Mildred M. Maldonado-Molina, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Mildred M. Maldonaldo-Molina, Ph.D.
Department of Health Outcomes &
Policy Institute for Child Health Policy
University of Florida
PO Box 100177
2004 Mowry Road, Suite 2250
Gainesville, FL 32610-0177
Telephone: (352) 294-5797
Fax: (352) 294-5994


Associate Professor, University of Florida Department of Health Outcomes and Policy and Institute for Child Health Policy.

Director, Health Outcomes and Policy Training and Education.

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.


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

Reingle*, J.M., Staras, S. A., Jennings, W. G., Branchini, J., & Maldonado-Molina, M. M. (2012). The relationship between marijuana use and intimate partner violence in a nationally representative, longitudinal sample. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27:1562-1578. DOI: 10.1177/0886260511425787. PMCID: PMC3782298

Ridenour, TY, Minnes, S, Maldonado-Molina, M.M., Reynolds, M. (2011). Psychometrics and cross-cultural comparisons of the illustration-based Assessment of Liability and Exposure to Substance Use and Antisocial Behavior© for children. Open Family Studies Journal, 4, 17-26. DOI:10.2174/1874922401104010017. PMCID: PMC3410723

Ridenour, T.A., Pineo, T., Maldonado-Molina, M.M., Hassmiller-Lich,K. (2013). Toward Rigorous Idiographic Research in Prevention Science: Comparison between Three Analytic Strategies for Testing Preventive Intervention in Very Small Samples. Prevention Science, 14(3), 267-278. PMCID: PMC3782303

Staras*, S., Maldonado-Molina, M.M., Livingston, M., Komro, K.A. (epub 2012) Association between sex partner meeting venues and sexual risk-taking among urban adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. PMCID: PMC3505279

Tobler, A.L., Komro, K.A., & Maldonado-Molina, M.M. (2009). Early adolescent, multi-ethnic, urban youth’s exposure to patterns of alcohol-related neighborhood characteristics. Journal of Community Health, 34(5), 361-369. PMCID: PMC2738760

Tobler*, A.L., Maldonado-Molina, M.M, Staras, S.A.S., O’Mara*, R., Livingston*, M.D. & Komro, K.A. (2013). Perceived racial/ethnic discrimination, problem behaviors and mental health among minority urban youth. Ethnicity & Health. 18(4), 337-349. PMID: 23043428