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Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) Institute

The BSFT® Program was developed by a team of researchers led by José Szapocznik, Ph.D. and Olga Hervis, M.S.W. at the Center for Family Studies, University of Miami. The Center for Family Studies is the nation’s oldest and most prominent center for development and testing of minority family therapy interventions for prevention and treatment of adolescent substance abuse and related behavior problems.

Built Environment, Behavior, and Health Team

Dr. Scott Brown, Research Assistant Professor, collaborates with an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Miami Schools of Medicine and Architecture on numerous studies related to the built environment and its impact on health.

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

Created in 2012, the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) serves as the home to clinical and translational science at the University of Miami and drives research translation into evidence-based clinical and community practices that improve the health of South Florida’s diverse population.

Clinical Trials Center

The University of Miami School of Medicine Clinical Research Center (UM-CRC) is an outpatient facility that provides centralized clinical research infrastructure to benefit investigators in multiple disciplines across UM.

Comprehensive Drug Research Center

The Comprehensive Drug Research Center (CDRC) is a comprehensive interdisciplinary research center which has been named a Center of Excellence by the University of Miami.

Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS)

The Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse (CTRADA) is one of nine research centers selected for Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS), a new NIDA funded national effort investigating novel solutions to habitual drug use among juvenile offenders.

Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)

The FIT is a colorectal research project which relies on community health workers who distribute a Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), a stool based screening test for early detection and prevention of disease.

Florida Institute for Health Innovation

The Florida Institute for Health Innovation (FIHI) objective is to apply a multi-sector systems approach as a neutral convener for public-private partnership development of health-related matters for the citizens of Palm Beach County, the state of Florida and the national community.

Florida Node Alliance (FNA)

The Florida Node Alliance (FNA) of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, under the leadership of Drs. José Szapocznik, Daniel Feaster, Lisa Metsch and Viviana Horigian, is housed in the Department of Public Health Sciences. The FNA Center is a research platform allowing UM scientists to partner with health settings and community-based specialty treatment providers to develop, validate and implement clinical trials that are practical, innovative and relevant to drug abuse screening, early intervention and treatment for a broad range of populations affected by drug misuse.

Hispanic Community Health Study

The Miami HCHS/SOL Community Advisory Coalition, which is an alliance of individuals and community organizations, supports the recruitment, retention, and health education efforts of the Miami Field Center and provides advice and guidance regarding potentially relevant relationships among the community, study participants and the HCHS/SOL.

HIV/AIDS Surveillance Program

The HIV/AIDS Surveillance Program, housed in the Department of Public Health Sciences, is a joint venture with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial Medical Center (Public Health Trust), and the Bureau of HIV/AIDS of the Florida Department of Health. Its mission is to provide an accurate characterization of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Miami-Dade County by collecting epidemiological information on AIDS and HIV cases.

Multisite School-Based Evaluation of a Brief Screener for Underage Drinking

The University of Miami and American University are conducting a longitudinal cohort study to examine the extent to which a two-item screening instrument for underage alcohol use predicts problem drinking, alcohol abuse and dependence, and drug use and sexual risk behavior later in adolescence.

Oceans and Human Health Center

As one of the four Centers in the World, the National Science Foundation (NSF)-National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Oceans and Human Health Center (OHH) at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School brings together medical and ocean researchers to investigate how humans affect oceans and how oceans affect humans in tropical and subtropical environments.

Ocular Epidemiology Group

The Ocular Epidemiology Group (OEG) is a team of researchers interested in documenting the epidemiology of ocular diseases and the consequences of these conditions.

Occupational Health Research Group

The University of Miami Occupational Research Group is expanding their existing research on health disparities, disability, morbidity, and mortality for all US workers by examining these issues between and within the new NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Sector groups, and to explore the risks and benefits of work for US youth.

Role of Culture in Thriving and Risk Behavior in Hispanic Adolescents

The Role of Culture in Thriving and Risk Behavior in Hispanic Adolescents is a three-year, multi-site longitudinal cohort study designed to collect data and inform officials on the health of recently immigrated Hispanic students with regards to parent-adolescent acculturation gaps, perceptions of discrimination, and perceptions of an unequal opportunity structure in the United States are predictive of drug/alcohol use and precocious/unsafe sexual behavior.

Socio-Medical Sciences Group

The Socio-Medical Sciences Research Group (SMSRG) conducts epidemiological, social, behavioral, anthropological, and policy research that addresses the health and psychosocial needs of medically underserved populations.

South Florida Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (SUCCESS)

This center is funded by the National Cancer Institute to address disparity in cervical cancer, grounded in the tenets of community-based participatory research (CBPR) and translational in orientation. Researchers are examining three different methods of cervical cancer screenings to determine which of them most encourages women to engage in adequate cervical cancer screening.