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Hortensia de los Angeles Amaro, American health sciences professor, healthcare researcher.


Amaro, Hortensia de los Angeles was born on December 7, 1950 in Cuba.


Bachelor in Psychology, University of California at Los Angeles, 1975. Master of Arts in Psychology, University of California at Los Angeles, 1977. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, University of California at Los Angeles, 1982.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Simmons College, Boston, 1994.


Research psychologist, Alcohol Research Center, University of California at Los Angeles, 1980—1982. Assistant professor department social and behavioral science Boston University School Public Health, 1983—1988, associate professor, 1989—1993, professor, 1993—2001. Distinguished professor Northeastern University Bouve College Health Sciences, Boston, since 2002, director Institute Urban Health Research, since 2003, associate dean urban health research, since 2008.

Senior visiting research scientist Hispanic Health & Human Services Organization, Washington, 1992. Distinguished visiting professor Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel, 2000.


  • Achievements include contributions to improving behavioral health care in community-based organizations. Research focused on alcohol and drug use and addiction among adolescents and adults. The development and testing of behavioral interventions for Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome prevention, including innovative Human Immunodeficiency Virus 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 Human Immunodeficiency Virus medications adherence.


  • Other Work

    • Associate editor Psychology of Women Quarterly, 1994-1999, member editorial board American Journal Public Health, 1997—2000, Perspectives Sexual & Reproductive Health, since 2003. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Founding member Latino Health Network Massachusetts, 1986, president board directors, 1988—1991. Board directors Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Action Committee, Boston, 1986—1987, Boston Medical Foundation, 1992—1995, Pathways to Wellness, Boston, since 2009. Vice chair board directors Boston Public Health Commission, since 1996.

Fellow: American Psychological Association (Early Career award 1993, Dalmas Taylor Distinguished Contribution in Research award 2001, Research award 2006, James Jones Lifetime Achievement award 2009). Member: American Public Health Association, Society Behavioral Medicine, Institute Medicine, National Hispanic Psychological Association (founding member, president Boston chapter 1983-1984).