Hortensia Amaro

Dean's Professor, Social Work and Preventive Medicine and Associate Vice Provost, Community Research Initiatives
Contact Information
City Center
Department of Study 
Community, Organization, and Business Innovation
Research Interest 
Mental Health
Substance Abuse
Dean's Professor of Social Work and Preventive Medicine
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1982
MA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1977
BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1975

HORTENSIA 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 four Institute of Medicine committees. She has authored more than 130 scholarly publications, many widely-cited, and she has made landmark contributions to improving behavioral health care in community-based organizations by launching addiction treatment programs that have helped thousands of families and informing practice in agencies around the world.

Before joining USC in 2012, Amaro was with Northeastern University for 10 years, serving as 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 and was awarded honorary doctoral degrees in humane letters by Simmons College in 1994 and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in 2012. In recognition of the impact of her scholarship, she was elected into the Institute of Medicine in 2010. She has also served as a distinguished visiting professor in women's health at Ben Gurion University in Israel.

Over the last 30 years, Amaro has forged vital connections between public health research and practice. Her studies have focused on alcohol and drug use and addiction among adolescents and adults; the development and testing of behavioral interventions for HIV/AIDS prevention, including innovative HIV prevention models targeted to Latina and African American women; substance abuse and mental health treatment for Latina and African American women and incarcerated men; alcohol and drug use among college populations; and behavioral interventions for HIV medications adherence. Her article, “Love, Sex and Power” (American Psychologist, 1995) was a significant contribution to the field of HIV prevention among women and received the 1996 Scientific Publication Award from the National Association of Women in Psychology. The article was based on her keynote address for being the recipient of the 1993 Award for Distinguished Contributors to Psychology in the Public Interest: Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association.

Her groundbreaking studies on clinical strategies for treating women with co-occurring drug addiction, mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder have provided strong evidence supporting integrated treatment for these conditions. Compared to women receiving traditional drug addiction treatment, those receiving integrated treatment stayed in treatment longer; had lower rates of post-treatment drug use, mental health symptoms and trauma symptoms; and had lower rates of HIV risk behaviors. The treatment model (Boston Consortium Model: Trauma-Informed Substance Abuse Treatment for Women) was recently approved for inclusion in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Practices. This work has also been distilled in treatment manuals tailored to community agencies. Most recently, Amaro partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of an integrated system of health and behavioral health care for at-risk children.

Over the last two decades, Amaro founded five substance abuse treatment programs for women in Boston: MOM’s Outpatient Treatment Program; Entre Familia Residential Treatment Program; Moving on to Recovery and Empowerment (M.O.R.E.), an intensive outpatient treatment program for low-income women of color with co-occurring disorders; Safe and Sound Return Treatment Model for Incarcerated Women; and Boston Consortium of Services for Men in Recovery, a family-centered system of substance abuse treatment. After joining Northeastern University in 2001, Amaro established the Institute on Urban Health Research, which promotes interdisciplinary and community-based research that examines the causes of racial and ethnic health disparities in health, and develops and tests strategies that improve health in urban communities. Research at the institute has shed light on health conditions that disproportionately affect urban and minority populations, including substance abuse, mental illness, interpersonal violence, HIV risk behaviors, discrimination in health care and obesity.

Amaro serves as associate editor of American Psychologist and American Journal of Public Health, and has served on the editorial boards of other leading publications, as well as on Institute of Medicine committees relating to substance abuse and mental health issues in AIDS research, the inclusion of women in clinical studies, ethical considerations in protecting prisoners involved in research, women’s health research, and substance abuse prevention and treatment in the military. She has served on review and advisory committees to the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Appointed by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Amaro served for 14 years on the board of the Boston Public Health Commission, the governing body of the city health department. Since the 1980s, she has collaborated with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a consultant to commissioners and bureau directors on issues related to race and ethnicity data collection, health disparities, HIV prevention, and evidence-based approaches to treating substance abuse. In honor of her contributions to public health, Mayor Menino named the city building that houses the Entre Familia Residential Program that Amaro founded the Hortensia Amaro Building.

She has also founded professional organizations and community-based service agencies, including the National Hispanic Psychological Association, National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse Research, National Trauma Consortium, Latino Health Institute, and Multicultural AIDS Coalition in Boston.

Having dedicated her life to changing the nature of substance use treatment, HIV prevention, and public health interventions for at-risk populations and minorities, Hortensia Amaro has made immense contributions to the fields of social work, public health, and psychology. With five addiction treatment programs founded under her guidance and her extensive influence in developing prevention and treatment strategies that have contributed to major changes in practice, it would seem as though Amaro had reached the apex of her research career.

Yet, as a new addition to the USC faculty, she plans on breaking new and innovative ground, working to restructure the rhetoric and practices in public health to focus more on place-based initiatives in local communities. “Epidemiological public health research has documented that the social and economic characteristics of communities play a major role in shaping life opportunities and health,” said Amaro. “Public health is starting to recognize that place is essential to determining not only health, but also life opportunities more broadly.”

Elements such as quality of housing, educational and employment opportunities, home ownership, social networks, strength of community social and service organizations, safety, and access to healthy and affordable foods play a major role in determining the health of a community, and there is a high liability for residents if these elements are lacking.

“Compared to medical care, which has historically focused on treatment of illness downstream, public health approaches target promotion of well-being by going upstream to identify and address why people are ‘drowning’ downstream. With individual care, we are always pulling people out of the river,” she said. “But by changing social and economic conditions at the community level, we can actually shift the population outcome for the entire community.”

The concepts of place-based intervention and communities of opportunity are gaining ground in the realm of public health, said Amaro, who believes an interdisciplinary approach will open up new avenues toward more effective and lasting changes in people’s lives.

“We need to develop research to identify what actions will support and promote well-being, produce change, and evaluate the effectiveness of approaches,” Amaro said, pointing to urban planning, social work, architecture, psychology, education, public policy, and public health as some of the disciplines with invaluable expertise to offer place-based interventions. “At USC, we have the skills and technology from a host of disciplines that can be applied for real-time information and solutions.”

A psychology major as an undergraduate and graduate student, her career in public health started on a personal level, while working at a school with a large immigrant population. Having immigrated to the United States with her family as a child, she recalled the challenges and difficulties she faced and how community conditions either exacerbated or helped her overcome structural inequality.

“I wanted to see and understand how societies are organized and how racism, privilege, and sexism affect opportunities,” she said. “Most importantly, I saw early on how much can be done to improve life conditions and opportunities within the community context.”

Amaro sees her new role at USC as a moment of opportunity to shape academic, research, student training, and practice programs toward this new agenda.

Awards and Distinction
Ernest R. Hilgard Lifetime Achievement Award, Division 1 (General Psychology), American Psychological Association (2013)
Presidential Citation for Outstanding Contributions and Service to Psychology, American Psychological Association (2012)
Honorary Degree in Humane Letters, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (2012)
Women of Courage Award, La Alianza Hispana, Boston, MA (2011)
Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science (Inducted October 2011)
El Planeta Powermeter 2009-2010, Top 100 Most Influential People for the Hispanic community in Massachusetts (2010)
James Jones Lifetime Achievement Award, American Psychological Association (2009)
Distinguished Research Faculty, Office of the Provost, Northeastern University (2004-2009)
Founder’s Award, Human Resources Development Institute, Chicago, IL (2007)
Research to Practice in Substance Abuse Treatment Leadership Award, Casa Esperanza, Hope in Action Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (2007)
Leadership Award, Latin American Health Institute, Boston, MA (2007)
Research Award, Division 45, American Psychological Association (2006)
Susan Love Award for Women’s Health, Fenway Community Health Center, Boston, MA (2006)
Humanitarian of the Year Award, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (2006)
100 Most Influential Hispanics and Telemundo’s Most Influential Hispanics Award, Hispanic Business Magazine (2005)
Extreme Esteem, Community Leadership Award, Self-Esteem of Boston (2004)
National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse Research, for the Development of the National Strategic Plan on Hispanic Drug Abuse Research (2003)
Leadership Award, AIDS Action Committee (2003)
Community Health Research Award, Martha Elliot Community Health Center (2003)
Community Leadership Award, Whittier Street Health Center, Boston, MA (2002)
Betty Ford Lectureship Award, Addiction Medicine Education, Research and Services Association (2002)
National Award for Contributions to Women’s Substance Abuse Treatment, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Washington, DC (2002)
More awards
Selected Publications

Amaro, H. (in press). Implementing mindfulness-based relapse prevention in diverse populations: Challenges and future directions. Substance Use & Misuse, 49. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2014.856624

Amaro, H., Spear, S., Vallejo, Z., Conron, K., & Black, D. (in press). Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary outcomes of a mindfulness-based relapse prevention intervention for culturally-diverse, low-income women in substance use disorder treatment. Substance Use & Misuse, 49, 1-14. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2013.852587

Ulibarri, M.D., Strathdee, S.A., Lozada, R., Magis-Rodríguez, C., Amaro, H. & O'Campo, P. (in press). Prevalence and correlates of client-perpetrated violence among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. Violence Against Women.

Meléndez, M., Cortés, D. & Amaro, H. (2012). Acceptability and cultural fit of spiritual self-schema therapy for Puerto Rican women with addiction disorders: Qualitative findings. Women and Therapy, 35(1-2), 106-119.

Ulibarri, M.D., Raj, A. & Amaro, H. (2012). Love, sex and power revisited: The integration of a gendered context in HIV prevention among Latinas. In K. Organista (Eds.) HIV prevention with Latinos: Theory, research, and practice.: Oxford University Press.

Wallis, F., Amaro, H. & Cortés, D. (2012). Saber es Poder: The cultural adaptation of a trauma intervention for Latina women. In G. Bernal & M. Domenich Rodriguez (Eds.) Cultural adaptations: Tools for evidence-based practice with diverse population. Washington, DC: APA Press.

Amaro, H., Raj, A., Reed, E. & Ulibarri, M. (2011). Getting personal: Progress and pitfalls in HIV prevention among Latinas. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 35, 655-670.

Zhivan, N.A., Ang, A., Amaro, H., Vega, W.A. & Markides, K.S. (2011). Ethnic/Race Differences in the Attrition of Older American Survey Respondents: Implications for Health-Related Research. Health Services Research, 47(1), 241-254.

Brahms, E., Ahl, M., Reed, E. & Amaro, H. (2011). Effects of an alcohol intervention on drinking among female college students with and without a recent history of sexual violence. Addictive Behaviors, 36(12), 1325-1328.

Ulibarri, M.D., Strathdee, S.A., Ulloa, E.C., Lozada, R., Fraga, M., Magis-Rodríguez, C., De La Torre, A., Amaro, H., O'Campo, P. & Patterson, T.L. (2011). Injection drug use as a mediator between client-perpetrated abuse and HIV status among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. AIDS and Behavior, 15(1), 179-185.

Arévalo, S.P., Osypuk, T.L. & Amaro, H. (2010). Is discrimination associated with medical symptoms and psychological distress among women with substance use disorders? American Journal of Epidemiology, S18-S18.

Ulibarri, M.D., Sumner, L.A., Cyriac, A. & Amaro, H. (2010). Power, violence, and HIV risk in women. In M. Paludi & F.L. Denmark (Eds.). Victims of sexual assault and abuse: Resources and responses for individuals and families: Vol. 1. Incidence and psychological dimensions. (pp. 211-236). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Ulibarri, M.D., Strathdee, S.A., Patterson, T.L., O'Campo, P., Magis-Rodriguez, C., Lozada, R. & Amaro, H. (2010). Intimate partner violence among female sex workers in two Mexico–U.S. border cities: Partner characteristics and HIV risk behaviors as correlates of abuse. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, 2(4), 318-325.

Rickles, N., Dominguez, S. & Amaro, H. (2010). Perceptions of healthcare, health status, and discrimination among African-American veterans. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 4(2), 50-69.

Arévalo, S. & Amaro, H. (2010). Sexual health of Latino populations in the U.S. Latina/o sexualities: Probing powers, passions, practices and policies. (pp. 75-89). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Arévalo, S., Bécares, L. & Amaro, H. (2010). Health of incarcerated Latino men. In M. Aguirre-Molina, L. Borrell, & W. Vega (Eds.) Health issues in Latino males: A social and structural approach. (pp. 139-157). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Amaro, H., Reed, E., Rowe, E., Picci, J., Mantella, P. & Prado, G. (2010). Brief screening and intervention for alcohol and drug use in college student health clinic: Feasibility, implementation and outcomes. Journal of American College Health, 58(4), 357-364.

Amaro, H., Magno-Gatmaytan, C., Meléndez, M., Cortés, D., Arévalo, S. & Margolin, A. (2010). Addiction treatment intervention: An uncontrolled prospective pilot study of spiritual self-schema therapy with Latina women. Substance Abuse, 31(2), 117-125.

Oralia, L., Steffanie, A.S., Remedios, L., Hugo, S., Victoria, D.O., Gustavo, A.M., Amaro, H. & Patterson, T. (2010). Correlates of early versus later initiation into sex work in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. Journal of Adolescent Health, 46(1), 37-44.

Reed, E., Prado, G., Matusumoto, A. & Amaro, H. (2010). Alcohol and drug use and related consequences among gay, lesbian and bisexual college students: Role of experiencing violence, feeling safe on campus, and perceived stress. Addictive Behaviors, 35(3), 168-171.

Ulibarri, M.D., Strathdee, S.A., Ulloa, E.C., Lozada, R., Fraga, M., Magis-Rodriguez, C., De La Torre, A., Amaro, H. & Patterson, T.L. (2009). Injection drug use as a mediator between client-perpetrated abuse and HIV status among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. AIDS and Behavior, 15(1), 179-185.

Murphy, D., Marelich, W. & Amaro, H. (2009). Maternal HIV/AIDS and adolescent depression: A covariance structure analysis of the 'Parents and Children Coping Together' (PACT) Model. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 4(1), 67-82.

Emerson, M., Amaro, H., Glovsky, E. & Nieves, R. (2009). Unhealthy weight gain during treatment for alcohol and drug use in four residential programs for Latina and African American women. Substance Use and Misuse, 4(11), 1553-1565.

Vallejo, Z. & Amaro, H. (2009). Adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program for addiction relapse prevention. Humanistic Psychology, 37(2), 192-206.

Stallworth, J., Herbst, J., Alvarez, M., Romaguera, R., Amaro, H. & Dean, H. (2009). Introduction to AIDS Education and Prevention Supplement B. AIDS Education and Prevention, 21(Sup B), 3-6.

Larios, S., Lozada, R., Strathdee, S., Semple, S., Roesch, S., Staines, H., Orozovich, P., Fraga, M., Amaro, H., De la Torre, A., Magis-Rodriguez, C. & Patterson, T.L. (2009). An exploration of contextual factors that influence HIV risk in female sex workers in Mexico: The social ecological model applied to HIV risk behaviors. AIDS Care, 21(10), 1335-1342.

Semple, S.J., Amaro, H., Strathdee, S.A., Zians, J. & Patterson, T.L. (2009). Ethnic differences in substance use, sexual risk behavior, and psychosocial factors in a sample of heterosexual methamphetamine users. Substance Use & Misuse, 44(8), 1101-1120.

Amaro, H., Ahl, M., Matsumoto, A., Prado, G., Mule, C., Kemmemer, A., Larimer, M., Masi, D. & Mantella, P. (2009). Trial of a university assistance program for alcohol use among mandated students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Sup. 16, 45-56.

Ulibarri, M., Semple, S.J., Rao, S., Strathdee, S.A., Fraga-Vallejo, M., Bucardo, J., De la Torre, A., Salázar-Reyna, J., Orozovich, P., Staines-Orozco, H., Amaro, H., Magis-Rodriguez, C. & Patterson, T.L. (2009). History of abuse and psychological distress symptoms among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. Violence and Victims, 24(3), 399-413.

Ojeda, V., Strathdee, S., Lozada, R., Rusch, M., Fraga, M., Orozovich, P., De la Torre, A., Amaro, H., Cornelius, W. & Patterson, T. (2009). Associations between migrant status and sexually transmitted infections among female sex workers in Tijuana, Mexico. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 85(6), 420-426.

Reed, E., Amaro, H., Matsumoto, A. & Kaysen, D. (2009). Interpersonal violence among a sample of university students: Relation to substance use and relevance of context. Addictive Behaviors, 34, 316-318.

Strathdee, S.A., Mausbach, B., Lozada, R., Staines-Orozco, H., Semple, S.J., Abramovitz, D., Fraga-Vallejo, M., De la Torre, A., Amaro, H., Martinez-Mendizabal, G., Magis-Rodriguez, C. & Patterson, T.L. (2009). Predictors of Sexual Risk Reduction Among Mexican Female Sex Workers Enrolled in a Behavioral Intervention Study. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 51, S42-S46.

Fried, L.E., Amaro, H. & Aschengrau, A. (2008). Lifetime and during pregnancy experience of violence and the risk of low birth weight and preterm birth. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 53(6), 522-528.

Patterson, T.L., Mausbach, B.T., Lozada, R., Staines, H., Semple, S.J., Fraga, M., Orozovich, P., Abramovitz, D., Amaro, H., Martinez, G., Magis-Rodriguez, C. & Strathdee, S.A. (2008). Efficacy of a brief behavioral intervention to promote condom use among female sex workers in two Mexican-U.S. border cities. American Journal of Public Health, 98(11), 2051-2057.

Mejia, R., Jenkins, R., Amaro, H., Morrill, A., Krech, L., Logan, J. & Cranston, K. (2008). Longitudinal observation of an HIV prevention Community Planning Group (CPG). Health Promotion Practice, 10(1), 136-143.

Strathdee, S.A., Lozada, R., Semple, S.J., Orozovich, P., Pu, M., Staines-Orozco, H., Fraga-Vallejo, M., Amaro, H., De la Torre, A., Magis-Rodriguez, C. & Patterson, T.L. (2008). Characteristics of female sex workers with U.S. clients in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 35(3), 263-268.

Patterson, T.L., Semple, S.J., Staines, H., Lozada, R., Orozovich, P., Bucardo, J., Philbin, M., Pu, M., Fraga, M., Amaro, H., De la Torre, A., Martinez, G., Magis-Rodriguez, C. & Strathdee, S.A. (2008). Prevalence and correlates of HIV infection among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. Border Cities. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 197(5), 728-732.

Arévalo, S., Prado, W. & Amaro, H. (2008). Spirituality, sense of coherence and coping responses in women receiving treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. Evaluation and Program Planning, 31(1), 113-123.

Amaro, H., Dai, J., Arévalo, S., Acevedo, A., Matsumoto, A. & Nieves, R. (2008). Effects of integrated trauma treatment on outcomes in a racially/ethnically diverse sample of women in urban community-based substance abuse treatment. Journal of Urban Health, 84(4), 508-522.

Amaro, H., Chernoff, M., Brown, V., Arévalo, S. & Gatz, M. (2007). Does integrated trauma-informed substance abuse treatment increase treatment retention? Journal of Community Psychology, 35(7), 845-862.

Amaro, H., Larson, M.J., Zhang, A., Acevedo, D., Dai, J. & Matsumoto, A. (2007). Effects of trauma intervention on HIV sexual risk behaviors among women with co-occurring disorders in substance abuse treatment. Journal of Community Psychology, 35(7), 895-908.

Fried, L.E., Aschengrau, A., Cabral, H. & Amaro, H. (2006). A comparison of maternal interview and medical record ascertainment of violence among women who had poor pregnancy outcomes. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 10(5), 451-460.

Patterson, T.L., Semple, S.J., Fraga, M., Bucardo, J., De la Torre, A., Salazar, J., Orozovich, P., Satines, H., Amaro, H., Strathdee, S.A. & Magis-Rodriguez, C. (2006). Comparison of sexual and drug use behaviors between female sex workers in Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Substance Use and Misuse, 41(10-12), 1535-1549.

Patterson, T.L., Semple, S.J., Fraga, M., Bucardo, J., De la Torre, A., Salazar, J., Orozovich, P., Staines, H., Amaro, H., Strathdee, S.A. & Magis-Rodriguez, C. (2006). A sexual risk reduction intervention for female sex workers in Mexico: Design and baseline characteristics. HIV/AIDS & Social Services Special Issues, 5(2), 115-237.

Lincoln, A., Liebshutz, J.M., Chernoff, M., Nguyen, D. & Amaro, H. (2006). The development and validation of a brief screen for co-occurring disorder among women entering substance abuse treatment. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy, 1(26).

Raj, A., Santana, C., La Marche, A., Amaro, H., Cranston, K. & Silverman, J. (2006). Perpetration of intimate partner violence associated with sexual risk behaviors among young adult men. American Journal of Public Health, 96(6), 1873-1878.

Alegria, M., Hansen, H., Cauce, A.M., Robles, R., Blanco, C., Cortes, D.E., Amaro, H., Morales, A. & Berry, P. (2006). Improving drug treatment services for Hispanics: Research gaps and scientific opportunities. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 84, 76-84.

Prado, G., Schwartz, S., Pattatucci-Aragon, A., Clatts, M., Pantin, H., Fernandez, M.I., Lopez, B., Briones, E., Amaro, H. & Szapocznik, J. (2006). The prevention of HIV transmission in Hispanic adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 84, 43-53.

Amaro, H., Arevalo, S., Gonzalez, G., Szapoznik, J. & Iguchi, M.Y. (2006). Needs and scientific opportunities for research on substance abuse treatment among Hispanic adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 84, 64-75.

Amaro, H. & Iguchi, M. (2006). Scientific opportunities in Hispanic drug abuse research. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 84(1), S76-S84.

Brolin, M.R., Horgan, C., Amaro, H. & Doonan, M. (2005). Substance Abuse Treatment in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Gaps, Consequences and Solutions. Issue Brief (Massachusetts Health Policy Forum). (27), 1-25.

Amaro, H. & Smith, A. (2005). 3rd International Conference on Urban Health: The global urban health agenda: Setting priorities and building infrastructure. Journal on Urban Health, 82(2).

Morrissey, J.P., Jackson, E.W., Ellis, A.R. & Amaro, H. (2005). 12-month outcomes of trauma-informed interventions for women with co-occurring disorders. Psychiatric Services, 56(10), 1213-1222.

Morrissey, J.P., Ellis, A.R., Gatz, M., Amaro, H., Reed, B.G., Savage, A., Finkelstein, N., Mazelis, R., Brown, V., Jackson, E.W. & Banks, S. (2005). Outcomes for women with co-occurring disorders and trauma: Program and person-level effects. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 28(2), 121-133.

Lundgren, L.M., Amaro, H. & Ben-Ami, L. (2005). Factors associated with drug treatment entry patterns among Hispanic women injection drug users seeking treatment. In De la Rosa, M.R., Holleran, L.K., and Ashenburg Starussner, S.L (Eds.) Substance abusing Latinos: Current research on epidemiology, prevention, and treatment. (pp. 157-174). New York: Haworth Social Work Practice Press.

Lundgren, L.M. (2005). Factors associated with drug treatment entry patterns among Hispanic women injection drug users seeking treatment. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 5(1/2), 157-174.

Amaro, H., Gampbel, J., Larson, M.J., Lopez, L., Richardson, R., Savage, A. & Wagner, D. (2005). Racial/ethnic differences in social vulnerability among women with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders: Implications for treatment services. Journal of Community Psychology, 33(4), 495-511.

Amaro, H., Blake, S.M., Morrill, A.C., Cranston, K., Batchelor, K., Logan, J., Conron, K.J. & Dai, J. (2005). HIV presentation community planning challenges and opportunities for data-informed decision-making. AIDS and Behavior, 9(2 Suppl.), S9-27.

Jenkins, R.A., Robbins, A., Cranston, K., Batchelor, K., Freeman, A.C., Averbach, A.R., Amaro, H. & Morrill, A.C. (2005). Bridging data and decision-making: Development of techniques for improving the HIV prevention community planning process. AIDS and Behavior, 9(1 Suppl.), S41-53.

Jenkins, R.A., Averbach, A.R., Robbins, A., Cranston, K., Amaro, H., Morrill, A.C. & Blake, S.M. (2005). Improving the use of data for HIV prevention decision-making: Lessons learned. AIDS and Behavior, 9(1 Suppl.), S87-99.

Morrill, A.C., Amaro, H., Blake, S.M., Cranston, K., Logan, J., Dai, J., Krech, L. & Dunn, S. (2005). HIV prevention community planning: Enhancing data-informed decision-making. AIDS and Behavior, 9(1 Suppl.), S55-70.

Amaro, H., Morrill, A.C., Dai, J., Cabral, H. & Raj, A. (2005). Heterosexual behavioral maintenance and change following HIV counseling and testing.Journal of Health Psychology, 10(2), 287-300.

Raj, A., Silverman, J.G. & Amaro, H. (2004). Abused women report greater male partner risk and gender-based risk for HIV: Findings from a community-based study with Hispanic women. AIDS Care, 16(4), 519-529.

Amaro, H., McGraw, S., Larson, M.J., Lopez, L., Nieves, R. & Marshall, B. (2005). Boston Consortium of Services for Families in Recovery: A trauma-informed intervention model for women’s alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 22(3/4), 95-119.

Amaro, H. & Cortes, D. (2003). National Strategic Plan on Hispanic drug abuse research.: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Herek, G.M., Kimmel, D.C., Amaro, H. & Melton, G. (2003). Avoiding heterosexist bias in research. Psychological perspectives in lesbian, gay and bisexual experiences. (pp. 739-755). New York: Columbia University Press.