TITLE

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Research Associate Professor, Center for Research on US Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA)

FOCUS

Latino Health Behaviors and Health Disparities and HIV/AIDS

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Patria Rojas is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work and a research associate professor at the Center for Research on US Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA) at Florida International University.

For more than two decades, Dr. Rojas has focused on prevention efforts to address HIV/AIDS and substance abuse health disparities affecting Latino populations. Prior to completing her doctoral work in social welfare at Florida International University, she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Merrimack College, and earned graduate degrees in social work and public health from Boston University.

Her research focuses on Latino health behaviors and health disparities among Latinos –particularly in the area of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and mental health. Dr. Rojas has published papers in the field of minority health promotion and disease prevention, which have helped spearhead interventions for alcohol and substance abuse and HIV prevention among Latino immigrant women in South Florida.

Her current research includes pregnancy prevention and HIV prevention for male and female Latino adolescents and HIV and domestic abuse prevention targeting recent immigrant adult Latina farmworkers in South Florida. In addition to her focus on community based and community based participatory research, Dr. Rojas provides methodological and technical support to other research projects at CRUSADA.

EDUCATION

  • Florida International University, PhD
  • Boston University, MSW, MPH
  • Merrimack College, BA

PUBLICATIONS/RESEARCH (publications from 2012-current)

Aysa-Lastra, M., Rojas, P., Dillon F. R., Duan, R., & De La Rosa, M. (2012). Family closeness and domestic abuse among Caribbean and South American women in South Florida. Journal of Family Violence, 27, 547-559. doi: 10.1007/s10896-012-9445-1. http://paa2011.princeton.edu/papers/111820

Cano, M. A., Sanchez, M., Trepka, M. J., Dillon, F. R. Sheehan, D. M., Rojas, P., Kanamori, M., 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. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22330. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jclp.22330/epdf

Concha, M., Sanchez, M., De La Rosa, M., & Villar, M. (2013). A Longitudinal Study of Social Capital and Acculturation-Related Stress Among Recent Latino Immigrants in South Florida. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 35(4), 469-485. doi: 10.1177/0739986313499005. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0739986313499005

De La Rosa, M., Huang, H., Brook, J., Sanchez, M., Rojas, P., Kanamori, M., Cano, M. A., & Martinez, M. (2016) Sociocultural determinants of substance misuse among adult Latinas of Caribbean and south and central American descent: A longitudinal study of a community-based sample. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 1-21. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1080/15332640.2016.1201716. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15332640.2016.1201716

De La Rosa, M., Huang, H., Rojas, P., Dillon, F. R., Lopez-Quintero, C., Li, T., & Ravelo, G. J. (2015). Influence of Mother–Daughter Attachment on Substance Use: A Longitudinal Study of a Latina Community-Based Sample. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76(2), 307-316. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5374481/

Kanamori, M., De La Rosa, M., Diez, S., Weissman, J., Trepka, M. J., Sneij, A., Schmidt, P., & Rojas, P.  (2017). A Brief Report: Lessons Learned and Preliminary Findings of Progreso en Salud, an HIV Risk Reduction Intervention for Latina Seasonal Farmworkers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(32), 1-16. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14010032. http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/14/1/32/htm

Kanamori, M., De La Rosa, M., Weissman, J., Rojas, P., Villar, M. E., Trepka, M. J. Dillon, F. R., & Jaramillo, M. (2016). Associations between drug/alcohol use and emotional abuse: Who perpetrates emotional abuse against Latina women? Journal of Epidemiological Research, 2(1). doi: 10.5430/xyz.v1n1p1. http://www.sciedupress.com/journal/index.php/jer/article/view/7970/4996

Kanamori, M., Weissman, J., De La Rosa, M., Melton, J., Sanchez, M., Rojas, P., & Trepka, M. J. (2016). Women’s perception of adolescent marijuana use in a Hispanic seasonal farm worker community: a qualitative study. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 16, 1-11. [Epub ahead of print December 2016] http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15332640.2016.1230727. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15332640.2016.1230727

Kanamori, M., Weissman, J., De La Rosa, M., Trepka, M. J., Rojas, P., Cano, M. A., Melton, J., & Unterberger, A. (2016). Latino Mother/Daughter dyadic attachment as a mediator for substance use disorder and emotional abuse. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 18(4), 896-903. doi: 10.1007/s10903-015-0312-z. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10903-015-0312-z

Lopez-Quintero, C., Rojas, P., Dillon, F. R., Varga, L., & De La Rosa, M. (2016). HIV testing practices among Latina women at risk of getting infected: A five-year follow- up of a community sample in South Florida. AIDS Care, 28(2), 137-146. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4724281/

Niyonsenga, T., Blackson, T., De La Rosa, M., Rojas, P., Dillon, F. R., & Ganapati, N. E. (2012). Social support, attachment and chronic stress as correlates of Latina mother and daughter drug use behaviors. American Journal on Addictions, 21, 157-167. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2011.00202.x. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1521-0391.2011.00202.x/abstract

Rojas, P., Dillon, F. R., Cyrus, E., Ravelo, G. J., Malow, R. M., & De La Rosa, M. (2014). Alcohol Use as a Determinant of HIV Risk Behaviors Among Recent Latino Immigrants in South Florida. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 25(2), 135-144. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3787981/

Rojas, P., Dillon, F. R., Ravelo, G. J., Malow, R., Duan, R., & De La Rosa, M. (2013). Nonmedical prescription sedative use among adult Latina mothers and daughters. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 45(4). 329-339. doi:10.1080/02791072.2013.825513. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02791072.2013.825513

Rojas, P., Huang, H., Li, T., Ravelo, G. R., Sanchez, M., Dawson, C., Brook, J., Kanamori, M., & De La Rosa, M. (2016). Socio-cultural determinants of risky sexual behaviors among adult Latinas: a longitudinal study of a community-based sample. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(11), 1164. doi:  10.3390/ijerph13111164. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5129374/

Sanchez, M., De La Rosa, M., Blackson, T., Sastre, F., Rojas, P., Li, T., & Dillon, F. R. (2014). Pre- to post-immigration alcohol use trajectories among recent Latino immigrants. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28(4), 990-999. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4274213/

Sanchez, M., Rojas, P., Li, T., Ravelo, G., Cyrus, E., Wang, W., Kanamori, M., Peragallo, N. P., De La Rosa, M. (2016). Evaluating a culturally tailored HIV risk reduction intervention among Latina immigrant farmworkers. World Medical & Health Policy, 8(3), 245-262. 10.1002/wmh3.193. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wmh3.193/abstract

Sanchez, M., Romano, E., Dawson, C., Huang, H., Sneji, A., Cyrus, E., Cano, M. A., Rojas, P., 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, 13(11), pii E1055. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5129265/

Sastre, F., Rojas, P., Cyrus, E., De La Rosa, M., & Khoury, A. H. (2014). Improving the Health Status of Caribbean People: Recommendations from the Triangulating on Health Equity Summit. Global Health, 21(3), 19–28. doi:10.1177/1757975914523455. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4140953/