Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda

PhD, MPH, RN , Doctoral (Alumni)

Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD, RN, MPH, CPH,  has focused her academic and professional career on improving the behavioral health and public health of minorities and other at risk communities throughout the world. Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor in the Science of Nursing (BSN), from Johns Hopkins University with a Master in Nursing and Public Health (MSN, MPH), and from the University of Miami with an Interdepartmental Doctorate that drew from the disciplines of Nursing, Epidemiology and Psychology (PhD).   

In the past, she has worked on various community health nursing projects, public health programs and research targeting African Americans, Hispanic Americans and other vulnerable populations in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. In her dissertation, Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda investigated the intersection of substance abuse, intimate partner violence (IPV) and risky sexual behaviors among Hispanic women, and developed a model for understanding and addressing the co-occurrence of these conditions.

Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda is an alumna of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the American Nurses Association (ANA), and was awarded a fellowship from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse (NAHN) to attend a summer research training institute on drug abuse research.

Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda is currently Associate Professor at Duke University School of Nursing and was named the Dorothy L. Powell Term Chair of Nursing.

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