Dr. Mario De La Rosa is a social work professor for the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work. He is an internationally known researcher who has published widely on Latino substance abuse, substance use as a risk factor for HIV/AIDS, violence, delinquency, and cross-cultural issues. Over the course of his academic career, he has served on numerous National Institutes of Health scientific review committees and peer-review scientific editorial boards. He is a past member of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparity (NIMHD) National Advisory Council. Dr. De La Rosa is the founding and current director of the Center for Substance Use and AIDS Research on Latinos in the United States (CRUSADA), which is a National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparity (NIMHD funded) P-20 Center of Excellence. He has won two awards for “Excellence in Research” at FIU and is the recipient of the National Award of Excellence in Research by a Senior Investigator from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse for his lifelong research efforts.