Maite P. Mena

Title/Position: Research Assistant Professor


A research assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies; Dr. Mena earned a BA in psychology from Emory University and a PsyD in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She is a licensed psychologist with specializations in family therapy, individual therapy, families affected by substance abuse, and families affected by immigration-related separations. Dr. Mena teaches biostatistical applications for nursing practice. Her research interests range from adolescent substance abuse and risky sexual behaviors, HIV/AIDS risk reduction among adolescents at risk, to minority populations affected by substance abuse and other mental health disorders and culturally-tailored interventions.

Maite P. Mena, Psy.D.
Licensed clinical psychologist, Florida

BA, Psychology, Emory University, 1995
PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, 2000

Certifications / Licensure
Florida Psychologist License # PY 6785

Clinical Specialties
Family Therapy and individual therapy
Families affected substance abuse
Families affected by immigration-related separations

Primary Teaching Areas
Biostatistical Applications for Nursing Practice

Research and Academic Interests
Adolescent substance abuse and risky sexual behaviors
HIV/AIDS risk reduction among adolescents at risk
Co-occurring mental health disorders
Minority populations affected by substance abuse and other mental health disorders
Hispanic health disparities
Family therapy processes
Treatment development, refinement, manualization and fidelity
Culturally-tailored interventions

Research Grants (selected)
Co-Principal Investigator, Project Director, Culturally Informed Family Based Treatment of Adolescents: A Randomized Trial funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse

Investigator, A Culturally Informed Tele-Intervention for Minority High Risk Youth and Parents funded by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities

Investigator, Preventing Health Disparities in Hispanic Youth: Changing Trajectories funded by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities

Publications (selected)
McCabe, B.E., Santisteban, D.A, Mena, M.P., Duchene, D., McLean, C., & Monroe, M.G. (in press). Engagement, Retention, and Abstinence for Three Types of Opioid Users in Florida. Substance Use & Misuse

Santisteban, D.A., Mena, M.P., & McCabe, B.E. (2011, May 30). Preliminary results for an adaptive family treatment for drug abuse in hispanic youth. Journal of Family Psychology

Presentations (selected)
Mena, M.P. (June 2013).What we know and what remains to be learned about the family-based treatments of Hispanic substance abusing adolescents, University of Southern California Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Drug Abuse

Major Accomplishments / Honors
NIDA Special Populations Research Development Seminar series, May, 2007
National Hispanic Science Network New Investigators Panel, 2004
Full Scholarship, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1992-1993

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