Boston, Mass. — Dr. Hort­ensia Amaro, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Health Sci­ences and Coun­seling Psy­chology in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, Asso­ciate Dean for Urban Health Research, and Director of the Insti­tute on Urban Health Research, will par­tic­i­pate in two health sci­ence con­fer­ences this month in Boston: the 5th Annual Quan­ti­ta­tive Training for Under­rep­re­sented Groups and the 116th Annual Amer­ican Psy­cho­log­ical Asso­ci­a­tion conference.

Dr. Amaro is a promi­nent figure in the public health sector. Vice Chair on the Board of the Boston Public Health Com­mis­sion, and a past member of the National Advi­sory of the National Insti­tute on Drug Abuse, her research and work focuses on improving the con­nec­tions between public health research and public health prac­tice. She is also founder of sub­stance abuse treat­ment pro­grams for women in Boston: The MOM’s Project, the Entre Familia Res­i­den­tial Treat­ment Pro­gram, and Moving On to Recovery and Empow­er­ment (MORE), for women with co-​​occurring disorders.

I am pleased that the IUHR is hosting this year’s con­fer­ence on Quan­ti­ta­tive Training for Under­rep­re­sented Groups at the North­eastern Uni­veristy campus. It is an impor­tant oppor­tu­nity for junior minority fac­ulty and grad­uate stu­dents throughout the country and within our campus. It is also a great honor to be an invited speaker on the Pres­i­den­tial pro­gram at the Amer­ican Psy­cho­log­ical Asso­ci­a­tion con­fer­ences this year,” said Dr. Amaro. “Both con­fer­ences will address the sig­nif­i­cant role of public health in the country today and pro­vide the IUHR with the oppor­tu­nity to share what we are doing to advance the con­nec­tions between research and practice.”

5th Annual Quan­ti­ta­tive Training for Under­rep­re­sented Groups, August 11–13

The Insti­tute on Urban Health Research (IUHR) at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will be hosting and co-​​sponsoring the 5th Annual Quan­ti­ta­tive Training for Under­rep­re­sented Groups (QTUG) con­fer­ence from August 11–13. QTUG was devel­oped to offer sev­eral days of quan­ti­ta­tive training in con­junc­tion with the annual Amer­ican Psy­cho­log­ical Asso­ci­a­tion con­ven­tion. The approach draws on an orga­ni­za­tional theory of diver­sity that empha­sizes addressing social iso­la­tion through men­toring net­works, as well as estab­lishing insti­tu­tional respon­si­bility for diversity.

Due to the poor vis­i­bility of the field of Quan­ti­ta­tive Psy­chology, there are fewer indi­vid­uals trained in this field than there are posi­tions in need of such skills. The con­fer­ence will address these issues, as well as the imbal­ance of role models and men­tors that are avail­able to enhance quan­ti­ta­tive training for a diverse group of stu­dents, with par­tic­ular under-​​representation of minori­ties and women.

Dr. Amaro will present a talk titled “Using quan­ti­ta­tive methods to assess the value of treat­ment for addic­tion, trauma and mental ill­ness in a real life com­mu­nity setting.”

Loca­tion: The North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Alumni Center, 716 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02120. For direc­tions, please visit http://​www​.north​eastern​.edu/​c​a​m​p​u​s​m​ap/

116th Annual Amer­ican Psy­cho­log­ical Asso­ci­a­tion, August 15

The 2008 Annual Amer­ican Psy­cho­log­ical Asso­ci­a­tion (APA) con­fer­ence, which pro­vides a forum for mem­bers to present their sci­en­tific and schol­arly work, facil­i­tates the exchange of expe­ri­ence relating to the appli­ca­tions of psy­chology, and pro­vides a place where the busi­ness of the asso­ci­a­tion can be car­ried on effi­ciently. The event will be held August 14–17.

Dr. Amaro will be a fea­tured pre­senter at two APA ses­sions on August 15:

Pres­i­den­tial Pro­gram – From Prac­tice to Sci­ence to Prac­tice: Women, Vio­lence, and Culture

Title: “Inte­grating a Trauma Inter­ven­tion into Sub­stance Abuse Treat­ment: Adapting With Cul­tural Fidelity”

Time: 10–11:50 a.m.

Loca­tion: Boston Con­ven­tion Center, Meeting Room 253C

Title: “Addressing the Mind, Body, and Spirit in HIV Inter­ven­tions With Women”

Time: 12–12:50 p.m.

Loca­tion: Boston Con­ven­tion Center, Meeting Room 205C

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Samantha Fodrowski at 617–373-5427 or at s.​fodrowski@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.