Faculty, Institute for Child Health Policy
Director, Health Outcomes and Policy Training and Education
University of Florida
2004 Mowry Road, Suite 2250
P.O. Box 100177
Gainesville FL 32610-0177
- Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
- M.S, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
- B.A., Psychology, University of Puerto Rico
Dr. Maldonado-Molina’s research program focuses on reducing health disparities in alcohol-related consequences among youth. She has published over 70 peer-reviewed studies related to the application of innovative statistical techniques to study the effects of context and structural interventions on behavioral and mortality outcomes, with particular focus among youth and young adults. She is the PI in six research projects at the University of Florida and the Institute for Child Health Policy. She is also a Co-Investigator in NIH projects, including a P50 Center grant from the Pennsylvania State University entitled “Center for Complex Data to Knowledge in Drug Abuse and HIV Behavioral Science” and an R25 project entitled “A Master Course on Power for Multilevel and Longitudinal Health Behavior Studies”. From 2009-2014, she was the PI of a five-year study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism entitled “Alcohol Contextual Influences: Health Disparities and Mortality”. She has also been principal, co-principal investigator, co-investigator or consultant in over 20 externally-funded projects examining the effects of alcohol policies on risky behaviors and health outcomes, and evaluating alcohol, drug use, and delinquency behaviors among minority adolescents. She was the Director of Education and Training in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy. She is the Director of the Family Data Center, and a member of the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences and the MD/PhD Advisory Boards in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. She received the 2009 New Investigator Award from the National Hispanic Science Network and the 2009 Early Career Prevention Network (ECPN) Award from the Society for Prevention Research for her contributions in the area of statistical applications in the drug use and prevention field. Recently, she received the 2013 and 2015 Exceptional Teacher Award for outstanding teaching accomplishments, College of Medicine at the University of Florida. She also received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from The Methodology Center at Penn State for significant science contributions to the field of drug use.
The goal of Dr. Maldonado-Molina’s research is to reduce health disparities in alcohol use and alcohol-related consequences, with particular focus on improving the health of minority children and adolescents.