Hortensia Amaro, PhD

Hortensia Amaro, PhD is associate vice provost for community research initiatives and Dean's Professor of Social Work and Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Amaro has dramatically advanced the understanding of substance abuse disorder treatment, HIV prevention and other urgent public health challenges through a distinguished career that has spanned scholarly research, translation of science to practice, top-level policy consultation and service on five Institute of Medicine committees. Before joining USC in 2012, Amaro was with Northeastern University for 10 years, serving as associate dean, as well as distinguished professor of health sciences and counseling psychology, of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences; and as director of the university's Institute on Urban Health Research. For 18 years prior to that, she was professor in the Boston University School of Public Health and in the Department of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. She received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1982. In recognition of the impact of her scholarship, she was elected into the Institute of Medicine in 2010 and was awarded honorary doctoral degrees in humane letters by Simmons College in 1994 and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in 2012. She has also served as a distinguished visiting professor in women's health at Ben Gurion University in Israel.