Pro­fessor Hort­ensia Amaro, asso­ciate dean of North­eastern University’s Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences and director of the Insti­tute on Urban Health Research, has been inducted a member of the Insti­tute of Med­i­cine (IOM) — con­sid­ered one of the top honors bestowed upon researchers in the fields of health and medicine.

Amaro’s nation­ally rec­og­nized work includes devel­oping an inno­v­a­tive inte­grated model for the treat­ment of sub­stance abuse, mental ill­ness, trauma, and HIV/​AIDS. She has pro­duced ground­breaking studies on clin­ical strate­gies for treating women, launched community-​​based addic­tion treat­ment pro­grams, and forged vital con­nec­tions between public health research and practice.

This is a great honor,” Amaro said. “It is mean­ingful to me to have my con­tri­bu­tions to the fields of behav­ioral health, sub­stance abuse and HIV acknowl­edged and recognized.”

According to the IOM, new mem­ber­ship is deter­mined by cur­rent active mem­bers through a highly selec­tive process to iden­tify indi­vid­uals who have made major con­tri­bu­tions to the advance­ment of the med­ical sci­ences, health care, and public health. Mem­bers are rec­og­nized for out­standing pro­fes­sional achieve­ment and com­mit­ment to service.

The induc­tion also high­lights Northeastern’s mis­sion to con­duct research that yields effec­tive solu­tions to global chal­lenges in the areas of health, secu­rity and sustainability.

Pro­fessor Amaro’s work exem­pli­fies Northeastern’s approach to research,” said Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­emic affairs at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “Her wide-​​ranging research achieve­ments have directly improved the lives of people in society and added to the foun­da­tions of knowl­edge in the field of public health.”

Amaro has pre­vi­ously served on four IOM com­mit­tees, including the Com­mittee on Women’s Health Research in 2009-​​10. The other com­mit­tees focused on legal and eth­ical issues relating to the inclu­sion of women in clin­ical studies, sub­stance abuse and mental health issues in AIDS, and eth­ical con­sid­er­a­tions for revi­sions to reg­u­la­tions for pro­tec­tion of pris­oners involved in research.

Estab­lished in 1970, the IOM is part of the National Acad­e­mies and con­sid­ered a national resource for inde­pen­dent, sci­en­tif­i­cally informed analysis and rec­om­men­da­tions on health issues.