The ADAMHA/MIRDP program at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras aims to advance the growth of high quality and rigorous research on alcohol, drug abuse, mental health and AIDS through: 1) Involving faculty members in conducting pilot work leading to a competitive research grant on alcohol, drug abuse, mental health, and AIDS (ADM) problems, specially evaluation, and treatment outcome research; 2) Supporting research development activities for faculty involved in ADM research; 3) Enhancing and strengthening the institutional infrastructure for conducting ADM research; and 4) Increasing the participation of graduate and undergraduate students in ADM research. The rationale for the program is based on the need to develop a parallel structure of support to carry out independent ADM research by minority faculty at a minority institution. The proposed program for faculty research development UPR-RP consists of two components: 1) developmental phases of faculty research activities; and 2) faculty development activities. A unique feature of the program is the organization of current institutional resources in a clear, coherent, and integrated plan of career development in support for ADM research. Faculty members are involved in carrying out their research from the moment the program begins and participate in a developmental individualized plan that supports the faculty member in a step by step approach toward the objective of producing a competitive research proposal. The participation of undergraduate and graduate students in the development of faculty research is another aspect of the program aimed at increasing the training opportunities offered to students in ADM research. Eleven faculty members from four graduate programs (Psychology, Sociology, Social Work) at the College of Social Science and the College of Education (Department of Graduate Studies) will participate in the proposed MIRDP.

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Pérez-Jiménez, David; Seal, David Wyatt; Ronis, David L (2014) A Pilot Intervention to Promote Safer Sex in Heterosexual Puerto Rican Couples. Couple Family Psychol 3:193-206
Reyes-Rodriguez, Mae Lynn; Rivera-Medina, Carmen L; Camara-Fuentes, Luis et al. (2013) Depression symptoms and stressful life events among college students in Puerto Rico. J Affect Disord 145:324-30
Pérez-Jiménez, David; Orengo-Aguayo, Rosaura E (2012) Rev Puertorriquena Psicol 23:48-61
Bauermeister, José J; Barkley, Russell A; Bauermeister, José A et al. (2012) Validity of the sluggish cognitive tempo, inattention, and hyperactivity symptom dimensions: neuropsychological and psychosocial correlates. J Abnorm Child Psychol 40:683-97
Pérez-Jiménez, David; Orengo-Aguayo, Rosaura E (2011) Qualitative analysis of an educational intervention with HIV-discordant heterosexual Latino couples. P R Health Sci J 30:188-94
Rivera-Medina, Carmen L; Caraballo, José Noel; Rodríguez-Cordero, Elí R et al. (2010) Factor structure of the CES-D and measurement invariance across gender for low-income Puerto Ricans in a probability sample. J Consult Clin Psychol 78:398-408
Hernandez-Hernandez, Alberto L; Perez-Jimenez, David (2010) [Barriers and Facilitators in the Recruitment and Retention of Heterosexual Couples for Preventive Interventions.] Interam J Psychol 44:19-27
Pérez-Jiménez, David; Escabí Montalvo, Aracelis; Del Carmen Cabrera Aponte, María (2010) Desarrollo de una intervención grupal para la prevención del VIH en parejas heterosexuales. Rev Puertorriquena Psicol 21:7-34
Santiago-Rivas, Marimer; Perez-Jimenez, David (2009) Modeling HIV Prevention Strategies among Two Puerto Rican Samples. Interam J Psychol 43:333-339
Perez-Jimenez, David; Seal, David W; Serrano-Garcia, Irma (2009) Barriers and facilitators of HIV prevention with heterosexual Latino couples: beliefs of four stakeholder groups. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol 15:11-7

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