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Scott Carvajal PhD, MPH

Scott  Carvajal PhD, MPH

Professor & Section Chair, Health Behavior and Health Promotion

Health Promotion Sciences Department

1295 N. Martin Avenue
Campus PO Box: 245209
Drachman Hall A254
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-9026
scott.carvajal@arizona.edu

Biography

Scott C. Carvajal, PhD, MPH, is the Director of the Arizona Prevention Research Center (AzPRC) and is a multi-discipline trained applied social and quantitative psychologist with expertise in health promotion theory, Latino/cultural behavioral research methods, intervention design and evaluation methods. His principal research (funded by NIDA, NIAAA & currently NICHD & CDC) has focused on understanding a range of health behaviors that convey risk or protection (e.g., substance abuse, sexual risk taking, healthy food choice, physical activity) and mental health outcomes (e.g., bicultural stressors, depressive symptoms, coping strategies), with a major emphasis on testing social ecological models within minority populations. Dr. Carvajal was the Director of Substance Abuse Core for an NCMHD/NIH-funded (2003-2009) Center for Health Equality, a Center of Excellence focusing on eliminating health disparities in Arizona Latinos and American Indians. As part of that Center he had an important role in review and oversight of pilot research activities, and in the mentoring of junior investigators and fellows. More recently as Director/PI of the CDC funded University of Arizona Prevention Research Center, he is responsible for the research oversight of multiple CBPR lead programs that include aims of the promotion of physical activity, health eating and health screening with under-served border populations. He has also been an important collaborator as a lead quantitative data analyst and/or behavioral science methodologist on five other major, federally-funded (e.g., NCI, CDC, NIMH), health promotion interventions for multi-ethnic or minority populations. Within these projects he has contributed (as lead or co-author) on works focusing on theoretical models for behavioral change, testing new psychosocial measures, and statistical models for evaluating program impact on psychosocial mediators and outcomes. He is also committed to an interdisciplinary science approach in addressing health problems and this is reflecting in his participation in groups such as the Community Influences on Health Behaviors (NIH Chartered Study Section) and the Cancer Prevention and Control Division, Arizona Cancer Center.

Educational Background:

MA, Psychology, University of Houston, Houston, TX, 1995

PhD, Social Psychology and Quantitative Methods, University of Houston, Houston, TX, 1996

MPH, Health Promotion/Health Education University of Texas, Houston, TX, 1997

Selected Publications

Carvajal, S.C., Hanson, C.E., Romero, A.J., & Coyle, K.C. (2002). Behavioral risk factors and protective factors in adolescents: A comparison of Latinos and non-Latino Whites. Ethnicity and Health. 7, 181-193.

Carvajal, S.C., Estrada, A.L., & Estrada, B.D. (2005). Longitudinal prediction of unprotected sex in predominantly Latino male IDUs. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 10, 133-148.

Carvajal, S.C. & Granillo, T. (2006). A prospective test of distal and proximal determinants of smoking initiation in early adolescents. Addictive Behavior, 31, 649-660.

Romero, A.J., Carvajal, S.C., Valle, F., & Orduno, M. (2007). Adolescent bicultural stress and its impact on mental well-being among Latinos, Asian Americans and European Americans.

Romero, A.J., Martinez, D., & Carvajal, S.C. (2007). Socio-cultural stress as a source of adolescent health disparities in Latinos and non-Latino Whites. Ethnicity and Health, 21, 443-463.

Carvajal, S.C., & Young, R.S. (2009). Culturally based substance abuse treatment for American Indians/Alaska Natives and Latinos. Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Abuse, 8, 207-222.

Research Synopsis

His principal research (funded by NIDA, NIAAA & currently NICHD & CDC) has focused on understanding a range of health behaviors that convey risk or protection (e.g., substance abuse, sexual risk taking, healthy food choice, physical activity) and mental health outcomes (e.g., bicultural stressors, depressive symptoms, coping strategies), with a major emphasis on testing social ecological models within minority populations. Dr. Carvajal was the Director of Substance Abuse Core for an NCMHD/NIH-funded (2003-2009) Center for Health Equality, a Center of Excellence focusing on eliminating health disparities in Arizona Latinos and American Indians.

Curriculum Vitae: 

The University of Arizona