Victoria Behar Mitrani

Title/Position: Associate Dean for Research / Professor


Victoria Mitrani, PhD, is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. She completed a BA and a PhD in psychology at the University of Miami. Dr. Mitrani is a licensed psychologist with clinical specialization in family therapy. Her research focuses on family process and family intervention in populations affected by substance abuse and HIV. Dr. Mitrani directs the SONHS PhD program and teaches quantitative research methods and research ethics in the PhD program. She is the principal investigator and research director of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies’ NIH/NIMHD-funded Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research, which advances the science of reducing health disparities in the areas of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse, family and intimate partner violence, and associated mental and physical health conditions. El Centro is focused on improving health equity among groups of Hispanic and African descent, sexual minorities and people in Caribbean and Latin American nations through the development, testing and dissemination of culturally tailored interventions. Dr. Mitrani also serves as vice-chair of the University of Miami Social Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board.

Victoria Behar Mitrani, PhD

BA, Psychology, University of Miami, 1980
PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Miami, 1986

Certifications / Licensure
Florida Psychologist License # PY 0004414, 1991- Present

Clinical Specialties
Family Therapy – practice, training, and supervision
Families affected by HIV/AIDS and or substance abuse
Families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
Families affected by immigration-related separations

Primary Teaching Areas
Research Methods
Health Disparities

Research and Academic Interests
Family functioning in HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and caregiving

Treatment development, refinement, manualization and fidelity
Health Disparities
Research Infrastructure

Research Grants (selected)
“Center of Excellence for Hispanic Health Disparities Research” (2 P60 MD002266, Peragallo, PI.; 2007-2015), National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, 9/01/07 - 04/30/17. Role: Principal Investigator (2015-present) and Research Core Director.

“Structural Ecosystems Therapy for Mothers in Substance Abuse Recovery and Their Children” (2P60MD002266-06 Sub-Project ID: 6090), National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, 05/01/12 – 04/30/17.
Role: Principal Investigator

Publications (selected)

McCabe, B.E., Feaster, D.J., & Mitrani, V.B. (in press). Health correlates of co-occurring substance use for women with HIV in cocaine use recovery. Addictive Behaviors.

Mitrani, V.B., McCabe, B.E., Gonzalez-Guarda, R., Florom-Smith, A. and Peragallo, N., (in press), “Participation in SEPA, a Sexual and Relational Health Intervention for Hispanic Women”, Western Journal of Nursing Research.

Mitrani, V.B., McCabe, B. E., Burns, M. J., & Feaster, D. J. (2012, June 18). Family Mechanisms of Structural Ecosystems Therapy for HIV-Seropositive Women in Drug Recovery. Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0028672

Mitrani, V.B. Editorial: The next generation of health disparities science. (2012). Hispanic Health Care International, 10 (1). 

McCabe, B. E., Vermeesch, A. L., Hall, R. F., Peragallo, N. P., & Mitrani, V.B. (2011). Acculturation and the Center for Epidemiological Studies—Depression Scale for Hispanic Women. Nursing Research, 60(4), 270-275. doi:10.1097/NNR.0b013e318221b8dc.  PMCID: PMC3137136.

Mitrani, V.B., Feaster, D.J., Weiss-Laxer, N.S., McCabe, B.E., (2011). Malaise, motivation and motherhood: Predictors of engagement in behavioral interventions from a randomized controlled trial for HIV+ women in drug abuse recovery. AIDS and Behavior. 15, 396-406. PMCID: PMC3051343

Presentations (selected)
Mitrani, V.B., Gonzalez-Guarda, R.M., McCabe, B., Peragallo, N.,(2011)  Intimate Partner Violence in a Community Sample of Hispanic Women: Comparison of Two Measures. Oral presentation at the 17th International Conference of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, Auckland, New Zealand.

Major Accomplishments / Honors
Second Vice-Chair, Faculty Senate, University of Miami, 2009

Vice Chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board, University of Miami, 2005-Present

Young Investigators Award, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2004

Research Enhancement Award, Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health, 2003

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