Guillermo J. Prado, PhD

Dr. Guillermo (Willy) Prado is currently Dean of the University of Miami’s Graduate School, the Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences and the Director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences. Prado’s research focuses on the prevention of risky health behaviors, including drug use, unsafe sexual behavior, lack of physical activity, and poor dietary intake, associated with the top leading causes of morbidity and mortality in adolescents, and Hispanic youth in particular. His program of research on Hispanic adolescent health has been continuously funded by the NIH since the first year of his doctoral program when he received a R03. Since then, he has been PI, Co-PI, co-investigator, or senior mentor of HIV, substance abuse, and obesity prevention studies totally approximately $80 million of NIH and CDC funding.  He is currently the PI of two NIH funded R01s – one in drug abuse and HIV prevention and the second in obesity prevention. Dr. Prado’s research has been recognized by numerous organizations, including the Society for Prevention Research, the Society for Research on Adolescence, and the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse. Prado’s mentoring and training of early career scientists has also been recognized by numerous organizations, including the Society for Prevention Research and the Florida Education Fund. He was also selected by the Miami Herald as one of the Top 20 Business Leaders and Innovators in South Florida under the age of 40 for his research and community work in the area of Hispanic adolescent health. He is currently president of the Society for Prevention Research.