Catalina Lopez-Quintero, MD, Ph.D.

Catalina Lopez-Quintero

Contact Information

Dr. Catalina Lopez-Quintero
Department of Epidemiology
University of Florida
PO Box 100231
Gainesville, FL 32610
Office: CTRB 4223
Phone: (352) 273-6086
Website: Department of Epidemiology Profile


Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Florida


Ph.D. in Public Health, Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hebrew University- Hadassah, Israel
Master of Public Health, Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hebrew University- Hadassah, Israel
Doctor of Medicine, Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Colombia

Research Interests

Her research has focused on investigating the impact that factors at different levels of influence exert on the transitions from the early stages of drug use involvement to drug dependence. Her current projects aim to elucidate potential mechanisms that explain drug use and HIV/AIDS disparities by examining the intersection between neurocognitive processes and sociocultural factors. Other areas of research interest include mental health and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) & health.


  • Ross JM, Granja K, Duperrouzel JC, Pacheco-Colón I, Lopez-Quintero C, Hawes SW, Gonzalez R. (2018). Risky sexual behavior among adolescents: The role of decision-making, problems from cannabis use and externalizing disorder symptoms. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2018 Dec 6:1-12. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2018.1550192.
  • Parker MA, Lopez-Quintero C, Anthony JC. (2018) Young, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and born in the USA: at excess risk of starting extra-medical prescription pain reliever use? PeerJ. 2018 Oct 8;6:e5713. doi: 10.7717/peerj.5713. eCollection 2018.
  • Lopez-Quintero C, Granja K, Hawes S, Duperrouzel JC, Pacheco-Colón I, Gonzalez R. (2018). Transition to drug co-use among adolescent cannabis users: The role of decision-making and mental health. Addict Behav. 2018 Oct;85:43-50. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.05.010. Epub 2018 May 15.
  • Duperrouzel J, Hawes S, Lopez-Quintero C, Pacheco-Colón I, Comer J, Gonzalez R. (2018). The Relationship Between Adolescent Cannabis Use and Anxiety: A Parallel Process Analysis. Addict Behav. 2018 Mar;78:107-113. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.11.005. Epub 2017 Nov 4.
  • Chen HG, Anthony JC, Lopez-Quintero C. (2017) Age of onset, or age at assessment- that is the question: Estimating newly incident alcohol drinking and rapid transition to heavy drinking in the United States, 2002-2014 Int J Methods Psychiatr Res. 2018 Mar;27(1). doi: 10.1002/mpr.1587. Epub 2017 Oct 15. PMID:29034527.
  • Leinweber JP, Cheng HG, Lopez-Quintero C, Anthony JC. (2017) Newly incident cannabis use in the United States, 2002-2011: a regional and state level benchmark. PeerJ. 2017 Jul 25;5: e3616. doi: 10.7717/peerj.3616. eCollection 2017.
  • Anthony JC, Lopez-Quintero C, Alshaarawy O. (2016). Cannabis Epidemiology: A Selective Review. Curr Pharm Des. 2016 Nov; 22(42): 6340-52. doi: 10.2174/1381612822666160813214023.
  • Forero DA, González-Giraldo Y, López-Quintero C, Castro-Vega LJ, Barreto GE, Perry G. (2016). Meta-analysis of Telomere Length in Alzheimer’s Disease.J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016 Aug;71(8):1069-73. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glw053.
  • Forero DA, González-Giraldo Y, López-Quintero C, , Castro-Vega LJ, Barreto GE & Perry G. (2016). Telomere Length in Parkinson´s Disease: A Meta-Analysis. Exp Gerontol. 2016 Mar;75:53-5. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2016.01.002.
  • Lopez-Quintero C, Roth KB, Eaton WW, Wu L-T, Cottler LB, Bruce M, Anthony JC. (2015). Mortality among Heroin Users and Users of Other Internationally Regulated Drugs: A 27-Year Follow-Up of Users in the Epidemiologic Catchment Area Program Household Samples. Drug Alcohol Dep.156:104-11. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.08.030. Epub 2015 Sep 3.