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Mariana Sanchez

Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Research Associate at the Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse




Health disparities, cultural adaptations, culturally tailored evidence-based health promotion interventions, socio-cultural determinants of alcohol use and HIV risk behaviors


Mariana Sanchez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and a Research Associate at the Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA) in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University. She has over 20 years of experience in conducting longitudinal research with youth and young adults in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Her program of research seeks to gain a deeper understanding of the cultural mechanism that influence health behaviors, particularly alcohol misuse, and its related consequences among Latinos. To date, the bulk of her research has focused on examining how sociocultural determinants impact alcohol and HIV risk behaviors among particularly vulnerable Latino populations including recent immigrants, unauthorized immigrants, and farmworkers. Dr. Sanchez is also primary department faculty for a new graduate track in Health Disparities housed in the Department of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. The goal of this concentration is to train doctoral students and expand FIU’s capacity to conduct health disparities research in HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and obesity among African Americans, Latinos, Haitians, and other underserved communities in South Florida and the Caribbean region. Dr. Sanchez has been an investigator on 5 National Institutes of Health funded studies. She is currently a co-principal investigator of a mixed methods study funded by the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism aimed at understanding the environmental, demographic, and sociocultural factors influencing drinking and driving trajectories among recent Latino immigrants. Ultimately, she aspires to apply knowledge gained from her research towards developing culturally relevant evidence-based interventions that target identified vulnerability factors and take advantage of key protective factors in preventing substance use and other related health disparities among minority populations.


  • Florida International University, Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Welfare
  • Florida International University, Master of Social Work
  • Florida International University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • University of Miami, Undergraduate Studies in Psychology
  • Miami Dade College, Associate of Arts

Peer-reviewed Manuscripts Published in Press

(* denotes published with student, ** denotes senior author, † denotes co-first author)

  1. *Shrader, C., St. George, S.M., Sanchez, M. Adkins, T., Kanamori, M. “We have to live in misery either way:” A qualitative exploration of immigration and occupational stressors and how they influence Latina seasonal workers’ substance use networks. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.
  2. Cano, M. A., Sánchez, M., De La Rosa, M., Rojas, P., Ramírez-Ortiz, D., Bursac, Z., Meca, A., Schwartz S. J., Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Zamboanga, B. L., Garcini, L. M., Roncancio, A. M., Arbona, C., Sheehan, D. M, & de Dios, M. A. (in press). Alcohol use severity among Hispanic emerging adults: Examining the roles of bicultural self-efficacy and acculturation. Addictive Behaviors.
  3. Oh, S. Vaughn, M.G., Salas-Wright, C.P., AbiNaber, M.A., Sanchez, M. (In press). Driving under the Influence of Alcohol: Findings from the NSDUH, 2002-2017. Addictive Behaviors.
  4. De La Rosa, M., Sanchez, M., Wang, W., Cano, M.A., Rojas, P. (2020). Alcohol use trajectories of Latinx immigrants during their first decade in the U.S., Addictive Behaviors, Addictive Behaviors, Epub 106352. Co-first author/corresponding author.
  5. † * Fava, N., *Sanchez, M., Vazquez, V., Wuyke, S., Villalba, K., Ravelo, G.J., Rojas, P. (In press) Associations between sexual trauma and sexual relationship control among Latina farmworkers: the moderating role of gender norms. Journal of Traumatic Stress. Co-first author/corresponding author.
  6. *Cano, M. A., Rojas, P. Ramírez-Ortiz, D., Sanchez, M. & De La Rosa, M. (In press). Depression and gender roles among Hispanic immigrant women: examining associations of gender egalitarianism, marianismo, and self-silencing. Journal for the Poor and Underserved
  7. Cano, M. A., Castro, F. G., De La Rosa, M., Amaro, H., Vega, W. A., Sanchez, M., Rojas, P., Ramírez-Ortiz, D., Taskin, T., Prado, G., Schwartz, S. J., Córdova, D., Salas-Wright, C. P. & De Dios, M. A. (2020). Depressive symptoms and resilience among Hispanic emerging adults: examining the moderating effects of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, family cohesion, and social support. Behavioral Medicine, 14, 1-13.
  8. Huang, H., Cano, M.A., Trepka, M.J., Rojas, P., Sheehan, D. M., Sanchez, M., Rojas, P. & De la Rosa. Neighborhood and health related outcomes: a study of adult Latinas of Caribbean and south and Central American descent in Miami. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. Epub 12 Dec. 2019
  9. ** Levitt, E., Ainuz, B., Pourmoussa, A., Acuna, J., De La Rosa, M., Zevallos, J., Wang, W., Rodriguez, P., Castro, G. & Sanchez, M. (2019). Pre- and post-immigration correlates of alcohol misuse among young adult recent Latino immigrants: an ecodevelopmental approach. International Journal of Environmental Public Health, 16(22). pii: E4391
  10. *Rojas, P., Ramirez-Ortiz, D., Wang, W., Daniel, V., Sanchez, M., Cano, M.A., Ravelo, G.J., Braithewaite, Montano, N. & De La Rosa, M. (2019). Testing the efficacy of an HIV prevention intervention among Latina immigrants living in farmworker communities in South Florida. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. [Epub ahead of print].
  11. Ravelo, G.J., Sanchez, M., Rojas, P., Cyrus, E., De La Rosa, M., Peragallo, N. & Rojas, P. (2019). Associations between gender norms and HIV self-efficacy among Latinas immigrants in a farmworker community. Ethnicity & Health, [Epub ahead of print].
  12. Hagler, D.J., Hatton,S.N.,..Sanchez, M…Dale, A.M., (2019). Image processing and analysis methods for the adolescent brain and cognitive development study. 202, 116091.
  13. Salas-Wright, C.P., AbiNader, M.A., Vaugh, M.G., Sanchez, M., Oh, S. & Goings, T.C. (2019). National trends in parental communication with their teenage children about the dangers in substance use, 2002-2016. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 40(4), 483-490.
  14. Salas-Wright, C.P., AbiNader, M.A., Vaughn, M.G., Sanchez, M. & De La Rosa, M. (2019). Trends in participation in teen pregnancy and STI prevention programming, 2002-2016. Preventive Medicine. [Epub ahead of print].
  15. *Sanchez, M., Diez, S., Fava, N.M., Cyrus, E., Ravelo, G.J., Rojas, P., Li, T. , Cano, M.A. & De La Rosa, M. (2019) Immigration stress among recent Latino immigrants:  the protective role of social support and religious social capital. Social Work in Public Health, 34(4), 279-292.
  16. Sheehan, D.M., Gebrezgi, M.T., Sanchez, M., Li, T., Fennie, K. & Trepka, M.J. (2019). Concurrent and time-lagged effects of social disorganization on chlamydia rate trajectories among United States counties and the District of Columbia, 2010-2015, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 46(6),364-369.
  17. *Ramirez Ortiz, D., Rojas, P., Sanchez, M., Cano, M. A. & De La Rosa, M. R. (2019). Associations of self-silencing and egalitarian attitudes with HIV prevention behaviors among Latina immigrant farmworkers. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 21(2), 430-433.
  18. Romano, E., Sanchez, M. & De La Rosa, M. & Ertman, B. (2019). Determinants of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs among Latino immigrants in Miami-Dade county. Journal of Ethnicity is Substance Abuse, 18(3), 359-373.
  19. Zucker, R.A., Gonzalez, R., Feldstein-Ewing, S., Paulus, M., Arroyo, J., Fuligni, A., Morris, A., Sanchez, M. & Wills, T. (2018) Assessment of culture and environment in the adolescent brain and cognitive development study: rationale, description of measures, and early data. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 32, 107-120.
  20. Cyrus, E., Sheehan, D. M., Fennie, K., Sanchez, M., Dawson, C. T., Cameron, M., Maddox, L. & Trepka, M. J. (2018). Delayed diagnosis of HIV among Non-Latino Black Caribbean immigrants in Florida 2000–2014. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 29(1), 266-283.
  21. *Cano, M.A., Sanchez, M., Rojas, P., Ramirez-Ortiz, D., Polo, K.L., Romano, E. & De La Rosa, M.R. (2018).Alcohol use severity among adult Hispanic immigrants: examining the roles of family cohesion, social support, and gender. Substance Use & Misuse, 53(4), 668-676.
  22. Kanamori,, Weissman, J., De La Rosa, M., Melton, J., Sanchez, M., Rojas, P. & Trepka, M.J. (2018). Women’s perception of adolescent marijuana use in a Hispanic seasonal
    farm worker community: a qualitative study. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 17(3), 345-355.
  23. De La Rosa, M. Huang, H., Brook, J. S., Sanchez, M., Rojas, P., Kanamori, M., Cano, M.A.& Martinez, M.(2018). Socio-cultural determinants of substance misuse among adult Latinas of Caribbean, South and Central American descent: a longitudinal study of a community-based sample. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 17(3), 303-323.
  24. Rojas, P., Li, T., Ravelo, G., Dawson, C., Sanchez, M., Sneji, A., Wang, E., Kanamori, M., Cyrus, E. & De La Rosa, M.R. (2017). Correlates of cervical cancer screening among adult Latino women: a 5-year follow-up. World Medical & Health Policy, 9(2), 239-254.
  25. Da Silva, N., Dillon, F. R., Verdejo, T., Sanchez, M. & De La Rosa, M. (2017). Acculturative stress, psychological distress, and religious coping among Latina youth adult immigrants. The Counseling Psychologist, 45(2), 213-236.
  26. Cyrus, E.A., Dawson, C., Fennie, K., Sheehan, D., Mauck, D.E., Sanchez, M., Maddox,
    M. & Trepka, M.J. (2017). Disparity in retention in care and viral suppression for Black Caribbean-born immigrants living with HIV in Florida. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(3), pii:E 285.
  27. Romano, E., De La Rosa, M., Sanchez, M. & Babino, R. (2017). Riding with impaired drivers among recent Latino immigrants in southern Florida. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 19(5), 1256-1259.
  28. Cano, M., Sanchez, M., Trepka, M., Dillon, F.R., Sheehan, D.M., Rojas, P., Kanamori, M.J., Huang, H., Auf, R. & De La Rosa, M. (2017). Immigration stress and alcohol use
    severity among recently immigrated Hispanic adults: examining moderating effects of
    gender, immigration status and social support. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73(3), 294-307.
  29. *Sanchez, M., Romano, E., Dawson, C., Rojas, P., Martinez, M., Li, T., Cyrus, E. & De La Rosa, M. (2017). Cultural correlates of DUI risk perceptions among documented and undocumented recent Latino immigrants in South Florida. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 39(2), 211-237.
  30. *Sanchez, M., Rojas, P., Li, T., Ravelo, G., Cyrus, E., Wang, W., Kanamori, M., Peragallo, N. & De La Rosa, M. (2016). Evaluating a culturally tailored HIV risk reduction intervention among Latina immigrant in the farmworker community. World Medical & Health Policy, 8(3), 245-262.
  31. *Rojas, P., Huang, H., Li, T., Ravelo, G., Sanchez, M., Dawson, C., Brook, J., Kanamori, M. & De La Rosa, M.R. (2016). Sociocultural determinants of risky sexual risk behaviors among adult Latinas: a longitudinal study of a community-based sample. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(11).
  32. *Sanchez, M., Romano, E., Dawson, C., Huang, H., Sneji, A., Cyrus, E., Rojas, Cano, M.A., Brook, J. & De La Rosa, M. (2016). Drinking and driving among recent Latino immigrants: the impact of neighborhoods and social support. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 28, 13(11).
  33. Berger C., J., Ren, Y., Swank, P., Sanchez, M. & De La Rosa, M. (2016). Pre- to post-immigration sexual risk behavior and alcohol use among recent Latino immigrants in
    Culture Health & Sexuality, 18(10), 1107-1121.
  34. Romano, E., De La Rosa, M., Sanchez, M., Babino, R. & Taylor, E., (2016). Drinking and driving among undocumented Latino immigrants in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 18(4), 935-939.
  35. Concha, M., Sanchez, M., Rojas, P., Villar, M.E. & De La Rosa, M. (2016). Differences in acculturation and trajectories of anxiety and alcohol consumption among Latina mothers and daughters in South Florida. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 18 (4), 886-895.
  36. Ibanez, G.E., Dillon, F., Sanchez, M., De La Rosa, M., Li, T. & Villar, M. (2015). Changes in family cohesion and acculturative stress among recent Latino immigrants: a growth
    curve analysis. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 24(3), 219-234.
  37. Sastre, F., Sanchez, M., De La Rosa, M. Changes in pre- to post-immigration HIV risk behaviors among recent Latino immigrants. (2015). AIDS Education and Prevention, 27(1), 44-57.
  38. Blackson, T., De La Rosa, M., Sanchez, M. & Li, T. (2015). Latino immigrants’ biological parents’ histories of substance use problems in their country of origin predict their pre-
    and post-immigration alcohol use problems. Substance Abuse, 36(3), 257-263.
  39. Sanchez, M., Dillon, F. R. & De La Rosa, M.  (2015). The impact of religious coping on the acculturative stress and alcohol use of recent Latino immigrants. Journal of Religion and Health, 56(6), 1986-2004.
  40. Rojas, P., Huang, H., Li, T., Sanchez, M., Dillon, F. R. & De La Rosa, M. (2015). Alcohol and other determinants of non-medical use of prescription medications among Latinas: a six year follow up. Jacobs Journal of Addiction and Therapy, 2, 1-15.
  41. Sanchez, M., De La Rosa, M., Blackson, T.C., Sastre, F., Rojas, P., Li, T. & Dillon, F. (2014) Pre- to post-immigration alcohol use trajectories among recent Latino immigrants.Psychology of Addictive Behavior, 28(4), 990-999.
  42. Concha, M., Sanchez, M., De La Rosa, M. & Villar, M. E. (2013). A longitudinal study of social capital and acculturation-related stress among recent Latino immigrants in South Florida: a longitudinal study. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 35(4), 469-485.
  43. Dillon, F. R., De La Rosa, M. R., & Sanchez, M. & Schwartz, S. (2012). Preimmigration family cohesion and drug/alcohol abuse recent Latino immigrants. The Family Journal,
    20(3), 256-266.
  44. Sanchez, M., Dillon, F., Ruffin, B. & De La Rosa, M. (2012). The influence of religious coping on the acculturative stress of recent Latino immigrants. Journal of Ethnic and
    Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 21(3), 
  45. De La Rosa, M., Sanchez, M., Dillon, F., Ruffin, B.A., Blackson, T, & Schwartz. (2012). Alcohol use among Latinos: a comparison of pre-immigration, post-immigration, and
    S. born Latinos. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 14(3), 371-378.

Peer-reviewed Manuscripts Published in Media

2019          National Public Radio (NPR) Academic Minute, “Latino Immigrants and Drinking.” July 23, 2019.

2018         Highlighted Researcher for Hispanic Heritage Month on the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities Blog, NIMHD Insights “Tackling Health Disparities Among Latinos in the United States” Posted on October 11, 2018.