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Guillermo Prado, Ph.D.

General Information

Guillermo  Prado, Ph.D.


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  • English
  • Spanish


  • Dean, Graduate School
  • Miller Professor & Director, Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Prevention Science & Community Health
  • Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies


Research Interests

• Drug Abuse Prevention
• HIV Prevention
• Obesity Prevention
• Family-based Interventions
• Hispanic Health
• Adolescent Health
• Health Disparities
• Implementation Science


2005 Ph.D.
University of Miami
2000 M.S.
University of Miami
1997 B.S.
University of Florida



Dr. Guillermo Prado is currently Dean of the University of Miami’s Graduate School, the Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences and the Director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences. Prado’s research focuses on the prevention of risky health behaviors, including drug use, unsafe sexual behavior, lack of physical activity, and poor dietary intake, associated with the top leading causes of morbidity and mortality in adolescents, and Hispanic youth in particular. 

His program of research on Hispanic adolescent health has been continuously funded by the NIH since the first year of his doctoral program. He has been PI, Co-PI, co-investigator, or senior mentor of HIV, substance abuse, and obesity prevention studies totally approximately $75 million of NIH and CDC funding. One of these studies is a NIH funded effectiveness-implementation hybrid study of an online adaption of Familias Unidas in primary care settings, one of the few preventive interventions found be effective in preventing/reducing substance use, internalizing and externalizing symptoms and disorders, and HIV risk behaviors among Hispanic youth. In another currently NIH funded study, Prado and colleagues are adapting Familias Unidas for obesity prevention. Additionally, Prado is also currently working internationally in Ecuador and Chile. 

Dr. Prado’s has been recognized by numerous organizations, including the Society for Prevention Research, the Society for Research on Adolescence, and the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse. He was also selected by the Miami Herald as one of the Top 20 Business Leaders and Innovators in South Florida under the age of 40 for his research and community work in the areas of HIV and substance use among Hispanic families. Prado is the Associate Editor of Prevention Science and was the 2013 Chair of the Society for Prevention Research’s 21st Annual Conference and the Co-Chair of the 2013 Meeting of the National Hispanic Science Network.