, H., Cornelius, W., & Patterson, T. (2009). Associations between migrant status and sexually transmitted infections among female sex workers in Tijuana, Mexico. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 85(6), 420-426.

Ulibarri, M., Semple, S.J., Rao, S., Strathdee, S.A., Fraga-Vallejo, M., Bucardo, J., de la Torre, A., Salázar-Reyna, J., Orozovich, P., Staines-Orozco, H., Amaro, H., Magis-Rodríguez, C., and Patterson, T.L. (2009). History of abuse and psychological distress symptoms among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. Violence and Victims, 24 (3), 399-413.

Amaro, H., Ahl, M., Matsumoto, A., Prado, G., Mule, C., Kemmemer, A., Larimer, M., Masi, D., Mantella, P. (2009). Trial of a university assistance program for alcohol use among mandated students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Sup 16:45.

Semple, S.J,, Amaro, H., Strathdee, S.A., Zians, J., and Patterson, T.L. (2009). Ethnic differences in substance use, sexual risk behavior, and psychosocial factors in a sample of heterosexual methamphetamine users. Substance Use & Misuse. 44(8), 1101-1120.

Larios, S., Lozada, R., Strathdee, S., Semple, S., Roesch, S., Staines, H., Orozovich, P., Fraga, M., Amaro, H., de la Torre, A., Magis-Rodriguez, C., and Patterson, T.L. (2009). An exploration of contextual factors that influence HIV risk in female sex workers in Mexico: the social ecological model applied to HIV risk behaviors. AIDS Care. 21 (10), 1335- 1342.

Stallworth, J., Herbst, J., Alvarez, M., Romaguera, R., Amaro, H., Dean, H. (2009). Introduction to AIDS Education and Prevention Supplement B. AIDS Education and Prevention, 21, Supplement B, 3-6.

Vallejo, Z., Amaro, H. (2009). Adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program for addiction relapse prevention. Humanistic Psychology. 37 (2), 192 - 206.

Emerson, M., Amaro, H., Glovsky, E., Nieves, R. (2009). Unhealthy weight gain during treatment for alcohol and drug use in four residential programs for Latina and African American women. Substance Use and Misuse. 4 (11), 1553-1565.


The Role of Drug Users in the Brazilian HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Patterns, Perceptions and Prevention. Scott Clair, Merrill Singer Francisco Bastos, Monica Malta, Claudia Santelices and Nelaine Bertoni. HIV/AIDS: Global Frontiers in Prevention and Intervention; Cynthia Pope, Renee T. White, and Robert Malow, eds. [September 2008]

Arévalo, S., Prado, W., & Amaro, H. (2008). Spirituality, sense of coherence and coping responses in women receiving treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. Evaluation and Program Planning, 2006, 31(1), 113-123.

Mejia, R., Jenkins, R., Carey, J., Amaro, H., Morrill, A., Krech, L., Logan, J., & Cranston,
K. (2008). Longitudinal observation of an HIV prevention Community Planning Group (CPG). Health Promotion Practice. First published on February 26, 2008 as doi:

Patterson, T. L., Semple, S. J., Staines, H., Lozada, R., Orozovich, P., Bucardo, J.,
Philbin, M. M., Pu, M., Fraga, M., Amaro, H., et al. (2008). Prevalence and correlates of HIV infection among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. Border Cities. Journal of
Infectious Diseases, 197(5), 728-732.

Strathdee, S.A., Lozada, R., Semple, S.J., Orozovich, P., Pu, M., Staines-Orozco, H.,
Fraga-Vallejo, M., Amaro, H., et al. (2008). Characteristics of female sex workers with U.S. clients in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 35(3), 263-268.


Amaro, H., Chernoff, M., Brown, V., Arévalo, S., & Gatz, M. (2007). Does integrated
trauma-informed substance abuse treatment increase treatment retention? Journal of Community Psychology, 35(7), 845-862.

Amaro, H., Dai, J., Arevalo, S., Acevedo, A., Matsumoto, A., & Nieves, R. (2007). Effects of
integrated trauma treatment on outcomes in a racially/ethnically diverse sample of women in urban community-based substance abuse treatment. Journal of Urban Health, 84(4), 508-522.

Amaro, H., Larson, M. J., Zhang, A., Acevedo, D., Dai, J., & Matsumoto, A. (2007). Effects of trauma intervention on HIV sexual risk behaviors among women with co-occurring disorders in substance abuse treatment. Journal of Community Psychology, 35(7), 895-908.

Guthrie, B., J, Genero, N., Rotherman-Borus, M., & Amaro, H. (2007). Guide to female
adolescents substance use: Gender and ethnic considerations. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Retrieved June 13, 2008, from


Alegria, M., Page. B.J., Hansen, H., Cauce, A.M., Robles, R., Blanco, C., Cortes, D.E.,
Amaro, H., Morales, A., Berry, P. (2006). Improving drug treatment services for Hispanics: Research gaps and scientific opportunities. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 84:76-84.

Amaro, H. & Aguchi, M. (2006). Scientific Opportunities in Hispanic Drug Abuse Research (Editors). Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 84(1).

Amaro, H., Arevalo, S., Gonzalez, G., Aguchi, M., Szapoznik, J. (2006). Needs and scientific
opportunities for research on substance abuse treatment among Hispanic adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 84,64-75.

Amaro, H. and Iguchi, M. (2006) Editorial: Opportunities in Hispanic Drug Abuse Research. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 84: 1-3.

De la Torre, A., Garcia, L., Flores, Y., Semple, S.J., Bucardo, J., Fraga, M., Staines, H.,
Amaro, H., Magis Rodríguez, C., Strathdee, S.A., and Patterson, T.L. (2006).The impact of
price and workplace on female sex worker condom use in Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez. Prevention and Intervention in the Community, Special Issue on Women and International HIV Prevention.

Fried, LE., Aschengrau, A., Cabral, H., Amaro, H. (2006). A comparison of maternal
interview and medical record ascertainment of violence among women who had poor pregnancy outcomes. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 10:451-460

Lincoln, A., Liebshutz, J.M., Chernoff, M., Nguyen, D., Amaro, H. (2006). The development and validation of a brief screen for co-occurring disorder among women entering substance abuse treatment. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy, 26.

Patterson, T.L., Semple, S.J., Fraga, M., Bucardo, J., De la Torre, A., Salazar, J.,
Orozovich, P., Satines, H., Amaro, H., et al. (2006). Comparison of sexual and drug use
behaviors between female sex workers in Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Substance Use and Misuse, 41(10-12), 1535-1549.

Patterson, T.L., Semple, S.J., Fraga, M., Bucardo, J., De la Torre, A., Salazar, J.,
Orozovich, P., Staines, H., Amaro, H., Magis Rodríguez, C., Strathdee, S.A.. (2006). A
sexual risk reduction intervention for female sex workers in Mexico: Design and baseline characteristics. HIV/AIDS & Social Services Special Issues, 5(2): 115-237.

Prado, G., Schwartz, S., Pattatucci-Aragon, A., Clatts, M., Pantin, H., Fernandez, M.I.,
Lopez, B., Briones, E., Amaro, H. & Szapocznik, J. (2006). The prevention of HIV
transmission in Hispanic adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 84:43-53.

Raj, A., Santana, C., La Marche, A., Amaro, H., Cranston, K., Silverman, J. (2006).
Perpetration of intimate partner violence associated with sexual risk behaviors among young adult men. American Journal of Public Health, 96 (6).


Amaro, H., et al. (2005.) Heterosexual Behavioral Maintenance and Change Following HIV Counseling and Testing. Journal of Health Psychology, 10: 287-300.

Amaro, H, Blake, SM, Morrill, AC, Cranston, K, Logan, J, Conron, KJ, Dai, J. (2005). HIV presentation community planning: challenges and opportunities for data-informed
decision-making. AIDS and Behavior, 9 Suppl 1:9-27.

Amaro, H., Gampbel, J., Larson, M.J., Lopez, L., Richardson, R., Savage, A., Wagner, D. (2005). Racial/Ethnic Differences in Social Vulnerability among Women with Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders: Implications for Treatment Services. Journal of Community Psychology, 33(4), 495-511.

Amaro, H., McGraw, S., Larson, M.J., Lopez, L., Nieves, R., Marshall, B. (2005). Boston Consortium of Services for Families in Recovery: A trauma-informed intervention model for women's alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 22(3/4), 95-119.

Amaro, H. & Smith, A. (Guest Editors) (2005). 3rd International Conference on Urban Health: The Global Urban Health Agenda: Setting Priorities and Building Infrastructure. Journal on Urban Health, 82(2).

Jenkins, RA, Averbach, AR, Robbins, A, Cranston, K, Amaro, H, Morrill, AC, Blake, SM, Logan, JA, Batchelor, K, Freeman, AC, Carey, JW. (2005). Improving the Use of Data for HIV Prevention Decision Making: Lessons Learned. AIDS and Behavior, 9 Suppl 1:87-99.

Jenkins, RA, Robbins, A, Cranston, K, Batchelor, K, Freeman, AC, Averbach, AR, Amaro, H, Morrill, AC, Blake, SM, Logan, JA, Carey, JW. (2005). Bridging Data and Decision Making: Development of Techniques for Improving the HIV Prevention Community Planning Process. AIDS and Behavior, 9 Suppl 1:41-53.

Lundgren, L. M., Amaro, H., & Ben-Ami, L. (2005). Factors associated with drug treatment entry patterns among Hispanic women injection drug users seeking treatment. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 5 (1/2), 157-174.

Morrill, AC, Amaro, H, Blake, SM, Cranston, K, Logan, J, Dai, J, Krech, L, Dunn, S. (2005). HIV Prevention Community Planning: Enhancing Data-Informed Decision-Making. AIDS and Behavior, 9 Suppl 1:55-70.

Morrissey, J. P, Ellis, A. R., Gatz, M., Amaro, H., Reed, B. G., Savage, A., Finkelstein,
N., Mazelis, R., Brown, V., Jackson, E. W., & Banks, S. (2005). Outcomes for women with co-occurring disorders and trauma: Program and person-level effects. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 28(2), 121-133.

Morrissey, J.P, Jackson, E.W., Ellis, A.R., Amaro, H., et al. (2005). 12-month outcomes of trauma-informed interventions for women with co-occurring disorders. Psychiatric Services, 56(10), 1213-1222.


Amaro, H, Mangual, S, and Nieves, RL. (2004). Spirituality in Recovery: An educational group curriculum for women in recovery. Boston Consortium of Services for Families in Recovery, Public Health Commission, Boston, MA.

Amaro, H, and Nieves, RL. (2004). Economic Success in Recovery: An educational group curriculum for women in recovery. Boston Consortium of Services for Families in Recovery, Public Health Commission, Boston, MA.

Amaro, H and Nieves, RL. (2004). Pathways to Family Reunification: An educational group curriculum for women in recovery. Boston Consortium of Services for Families in Recovery, Public Health Commission, Boston, MA.

Amaro, H, Nieves, RL, and Saunders, L.(2004). Women's Leadership Training Institute: An educational group curriculum for women in recovery. Boston Consortium of Services for Families in Recovery, Public Health Commission, Boston, MA.

Raj, A., Silverman, J.G., Amaro, H. (2004). Abused women report greater male partner risk and gender-based risk for HIV: Findings from a community-based study with Hispanic women. AIDS Care, 16(4), 519-529.


Amaro, H. & Cortes, D. (2003). National Strategic Plan on Hispanic Drug Abuse Research. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Amaro, H., Raj, A., Reed, E. & Cranston. K. (2002) Implementation and Long-term Outcomes of Two HIV Intervention Programs for Latinas. Health Promotion Practice, 3(2), 245-254.

Amaro, H. & de la Torre. (2002). Public Health Needs and Scientific Opportunities: Research on Hispanic Women's Health. American Journal of Public Health, 92, 525-529.

Purlerwitz, J., Amaro, H., DeJong, W., Gortmaker, S.L., & Rudd, R. (2002). Relationship Power and Couples' Use of Condoms. AIDS Care, 14, (6), 789-800.

Raj, A., Amaro, H., Cranston, K, Martin, B., Cabral, H., Navarro, A., & Conron, K. (2002) Is a women's health program as effective as an HIV program in reducing HIV risk among Latinas? Public Health Reports, 116, 599-607.


Amaro, H., Blake, S., Schwarz, P., Flinchbaugh, F. (2001). Developing Theory-Based
Substance Abuse Prevention Programs for Young Adolescent Girls. Journal of Early
Adolescence, 21(3), 256-293.

Amaro, H., Navarro, A.M., Conron, K.J., and Raj, A. (2001) Cultural Influences on women's sexual health. In: R.J. DiClemente & G.M. Wingood (Eds) Women's Sexual & Reproductive Health: Social, Psychological and Public Health Perspectives (pp. 71-92). New York: Plenum Press.

Amaro, H., Raj, A., & Reed, E. (2001). Women's Sexual Health: The Need for Feminist Analyses in Public Health in the Decade of Behavior. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 25, 324-334.

Blake, S., Amaro., H., Schwartz, P., Flinchbaugh, L. (2001).A review of substance abuse prevention interventions for young adolescent girls. Journal of Early Adolescence, 21(3), 294-324.

Raj, A., Amaro, H., and Reed, E. (2001). Culturally tailoring HIV/AIDS prevention programs: Why, when, and how. In S.S. Kazarian and David R. Evans (eds.) Handbook of Cultural Health Psychology (pp.195-239). Academic Press.

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