Kelli A. Komro, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Contact Information

Department of Health Outcomes and Policy
College of Medicine
Institute for Child Health Policy
University of Florida
1329 SW 16th Street, Room 5130
P.O. Box 100177
Gainesville, FL 32610-0177
Telephone: 352-265-0111, ext. 85517


Kelli A. Komro, MPH, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy within the College of Medicine, and the Associate Director of the Institute for Child Health Policy at the University of Florida.

Research Summary

Dr. Komro has been PI or Co-Investigator on multiple group-randomized controlled trials focusing on preventing alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use; violence; and HIV among youth, both in the U.S. and internationally, including trials in Chicago, rural Minnesota, Russia, India and Tanzania.


1991-1994  University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology, Ph.D., Epidemiology
1989-1991  University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, M.P.H., Epidemiology
1987-1989  Connecticut College, New London, M.A., Psychology/Behavioral Medicine
1983-1987  University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, B.A., Psychology/Health Sciences

Current Research

Dr. Komro’s current projects include a long-term follow-up study of a cohort of low-income and ethnically diverse youth in Chicago and a recently funded multi-site project to support the scientific infrastructure for President Obama’s Promise Neighborhoods anti-poverty initiative and to further promote high-quality research within low-income neighborhoods for child health and well-being.

Recent Publications

Maldonado-Molina, M.M., Reingle, J., Tobler, A.L. and Komro, K.A (In Press). Effects of beverage-specific alcohol consumption on drinking behaviors among urban adolescents. Journal of Drug Education.

Komro, K.A., Tobler, A.L., Maldonado-Molina, M.M., and Perry, C.L. (2010). Effects of alcohol use initiation patterns on high-risk behaviors among urban, low-income, young adolescents. Prevention Science, 11: 14-23.

Maldonado-Molina, M.M. Jennings, W.G., and Komro, K.A. (2010). Effects of alcohol on trajectories of physical aggression among urban youth: An application of latent trajectory modeling. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39(9):1012.

Pasch, K.E.,Stigler, M.H., Perry, C.L. and Komro, K.A. (2010). Parents’ and childrens’ self-report of parenting factors: How much do they agree and which is a stronger predictor of early adolescent alcohol Use? Health Education Journal, 69(1): 31-42.