Andrés G. Gil is the Senior Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Dean of the University Graduate School, and Professor in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at FIU. As Senior Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Andrés Gil provides institutional leadership for the university’s research enterprise and has several centers that report directly to him. FIU’s Office of Research and Economic Development manages all of FIU’s Pre- and Post-Award operations, technology management and StartUP FIU, as well as the Office of Research Integrity. In his leadership position he is the President of the FIU Research Foundation. Dr. Gil reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President and is a member of the President’s Executive Committee. Under his leadership FIU has grown its research enterprise in terms of research funding, the expansion of research facilities and progression in national rankings from Carnegie R2 to R1. He led the creation of StartUP FIU and the acquisition of the Center for Translational Science (CTS) in Port St. Lucie, Florida (formerly the Torrey Pines Institute for Biomolecular Science), the establishment of FIU’s Wall of Wind research facility (a NSF NHERI Experimental Facility) and the acquisition of the National Forensic Science Technology Center in Tampa. Dr. Gil earned his B.A. in Sociology from Florida International University, and a Ph.D. in medical sociology in from the University of Miami. His research has been funded by the NIH and foundations in areas pertaining to health disparities and adolescent substance abuse and mental health. He has had faculty positions in interdisciplinary academic units, including the School of Family Studies at the University of Connecticut, and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, as well as the Western Consortium for Public Health. His areas of research include the etiology of adolescent substance abuse and mental health, and the development and testing of prevention and treatment interventions for adolescent substance abuse. His research has appeared in top tiered journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, General Archives on Psychiatry, and Addiction. He has been a member of several Initial Review Groups for NIH, including for the Center for Scientific Review, NIMH, NIAAA, and SAMHSA. He has also been a member of the Advisory Council for NIAAA. In the area of research administration, he has held leadership positions in various organizations, including member of the board of directors for the National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention (LCAT), member of Board of Trustees for Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA), chair of the Development Committee for SURA, member of Executive Committee for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Council on Research (COR), Co-Chair, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)’s HBCU/MEI Steering Committee Council, member of the GRE Board of Directors, and Vice-Chair of the Vice Presidents for Research of the State University System of Florida—Florida Board of Governors. Prior to his academic positions, he held medical social work positions in pediatric oncology, child development, and psychiatric crisis. He is a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, with the rank of Sergeant.
Etiology, epidemiology, and treatment of adolescent substance abuse and mental health, as well as the role of culture, race, and ethnicity in adolescent substance use and mental health.