Master in Public Health (MPH)
Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MA)
School of Nursing and Health Studies
M. Christine Schwartz Center for Nursing Education
Telephone: (305) 284-9067
Master of Public Health, Brown University, May 2008
Master of Arts, Latin American Studies, Tulane University, May 2005
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Vassar College, May 2001
Health promotion, disease prevention
Research and Academic Interests
Childhood injury prevention
Health disparities among vulnerable populations
Honors & Awards
Safe Kids scholarship, National Child Passenger Safety Program, Aug 2007
Injury Free Coalition for Kids scholarship, National Playground Safety School, Aug 2006
MPH full research assistantship, Brown University, July 2006 - Jan 2008
Foreign Language Area Studies fellowship, Tulane University, Aug 2003 - May 2005
University graduate school fellowship, Tulane University, Aug 2003 - May 2005
Outstanding Latin Americanist graduate student award, Tulane University, May 2005
Beletsky, L., Heimer, R., Moreau, B., Kapur, A.A., Weiss-Laxer, N., & Kumar, P. (In press). Can Police Training Help Align Law Enforcement and HIV Prevention? Preliminary Evidence from the Field. American Journal of Public Health.
Mitrani V.B., Feaster D.J., Weiss-Laxer N.S., & McCabe B.E. (2011 Feb). Malaise, motivation and motherhood: predictors of engagement in behavioral interventions from a randomized controlled trial for HIV+ women in drug abuse recovery. AIDS Behavior, 15(2): 396-406.
Mitrani V.B., McCabe B.E., Robinson C., Weiss-Laxer N.S., Feaster D.J. (2010 Dec). Structural Ecosystems Therapy for recovering HIV-positive women: child, mother, and parenting outcomes.
Journal of Family Psychology, 24(6): 746-55.
Park M.J., Baldwin K., Weiss-Laxer N., Christian J.B., Mello M.J., Eberson C., & Spiegel D.A. (2010 Mar). Composite playground safety measure to correlate the rate of supracondylar humerus fractures with safety: an ecologic study. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, 30(2): 101-5.
Mitrani V.B., Weiss-Laxer, N., Ow C.E., Burns M.J., Ross-Russell S., & Feaster D.J. (2009 Sep) Examining family networks of HIV+ women in drug recovery: challenges and opportunities. Families, Systems and Health, 27(3): 267-83.
Mitrani V.B., Weiss-Laxer N.S., & Feaster D.J. (2009). Factors related to loss of child custody in HIV+ women in drug abuse recovery. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 35(5): 320-4.
Weiss-Laxer, N., Mello, M.J., & Nolan, P. (2009 Jul). “Evaluating an educational component of a hospital-based child passenger safety program,” Journal of Trauma, 67 (1 Suppl): S30-3.
McQuaid, E.L., Weiss-Laxer, N., Koinis Mitchell, D., Nassau, J.H., Wamboldt, M.Z., Klein, R.B., & Fritz, G.K. (2008). Pediatric asthma and problems in attention, concentration, and impulsivity: disruption of the family asthma management system. Families, Systems, & Health, 26 (1): 16-29.
Mitrani, V.B., Weiss-Laxer, N., Ow, C.E., & Feaster, D. “Examining the family networks of HIV+ women in drug abuse recovery: research challenges and opportunities,” presented at the 20th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July, 2009.
Weiss-Laxer, N., Mello, M.J., & Nolan, P. “Evaluating a new educational component of a hospital-based child passenger safety program,” presented at the Injury Free Coalition for Kids Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, December 2008.
Perron-Burdick, M., Weiss-Laxer, N., Mello, M.J., “Screen time and physical activity: are kids ready for change?” presented at the American Public Health Association meeting, Washington DC, November 2007.
Weiss-Laxer, N., “Patient-provider communication and HIV prevention in Santiago, Dominican Republic,” invited speaker at International Woman’s Day event, sponsored by United for Choice and Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island, March 2007.
McQuaid, E., Koinis Mitchell, D. Kopel, S., Weiss-Laxer, N., Nassau, J., Klein, R., Wamboldt, M., & Fritz, G., “Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children: relationships with features of family asthma management,” presented at the Child Health Psychology Conference, Gainesville, Florida, April 2006.
Weiss-Laxer, N., “Consuming Copacabana: images of security and strategies of exclusion in Brazil’s tourism capital,” presented at the Southwestern Political Science Association annual meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2005.
Weiss-Laxer, N., “Learning a language and conducting original research: can both be accomplished at once?” presented at Latin American Studies Masters’ Candidates: Fielding the Unexpected, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, October, 2004.