Mildred M. Maldonado-Molina, Ph.D.

Maldonado-MolinaContact Information

Mildred M. Maldonaldo-Molina, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 118210
Gainesville, FL 32611-8210
Telephone: (352) 392-0583
Website: Department Profile


Professor & Chair, Department of Department of Health Education & Behavior

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.


Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State University (2005)
M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State University (2001)
B.A. in Psychology, University of Puerto Rico (1999)

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

  • Jennings, W.G., Maldonado-Molina, M.M., Fenimore, D., Piquero, A.R., Bird, H., & Canino, G. (In press).  The linkage between mental health, delinquency, and trajectories of delinquency: Results from the Boricua Youth Study. Journal of Criminal Justice.
  • Hall, J.M., Cho, H.D., Guo, Y., Maldonado-Molina, M.M., Thompson, L.A., Shenkman, E.A., Salloum, R.G. (In press). Smoking During Pregnancy and Changes in Corporate Tobacco Sales Policies by CVS and National Dollar Store Chains. JAMA Pediatrics.
  • Leadbeater, B.J., Dishion, T., Sandler, I., Bradshaw, C.P., Dodge, K., Gottfredson, D., Graham, P.W., Lindstrom Johnson, S., Maldonado-Molina, M.M., Mauricio, A.M., Smith, E.P. (2018). Ethical Challenges in Promoting the Implementation of Preventive Interventions: Report of the SPR Task Force. Prevention Science,
  • Delcher*, C., Livingston, M., Wang, Y., Mowitz*, M., Maldonado-Molina, M.M. and Goldberger, B.A. (2017). Supply-Side Disruption in Cocaine Production Associated with Cocaine-Related Maternal and Child Health Outcomes in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 107, no. 5: pp. 812-814. PMID: 28323460.
  • Komro, K.A., Livingston, M.D., Wagenaar, A.C., Kominsky, T.K., Pettigrew, D.W., Garrett, B.A., and the Cherokee Nation Prevention Trial Team (2017). Multi-level Prevention Trial of Alcohol Use among High School Students in the Cherokee Nation.  Cherokee Nation Prevention Trial Team members in alphabetical order include: Misty L. Boyd, Billy J. Boyd, Bethany J. Livingston, Sarah D. Lynne-Landsman, Mildred Maldonado Molina, Lisa J. Merlo, and Amy L. Tobler. American Journal of Public Health, Mar;107(3):453-459. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303603.