Mildred M. Maldonado-Molina, Ph.D.

Maldonado-MolinaContact Information

Mildred M. Maldonaldo-Molina, Ph.D.
Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics
Institute for Child Health Policy
University of Florida
Clinical and Translational Research Building
2004 Mowry Road, Suite 2250
P.O. Box 100177
Gainesville FL 32610-0177
Telephone: (352) 294-5797
Fax: (352) 294-5994
E-mail: mmmm@ufl.edu
Website: Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics Profile

Position

Associate Professor, Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics

Faculty, Institute for Child Health Policy

Research Area

The goal of Dr. Maldonado-Molina’s research is to reduce health disparities in alcohol use and alcohol-related consequences, with particular focus on improving the health of minority children and adolescents.

Training

B.A. in Psychology, University of Puerto Rico, Summa Cum Laude, 1999. M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 2001. Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 2006. Minor: Statistics, Methodology track.

Current Research

My research program focuses on understanding the effect of contextual factors on alcohol use and associated behaviors among children and adolescents, and evaluating the effects of public policies in reducing alcohol-related mortality.

One area of interest is investigating culturally-related processes associated with alcohol, drug use, and delinquency behaviors among minority adolescents. I am particularly interested in examining rates of alcohol and drug use, and delinquency among US-born and foreign-born Hispanics adolescents. I also examined the relation between alcohol use and patterns of physical aggression among youth.

Another part of my research focuses on the application of innovative statistical techniques to the study of the effects of context and environment (e.g. availability of alcohol, alcohol policies) on behavioral and mortality outcomes. I identify effective means to prevent alcohol-related morbidity and mortality using state-of-the art design and statistical methods. I focus on the application of statistical methods across nationally-representative data that is hierarchical and longitudinally intensive.

Recent Publications

  • Maldonado-Molina,M. & Jennings, W. (2016). Commentary on Caetano, Vaeth, Mills, and Canino (2016): Employment Status, Depression, Drinking, and Alcohol‐Use Disorders in Puerto Rico, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 40 (5), 942-944.
  • Delcher C., Wang* Y., Wagenaar AC, Goldberger BA, Cook RL, Maldonado-Molina, MM. (2016). Prescription and Illicit Opioid Deaths and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Florida. American Journal of Public Health. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303104.
  • Jennings, W.G., Reingle Gonzalez, J., Piquero, A.R., Canino, G., & Maldonado-Molina, M.M. (2016). The nature and relevance of risk and protective factors for violence among Hispanic children and adolescents: Results from the Boricua Youth Study. Journal of Criminal Justice, 45, 41-47.
  • Lee D.*, Delcher C., Maldonado-MolinaM., Thogmartin J.R. and Goldberger B.A. (2016). Manners of Death in Drug-Related Fatalities in Florida. J. Forensic Science, 61(3), 735-742, doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12999.
  • Lynne-Landsman, S.L., Komro, K.A., Kominsky, T.K., Boyd, M.L., and Maldonado-Molina,M. (2016) Early trajectories of alcohol and other substance use among youth from rural communities within the Cherokee Nation. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 77(2), 238-248.
  • Delcher C., Wagenaar A.C., Goldberger B.A., Cook R.L., Maldonado-MolinaM. (2015). Abrupt decline in oxycodone-caused mortality after implementation of Florida’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Drug Alcohol and Dependence, 150, 63-38, doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.02.010.
  • Komro, K.A., Wagenaar, A.C., Boyd, M., Boyd, B.J., Kominsky, T., Pettigrew, D., Tobler, A.L., Lynne-Landsman, S.D., Livingston, M.D., Livingston, B., Maldonado Molina, M.M. (2015). Prevention trial in the Cherokee Nation: Design of a randomized community trial. Prevention Science, 16(2): 291-300.
  • Komro, K.A., Livingston, M.D., Kominsky, T.K., Livingston, B.J., Garrett, B.A., Maldonado-Molina, M., & Boyd, M. (2015). 15-minute comprehensive alcohol risk survey: Reliability and validity across American Indian and White adolescents. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76(1), 133-142. doi: 10.15288/jsad.2015.76.133, PMID: 25486402.
  • Komro, K.A., Wagenaar, A.C., Boyd, M., Boyd, B.J., Kominsky, T., Pettigrew, D., Tobler, A.L., Lynne-Landsman, S.D., Livingston, M.D., Livingston, B., Maldonado Molina, M.M. (2015). Prevention Trial in the Cherokee Nation: Design of a randomized Community Trial. Prevention Science, 162 (2), 291-300. doi: 10.1007/s11121-014-0478-y