• Dr. Patria Rojas is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work and a research associate professor at the Center for Research on US Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA) at Florida International University.

    For more than two decades, Dr. Rojas has focused on prevention efforts to address HIV/AIDS and substance abuse health disparities affecting Latino populations. Prior to completing her doctoral work in social welfare at Florida International University, she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Merrimack College, and earned graduate degrees in social work and public health from Boston University.

    Her research focuses on Latino health behaviors and health disparities among Latinos –particularly in the area of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and mental health. Dr. Rojas has published papers in the field of minority health promotion and disease prevention, which have helped spearhead interventions for alcohol and substance abuse and HIV prevention among Latino immigrant women in South Florida.

    Her current research includes pregnancy prevention and HIV prevention for male and female Latino adolescents and HIV and domestic abuse prevention targeting recent immigrant adult Latina farmworkers in South Florida. In addition to her focus on community-based and community-based participatory research, Dr. Rojas provides methodological and technical support to other research projects at CRUSADA.

research interests

  • Latino Health Behaviors and Health Disparities and HIV/AIDS

selected scholarly works & creative activities

full name

  • Patria Rojas