Daniel A. Santisteban

Title/Position: Professor


Dr. Santisteban is a Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of experience conducting clinical trials, developing and testing behavioral treatments for underserved families and communities, and has been the PI of five large NIH-funded studies. He is the developer of the Culturally Informed and Flexible Family Based Treatment for Adolescents – and adaptive treatment that has shown highly promising results in randomized mental health and substance use treatment trials.  In the past 6 years this research has engaged close to 500 African American and Hispanic families (and over 1200 family members) into intensive health disparities research. Dr. Santisteban also helped establish and implement the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN), a university-community agency partnership that extends across much of the state of Florida (within a larger CTN network that extends across the country). Within this bidirectional partnership agencies identified the evidence based treatments that would be tested and implemented at their local sites.

Dr. Santisteban has over 30 publications on issues of cultural competence, engaging hard to reach populations, bridging research and practice, family treatment of drug abusing youth, and the treatment of co-occurring disorders in adolescents. Dr. Santisteban has been a standing member of NIH grant review committee and has been on the editorial board for several journals.  He was the 2004 recipient of an Award for Distinguished Contributions to Family Systems Research from the American Family Therapy Academy and the 2012 recipient of University of Miami Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement.

Daniel A. Santisteban, Ph.D.

BA, Psychology, Rutgers University, 1982
PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Miami, 1991

Clinical Specialties
Adolescent Behavioral Treatment
Family Therapy
Substance Abuse Treatment
Behavior Problem Treatment

Research and Academic Interests
Treatment Outcome research
Treatment Process Research
Cultural Competence
Implementation Science
Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health
Family Interaction Change
Treatment Development

Research Grants (selected)
Culturally Informed Family Based Adolescent Treatment: A randomized trial.  Total Cost $3.4 million. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Grant No. 1 RO1 DA027920-01. Santisteban, PI, 2010-2015. 

A Culturally Informed Tele-Intervention for Minority High Risk Youth and their Parents. Total Cost $1 million. National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Grant No. 1 RC1 MD004703-01: Santisteban- PI, 2009-2012.

Preventing Health Disparities in Hispanic Youth:  Changing Trajectories.  Total Cost $1.6 million. An RCT within a P-60 Center titled “NCMHD Center for Culturally-Tailored Hispanic Health Disparities Research.  National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Grant No. 1 P60MD002266. 
Peragallo-Center PI, Santisteban – Study PI, 2007-2013.

Publications (selected)
McCabe, B.E., Santisteban, D.A., Mena, M.P., Duchene, D., McLean, C., & Monroe, M.G. (2013). Engagement, Retention, and Abstinence for Three Types of Opioid Users in Florida. Substance Use & Misuse, 48, 623 – 634. DOI:10.3109/10826084.2013.800112

Santisteban, D.A., Coatsworth, J.D., Briones, E., Kurtines, W., & Szapocznik, J. (2012). Beyond acculturation: An investigation of the relationship of familism and parenting to behavior problems in Hispanic youth. Family Process, 51 (4), 470-482.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.

Santisteban, D.A., Mena, M.P., & McCabe, B.E. (2011). Preliminary results for an adaptive family treatment for drug abuse in Hispanic youth. Journal of Family Psychology, 25 (4), 610-614. DOI: 10.1037/a0024016

Presentations (selected)
Santisteban, D.A., Mena, M.P., McCabe, B. (April 2013) “Randomized controlled trial comparing individually-based and family-based treatments for internalizing, externalizing, and family symptoms in Hispanic youth.  European Psychiatric Association Annual Congress.  Nice, France.

Santisteban, D.A. (May 2012) Integrating Culture-Related Information to Enhance Drug Treatment Outcomes. U.S.-Mexico Border Drug Issues 2012 Annual Conference.  University of Texas-El Paso. El Paso, Texas.

Santisteban, D.A. (March 2012) Developing and Testing a Culturally Informed Family-Based Treatment for Hispanic Adolescents. Department of Psychology, University of South Florida. Tampa, Florida.

Santisteban, D.A. (May 2011) Family Therapy in Treating Hispanic Adolescents. Addiction Technology Transfer Center Conference on Substance Use Disorders: Understanding Prevention and Treatment Interventions with Hispanic/Latino Families.  New York University, NYC, NY.

Major Accomplishments / Honors
University of Miami Excellence in Civic Engagement Award, 2012

American Family Therapy Academy Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research, 2004

National Hispanic Science Network Research Award, 2003

Fred & Helen Flipse Award for Outstanding Internship Training, 2000

Outstanding Service & Dedication Award from the Metro-Dade County Youth & Family Development, 1995

ADAMHA Clinical Training Award, 1987

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